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From foie gras to the fair onion

Participants in an onion-eating contest show their mettle at the Maui Onion Festival. Participants in an onion-eating contest show their mettle at the Maui Onion Festival.
February 28, 2010

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APRIL 11-25

SINGAPORE

World Gourmet Summit: The 14th annual summit of chefs, wineries, hoteliers, and culinary celebrities from around the world is called Constellation of the Stars. Participants include Alex Chow of London’s Kai Mayfair, a Malaysian-born chef specializing in modern Chinese cuisine; Andrea Berton of the two-star Michelin-rated Ristorante Trussardi Alla Scala in Milan; and Michel Rostang of the restaurant named for him in Paris. The 15-day event includes master classes with chefs, lunches, workshops, wine tastings, a foie gras dinner, several formal galas, and dinners at local restaurants with guest chefs. Some of the sponsoring local restaurants are Chinois by Susur Lee, Tippling Club, Les Amis, Majestic Restaurant, and the St. Regis Singapore. Costs vary with credit card and other promotions available. www.worldgourmetsummit.com

APRIL 17 and 27

SISTER BAY, WIS.

Quiet Season Events: The Inn at Kristofer’s in Door County, Wis., fills the period before summer visitors with a series of hands-on cooking classes. Chefs and owners Terri and Kristofer Milligan combine French technique with Midwestern flavors. The March 19 Italian dinner is sold out. April 17 Terri Milligan offers spring lamb for a festive dinner. The class is $125 per person. April 27 an Out of Africa gourmet class will explore the exotic foods of the continent. The class and five-course dinner is $69. 920-854-9419, www.innatkristofers.com

THROUGH APRIL 17

NEW ORLEANS

French Quarter Wine Festival: This two-month-plus celebration of wine is patterned after the Boston Wine Festival with chef Daniel Bruce of Boston Harbor Hotel at the helm. The series of dinners started with a gala Feb. 26 and continues with events exploring such vineyards and wines as Hedges Family Estate, Pio Cesare, Silver Oaks Vineyard, and Trefethen Vineyards. The dinners are at Maison Dupuy in the French Quarter with the hotel’s executive chef Michael Farrell. Costs range from $65 to $125 for the Silver Oaks dinner. 504-648-6113, www.french quarterwinefestival.com

MARCH-OCTOBER

FISHERVILLE, VA.

Sunsets at the Vineyard: Barren Ridge Vineyards has an outdoor party the third Friday of every month that combines picnicking, live music, and sipping the vintages from this Shenandoah Valley winery. Participants are welcome to bring a picnic or buy a buffet dinner for $15. Wines are sold by the glass or the bottle with a complimentary wine glass. Cost of entry is $10. 540-248-3300, www.barrenridge vineyards.com

PLAN AHEAD

MAY 1

MAUI, HAWAII

Maui Onion Festival: The chef lineup at this 21st annual fest at Whalers Village is impressive. Chef and restaurateur Roy Yamaguchi, who owns restaurants around the world, plans to attend. David Kodama, owner of Sansei Seafood restaurants and sushi bars across Maui, and David Paul Johnson of Lahaina Grill will do demonstrations. There will be onion talks, onion tastes, and plenty of onion paraphernalia to buy. Admission is free. 808-243-2290, www.whalersvillage.com ALISON ARNETT

Events are sometimes canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; call or check online. Alison Arnett can be reached at alacarte59@aol.com.