Food Events on the Radar
• The bad boy of South Florida Italian dining, Steve Martorano, has a soft spot for art, and he'll be showing it to the world next Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m. That's when he'll host the 13th Annual Cuisine For Art dinner at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Grand Ballroom, benefiting the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood. Comers will enjoy a cocktail hour followed by a dinner cooked up by Martorano himself (including his famous meatballs, petite filet mignon, and fennel-roasted salmon) and plenty of vino to go with it. Entertainment will be on hand, of course, including a live performance by Rock With U, and a silent auction. But the biggest draw? The "celebrity" wait staff, which includes Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober. Being waited on by the Hollywood political circus? Cool! Just don't complain about gadflies in your soup. Tickets cost $85. Call 954-921-3274, or snag an online RSVP form here.
• Get ready, Tiki Heads -- the Hukilau, America's penultimate Polynesian affair, is back again begining on June 10. This year's fest will feature film premiers, live entertainment, drinks galore, and plenty of Polynesian grub from the likes of Mai Kai and Bahia Cabana. There's lots more info up at thehukilau.com/2010.
• Celeb Chef Ming Tsai will be doing his thang tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Macy's Home Store at the Dadeland Mall (Culinary Kitchen, 2nd floor, 7675 SW 88th St., Miami). The event is free and RSVP isn't even required (but recommended by calling 305-662-3533). Just come watch the legendary TV chef as he demos his recipes for new-style salmon sashimi, Asian ratatouille with couscous, and tamari-marinated tofu-cucumber salad.