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Pacific Northwest Seafood – A Sustainable Slow Fish Feast – Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pacific Northwest Seafood – A Sustainable Slow Fish Feast – Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Private Home – 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

fish3.jpg Chef Robert Fong of Bellingham, Washington, will prepare a parade of sustainable seafood from his home in the Pacific Northwest. The menu includes dishes prepared with Pacific Oysters, Dungeness Crab, Octopus, Lummi Island Reef Net Sockeye Salmon, and Vancouver and Alaskan Spot Prawns, done with care and flair!

Robert Fong is the former co-owner/chef of Bellingham’s “Pacific Cafe” for 22 years. He currently writes a food column on seasonal eating in the Whatcom Magazine, teaches cooking classes, does private dinners and is a restaurant consultant. He has practiced tai chi for more than 40 years, teaches in Washington State, and conducts workshops and retreats in Hawai`i, San Francisco, and in the Pacific Northwest.

If you are interested in this culinary event, register soon! The cost is $100 for members; $110 for non-members. The tickets for this very special event will go quickly! Please feel free to bring your favorite beverage to accompany the meal – BYOB.

We will contact you prior to the event with the location of the private home where the event will be held. If this event sells out and you purchase a ticket and are unable to attend, you will only receive a refund if you contact Slow Food by the RSVP deadline for the event, March 15, 2014. If you miss the deadline and Slow Food is able to sell your ticket, then you will be refunded.

To register for this event, go to:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pacific-northwest-seafood-tickets-10798070319

An Edible Tour of Foster Botanical Gardens – April 6

An Edible Tour of Foster Botanical Gardens – April 6
Foster Botanical gardens, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Foster Botanical Garden is an oasis of peace and serenity in bustling downtown Honolulu. Did you know there’s a butterfly garden? An edible garden that features double coconut, cacao and `ulu trees? Slow Food O`ahu has arranged a private tour for its members with focus on these aspects of Foster Garden. Our very own docent, Lana Brodzaik, and a SFO member, Kate Riley, who is also a Foster Garden volunteer, will share their vast knowledge with us of this gem on Sunday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to about 11:30 a.m. This is a free event and preference will be given to Slow Food O`ahu members. We are limited to 20 participants. Although the event is free, you must pay for individual admission to Foster Garden ($3) upon arrival. Umbrella and mosquito protection are a good idea to bring along.

To reserve a spot for the Slow Food tour, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/foster-garden-tour-with-slow-food-oahu-tickets-10784192811

Incidentally, at 3:00 p.m. on the same day April 6, Foster Garden has scheduled a repeat of “The Beginning of a Garden,” a historical performance that winds its way throughout the entire garden. Make reservations for this event at 522-7066. Admission to the garden is $3. (Note this is a separate event from the Slow Food O’ahu tour).

Knife-sharpening workshop – Saturday, March 15

Knife-sharpening workshop – Saturday, March 15
Private home, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Are your knives dull? We have the answer. Slow Food O`ahu is offering a FREE knife-sharpening workshop. We will meet Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at a private home. Attendance is free for the first 12 Slow Food O`ahu members in good standing.

Wolf, of Cutting Edge Services, has agreed to show us sharpening and edge maintenance techniques. He and his business have received stellar reviews on Yelp, and he’s happy to share his vast knowledge with us. If you’d like, you may bring two knives that need sharpening, and pay Wolf directly–$5/chef’s knife; $3/anything smaller. Wolf also asks that you bring with you whatever sharpening device you currently use, so that he can provide advice and tips on improving your skills.

Bring a potluck brunch item. Perhaps something that needs cutting with your newly sharpened knife? Please arrive on time.
RSVP to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/knife-sharpening-workshop-tickets-10790329165

Slow Food Chinatown Tour

Slow Food Chinatown Tour
Next tour: March 30 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join us on our exciting Slow Food Chinatown Tour.  Explore the history, culture, and food traditions of Honolulu’s Chinatown.  Shop its markets to learn about seafood, fresh produce, and traditional foods.  Visit bakeries, noodle factories, specialty shops, temples and historic sites.  Sample local foods such as manapua, crack seed, lumpia, and tropical fruits.

Slow Food O’ahu is initiating this tour on a regular basis on the last Sunday of the month from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Upcoming dates are February 23, March 30, April 27, and June 29.

The cost is $30 for members, $40 for non-members and includes all food samples.  To register go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/slow-food-oahu-5414692371?s=22035799.  Registration is limited to 8 participants to keep the tour small and intimate. Meeting information will be provided after registration and payment.  For general questions or information on the tour, contactslowfoodoahutours@gmail.com

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Slow Food Burmese Dinner – March 3

Slow Food Burmese Dinner - March 3 (Yes, that’s a Monday)
Dagon Burmese Cuisine, 6:30 p.m.

2671 S King St., 947-0088
(next to Kokua Market)

Join Slow Food O’ahu for a delicious 5-course dinner at Honolulu’s only Burmese restaurant.  Ten guests will enjoy this little-known cuisine that shares influences of Thai and Indian cooking but features unique ingredients and flavor combinations.  A Slow Food member who recently spent time in Myanmar (formerly Burma) will informally share his insights and experiences during your dinner conversation.

The menu includes:
Baya Kyaw (yellow split pea fritters appetizer)
Tea Leaf Salad (iconic Burmese dish)
Oh Noh Kauswe (coconut chicken noodle soup)
Burmese Curry Beef
Vegetable Kebat stir-fry with tofu
Burmese-Indian Rice

The cost of the meal, including tax and tip but not drinks is $25 for Slow Food members and $30 for others.  BYOB.  There is a limit of 12 guests.

Limited free parking (in stalls 1-8) in the alley between Kokua Market and Dagon Restaurant; on-street parking free after 6pm.

To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/burmese-dinner-with-slow-food-oahu-tickets-10608810237

Read an enthusiastic review (with photos) by Martha Cheng of Honolulu Magazine at:
http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/Biting-Commentary/January-2014/Dagon-A-New-Burmese-Restaurant-in-Honolulu/

Nepalese Dinner in Hawaii – February 15, 2014

Nepalese Dinner in Hawaii  - February 15, 2014
Private home in Kahala - 6 p.m. 

Our last Nepalese dinner was such a popular event that we have decided to host another with a different menu.  Chef Sanjeev invites you to another Nepalese dinner on February 15 with an enticing menu that includes hot off the griddle roti (an unleavened bread), daal and saffron rice, tomato and cilantro chutney, spinach, and goat or lamb curry. Dessert will be gajar halwa–a carrot pudding. Exotic spices will waft throughout the kitchen to whet the diners’ appetites. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.Arrangements may be made to participate in the preparations that afternoon.

Bring wine or beer to enhance your dining experience–Gewuerztraminer would definitely complement this feast or a wine that has both good fruit, minerality, and acidity. Of course, one can never go wrong with Champagne.

The cost is $35 for Slow Food O`ahu members and $40 for non-members. Limited attendance in a private home in Kahala. Please make reservations by Tuesday, February 11 at  sfo.reservation@gmail.com.

Please note:  Due to the nature of this event and the necessity of arranging details beforehand beforehand, if cancellations are required after the RSVP date and we are unable to fill your spot, you will be responsible for payment.   Payment information will be sent to you following your RSVP and the meeting location will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.

Slow Food O’ahu Annual Meeting

Slow Food O’ahu Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 26 – 11:00 a.m. followed by potluck
Waldorf School in ‘Aina Haina

The Waldorf Upper Campus (5257 Kalaniana`ole Hwy. in `Aina Haina) welcomes us once again for our annual meeting on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. We’ll have a brief recap of our 2013 activities and a look forward into the new year. As always, we don’t only share information with you; we are planning a potluck for all to share in the bounty of our island-grown produce. We encourage you to buy local–or if you have a home garden–to share your harvest with us; to cook a favorite dish, and to bring your own reusable eating and serving utensils.

The parking at the school is very limited. There’s street parking across the highway and in the `Aina Haina Shopping Center. Be mindful of jay-walking fines and be careful crossing the highway. We look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting if not earlier at either the bagel-making class or our newly -minted Chinatown tour.

Slow Food O`ahu is your organization, please join us and participate in planning and shaping the activities for 2014. Please R.S.V.P. regarding your attendance at sfo.reservation@gmail.com

Chinatown Food Tour by Slow Food O’ahu

Chinatown Food Tour by Slow Food O’ahu
Sunday, January 19, 2014: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Slow Food O’ahu is offering an exciting Chinatown walking tour focusing on the history, cultures, and food traditions of this vibrant district of Honolulu. The tour will explore open markets where local residents purchase seafood, fresh produce, and traditional foods.  We will visit bakeries, a noodle factory, specialty shops, and several historic sites.   There will be samples of typical foods for tasting along the way such as manapua and exotic fruits.  The planned walking tour will last 2 hours.

Participants should wear good walking shoes and provide their own sunscreen and drinking water.

The cost is $30 for members; $40 for non-members.  Space is limited to 12 people.  The deadline to register is January 12.  To reserve a spot contact sfo.reservation@gmail.com  The meeting location will be provided after registration and payment.

The Brooklyn bagel made fresh in Hawai’i

The Brooklyn bagel made fresh in Hawai’i 
Sunday, January 12, 2014  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Private residence in Kahala

Slow Food O`ahu is excited to present a hands-on workshop to make the best-tasting bagels west of New York.  Our instructor, Milton, was a sociology professor at UH; after his retirement, he moved to Ashland, Oregon, and opened a coffee shop, where he perfected the art of bagel. He and his wife have returned to Hawai’i and he’s happy to share his vast experience with a small group of our members. Our trial run yielded fantastically yummy bagels the likes of which can’t be found anywhere else in Hawai`i.

We will provide the instructor and all the baking ingredients in a lovely private home in Kahala. You may bring whatever accoutrements you like to have with your bagel–lox, cream cheese, preserves, tomatoes, onions, the works; wine/Champagne, whatever strikes your fancy. Bring enough to share, and we’ll have a bagel fest.

The cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members.  Participation is limited to ten people ; please send your reservation to sfo.reservation@gmail.com.  Deadline is January 7 (or earlier, if full).

Please note:  Due to the nature of this event and the necessity of arranging details beforehand beforehand, if cancellations are required after the RSVP date and we are unable to fill your spot, you will be responsible for payment.   Payment information will be sent to you following your RSVP and the meeting location will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.

Kalo Dinner Night – A Fundraiser for Slow Food O’ahu

Kalo Dinner Night – A Fundraiser for Slow Food O’ahu 
Terra Madre Dinner at Town Restaurant - December 10, 2013
Town Restaurant, 3435 Waialae Ave. (Kaimuki) 

Slow Food O’ahu will be holding a special kalo dinner to celebrate Slow Food’s Terra Madre Day on December 10, 2013 with Chef Ed Kenney at his Town Restaurant in Kaimuki.  Terra Madre Day is the anniversary of the founding of the Slow Food movement. Kalo is one of Hawaii’s special foods which has been put on the Slow Food Ark of Taste.  This kalo  dinner will be a benefit for Slow Food O’ahu, which will  raise money to transport our Oahu farmer delegates to Italy in October 2014 for Slow Food’s international gathering in Turin, Italy.

 

Space is limited.  Register now to attend this Slow Food O’ahu evening at the EventBrite link

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