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From Soy Bean to Paste: Miso – Saturday, April 18, 2015

From Soy Bean to Paste: Miso – Saturday, April 18, 2015

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. MOA Natural Food Cafe

If you’ve ever eaten at a Japanese restaurant, chances are, you’ve been served a tannish brown soup with your meal. The slightly sweet and salty ingredient that makes the soup so delicious is miso. Occasionally, miso will also lend its flavor to butterfish and salmon in a sweet miso and shoyu (another soy product) preparation.

Learn all about this versatile culinary powerhouse – from how to make it, to its many uses – in a 60 to 90-minute course led by Mai Fujii of the MOA Wellness Center. Mai will unravel the mystery of miso, allow us to take home a sample of miso and we’ll enjoy some soup together.

The Mokichi Okada Association (MOA) has established the MOA Wellness Center, a facility devoted to their Health and Wellness Program (OHWP) and Integrative Medicine. They offer services to improve physical and spiritual health and the quality of life of its participants. Mokichi Okada (1882-1955) is the visionary whose lifestyle, passion and teachings became the founding inspiration for this center and its programs. They hold many food-related classes and also have their own farm!


Well, yes, you could just buy miso from your local grocer, but we’re Slow Food O’ahu, we want to know more so that we could make it ourselves and use it in the kitchen.

The cost is $25 for members; $30 for non-members.  The limit is 15 attendees.  To register, go to or you may go to for a list of all Slow Food O’ahu events.

Slow Food Chinatown Tour – April 26

Slow Food Chinatown Tour 
April 26, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (includes lunch)
Our successful Chinatown tours will continue in April.  

Explore the history, culture, and food traditions of Honolulu’s Chinatown. Visit markets, bakeries, noodle factories, specialty shops, temples and historic sites. Sample local foods such as poke, roast pork, look funn noodles, and tropical fruits.  Bring your shopping bags with you so you can  buy fresh produce, noodles, and specialty products.  Enjoy a 5-course lunch after the tour at one of Chinatown’s finest restaurants included in the tour price.

The cost for the tour with lunch is $50 for members; $60 for non-members.  The limit is 8 people, just enough to fit around a large table for your post-tour lunch.

Please sign up for the tour at or go to which lists all our Slow Food events.

Gnocchi and Friends – May 9, 2015

Gnocchi and Friends – May 9, 2015

10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Private home in Maunawili (Windward side)

Gnocchi is a delicious little Italian dumpling usually made from potatoes, flour, egg and water. As you can imagine, there are many varieties of gnocchi from the different regions of Italy and can be eaten in several preparations.

Several years ago, Dirce, a longtime friend of Slow Food O’ahu, taught members how to make these delicate dumplings, from mixing the dough to forming the shape and cooking them (- we learned how to eat them all by ourselves). Since then, some of us have practiced this skill with a local Hawaiian flare – we use kalo (taro) and kabocha squash in place of potatoes. Come experience variations on gnocchi from the diversity of your own home.

In this demonstration, Michelle Wilhelm, one of Slow Food O’ahu’s esteemed members, kalo farmer and past Terra Madre delegate will make her fabulous kalo gnocchi and Nina Bermudez will use kabocha squash in her interpretation of gnocchi. Be prepared to get your hands dirty (or floury) to help shape the dumplings using just the average fork. A brown butter sage sauce and a few other sauces will be provided. You are encouraged to bring an appropriate accompaniment and wine, if desired, to the meal and an apron.

You will never order this dish again in a restaurant so indifferently.

This event is limited to eight (8) Slow Food members at $20 per person.  We will open it up at the end of April to non-members if space is available.   For members, register at or go to which lists all our Slow Food events

Slow Suppers at Home – March 14, 2015 and April 11, 2015

Slow Suppers at Home – March 14, 2015 and April 11, 2015
Wahiawa private home beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Slow Suppers at home on March 14, 2015 – A Jordanian dinner

The year’s second Slow Suppers at Home will occur on Saturday, March 14 with a Jordanian feast. The group size will be eight lucky people (to include the host).

Slow Suppers at Home on April 11, 2015- A Moroccan dinner

This year’s third Slow Suppers at Home will occur on Saturday, April 11 with a Moroccan meal. The host has arranged for special spices to be available. The group size will be eight lucky people (to include the host).

About Slow Suppers at Home.  There is no fee for these events. They are limited to members of Slow Food. The membership may be International or USA. To join, go to If you’re joining our chapter, be sure to choose the Oahu chapter.  The suppers are to encourage local members in different parts of the island to get to know their fellow members and to also welcome Slow Food members from other parts of the world who might be visiting the islands.

Guests will be asked to bring a dish and beverage to share to the supper. If you would like to participate, please email David Bangert with the names, email address and telephone numbers of those wishing to participate. He will compile the list of participants and pass it to the host who will call or email the guests to coordinate the dinner.

If you are interested in hosting a Slow Suppers at Home, please call David Bangert at (808) 293-2981 or email

Urban Foraging: On the Hunt in Honolulu – March 28, 2015

Urban Foraging: On the Hunt in Honolulu – March 28, 2015

Urban Honolulu 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Backed by incredibly popular demand is another urban foraging adventure led by Dr. Nat Bletter.  With 30 folks attending our January session, we know that this adventure is a very popular activity. Denby Fawcett, long-tme journalist, attended Nat’s January foraging adventure and describes not only the fora  plant.jpgging adventure but the art of foraging for wild food in Hawai’i.

If you want to be as inspired as Denby or our previous foragers, then you don’t have to head for the mountains or the rainforest to find edible treasures. Join Slow Food O`ahu for a foraging adventure in urban Honolulu and be amazed by what you’ll discover.

Dr. Nat Bletter, of Madre Chocolate, will be our very own Euell Gibbons, guiding us into the urban ‘wilds’ of Honolulu on March 28, 2015 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Wear sun protection and bring water, a fork & spoon to sample goodies, and paper and plastic bags to collect in.

Wear sun protection, bring water, and put on a good pair of exploring shoes. The cost is $10 for Slow Food members, $15 for non-members. Reserve at by March 26, and upon reservations, we will send you an email with location and meeting details. Reservations are limited to 20 participants.

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