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Slow Food Work Day and Picnic at Kapalai Farms

Slow Food Work Day and Picnic at Kapalai Farms
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – Noon, followed by a Potluck Lunch

Slow Food O’ahu is joining forces with the non-profit organization Ho’okua’aina at Kapalai Farms  to do a morning work project followed by a potluck lunch on Saturday, May 18, 2013.  Ho’okua’aina at Kapalai is a nonprofit organization started by Dean and Michele Wilhelm.  The organization oversees 7.6 acres of land in a quiet neighborhood on the Windward side of O’ahu. Over the past five years, the area has been transformed into a gathering place -  a place that inspires people to connect with and care for the land, perpetuates the Hawaiian culture through the cultivation and preparation of traditional foods, and brings healing to at-risk youth, particularly young Hawaiian males in need of strong role models and experiences grounded in culture. You may remember that the Wilhelms were our 2012 Slow Food O’ahu delegates to Terra Madre.  Come offer up your services to a local farm, enjoy delicious food, and take the opportunity to meet Dean and Michele and see the wonderful things they are doing (not to mention their fabulous tree-house, where our Terra Madre fundraiser was held last year).

Our work task will be from 8:00 a.m. – noon, followed by a potluck lunch.  The needs of the farm vary on a day-to-day basis and the weather plays a big role, but various work includes harvesting and planting kalo, clearing and digging new lo’i, weeding, weed-whacking, and eradication of invasive species.  The Wilhelms will provide fresh luau stew from the farm.  Please bring sturdy work clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy (ie. stained), towel, hat, water and bug spray.  For lunch, please bring a dish to share, along with your own eating utensils (plate, cup, cutlery, napkin).  Please RSVP by April 30 to Michelle at sfo.reservation@gmail.com.

Tin Roof Ranch Tour (North Shore)

Tin Roof Ranch Tour (North Shore)
Saturday, March 23, 2013  9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Tin Roof Ranch is the only ranch on Oahu that sells fresh organic pasture raised chickens & eggs farm direct.  This farm is diverse, sustainable & uses only organic products such as worm castings & compost tea.  Please join us as LuAnn Casey and her husband, Gary Gunder, host Slow Food Oahu for a tour of their amazing farm on the North Shore. LuAnn and Gary have had the farm for 10 years and have turned land the land that used to be overgrown with weeds, numerous old refrigerators, stoves & broken down cars in the fields into a productive & sustainable farm.  Their hope is to educate, inspire & encourage others in growing some of their own food and to continue to support the local farmers.  During the tour, you will see the inner workings of an organic farm from water catchment, bee keeping, soil rebuilding techniques, natural & humane animal raising …this is how farming used to be & it worked well, and LuAnn and Gary are working hard to bring back these practices that are good for our health as well as the community, the island & the planet.  Following the tour, there will be an opportunity to buy chicken and/or eggs to take home.

Please RSVP by March 17th to Michelle at sfo.reservation@gmail.com.  Please include in your RSVP your name, member status, phone or email and the name of any nonmember or member guests you would like to bring.  **PLEASE NOTE** If you would like eggs or to buy chickens (for laying or for eating!), you must include this in your RSVP, with the number you would like.  This event is limited to 25 people.  The cost for members is $15 and nonmembers is $20 and payment must be received before the date of the event.  Payment information, directions and final details will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.

Small Kine Farm Tour (Waimanalo)

Small Kine Farm Tour (Waimanalo)
Saturday, April 6, 2013  2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Slow Food Oahu as we return to Waimanalo to explore yet another of the great farms there — Small Kine Farm, the only organic mushroom farm on Oahu.   Fung Yang has a great philosophy that more of us should follow – waste isn’t just useless trash, it’s one of the planet’s most valuable resources.  He is founder of Oahu’s first door-to-door recycling service, Green Glove Recycling(formerly Oahu Community Recycling), which set up recycling bins at homes and businesses around the island, collecting their recyclables, and donating a portion of his profits to local schools.  While collecting his clients’ recyclables, he noticed that they were getting rid of more than paper, plastics and glass. They were also throwing out a lot of organic waste, so he began experimenting with composting.  Composting led to mushroom farming and the eventual launch of Small Kine Farm in Waimanalo. Compost is an ideal soil for mushrooms and mushrooms, which don’t require large acres of land to grow, and are an ideal crop for an island state with a limited amount of agricultural land.  Hawaii Mushrooms from Small Kine Farm are organically grown using green waste as our growing substrate. The substrate is composted and pasteurized in high heat before being used to provide a nutritious and bacteria-free growing medium for our mushrooms. During the tour, we will learn about the process of mushroom farming, including composting, pasteurization, spawn running, pinning, harvesting and packaging.

Please RSVP by March 31 to Michelle at sfo.reservation@gmail.com.  Please include in your RSVP your name, member status, phone or email and the name of any nonmember or member guests you would like to bring.  This event is limited to 12 people, so please reply quickly if you would like to attend.  The cost for members is $10 and nonmembers is $15 and payment must be received before the date of the event.  Payment information, directions and final details will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.  You can learn more about Small Kine Farm at their website: http://www.oahufresh.com/mushroomman/

An Evening in Nepal

An Evening in Nepal

Saturday, February 2 at  5:00 p.m.

Kahala private home

 

Join us for three-course dinner of Nepalese cuisine, on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 5 p.m. in a private home in Kahala. Sanjiv, our chef of the evening, is an Hawai’I Pacific University graduate in business and hospitality who loves to share his native fare. Recently returned from a family visit to Nepal, he returned with a fresh and intriguing cache of spices, with which he’ll work his magic in the kitchen. While nibbling on pupus, we’ll be enveloped in the aroma of Sanjiv’s cooking mastery. If you like, bring your own wine to complete the experience (to complement the spices, a German Riesling or Alsatian Gewuerztraminer might be nice).

To register for this event, please RSVP to Michelle at  sfo.reservation@gmail.com  by January 25.  Please include in your RSVP your name and phone or email.  THIS CLASS IS LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE. The cost of the class will be $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Please note:  Due to the nature of this event and the necessity of purchasing ingredients beforehand, if cancellations are required after the RSVP date and we are unable to fill your spot, you will be held responsible for payment.  Payment information and directions will be sent to you following your RSVP with the address. Final details will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.

Slow Food O’ahu Annual Meeting and Potluck

Slow Food O’ahu Annual Meeting and Potluck

January 26, 2013 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Waldorf High School Campus, 5257 Kalanianaole Hwy. (Aina Haina)

 

Please join us for our Slow Food O’ahu Annual Meeting and Potluck on Saturday, January 26, 2013 to start off the new year.  What will be on the menu for 2013? Your participation is important to us. Share your ideas and talents! While our individual efforts as consumers and advocates are important, only by working together can Slow Food hope to create change in the food system.

Let’s brainstorm together and start the year on a positive note. We can choose from cooking classes taught by the creative cooks among us, legislative advocacy, school garden tours, lectures, films, themed potlucks, cookbook exchanges, farm tours and harvest celebrations…the calendar is yours to invent.

The meeting and the potluck will be at the Waldorf School in ‘Aina Haina near the ‘Aina Haina Shopping Center on the ocean side of Kalaniana’ole highway.  Parking is limited, but you can park at the Shopping Center or in the neighborhood. Also, please note that the Waldorf School has a lower campus at a different location.

This is a green event.  Please bring your own plate, cup and cutlery. For reservations please contact Michelle at sfo.reservation@gmail.com. 

We are also seeking members who are interested to expand our efforts.  We are a completely volunteer effort and need committed members who are interested in conducting or creating an event, arranging a film or a speaker, and developing our “benefits” program with discounts for members at local establishments, etc. Are you up to the challenge? If you are interested please send your name to slowfoodoahu@yahoo.com  stating your interest.

Gnocchi – Making Class

Gnocchi – Making ClassSunday, January 20, 2013 10 a.m. – Noon

Hawaii Kai private home

 

Dirce Carmi, our favorite Slow Food member from Torino, Italy, is back in town for her annual visit, and has generously offered to teach another gnocchi-making class to Slow Food O’ahu members!   Dirce will teach the traditional method of making gnocchi with potato, eggs and flour. After the hands-on lesson we will cook up the gnocchi and have lunch together. The lunch will include gnocchi with sauce(s) and a salad of local ingredients, and bread.

To register for this event, please RSVP to Michelle at sfo.reservation@gmail.com  by January 13.  Please include in your RSVP your name and phone or email.  THIS CLASS IS LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE. The cost of the class will be $30, including the lesson and lunch, and will be held in a private home in Hawaii Kai. Please note:  Due to the nature of this event and the necessity of purchasing ingredients beforehand, if cancellations are required after the RSVP date and we are unable to fill your spot, you will be held responsible for payment.  Payment information and directions will be sent to you following your RSVP with the address. Final details will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.

Frankie’s Nursery Tour and Fruit Tasting

Frankie’s Nursery Tour and Fruit Tasting

Saturday, December 9, 2012  9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

Frank of Frankie’s Nursery will conduct a tour for Slow Food O’ahu through the grounds of his extensive fruit tree nursery. He and his wife Lynn, have spend many years establishing these unique collection of tropical fruit trees and plants. They have collected many new varieties on trips to Southeast Asia and Tropical Americas. They are uniquely able to help pick the right fruit tree for your Oahu location, be it a lanai in Waikiki or a rainforest at the back of Manoa.  This is a great opportunity to find the best botanical Christmas gifts, a potted Meyer lemon for the lanai or a Rapoza mango for the yard or even a grafted “eggplant” tree that will yield year after year. Frankie’s is the best source by far for selecting fruit trees and other shrubs for your garden.  Lynn and Frank can advise you on exactly what varieties are best for your neighborhood.  Please RSVP by December 7, 2012 to Michelle at sfo.reservation@gmail.com.  Please include in your RSVP your name, member status, phone or email and the name of any nonmember or member guests you would like to bring.  THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE and tends to fill up fast, so please reply quickly if you know you would like to attend.  The cost for members is $10 and nonmembers is $15 (please note: Lunch is not included in the price) and payment must be received by the date of the event.  Payment information, directions and final details will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.  You can learn more about Frankie’s Nursery athttp://frankiesnursery.com/

Special Event: Slow Oven Dining at Kapalai Farms

Special Event: Slow Oven Dining at Kapalai Farms

A fundraiser to support our Terra Madre delegates

September 29, 2012  5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Kapalai Farms in Maunawili Valley

 

Would you like a truly unique, truly slow experience, and help us send our very special Slow Food O`ahu delegates to Slow Food International’s bi-annual Terra Madre in Torino, Italy?

We invite our Slow Food members and supporters to a special evening at Dean and Michele  Wilhelm’s Kapalai Farms.  Dean and Michele will represent Slow Food O’ahu in Torino, Italy, this October. The event includes a tour of Kapalai and true slow food cuisine featuring organic produce from the farm that will be cooked in the homemade wood-fired earthen oven the Wilhelms have built with clay from their taro lo’i. It will be a great opportunity to tour their farm and hear about what they are doing at Kapalai and with their nonprofit Hookuaaina.

Situated in Maunawili Valley, Kapalai Farms is the family’s 7.6-acre parcel of land being restored to loʻi kalo. Although the land has been out of production for more than a century, the Wilhelms, together with their four children and many helping hands, are returning it once again to a thriving source of produce, education and inspiration for the community.

The evening will be limited to 20 people in attendance at Kapalai Farms. Guests must be a member, although they may bring up to 2 non-members. The fortunate 20 people will have an opportunity to visit the farm and enjoy the evening of wonderful food.

The evening will be a grazing experience that reflects the Slow Food principles of good, clean, and fair.  The following is a glimpse at the variety of culinary delights you may expect.  The actual menu may vary, according to what’s ready to harvest that day.

 

* Kalo Bruschetta with Roasted Peppers

* Kale Chips

* Wood Fired Pizza

* Corn and Kale Frittata with Kapalai Eggs

* Mixed Greens with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette

* Roasted Vegetables

* Kalo Gnocchi in a Sage Butter Sauce

* Banana Flambé

* Wine Pairings with each course

 

We at Slow Food O’ahu are proud to support the Wilhelms in their journey to Terra Madre.  Please come to support them as well.

Please RSVP to sfo.reservation@gmail.com by Saturday, September 22. Since this event is LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE and is sure to fill up please RSVP quickly so you won’t miss out on this unique experience. Please include in your name, member status, phone or email and the name of any non-member guest you would like to bring.  You MUST be a member to attend although each member may bring up to 2 non-member guests. The cost for members is $75 and for non-members is $90.  Payment MUST be received by Wednesday, September 26 to hold your spot(s).  Please note:  Due to the nature of this event and the necessity of purchasing ingredients beforehand, if cancellations are required after the RSVP deadline and we are unable to fill your spot, you will be held responsible for payment.  Payment information will be sent following your RSVP, and address and final details will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.

Slow Food O’ahu Jam-making Class

Slow Food O’ahu Jam-making Class

August 18, 2012  10:00 – Noon, Honolulu private home

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make jam with all that leftover fruit?  Summer is fresh fruit season. In Hawaii, we have had a bountiful year of fruit, including mango, lychee, and more.  If you would like to learn how to make preserves from fruit using natural pectin, this workshop is for you.  Participants will learn how to prepare fruit and to use a water bath to preserve the jars of jam.   We will be using pineapple and other available fruit to teach you how to master the basic technique that can be applied to any type of fruit that you might have in abundance.  This workshop is limited to 10 people so that everyone will have a chance to actively share in the production of the jam.

 

This event will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Please RSVP to Michelle by Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at  sfo.reservation@gmail.com. Please include in your RSVP your name, member status, phone or email and the name of any nonmember or member guests you would like to bring. The cost for members is $20, and $25 for nonmembers. Payment MUST be received by Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Please note: Due to the nature of this event and the necessity of purchasing ingredients 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. Address and final details will be sent to all confirmed guests prior to the event.

Free Community Screening of Two Powerful Films about Food and the Environment

Free Community Screening of Two Powerful Films about Food and the Environment

Thursday, July 26, 2012  6:30 p.m – 9:00 p.m.

Location: R&D, 641 Auahi Street, Honolulu

 

Please join Slow Food Oahu at R&D for a free public screening of two movies at R&D, the creative space of local arts organization, Interisland Terminal, which is specifically devoted to innovation and creative collaboration. On Thursday, July 26, 2012 we will screen two films about food sustainability from around the nation – “EATING ALASKA” (co-produced by local resident and Slow Food member, Shirley Thompson) and “THE SHRIMP.” The films aired on PBS stations across the US this past year, and have prompted viewers of all ages to think about their role in the food chain, our relationship to the natural environment and what it means to eat locally and regionally from your local foodshed.   After the films, there will be a Question & Answer  session with Shirley Thompson and a panel discussion about the issues  the film raises about “what’s on your plate” and how we can reach beyond  the already converted to get more people to think about the social,  political, ethical and economic impacts of what they choose to eat.   This event is free to both the public and Slow Food members. Free pupus  will be served and R&D will have Morning Glass coffee available for  purchase.

 

Although the event is free, please rsvp to slowfoodoahu@yahoo.com to enable us to prepare for the appropriate size crowd.

 

Movie Synopses:

EATING ALASKA is a funny and sometimes serious film about the filmmaker’s own true experiences of being an urban vegetarian who moves to a small town in Alaska, and is confronted with the question, ‘What is the “right” thing to eat?’  She goes on a quest, and along the way meets all kinds of every day Alaskans, from deer hunting women, to Eskimo kids in the Arctic talking about their favorite Moose meat, to a vegan cooking class in Wasilla and even her own salmon fisherman husband.  It’s a wry search for a meal that makes sense politically, socially, spiritually and tastefully.  The film provokes dialogue about the complicated clash between the industrial food system and traditional foodways, and investigates such controversies as wild vs. farmed fishing, and toxins that may be contaminating our food. EATING ALASKA journeys from the source to the shelves, stopping in between to raise such essential questions as:    -How is food a bridge between the natural and the social world?  -What are the most healthy, safe and sustainable ways for us to be part of the food chain?  -What is our ethical obligation to the land and sea?  -What can be learned from indigenous food practices?

Trailer: http://www.eatingalaska.com/

 

THE SHRIMP.  The commercial shrimping industry along the coasts of the American South is threatened by pollution, oil spills and consumer demand for less expensive foreign imports. THE SHRIMP is a meditative documentary film that follows the life, death and rebirth of one shrimp from the murky marshes of Savannah, Georgia. Beautifully etched images and a lush audio soundtrack create a rich observational work about coastal foodways, Southern culture, human folly and the interplay of natural and built environments. THE SHRIMP, a 12 minute film, is as unique and engaging as the people, culture and geography it follows.

Trailer: http://www.newday.com/films/The_Shrimp.html

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