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Slow Food Chinatown Tour

Slow Food Chinatown Tour
Next tour: June 29 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.


The cost is $30 for members, $40 for non-members and includes all food samples.  To register go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinatown-food-tour-by-slow-food-oahu-tickets-11572442487?aff=eac2 Registration is limited to 8 participants to keep the tour small and intimate. Meeting information will be provided after registration and payment.  

Urban Foraging Adventure – Sunday, June 8

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Downtown Honolulu Locations 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 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.

 Nat Bletter, of Madre Chocolate, will be our very own Indiana Jones, guiding us into the urban wilds of Honolulu on Sunday, June 8, 2

014, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 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 by June 6, and upon reservations, we will send you an email with location and meeting details. eventbrite.com/e/urban-foraging-adventure-tickets-11714212525

The Slowest Slow Food Event: Sourdough Bread – Sunday May 18

The Slowest Slow Food Event: Sourdough Bread - Sunday May 18
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at a private home in Honolulu

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Sourdough is really a labor of love.  To make a loaf of sourdough bread, one needs to grow and cultivate wild yeast in a nutritious medium, over weeks, then know how to use the new starter with added flour to form loaves of bread then rise over several hours.  Finally, in the quickest part of the bread-making process, loaves go into the oven for baking.  Bread-lovers do not shy away!  The process is not as difficult as it seems.   

In this Slow Food Oahu event, learn how to make your own sourdough starter from scratch, without the use of added commercial yeast, using various organic food sources for wild yeast.  We will share information about how to promote natural yeast growth that will lead to a strong starter.  Learn how to keep this starter alive for months and years and how to store starter for optimal lifespan.  Finally, we’ll teach you how to turn your starter into loaves of slightly sour bread.  Later, we’ll break bread together with a freshly baked loaf.  Bring condiments and appropriate foods to share.  We’ll send you home with some starter from Alaska dating back to 1898 and the knowledge how to keep it alive for generations to come.   

The cost is $10 for members; $15 for non-members.  Space is limited to 12 people. 

Participants:  Please bring a small glass container to take home your sourdough starter.

To register for the event go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-slowest-slow-food-event-sourdough-bread-tickets-11396221405?ref=estw

Information about the location of the event will be mailed approximately a week prior to the event.  For other information, contact reservations.sfoahu@yahoo.com

Authentic Neuemberger Bratwurst and Sauerkraut – Saturday, May 10

Authentic Neuemberger Bratwurst and Sauerkraut - Saturday, May 10

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at a private home in Honolulu

Join us for a German lunch that couldn’t be more traditional if you were sitting on Nuremberg’s famous town square, enjoying a glass of Bavarian beer with Nuernberger Bratwurst, potato salad and sauerkraut.

Our food purveyors are Axel and Thomas, who-with their Wurstwagen lunch wagon-are a welcome addition to the Honolulu foodie scene. Nuernberger Bratwurst is a trade-marked delicacy that originates in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, and Axel and Thomas, who hail from that area, have perfected the taste.

The lunch will start with a sauerkraut-making demonstration before we sit down to a menu of bratwurst prepared two ways – Grilled and poached and served with potato salad and kraut. All menu items are house-made. Although the pork is currently sourced from the mainland, in the true spirit of Slow Food, plans are to use local pork as soon as it is feasible.

Sauerkraut shares a common heritage with the beloved island staple, kim chee. Since the fermentation process takes time, there won’t be any take-home samples of kraut, but diners may pre-order kraut and additional bratwurst: Sauerkraut 1kg (about 2lbs) = $3.00; 25 bratwurst = $20. All pre-orders are payable directly to the Wurstwagen guys on May 10.

Cost for the demonstration and dinner is $30 for Slow Food members; $40 non-members. Bring your own choice of beer. Space is limited to 12. RSVP by May 6.

To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/authentic-nuernberger-bratwurst-and-sauerkraut-tickets-11322629289

Ticket holders will be emailed the address of the event after May 6. For information about the event, contact reservations.sfoahu@yahoo.com

Slow Food Chinatown Tour – April 27

Slow Food Chinatown Tour
Next tour: April 27 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.

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, contact lauriecarlson@me.com.

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/

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