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Food for Thought Series featuring the Movie “Ingredients:Hawai’i”

Food for Thought Series featuring the Movie “Ingredients:Hawai’i”
April 4, 2012  5:30 p.m. Samplings from Local Farmers; 6:15 Screening and Discussion
Punahou School Thurston Chapel

Punahou School and Slow Food O’ahu invite you to the next in the film series “Food for Thought”.  Initiated in 2008, the Food for Thought series offers a forum for dialog centered around Punahou’s sustainability initiative. Each event features a movie in combination with speakers, displays or tastings to further thinking about the movie topic. This series represents the school’s efforts to create opportunities to help us shape a more sustainable world together.

Punahou has joined with Slow Food O’ahu in presenting the film “Ingredients:Hawai’i“, a film that inspires us to live Hawai’i and love Hawai’i through food.  A discussion will follow the film and will feature Robert Bates, Director of “Ingredients” (2009) and “Ingredients Hawai’i” (2011).

Admission is free. No RSVP is required but seating is limited. For more information see www.punahou.edu/foodforthought

Frankie’s Nursery Tour and Fruit Tasting

Frankie’s Nursery Tour and Fruit Tasting
Sunday, April 1, 2012  9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Optional lunch to follow at Sweet Home Waimanalo (not included in this fee)

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.

Please RSVP by March 28 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 at http://frankiesnursery.com/

Lilikoi Butter-Making Workshop

Liliko’i Butter-Making Workshop
Saturday, March 24, 2012 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Hawaii Kai Private Home

Would you like to learn to make Liliko’i (Passionfruit) Butter (also called curd)?

Liliko’i (Passion Fruit), Passiflora Edulis, is a vine species of the passion flower, known for it very strong and flavorful taste. Passion fruit is not widely available in stores, so most of the fruit comes from backyard gardens or wild groves. It can be found, however, in farmers’ markets throughout the islands. In Hawaii, the varieties are called yellow liliko’i and purple liliko’i and the fruit is normally eaten raw. We usually crack the rind of the passion fruit either with their hands or teeth and suck out the flavourful pulp and seeds. We often have an abundance of fruit from family, neighbors, and friends. Here is a chance to learn what to do with the liliko’i pulp.

In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare liliko’i butter from scratch using local liliko’i fruit pulp and all organic ingredients. We have already done the hard part for you … picking and storing the fruit. Join us at a private home in Hawaii Kai to learn the rest of the process. Participants will actively help with the butter-making and will receive a jar of liliko’i butter to take home at the end of the session.

Please RSVP by March 21 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 and tends to fill up fast, so please reply quickly if you know you would like to attend. The cost for members is $25 and nonmembers is $30 and payment must be received by the date of the event. Payment information, address and final details will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.

Chocolate History, Tasting and Making Class with Madre Chocolate

Chocolate History, Tasting and Making Class with Madre Chocolate
Saturday, March 17, 2011, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Honolulu

Would you like to learn about the many varieties of cocoa beans and chocolate, how the Aztec and Maya discovered chocolate, and how to make your own chocolate bars from the bean? There are many flowers, herbs, and spices that the Maya and Olmec who discovered chocolate added to their delicious ritualistic cacao drinks that are hard to find outside of Mexico, but many of these plants happen to grow in Hawaii and are underutilized. You can learn about all of this in a few hours with Madre Chocolate co-founder David Elliott and University of Hawai’i Manoa ethnobotanist and Madre Chocolate co-founder Dr. Nat Bletter. The types of chocolate bars whether milk or dark, raw or roasted, single origin or blended, and fruity or nutty are increasing exponentially. We will learn how to look at the ingredients and sort out the tasty, healthy ones from the rest. In the class everyone will participate in making delicious chocolate bars from scratch after a short talk on the history of chocolate with some tastings. You will go home with recipes and a bar of chocolate. You can learn more about Madre Chocolate at the website: http://madrechocolate.com/

The cost for this event is $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers and guests. Cost includes the demonstration, tastings, recipes and your own bar of handmade chocolate. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Michelle by March 14 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. RSVPs must be received by March 14. THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE, so please reply quickly if you would like to attend. Payment MUST be received by the date of the event. 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 will be sent to you following your RSVP. Final details will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.

Honolulu Fish Auction Tour

Honolulu Fish Auction Tour
Saturday, March 10, 2012 6 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

We’re offering this popular event once again – if you’ve not done this tour, you’ve been missing out! We’ll meet at 6:00 a.m. to greet the sun and the Honolulu fishing fleet as the boats come rolling in! Dr. John Kaneko, Program Director of the Hawaii Seafood Council, will guide the group on a walking tour of the Honolulu Fish Auction and Pier 38 Fishing Village waterfront. During the visit you’ll see fishing vessels and the variety of Hawaii’s fresh ocean fish. Learn about how they are harvested, handled, inspected, quality graded and sold through the country’s only fresh tuna auction. Find out what is done to manage Hawaii’s fisheries and what makes Hawaii Seafood the “best in class” in terms of quality, safety and sustainability. Come support our local responsible fisheries. After absorbing all that information, you can end the event with a great take-away breakfast on your own (including fish just brought in on the boats) from nearby Nico’s at Pier 38 – one of Honolulu’s little treasures.

Please RSVP by March 7 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 and tends to fill up fast, so please reply quickly if you know you would like to attend. The cost for members is $5 and nonmembers is $10 (please note: breakfast 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.

Volunteers Need for Chocolate Festival

Volunteers Need for Chocolate Festival on February 25
Dole Cannery Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Now that we have your attention with the words “volunteer” and “chocolate” in the same sentence…  Slow Food O’ahu is seeking 4 members to volunteer staff an information booth at the Hawai’i Chocolate Festival on February 25 at the Dole Cannery from Noon – 5 p.m. We would like to have 2 volunteers each from Noon – 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Those of us who volunteered last year had a terrific time, not to mention enjoyed the chocolate.  If we are able to secure volunteers then we will have a booth again.   Please check out the site at http://hawaiichocolatefestival.com/ and if you are interested in volunteering, let us know at slowfoodoahu@yahoo.com.  Look for more information about the festival in our next newsletter.

“Ingredients Hawaii Part One” – Movie World Premiere

“Ingredients Hawaii Part One” – Movie World Premiere 
February 4, 2012
Mamiya Theater on the St. Louis High School campus

5:30/7:00 VIP showing; 9:00 second showing

Grab this rare opportunity to meet people instrumental in creating Oahu’s new local food community, and see the world premiere of the highly anticipated follow up to the acclaimed documentary, “Ingredients”. The film by Bob Bates features Ed Kenney, the interns of Ma’o Farms, Mark Noguchi, Jay Maddock, the Ahupua‘a of Ko‘olaupoko, Sweet Home Waimanalo & Farm Roof, Waikiki School, Aloha Harvest & Foodscapes Hawaii.

“Ingredients Hawaii Part One” illustrates O‘ahu’s emerging local food community as an alternative to imported and processed foods. The film illustrates the ways we are reclaiming our agriculture and local food traditions in light of an uncertain food future.

The event is sponsored by Whole Foods, the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture, Kamehameha Schools, and the Hawaii Council for the Humanities.

* 5:30pm VIP Reception & World Premiere and 7:00 p.m. World Premiere – $45
Includes food, cocktails and after film discussion on the future of sustainable agriculture in Hawaii.

* 9:00pm Second Screening, and after-film discussion.  $10 pre sale, $12 at the door, $5 students (at the door with valid student ID)

FOR TICKETS – Visit the website: ingredientshawaii.com

SHARE the new trailer: http://vimeo.com/34576230

Gnocchi – Making Class

Gnocchi – Making Class: A MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT
Sunday, February 5, 2012  10 a.m. – Noon

Dirce Carmi, our favorite Slow Food member from Torino, Italy is back in town and has generously offered to teach another class on gnocchi making to Slow Food O’ahu members!   Dirce will teach the traditional method of making gnocchi with potato, eggs and flour. When we’re pau with the hands on lesson (limited to 6 people) we will cook up the gnocchi and have lunch together. The lunch will include gnocchi with sauce(s), a salad of local ingredients, and bread. In case you aren’t aware, Dirce taught the staff at town Restaurant in Kaimuki the fine points of making and serving gnocchi.

To register for this event, please RSVP to Michelle at sfo.reservation@gmail.com  by January 31.  Please include in your RSVP your name and phone or email.  THIS CLASS IS LIMITED TO 6 PEOPLE AND YOU MUST BE A MEMBER TO ATTEND. The cost of the class will be $30, including the lesson and lunch, and will be held in a private home in the Waikiki area.  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.

Television Special — “The Rain Follows the Forest”

Television Special — “The Rain Follows the Forest”
January 19, 22, 26, and 28 see times below

DLNR has produced a half-hour television special, “The Rain Follows the Forest,” with Jason Scott Lee setting out on a journey to learn about sustainable life in our island home.  Through interesting conversations, he learns about Hawai’i’s fragile fresh water supply and shares ways in which we all can contribute to protecting our watersheds. Why is this important to food?  Because food sustainability is not possible without a protected and well-managed water supply.

Air dates in January are as follows:
KGMB Thursday 1/19/2012 6:30-7pm
KGMB Sunday 1/22/2012 at 4:30-5pm
KHNL Thursday 1/26/2012 at 6:30-7pm
KHNL Saturday 1/28/2012 at 6:00 – 6:30pm

For additional information, you may find “The Rain Follows the Forest: A Plan to Replenish Hawai’i’s Source of Water” which was released by Governor Abercrombie in November 2011 on the DLNR website at www.hawaii.gov/dlnr .

Monsanto in Hawai’i – Panel Discussion

Monsanto in Hawai’i  – Panel Discussion
Wednesday, January 18, 2012,  7:00 – 9:00pm
Hawaiian Studies Halau o Haumea, UH-Manoa, 2645 Dole Street, Honolulu

You are invited to attend a panel discussion that directly affects the quality of our food system in Hawai’i – a discussion of the role of Monsanto in Hawai’i.   The panel will feature Kamuela Enos of MA’O Organic Farms, Trisha Kehaulani Watson of Honua Consulting, and long-time Moloka’i activist, Walter Ritte. Professor Jon Osorio will moderate.

Attendees are encouraged to read the cover story in a recent issue of Honolulu Weekly on GMO Seed in Hawai’i at http://honoluluweekly.com/cover/2012/01/boss-gmo/

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