Thursday, December 11, 2008

Another Educational and Inspirational Meeting

Dec 11, 2008 Meeting
Summer Shimabukuro and Manny Miles, from Ma’o Farms, gave a wonderfully informative presentation about their attendance to Terra Madres 2008 in Torino Italy. Their presentation addressed four lessons learned from their experiences: Shared Humane Experience, Conviviality and the Sacredness of Food, Critical Times and The Power of Youth. But before they began, they asked all in attendances to speak briefly of about their personal development or awareness of their passion for food. I noted that most everyone commented on the food and the connection to family experiences.

Shared Humane Experience: The Food Movement is BIG! There were approximately 6,000 participants from over 153 countries: farmers, seed protectors, cheese makers, mothers, teacher, and activists. Conviviality and the Sacredness of Food: Passion about and around Food. “Life is sacred. We need food to live. Thus food is sacred.” – Satish Kumar. Satish Kumar related the story of Shiva being a farmer and that the every day acts of growing and eating food are seen as divine. Critical Times: “The modern world has had two major revolutions. The first was the invention of the steam engine. The second was the introduction of electricity. The third will be the Green Revolution.” – Carlo Pettrini.
The Power of Youth: Summer shared the story of Sam Levin, the 15 year old keynote speaker, and how he started a garden at his high school and how “Project Sprout” is spreading worldwide.

In closing they encouraged us all to be thoughtful about your passion for food.

We were also extremely fortunate to have Daniel Anthony speak on kalo (taro) and demonstrate traditional poi pounding. Tasting freshly pounded kalo – pa’i ‘ai - was a revelation and first time experience for some attendees. This was a special opportunity. We hope to have Daniel return for another workshop in the future.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Healthy Food Demonstration at The Farmer's Market

The KCC Slow Food volunteers presented another food demonstration at the Farmer's Market. This week we created our own version of Dolma, a traditional stuffed grape leaves recipe. President Sean Congdon and member Saeed Samad please the crowd with their tasting creation. Mahalo to Ma'o  Organic Farms for generously donating the beets. Thanks also to Big Wave Flavor Tomatoes for supplying the Surfing Goat Dairy goat cheese. Let us not forget about the USDA grant that helps to underwrite these demonstrations. You can find the recipe attached in the "comments" section below. Good Eating.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Healthy Food Demonstration at The Farmer's Market

November 29, 2008

Another successful food demonstration was conducted at the KCC's Farmer's Market. This Saturday the product product was farm fresh Hearts of Palms prepared in a tasty healthy salad.  Thanks go out to Wailea Ag. for their generous donation of the Hearts of Palm, Meyers Lemons and Bay Leaf. You can find the Wailea Ag booth at the farmer's market on the 1st and 3rd  Saturdays of each month . Again the demonstrations were a huge hit. You can find the recipe in the "comments" below.