Hawaii Ag Conference issues chef challenge
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The challenge — prepare a 100-percent locally-sourced menu, including items like vinegar.
Hawaii chefs have stepped up to the challenge for the 2012 Hawaii Agriculture Conference, to be held at the Hawaii Convention Center on Thursday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 21, and is expected to draw more than 500 attendees.
Besides an All Hawaii Products Awards Luncheon on Sept. 20, there will be a pau hana reception in the evening with demonstrations by leading Hawaii chefs, farmers and gardeners on how to best use local foods in cooking.
Highlights of the reception include:
» Convention Center Chef Gary Matsumoto (who spearheaded the all-local luncheon) demonstrates how to cook with the vegetables and ingredients from a CSA (community supported agriculture) box.
» Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi of Pili Hawaii demonstrates “Cooking within an Ahupuaa.”
» The Palolo Community Kitchen exhibits “Foraged Guava Jam Crostinis.”
» Chef John Memering of Cactus explains “Preserving the Seasons.”
» Pa‘i‘ai master Daniel Anthony and the Mana Ai Men in Malos offer “Down to Pound,” a taro-pounding demo.
CONVENTION CENTER chefs have been hard at work getting ready for the event, including the preparation of their own specialty vinegar several months in advance as well as working with farmers throughout the islands.
Menu items include a local harvest salad, pan roasted tilapia, sweet potatoes, pickled Maui onions and Hamakua springs yellow tomato crema plus a dessert of honey vanilla fromage blanc with Kula strawberries, lavender and macadamia nut brittle.
Members of the public may purchase tickets for the awards luncheon ($60, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the center’s 4th floor ballroom B) or pau hana reception ($35, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Trade Show Exhibition Hall 3rd Floor Room 316), or both, on Sept. 20. Cost is $75 for a Foodie Pass, good for both events plus a day pass to the Tradeshow Exhibition Hall.
Tickets available at www.hawaiiagconference.org or at the door.