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A Buddhist Feast (Vegan) – April 29, 2015

A Buddhist Feast (Vegan) – April 29, 2015

Buddhist temple in Makiki, 1708 Nu’uanu Ave., 6:30 p.m.

Slow Food O’ahu invites you to join us for a unique and delicious Buddhist dinner by chef Megumi Odin. Megumi will create and serve a beautiful vegan Buddhist food at the Soto Mission in Nu’uanu. She will put together a special menu for Slow Food of Indian flavors which will include the following:  Rainbow swiss chard, Dahl soup, corn chickpea beet green pakorawith kale arugula salad, flavorful rice, Chapati bread, cashew tomato cardamon curry, spicy Indian okura brussell sprouts stir fry

vegetables, Chai pudding.

The Soto Mission, where this event will be held, does not allow alcoholic beverages, so please do not bring any BYOB for this event.

The cost for this event is $27 for Slow Food members; $32.50 for the general public. Please sign up at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/slow-food-buddhist-vegan-dinner-tickets-16490928812 or go to http://bit.ly/sfoevents which lists all our Slow Food events.

About the chef… Megumi Odin left Peace Cafe, the much-beloved restaurant she started almost five years ago, to follow her creative inspiration to the next level.  In September, the chef began the first vegan restaurant in Honolulu, Satori Hawaii, a “pop-up” in the Soto Mission of Hawaii serving Contemporary Shojin Ryori (Buddhist Cuisine) meals that are vegan and gluten-free.  Satori uses local and organic produce, brown rice, and no cane sugar.  Instead, Megumi uses maple syrup or coconut sugar, sparingly.  The ingredients exclude garlic and onion, which Megumi abstains from for spiritual reasons. Satori’s menu is often Japanese, but also includes Western, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Indian and other Asian influences, to convey the experience of visiting a particular country through food.

With Satori, Megumi wanted to create a warm and intimate atmosphere, like eating at her grandmother’s home in Tokyo, the place where Megumi learned mindful, healthy cooking and eating. Megumi even wears a kimono she received from her grandmother, who is 96 years old.

“Ikitoshi ikerumono subete ni ai to kansha wo. Itadakimasu”-To eat with respect and appreciation for all living things, is a traditional Buddhist saying her grandmother used that Megumi still holds dear. Guests of Satori feel those sentiments in the simplest of ingredients prepared with loving consideration.