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O’ahu Foraging Adventure Saturday January 28, 2017

O’ahu Foraging Adventure  Saturday January 28, 2017
Near the Hawaii Nature Center 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Foraging in H onolulu is one of our favorite things to do. Dr. Nat Bletter of Mad re Chocolate, one of   our Terra Madre delegates this year, leads us on another adventure in Makiki! You will learn about the incredible and edible plant life in Makiki, and chomp on a variety of plants, and flowers, fruit  and seeds. As we learned from Sunny Savage, author of Wild Food Plants of Hawaii, expanding your diet by including wild plants helps add to your gut’s biodiversity, and biodiversity is at the heart of what Slow Food is about. salad.jpg
At the end of the tour, Nat will toss foraging finds into a very wild plant salad to be enjoyed by all. Bring a fork and plate, and plastic bags for gathering.  Be sure to wear sun screen and/or rain pr ote ction and bring water.
See you in Makiki! Go just beyond the Hawaii Nature Center (2131 Makiki Hts. Rd.). We’ll meet at the lower gate.

New Years Romp in Chinatown – Friday, January 20, 2017 – FREE MEMBERS ONLY

New Years Romp in Chinatown – Friday, January 20, 2017 – FREE MEMBERS ONLY
Chinatown, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

If your invitation to the Trump Inaugural Ball got lost in the mail, you can instead join other Slow  Food O’ahu members for the fun of fireworks and lion dances on the streets of Chinatown, ending with typical holiday foods available for individual purchase at the Cultural Plaza. You won’t meet Melania and The Donald, but you won’t have to go through security either.
This is a f ree event, limited to 8 Slow Food members only attendees – just for fun.  The meeting point will be sent to ticket holders 48 hours in advance.

To sign up, go to:

Save the Date – Slow Food O’ahu Annual Meeting – FREE

Save the Date – Slow Food O’ahu Annual Meeting – FREE
January 15, 2017  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Please join us for our Annual Meeting to re-cap the events of 2016 and begin 2017. As is our tradition, we gather for a wonderful potluck lunch on Sunday in January (this year on January 15) for an opportunity to share food, food policy, and plan for 2017. Slow Food member events are known for some of the BEST potlucks of locally sourced food.  In addition to the food we will have a recap of events, and hear from our delegates to Terra Madre, Nat Bletter, Martha Cheng, and Charley Reppun. Nat is our Slow Food O’ahu leader for our foraging events as well as the co-founder of Madre Chocolate. Martha Cheng is an active food writer in Honolulu. You may have recognized her byline as the food editor for Honolulu Magazine and the Honolulu Weekly, or seen her name on articles for Conde Naste Traveler, Eater, and Frommer’s guidebooks. Charley & Vivien Reppun are the hosts for meeting. They with Charley’s brother, Paul, have been farming since 1974. Taro, grown under wetland conditions on ancient restored lo’i, has always been their main crop. Because of the varied topography of their land, they also grow many other edible plants and fruit bearing trees, like sweet potato and breadfruit. After the meal, we will have an opportunity to see the farm.

The meeting will be held at the Waianu Farm (home of Charley and Vivien Reppun) in Waiahole Valley. Directions and parking instructions will be sent out before the meeting. Parking is limited  and attendees will be enco uraged to carpool.

Although the event is free, please RSVP at: Bring your own utensils, drink, cutlery, and a dish to share. We look forward to seeing you there.

Slow Food O’ahu to Start Book Club

Save the Date: Slow Food O’ahu to Start Book Club
First Meeting February 19, 2017 in Manoa

Slow Food Oahu will begin the New Year in books, and always, food. We are forming a book club for lovers of food and literature and will begin our year with Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone in February. Book Club gatherings will meet quarterly on Sunday at the house of various host.

For Tender at the Bone, a memoir of “growing up at the table” we invite participants to bring a dish that helped you to “make sense of the world” as Reichl puts it. A childhood dish, comfort recipe, or perhaps even an experiment from the book… bring an appetite for conversation and culinary adventure!

Here’s a preview of the book that we have chosen to inaugurate our Club:

“At an early age, Ruth Reichl discovered that “food could be a way of making sense of the world. If you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were.” Her deliciously crafted memoir, Tender at the Bone, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told.  Beginning with Reichl’s  mother, the notorious food-poisoner known as the Queen of Mold, Reichl introduces us to the fascinating characters who shaped her world and her tastes, from the gourmand Monsieur du Croix, who served Reichl her first soufflé, to those at her politically correct table in Berkeley who championed the organic food revolution in the 1970s.  Spiced with Reichl’s infectious humor and sprinkled with her favorite recipes, Tender at the Bone is a witty and compelling chronicle of a culinary sensualist’s coming-of-age.”

Our inaugural meeting will beheld on Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Manoa.  Future locations will vary.  Look for a sign-up in our next newsletter on EventBrite if you are interested in attending our first meeting. In the meantime, you just might want to purchase the book for a holiday present to yourself.  You’ll have 3 months to read the book.

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