- Day 2: Pigs & Produce at Thackeray Farms
- Day 1: Dinner at McCrady's
- A Fergus Henderson Fantasy: Nose to Tail in Brooklyn
- Favorite New Tool for Summer Preserves
- A Hotel That Teaches Butchering
- Eating Spanish Food at Tertulia Supports Vermont
- 5 Chefs, 5 Pigs, 5 Winemakers
- Menu-Free Restaurants
- The Meat and Greet Movement
- Day 5: Touring DC Central Kitchen
I was lucky enough to be in Hawaii last weekend and got to partake in the islands' pre-Earth Day festivities and also discovered some new and delicious eco-minded food spots. Some highlights:
*Rocking out to Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews and Mason Jennings at the zero-waste, carbon-neutral Kokua Festival in Honolulu. Surfer turned filmmaker, turned rock star/eco-activist Jack Johnson created the festival five years ago to benefit the Kokua Foundation — his non-profit organization devoted to environmental education. All concerts should aspire to the festival's green principles: personal bike valets; biodiesel-powered generators; carbon offset options upon ticket purchase; concession stands selling local, sustainable drinks and snacks like salads and fruit from Pupukea Gardens; natural sodas from Waialua Soda Works and beer from Kona Brewing Company.
*Celebrating Maui Earth Day Sunday at Baldwin Beach in the hippie-chic town of Paia with live music and food from some of my favorite local restaurants like Flatbread Pizza.
*Tasting my way through the incredible flavors of gelato at Paia's new Ono Gelato. The five-month old, Italian-style gelateria sources local ingredients like apple bananas from Ono Farms, strawberry papayas from Molokai and persimmon from the Hashimoto family in Kula and makes all of its gelatos in-house. The non-fruit flavors were just as refreshing, especially Philosopher's Brew — a combination of organic herbal tea and peaches.
*Stumbling upon the awesome Laulima Farms on the way to Oheo Gulch in Hana. This 13-acre farm grows its own coffee and fruit and serves drinks and snacks at the on-site cafe/fruit stand. Customers have to hop on a bike and peddle in place if they want one of the fresh fruit smoothies which are prepared in a bicycle-powered blender.