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Supporting Local Big Island Farmers with the Farm-2-Table Concept

Another day, another Farm-2-Table masterpiece here on the Big Island! Wednesday night was no different as I met with some dear girlfriends (who also happen to be Hawaii Life colleagues) to celebrate their recent birthdays! We all gathered at Sansei Waikoloa for their “3rd Special Farm-2-Table Wine Dinner.” It was a 5 course meal paired with some really fabulous vino!

Catherine Klug R(S), Katie Minkus BIC, Dave Minkus, Julie Keller R(S), Brooke Derby R(S), and Karen Bail R(B) celebrating at Sansei Waikoloa’s Farm-2-Table Wine Dinner!

The Farm-2-Table Movement

The Farm-2-Table menu was created by Sansei Executive Chef, Keith Endo, and featured all locally sourced and grown items. Being a small organic farmer myself, I truly appreciate this entire “Farm-2-Table” concept that is sweeping the nation. 

The farm-2-table philosophy embraces a sustainable approach to agriculture and dining. At its heart, the concept is simple: there is greater value in eating locally. This movement, which picked up speed during the first decade of the 21st century, touts the benefits that are reaped by those who both produce and consume local food, as well as the environment as a whole.

Food and Wine Pairings at Sansei Waikoloa

Local Squash Blossoms With Homemade Ricotta Cheese with Farm Fresh Hamakua Mushrooms and White Wine Butter Sauce

The five course menu featured some of the Big Island’s most famous locally grown food, including Hamakua Mushrooms, WOW Tomato’s, and Kona Main Lobster.

The wine pairings were by Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya, Hawaii’s most sought-after wine expert, and featured wines from small local wine farmers in Italy, France, and the Oregon Coast. The best glass of the evening was the 2009 Evening Land Rose from Oregon. There are only 5 cases in the entire state of Hawaii making it extra special!

Butter Poached Kona Main Lobster with Local Sweet Corn, Fresh Squid Ink House-Made Linguine and Jalapeno Uni Butter Sauce

I understand the importance of supporting our community and hope you will join my effort to buy from and support locally owned farms here on the Big Island. It’s how many local Big Island restaurants are keeping their menus fresh, creative and delicious! You can do the same thing at home too! Hope to see you at the next Farm-2-Table Dinner!

Aloha!

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Margaret Reynolds

July 2, 2012

Wow! The selections look great! Happy Birthday to all too!

Margaret Reynolds

July 2, 2012

Wow! The selections look great! Happy Birthday to all too!

Karen Bail, R(B)

July 3, 2012

Mmmmm That Rose was delicious. What a great night!

Karen Bail, R(B)

July 3, 2012

Mmmmm That Rose was delicious. What a great night!

Brooke Derby, R(S)

July 4, 2012

@Karen- The Rose was so good and I think that we should really try and order some and get it here on the Big Island!
@Margaret-It was delicious! You will have to join us on the next Farm-2-Table Dinner! I’ll let you know!

Brooke Derby, R(S)

July 4, 2012

@Karen- The Rose was so good and I think that we should really try and order some and get it here on the Big Island!
@Margaret-It was delicious! You will have to join us on the next Farm-2-Table Dinner! I’ll let you know!

Catherine Klug, R(S)

July 4, 2012

Oui, Brooke, you’ll see me at the next Farm-2-Table Dinner! Thank you for your support to local farms and restaurants. My favorite course was the pan seared opelu and my favorite wine was French, of course! 2009 Clos La Coutale can be found at Kamuela Liquor Store in Waimea. Go Big Island!

Catherine Klug, R(S)

July 4, 2012

Oui, Brooke, you’ll see me at the next Farm-2-Table Dinner! Thank you for your support to local farms and restaurants. My favorite course was the pan seared opelu and my favorite wine was French, of course! 2009 Clos La Coutale can be found at Kamuela Liquor Store in Waimea. Go Big Island!

Brooke Derby, R(S)

July 4, 2012

@Catherine I am so glad we got to celebrate your Birthday with such a fabulous dinner and event! I guess I need to get to Kamuela Liquor Store or Alvin’s for all you Waimea locals ASAP! Santé!
Á votre santé! Á la votre!

Brooke Derby, R(S)

July 4, 2012

@Catherine I am so glad we got to celebrate your Birthday with such a fabulous dinner and event! I guess I need to get to Kamuela Liquor Store or Alvin’s for all you Waimea locals ASAP! Santé!
Á votre santé! Á la votre!

Erin Middlebrooks

August 21, 2012

Hi Brooke. I love how much you seem to care about farmers. I LOVE farmers. I live in Sidney BC Canada. We go to the Big Island almost every year. I’m going to follow your blog (I found you on Pinterest) and get restaurant ideas etc.
Erin

Erin Middlebrooks

August 21, 2012

Hi Brooke. I love how much you seem to care about farmers. I LOVE farmers. I live in Sidney BC Canada. We go to the Big Island almost every year. I’m going to follow your blog (I found you on Pinterest) and get restaurant ideas etc.
Erin

Brooke Derby R(S)

September 10, 2012

@Erin-Thank you! I truly do care about them and believe more people should too! For without them, we have no food! Now more than ever, it is SO important to know where your food comes from! I have to say, farming has my changed my life and my health! I am thrilled to hear you support farmers as well! Next time you are on the Big Island let me know so you can come out and get a farm tour! Until then, A Hui Hou! Warm Aloha!

Brooke Derby R(S)

September 10, 2012

@Erin-Thank you! I truly do care about them and believe more people should too! For without them, we have no food! Now more than ever, it is SO important to know where your food comes from! I have to say, farming has my changed my life and my health! I am thrilled to hear you support farmers as well! Next time you are on the Big Island let me know so you can come out and get a farm tour! Until then, A Hui Hou! Warm Aloha!

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