Tonight we had Alex Franco, President of Maui Cattle Co., in the house for our Farmer Series Dinner. He came to the restaurant at 11am to give a class on the beef and cattle from Maui that we have been buying for years. I always say that the next best thing to being on the farm yourself is to have the farmer come into the restaurant, so you can meet them, listen to them, and ask them questions.
Maui Cattle Co. is also going to be our farmer partner for the Taste of the Nation event on Sunday, April 29 at the Bishop Museum. This is the first year that Taste of the Nation will be held in Honolulu, and we will be joining 40 other cities in the nation fighting to end childhood hunger by 2015. 100% of the ticket sales from the April 29th Taste of the Nation event will benefit the Hawaii Foodbank's Keiki Backpack program and Aina In Schools (a part of The Kokua Hawaii Foundation). To help raise awareness for this great event, we wanted to tie this Farmer Series Dinner to the cause, and the proceeds from tonight are going to Taste of the Nation. All of the monies raised in Hawaii will stay in Hawaii to benefit our next generation.
Besides Alex, Milton Agader of Twin Bridge Farm, Ed Otsuji of Otsuji Farm, and Ed Lima of Dryland Nursery (who grows microgreens) were other farmers who came to enjoy dinner. We had a good crowd. Thank you to all of you for your support, and thanks to all of our staff who made this possible.