As most Earth Dinner series come to an end, some restaurants are sharing their experiences, their recipes, and their examples of what an Earth Dinner is all about. Chef Ron Miller at Hukilau Lanai in Kaua’i, Hawaii, told us about how their partnership with Real Time Farms and their Earth Dinner on April 23rd helped highlight their use of local and sustainable ingredients as well as their relationship with the farmers who provide them.
At Hukilau Lanai we love our local farmers & fisherman! We strive to use ingredients and products from Kaua’i and the neighbor islands. Our handcrafted cuisine is made from scratch in our kitchen. We are forever looking to stay fresh and innovative in greening our business while continuing to serve up our guests’ favorites.
Recently, we signed on with REAL TIME FARMS. It’s a fantastic way for our guests to connect through our website menu to the farmers and food artisans that contribute to their dinner! Because our restaurant is on an island, 2,500 miles from the mainland, we enjoy a community that is uber-conscious of using local products and produce Kaua’i has to offer. In addition, our visitor clientele is always wanting to know: “What is this vegetable? Where can I buy it? Does it grow here?” With Real Time Farms, they can easily get those answers.
In addition to the benefit for our guests, we ourselves appreciate the role Real Time Farms plays in helping us develop our relationships with our farmers and food artisans. Most importantly, they get the recognition they so richly deserve.
This year we put on our third annual EARTH DINNER, partnering with Chefs Collaborative in the nationwide dinners surrounding Earth Day. For our 2012 dinner we included a tour of our herb garden, accompanied by a refreshing “Garden in a Glass” cocktail. As in years past, we focused the dinner on the ingredients that our regular farmers bring us, and many of the farmers themselves attended.
We also featured an informational table showing Real Time Farms and what it’s all about.
We hope to see more Hawaii restaurants participate in Earth Dinners in the future, and would love for the word of Real Time Farms to spread across the islands as well.
GARDEN IN A GLASS
1.25 oz Koloa spiced rum
1 oz McPhee’s Bees honey syrup
1 oz fresh Kaua’i lime juice
3 oz Kaffir Lime-lemongrass tea
Garnish: Kaffir lime & lemon balm leaf
Serve over ice
A Hul Ho,
Ron, Krissi, & the Gang at Hukulau Lanai, Kaua’i, Hawaii