We’ve been in a chocolate stupor and are regrettably late in sharing the awesomeness of our last Farmers & Friends Friday event, featuring Manoa Chocolate! Tamara Butterbaugh, who co-founded Manoa Chocolate with her husband, Dylan, came out to Haleiwa to share her cocoa-knowledge (and choco-licious products!) with us.
Manoa Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory that has been making quality, dark chocolate in Kailua, on the windward side of Oahu since 2010. Through direct trade of single origin cacao from around the world and across the Hawaiian Islands, Manoa Chocolate’s goal is to showcase the unique qualities of each region source.
You won’t get any of us to admit how many of these little chocolate bits we sampled.
Tamara shared a few of her recipes incorporating chocolate with us: a Cacao Nib-Mint Pesto Pasta Salad and a Chocolate Iced Tea with a little hint of cinnamon and said our chef Adam did a great job with the execution.
Despite chocolate’s sweet reputation and go-to purpose as a dessert, it is remarkably tasty in savory dishes, too. Unsweetened, it adds a depth of flavor to sauces, and cacao nibs add crunch and a nutty element to salads and desserts. Anywhere you would use nuts, you can substitute cacao nibs. Adam came up with a few creations, which wowed us all:
Our next FFF is just around the corner on July 28. We’ll be featuring Ho Farms and Pono Pork. You won’t want to miss out. Adam’s got some incredible dishes planned for the menu, and these folks produce some of the best veggies and pork on the island. Reserve your full meal tickets and save yourself a seat now.
Photos by: Dawn Sakamoto Paiva © 2017