We had an extra-full day for last week’s Farmers & Friends Friday, and a trial by fire for our new chef Adam! We are super-pleased to announce that we haven’t scared Adam away, and he’s already thinking up amazing things to make for our next FFF!
Despite having less than two weeks between his first day on the job and his first FFF, Adam executed a fantastic Brisket Slider Trio that was a real hit. Featuring Kualoa Ranch brisket, prepared by Ginger & Smoke pit master Gerald Boyer, we served up a Kalbi-Style slider with Asian Slaw on Hawaiian sweet bread; a Reuben-Style slider with Counter Culture’s Sauerkraut and Kimchi Aioli; and a Banh Mi-Style slider with pickled daikon and carrots and srirachi aioli on fresh, locally baked French bread.
To go with it, Adam came up with a chilled salad of Grilled Twin Bridge Farms Asparagus, Roasted Tomatoes and a Kimchi Vinaigrette. We also had our chief cornbread maker, Dawn, bake up some cornbread using Counter Culture’s cornmeal (made from organic, non-GMO corn they grow and mill themselves in Waialua) and fresh kernels of Nozawa Farms’ sweet Kahuku corn.
If all this looks incredible and you want to feast like this yourself, be sure to reserve your tickets for our next FFF on June 16, featuring Manoa Chocolate. (No, you don’t need to pre-purchase your tickets, but it does guarantee you a seat at our lovely table and a full plate of food plus a drink. Plate lunches will also be available for $14.50, with fewer options, on a first-come, first-serve basis.) Adam’s already coming up with some amazing ideas for the menu. You won’t want to miss out. And The North Shore Ramblers will be back for live bluegrass music from 4pm to 6pm.
In addition to our regular FFF, we also hosted a special group of media guests. We sent them out on a mini-tour of Twin Bridge’s asparagus fields surrounding the Barn, with our Red Barn partner and Twin Bridge Farms co-owner Milton Agader. Milton taught them all about asparagus and drip irrigation. And even though the field had been recently harvested, a few folks were lucky enough to find some asparagus still coming up!
After their asparagus adventure, the group sat down to learn about turmeric from our friend Kevin Flanagan from GoFarm Hawaii and Sea.Sons Organics. Kevin is growing organic turmeric (and other crops), and brought a rainbow of roots to show our guests. Did you know that turmeric comes in a variety of colors — not just orange or yellow, but also white and black? Yep. The flavor and intensity vary with the color.
More photos in the gallery below. Don’t miss out on the next FFF when Manoa Chocolate will be demonstrating their fantastic chocolate products! Get those tickets now, or just come by and see us. We start serving at 11am, and we’ll keep serving until we run out of food. BYOB and enjoy our lawn and the live music from the North Shore Ramblers, starting at 4pm. Mahalo to our media guests for spending their morning with us, and to our farmer friends who graciously gave us their time!
Photos by Dawn Sakamoto Paiva