Taste Education Series 2011 Schedule

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 in Events | 2 Comments

Maui Culinary Academy, Slow Food Maui, Whole Foods MarketSlow Food Maui is proud to offer the 2011 Taste Education Series, in partnership with the Maui Culinary Academy and Whole Foods Market Kahului.

Wednesday, February 23 – An evening devoted to understanding what goes into a great coffee from seed to cup…growing, picking, processing, roasting and brewing as well as the many varietals and emerging terroir of coffee. Presented by Gerry Ross, Kupaʻa Farm and the Maui Coffee Association.

Wednesday, March 30 – Mixology with Melissa Panzarini features OCEAN Vodka.

Wednesday, April 27 – Making sorbets and gelatos with Melissa McKelvey of Penguini Gelato in Pāʻia. Products are crafted from locally-grown ingredients in distinctive combinations such as Kafir-lime-coconut, lilikoi-mango and Olinda Plum and Ginger.

Wednesday, May 25 – Chocolate tasting with Melanie Boudar of Sweet Paradise Chocolatier. Melanie will share her knowledge and love of chocolate. This is an overview of how to taste and evaluate chocolate, how to pair chocolate with a look at what’s happening in Hawaiʻi’s cacao industry.

Wednesday, June 29 – Where’s the beef? Learn all there is to know about organic, grass-fed beef on Maui with William Jacintho of Beef and Blooms, Hawaiʻi’s first certified organic ranch.  Taste and compare Maui’s local product with other brands on the market. Get tips on how to prepare local, grass-fed beef products.

Wednesday, July 13 – Taste Education goes on a field trip to Maui Brewing Co. Owner Garrett Marrero gives the grand tour and tasting. Maui Brewing Co. is the only brewer and canner of craft beer in Hawaiʻi.

Wednesday, August 31Got Fish with Don Wakamatsu of Whole Foods Market, Maui. Join Don as he shares his fish knowledge – fish varieties, how to select, cut and prepare local, sustainable fish caught in Hawaiian waters.

Wednesday, September 28 – Retired Maui Culinary Academy Chef Instructor Bobby Santos returns to the classroom to share his knowledge of raising poultry chickens. Having grown up with livestock his parents and grandparents raised and prepared fresh, he continues this food tradition.

Wednesday, October 26 – Ralph Giles and Daniel J. Southmayd, owners of Catering From Soup to Nuts, walk everyone through planning the perfect dinner party. These catering experts provide practical advice from meal planning and cooking to table settings and hosting etiquette and more.

Sessions are held 6 pm – 7:30 pm, at The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant at the Maui Culinary Academy, UH Maui College, Pa’ina Building310 W. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, Maui, Hawai‘i.

Individual sessions are $15.
The series of nine is $125.

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Walk-ins are welcome. However, reservations are highly recommended due to limited seating per session. For more information or to purchase by phone call Charlene Kaʻuhane, Slow Food Maui Education co-chair, at 808-243-2290.


  1. Suzanne Carlson
    March 24, 2011

    Aloha Dania,

    I’m interested in attending the Taste Education on 3/30.


    • Dania Katz
      March 24, 2011

      Great Suzanne. I placed your name on the reservation sheet. See you on Wednesday March 30th at 6:00. Mahalo for your support!


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