Mahalo to everyone who joined us at the Grown on Maui $5 Challenge held September 17 at The Class Act at the Maui Culinary Academy. We were fortunate to eat so many wonderful dishes including a Papaya Beef Salad, a gluten-free Molokai Sweet Potato Quiche, local venison and pasta, local squash pasta, local pumpkins, Maui Cattle Co roast and more. People came from all parts of Maui – Upcountry, Kihei, West Maui, North Shore and Central Maui – to celebrate regional, locally-grown food, and our cherished food traditions. We took the challenge and made meals for $5 or less per person. Days later, weʻre still amazed at the variety of food we ate. How was that ono-licious Basil Cake with Vanilla Starfruit by Riko Bartolome? Whip cream anyone (big smile)?!
Congrats to the fan-favorite winners: Most Colorful first place Elena Rego and second place Shannon Wianecki. Most Original first place to Susan Teton Campbell and second place to Riko Bartolome. Best Taste first place to Annette Niles and tied for second Roxanne Tiffin and Ann Marie Burtell. The Best Use of Local Ingredients first place to Roxanne Tiffin and tied for second place Sue Tengan and Shannon Wianecki. Most Creative use of $5 first place to Ann Marie Burtell and second place tie to Susan Teton Campbell and Sue Tengan.
Saturdayʻs gathering was also Slow Food Mauiʻs Annual Membership Meeting. Two big announcements. The first is Slow Food Maui is an official chapter of Slow Food USA. Everyone is encouraged to join Slow Food USA and elect to be a member of the Slow Food Maui Chapter. Secondly, Chair Susan Teton Campbell announced the election results for the 2012 – 2014 Slow Food Maui Board of Directors. Congratulations to Roxanne Tiffin – Chair, Melanie Boudar – Vice Chair, Melissa McKelvey – Secretary, Charlene Kaʻuhane – Treasurer, and Dania Katz and Aimee Singer, Co-Membership Chairs. A big mahalo to the 2009-2011 board – Chair Susan Teton Campbell, Vice Chair Jana McMahon, Secretary Dania Katz and Treasurer Charlene Kaʻuhane. The new board will start December 1, 2011.