In partnership with the Maui Culinary Academy and Whole Foods Market Kahului, Slow Food Maui is pleased to present Barbara Mooradian of SoMoor, a producer of Maui tropical jams, jellies and “Moor”, as its featured speaker for the next Taste Education session scheduled from 6 pm – 7:30 pm on Wednesday, June 27.
This month’s session will take attendees into the kitchen at Maui Culinary Academy for a demonstration by Mooradian. She will walk through the steps to make Kula Strawberry Jam from fresh fruit to jar. Following the demonstration, Mooradian will give an overview of her retail line which features more than a dozen products ranging from Wild Lilikoʻi Butter and Mom’s Mango Chutney to Pineapple Passion Preserves and Guava-Q Barbecue Sauce. Finally, Mooradian will discuss product development and offer product tastings.
Mooradian (“Moor”) started SoMoor in 2003 with her business partner, Cris South (“So”). She brings 14 years of experience as a fine dining pastry chef to her craft and she takes pride in working with local, fresh ingredients and is uncompromising when it comes to quality, freshness and taste. “I make all natural, locally sourced jams, jellies, chutney, chocolate sauces and more,” said Mooradian. “Each batch is hand processed from the fresh fruit to the finished jar.”
Mooradian started in the food business by taking classes in French chocolate desserts in 1984, and ended up apprenticing with the teacher. She went on to work in such places as Cocolate, Trader Vic’s, Ernie’s, Santa Fe Bar and Grill, Wente Winery, and more over the years. She currently volunteers at Kaunoa Center teaching cooking and pastry-making. SoMoor products are sold at Mana Foods, Whole Foods Market Kahului, Tutu’s Pantry, Wailea Wine, Sweet Paradise Chocolates, Hula Cookies, and the Upcountry Farmers’ Market. SoMoor is also available online at www.somoor.com.
Taste Education is held on the last Wednesday of each month from February through October at the Maui Culinary Academy located in the Pāʻina Building at 310 West Kaʻahumanu Avenue at the UH-Maui Campus. There is free and ample parking. Each session cost $15 for Slow Food Maui members and $20 for non-members. Advance reservations and payment are required. Register online at www.slowfoodmaui.org and pay using Paypal. For additional information, contact co-education committee chairs Chris Speere or Charlene Ka’uhane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Taste Education: Taste Education is a nine-part “food focused” educational series presented by Slow Food Maui in partnership with the Maui Culinary Academy and Whole Foods Market Maui. Organized to honor people who grow and produce the food we eat, the series brings local food producers in our community to the forefront so others may learn about their work, how their product is made and where to find it. Held on the last Wednesday of the month form February – October.
About the Maui Culinary Academy: Maui Culinary Academy offers Maui’s award-winning Culinary Arts Program in the 38,000 square-feet Pā’ina Culinary Arts Center at Maui Community College in Kahului. Hours: Pāʻina dining room: M-TR 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Friday 7:30 am to 2:00 pm.
About Whole Foods Market Kahului: When Whole Foods Market Kahului first opened its doors as a small natural and organic retailer in 1980, local producers were the lifeblood of our business. More than 30 years later, that fact still rings true. We know what it feels like to be a small business with a big vision and understand that local businesses (even those with the highest quality products and a strong business plan) sometimes need a hand to turn their dreams into reality—that’s why Whole Foods Market continues to strive to find and work with the best farmers and producers in Maui and throughout the state of Hawaiiʻi.