Mahalo Taste of School Gardens 2017 Sponsors

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Grow Some Good’s Taste of School Gardens is an amazing event thanks to our wonderful sponsors! Thank you to the many individuals and businesses that are donating their time, talent and resources to our event this year!

Welcoming our New Chefs

New Chefs participating this year include Chef Peleg Miron of Spago, Chef Zach Sato of The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea, Chefs Jaron Blosser, Cody Christopher and Travis Morrin of Three’s Bar & Grill and Fork & Salad, Owner Nicol Bradley of Ono Gelato Creamery and Shack Café, and Chef John Cadman, maker of Pono Pies.

 

 

Mahalo to our Longtime Supporters

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Many longtime supporters from some of Maui’s finest establishments join the event again, including Chef Craig Dryhurst of DUO at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Chef Roger Stettler with Cow Pig Bun, and Chef Kevin Laut of Outrigger Pizza Company.

Thank you for sharing your talent and resources to make this the best school-garden-to-table event on Maui!

Cheers!

Wine selections are provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine & SpiritsChambers & Chambers Wine MerchantsJohnson Brothers, and Paradise Beverages. Local beers made by Maui Brewing Company. Thank you for adding some special cheer to the event!

Location, Location, Location

This wonderful venue with a beautiful view gets rave reviews every time. Thank you to the Hotel Wailea for hosting us again this year. We also rely on another Wailea neighbor, the Four Seasons Resort, for providing planning and logistical support. Thank you for helping with the details!

Media Messengers

We are grateful for our media sponsors, Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, and MauiTime, who are helping us spread the word about Taste of School Gardens. With their help, we anticipate another sold-out event this year!

Lighting the Place Up

A very special mahalo to Epic Lighting for helping us create a gorgeous ambiance after the sun sets. This is our fourth year working with this top-notch company  – Hawaii’s first and only green business certified, 100% eco-friendly lighting company.

Keeping it Local

Local Harvest  has volunteered their services in a big way – they are  coordinating all of the produce  donated from local Maui farmers and bringing it together in time for the chefs to prepare for Saturday night. Mahalo for sharing your time and expertise in sourcing local produce for this event.

Mahalo!

Taste of School Gardens is Grow Some Good’s premier fundraising event. Our programs are hands-on, outdoor learning experiences that cultivate curiosity about natural life cycles, connect students to their food sources, and inspire better nutrition choices. In addition to helping establish food gardens and living science labs in local schools, we provide resources and curriculum support through community partnerships in agriculture, science, food education and nutrition. Your support helps make this happen. Mahalo!

Mahalo Nui Loa to Our Sponsors!

 

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… And every wonderful teacher, parent, volunteer and local business that digs in to help school gardens on Maui thrive!

Ono Gelato donates to Grow Some Good

Ono Gelato Specials in December

Ono Gelato Creamery & Shack Cafe

Maui’s favorite Ono Gelato in Kihei is now Ono Gelato Creamery & Shack Café and they’ve got some delicious new menu items to try! During the next few weeks, 10% of the revenue from each of these specials is donated to Grow Some Good.
Ono Gelato uses fresh, natural, local and organic ingredients available on Maui. Stop by and give them a try. And be sure to leave room for dessert!

Special Menu Items

Now through December 10, 2016:  Lemongrass Turkey Bahn-Mi Sandwich Lemongrass-Ginger Brined Turkey Breast on a Homemade Baguette with spicy cucumbers, carrots and onions, papaya salsa and cilantro with crunchy peanut slaw on the side.

December 11 – 23, 2016: Sausage and Peppers Italian Sausage, Sweet Peppers & Maui Onion Sautéed in Vodka Marinara with Fresh Mozzarella on a Homemade Hoagie with Roasted Veggie Salad on the Side.

A big mahalo to the team at Ono Gelato for supporting Grow Some Good!

Hāna Ranch Hāna Burger Food Truck Smoothie

Hāna Ranch Smoothies Benefit Grow Some Good

Hāna Ranch Hāna Burger Food Truck SmoothieWe’re pleased to announce Hāna Ranch is generously supporting Grow Some Good with their delicious farm-fresh smoothies. They will donate $1 to Grow Some Good for every smoothie sold in the month of November.

Farm-Fresh Smoothies

The made-to-order smoothies at the Hāna Burger Food Truck change daily depending on what they’re harvesting from the farm that morning. Typical flavors include organic papaya, pineapple, coconut, and banana.

Hāna Burger Food Truck

Hāna Ranch Hāna Burger Food TruckThe Hāna Burger Food Truck is open for lunch seven days a week from 10am to 4pm and is located at Hāna Ranch (5670 Hāna Highway). Hāna Burger uses ingredients harvested directly from their organic farm and from local fisherman. Current menu items include a fresh fish sandwich, farm salads, the signature Hāna Burger with grilled grass-fed beef, house-made pickles, refreshing fresh fruit smoothies and more.

Hāna Ranch

Hāna Ranch is a working cattle ranch and organic farm on 3,600 acres in Hāna, Hawaiʻi. Their focus is on sustainable agriculture that enriches the land and that will provide healthy, fresh food for the people of Hāna, Maui, and Hawaiʻi to enjoy. We are excited to partner with them as we both strive to improve access to fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs for everyone in our community.

Mahalo to the Hāna Ranch family for your support!

DUO Restaurant Event

Jazzing it Up at DUO Restaurant to Support Grow Some Good

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Our friends DUO Restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea partnered with the Maui Jazz and Blues Festival to create a unique dining experience benefiting Grow Some Good. Guests enjoyed selections from a special menu and live performances of some of the world’s best Jazz and Blues talent. It was an evening of wonderful food and great entertainment in a beautiful atmosphere at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

Fresh from School Gardens

img_4173Chef Craig Dryhurst and his team served up a mouth-watering menu featuring fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from our own school gardens.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            .

Special Musical Guests

img_4190Diners enjoyed Live Jazz and Blues with a special sneak peek of this year’s JazzFest artists, including Blues Guitar Legend & Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Louis Walker, Grammy and NEA Master New Orleans Jazz Royalty Delfeayo Marsalis, and Grammy Nominated Jazz Saxophone Master Javon Jackson (pictured at right).

Mahalo to Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and the entire team at DUO!

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Maui Jazz & Blues Festival

JAZZ FEST LOGO 2016The 6th annual Maui Jazz and Blues Festival held a variety of events across Maui. Featured Festival performers included  Joe Louis Walker,  Jazz/Rock Guitar Legend & Godfather of Fusion  Larry Coryell,  Delfeayo Marsalis,  Grammy winners  The Band Courtbouillon  with Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy; Javon Jackson,  Award Winning Jazz Trumpeter  Gabriel Mark Hasselbach,  Sax Master Rock Hendricks  and Maui’s own Jazz Guitarist & Na Hoku Winner  Benny Uyetake, The King Kekaulike High School Jazz Band, and  The Jazz Alley TV Trio.

3 Great Reasons to Eat at Three’s Bar and Grill

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Three’s Bar and Grill is generously supporting Grow Some Good through its Kama‘āina Give Back program, which offers 10% off to local residents, then donates 10% to a charitable recipient of the month. Have a wonderful meal, enjoy a 10% discount AND support Grow Some Good at the same time! Grow Some Good is honored to be the recipient of these funds for BOTH September and October. Thanks Three’s!

Bring Your Friends & Family

RamenEnjoy a delicious meal while you support Grow Some Good. Three’s amazing menu features something for everyone, with Pacific Rim, Hawaiian and Southwestern cuisine. Signature dishes included the Kalua Pork Quesadilla, Panko Crusted Ahi Roll, a Tropical Salad, Hawaiian Style Ribs, Traditional Ramen and for dessert, the Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Three’s Bar & Grill is focused on serving great food with locally sourced ingredients in a comfortable atmosphere that celebrates our island lifestyle.

mauitime-voted-best-of-maui-2016-BEST-HAPPY-HOUR-Three’s-Bar-Grill-by-sean-hower-e1468363883938 Three’s Bar & Grill was recently voted “Best Happy Hour on Maui” in MauiTime’s “Best of Maui” 2016 awards. They add to the dining experience with live, local entertainment daily, both inside and outside on the lanai. See Three’s Surf Lounge Entertainment Schedule for details.

About Three’s Bar and Grill

Three’s is located in the Kihei Kalama Village at 1945 S. Kihei Road, Suite G, in Kihei. To make reservations, call (808) 879-3133 or use Open Table on their website.

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Mahalo!

Proceeds from this program will go to support Grow Some Good school garden programs in 12 schools on Maui. Previous recipients of Three’s Kama‘āina Give Back program include Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Maui Humane Society, and the Maui Science Center.  Mahalo to co-owners Cody Christopher, Jaron Blosser and Travis Morrin for supporting our community in such a big way.

Eat Your Beets – at Fork & Salad

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Fork & Salad, Maui’s newest farm-to-table eatery, shares the same vision as Grow Some Good – to support local agriculture and improve access to nutritious food for everyone in our community. To help support this vision they are offering a signature salad special benefiting Grow Some Good now through March 2017.

 

Eat Your Beets

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With the purchase of each Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, Fork & Salad will donate $1 to Grow Some Good. This delicious salad features spinach, roasted beets, Surfing Goat Dairy cheese, raw beets, apples, seasonal local fruit, health grain mix, and macadamia nuts, topped with a grapefruit honey vinaigrette dressing.

 

#Eat Local, Eat Healthy

Fork & Salad is a chef-inspired salad company that features locally-sourced ingredients in an effort to support Maui’s farmers, ranchers and fishermen. The menu includes signature salads, wraps, sandwiches, soups, juices, specialty drinks and more. By providing tasty, affordable, fresh meals, Fork & Salad hopes to expand the farm-to-table movement throughout Hawaii, making it available to all consumers and boosting the local economy.

MaFork & Saladhalo!

Mahalo to co-owners Jaron Blosser, Travis Morrin and Cody Christopher for their generous support and for sharing our vision to inspire youth and support local agriculture.

Chef Paris Serves Up His Support

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Chef Paris Nabavi serves up a fantastic meal with a focus on community support in his popular private fundraising events for Grow Some Good. Featuring the Persian food of his culture, he creates a multi-course meal, complete with fine wine and warm hospitality. Chef Paris does not accept any payment for these dinners but instead asks that guests make a donation to Grow Some Good. Proceeds from the events support our school garden programs.

A “Dinner to Remember” – Maui Now

The most recent dinner in June was covered by journalist Kiaora Bohlool and featured on the news site Maui Now. Highlights were captured in the video below, featuring Chef Paris discussing some of the unique dishes he created for the evening. His guests also share what they love most about the food, the event, and the opportunity to support Grow Some Good.

A very special mahalo to Chef Paris and his wife Donna for their continued support!

Thank you to journalist Kiaora Bohlool for covering the story and creating the wonderful video below.

Watch this site for information about the next Chef Paris dinner event.

 

The Academic Impact of School Gardens

Harvesting flowers Mieko PhotographyMaui Teachers’ Perspectives

It’s no secret that students, parents, and teachers love our school gardens! During garden visits, students spend hours discovering the wonder of growing their own food; the gardens bring beauty to our school campuses; students, families and members of the community enjoy the fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs they produce. As an organization, we take time at the end of each school year to reflect on how the gardens are fulfilling our goals of providing students with outdoor learning experiences that connect them to their food sources, inspire better nutrition choices, improve health, and teach them how to be better stewards of the land.

As we strive to grow, improve, and to “turnip the beet” in our programs, Grow Some Good conducts an annual Teacher Survey. We wanted to share with you some highlights from the 2015-16 school year.

Survey Results – School Gardens have a Positive Impact

According to the survey, a majority of teachers surveyed report that school gardens have a positive impact in students’ academic achievements in all core curriculum areas, and particularly in science, health, language arts and Hawaiian studies.

We know from more than eight years of managing these programs that hands-on, interactive lessons in the gardens improve retention and help reinforce classroom learning. Maui teachers surveyed agree:

  • 96 percent of teachers’ responses report that garden lessons were very or extremely beneficial in supporting the core curriculum area of science.
  • 72 percent said school gardens are very or extremely beneficial in language arts
  • 66 percent of teachers said school garden programs are very or extremely beneficial in supporting Hawaiian Studies.
  • Nearly all teachers, 97 percent, said school gardens are very or extremely beneficial in in supporting health and nutrition standards.

Teachers were also asked to indicate what attributes they have observed in their students who participate in school gardens:

  • 94 percent said they saw an increase in environmental awareness.
  • 73 percent said they noticed improvements in health and nutrition.
  • 44 percent also noted improved social skills and behaviors.
  • 48 percent witnessed an increase in community spirit and interest.

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Teachers shared their thoughts on the impact school gardens have on their students.

Leslie Farthing, sixth-grade Social Studies teacher at Lahaina Intermediate School, said, “This program has been incredible for my students. It is a great introduction to working in a garden. For most students, it is their first time working with plants. They really enjoy it and take pride in their work. [The garden coordinator] always ties it to what we are learning which is very helpful. I did not grow up gardening so as an educator I love the experience as well.”

Teachers also commented:

“The garden is a wonderful addition to our school and the kids love it! Thank you!!”

“My students are so excited to be a part of this program! They are planting gardens of their own and are so inspired by [the garden coordinator].”

“The garden brings out interests and curiosity that I have not seen in class.”

“We are very thankful to have the opportunity to teach our students gardening skills.  This is a life-long skill and our children are learning about how to be self-sustaining.”

girls hanging ipu to dry“We truly enjoy our garden time.  The students learn a lot and it is important to continue to educate our students about healthy eating habits. [The garden coordinator] does an exceptional job sharing her garden knowledge and skills with our students.”

“I truly appreciate the knowledge shared with our students.  This year, [the garden coordinator] had excellent lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  Very impressive.”

“I enjoy watching my students investigating and taking notes.  It shows that they are really interested in the garden.”

“We love Mondays. We get to go to the garden!”

 

For more details, you may review the complete survey results here: Grow Some Good 2016 Teacher Survey Data

SOLD OUT!! Nov. 14 – Cooking Kabobs with Chef Nabavi!


chef-paris-nabavi_400x400Join us this fall with Chef Paris Nabavi and his wife Donna, for a special home-cooked dinner event on November 14, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

UPDATE: This event is SOLD OUT, but we are still taking RSVP requests for cancellations. If you want to be put on a wait list, fill out the form below. Also, sign up for Chef Paris’ early bird email list to be first to RSVP for the next event!

Chef Nabavi, Owner of Sangrita Grill and Cantina will be preparing traditional Kabob Barg and Koo-bi-deh paired with Saffron Rice and Roasted Tomato. He will skewer and roast these delicious delights on an outside fire BBQ grill. The dinner menu will also include Salad Shirazi and Mast-0-Maousir with a sweet finish of Noon-Khamei-ie; a cream puff with rose water and fresh whipped cream, enjoyed with hot Chai tea made in Samavar. Scroll down to view the full menu.

Guests are invited to bring a favorite bottle of wine or enjoy a variety of wines chosen from Chef Nabavi’s private collection. Paris invites you to enjoy his garden under the stars among friends, while he shares culinary secrets from his Persian homeland.

We welcome you to join us for this special dinner with friends, fine wine and mouth watering food. We are limited to 20 people and a donation of $150 a person will be given (in full) to Grow Some Good.
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See pictures of another recent cooking event here. (photo credit Mieko Photography)

RSVP

Only the first 20 reservations will be accepted. Ages 21 and older.  Please make reservations through Eventbrite link here.

Chef Nabavi’s dinner events sell out quickly, make sure you are the first to hear about his next dinner by signing up for his newsletter.

If you would like to be put on a wait list for cancellations please RSVP directly in the box below and we will put you on a list.

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Cream puff, fresh whipped cream, rose water, saffron, pistachios

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Persian tea – Raisin cookie – Hand cut sugar