Sponsored by Hawaii Ag Foundation
All this month you can support ag education in the classroom by dining at your favorite restaurant. It’s all part of the Localicious campaign, a statewide initiative of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation (HAF) to support restaurants that buy local. Executive director Denise Yamaguchi joined HI Now host Kanoe Gibson on set to talk more about the initiative and it’s important impact on Hawaii’s children.
In its sixth year, Localicious encourages consumers to choose a Localicious restaurant that consciously buys from local produce farmers, ranchers, fishman and dairy farmers, when they dine out. Each Localicious restaurant, in turn, creates a unique dish made with a locally grown, caught or raised product and pledges to support ag education in public school classrooms.
Localicious has over 220 participating restaurants this year, so it’s easy for everyone to go out and eat Localicious. Some of the participating restaurants created exclusive dishes including, Zippy’s Korean Style Fried Chicken Salad and 7-Eleven has a new Chicken Pastele Stew with Gandule Rice that was developed with culinary student, Primo Mateo and faculty at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific. Other participating chef’s restaurants include, Alan Wong’s, Chef Mavro, MW, to name a few. You can see a full list of participating restaurants at LocaliciousHawaii.com
All proceeds raised from Localicious help fund HAF’s education programs: Where Would We Be Without Seeds, Veggie U, AquaPono Aquaponics, In The Fields, and Kids Cooking Local. Education is one of the main pillars of HAF’s mission: To connect farmers directly with the community and address the critical needs of Hawaii’s agriculture industry. Chef Baysa says Localicious is a great way to support the kids and get them interested in learning about where food comes from and why it’s important to support the local ag industry. Every time a customer orders a Garden Napoleon, the restaurant makes a contribution to those programs.
For more information and full list of participating restaurants, visit localicioushawaii.com