Working with a trainer for the last six months or so, I have developed a whole new appreciation for holistic living, organic produce and ingredients and am learning to incorporate fresh ingredients in cooking whenever possible. Naturally, visiting the Hawaii islands several times a year, I am aware first hand of the amazing dining opportunities being offered with many chefs at some of the most amazing resorts on all the islands. Several resorts such as Hawai’i Island Retreat, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, and Four Seasons Hualalai now have their own organic gardens and produce a good amount of their own fruits, vegetables and culinary herbs for the resorts use.
Another farm to table concept that is gaining in popularity are farm to table tours throughout the islands, one of my personal favorites is located on Hawai’i Island. Jim and Tracy Reddekopp the owners of Hawai’i Vanilla Company are producing the first commercially grown vanilla in the United States. I strongly suggest you book the Vanilla Experience Luncheon. Jim’s tour company Earth Bound Tours shares Hawaii AgriCultural History with Visitors.
Located at Sheraton Waikiki with gorgeous views overlooking the amazing infinity edge pool, Kai Market is an interesting farm to table concept inspired by the “Plantation Tables” of 100 years ago showcasing the influx of ethnic cuisines to the island of O’ahu. Foodies will not be disappointed with dishes created by executive chef Darren Demaya. Serving both breakfast and diner, the menu changes on different days-sample menues can be found on the resort website www.sheraton-waikiki.com .
Hawai’i is blessed with perfect conditions to grow amazing produce , the waters of the pacific provide incredible fresh fish and seafood and with many working farms producing cattle farm to table dining is just another reason why I think Hawai’i is one of the interesting places to visit on earth.