Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fruit Gastronomy Event: When Hawaii Meets Philippines

   A growing body of research proves that fruits are critical to promoting good health. In fact, fruits together with vegetables should be the foundation of a healthy diet.   Fruits and vegetables are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and disease-fighting phyto-chemicals.  Those basic facts paved way for me to consider juicing and serving more fruits to my family.

   Despite the well-known understanding that fruits should be included in a healthy diet, many are still falling far short of the recommended intake.  Adding to this, the serious issues surrounding local markets who happen to get less support to be able to cultivate more land areas to support the fruit market and thus sell the produce at a more affordable costs.

   Our country is blessed with good soil to bear fruit trees in abundance, we even host exotic fruits which are richer in anti-oxidants and cancer-prevention properties and can complement well with our home-grown dishes.  I’m sure dishes like “Pininyahang Manok, Binakol, etc. hold special mementos to you.  
Now, wouldn’t it be interesting if we learn more about it through a series of activities and a sumptuous sampling of even more degustative  spread highlighting these humble fruits.

   So come with me and my kids to the Fruit Gastronomy Event on October 28, 2013 at MoCa Farm, Padre Garcia, Batangas.  

   A famous Hawaiian fruit Guru and Chef, Ken Love, will conduct a six-hour agri-culinary event and sit-down dinner for the public from 9 AM to 3 PM.   The event features Filipino fruit dishes created from recipes of Ken Love and many well-respected, local Chefs. All of the food used for the event is fresh and locally grown. Farmers will be present to discuss how high-quality fruit is grown, why it’s healthier and tastes better. Mr. Love will also have a presentation on topics of Farmers and Chefs relationship and the creation of Agri-culinary tourism. 

   Ken Love has been passionate about local fruits and vegetables since the 1980s when he saw exotic mangoes, avocados and papayas rotting on the roadsides of Hawaii Island. Since that time he has championed the replacement of imported fruits and vegetables with high-quality locally grown foods in restaurants, by grocers and supplied by wholesalers. Mr. Love shares his enthusiasm throughout Hawaii and across the Pacific Ocean and now for the first time in the Philippines. 

   The event is sponsored by the Rare Fruit Society of the Philippines and features many well-respected chefs and farmers from across Luzon. According to one of the organizer of the event, Gigi Morris of MoCa Farm, “This unique event will give local chefs and local farmers and producers the chance to introduce to consumers high-quality, local fruit and how to prepare it.”

  The event showcases dishes by Chef Ken and other highly respected Filipino Chefs using local, in-season fruits as the main ingredients. The event features an early sit-down dinner with recipes created for the event by participating Chefs. 

   Ticket for the event is at 750/person.

   RSVP by calling/texting Mercy Beria at 09103652941 or Gigi Morris at 0919-479-0566 or through email address gigi@gigimorris.com

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