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May 17, 2006

Media Contact:
Merrissa Uchimura, 808/956-6016, 808/391-7459


The Big Island’s culinary event of the year

KONA, HAWAII – What do Hawaii’s top chefs, freshest produce, and finest forage-fed meats have in common? All three play starring roles in Mealani’s “A Taste of the Hawaiian Range,” an annual food and agriculture festival that brings food producers, preparers, and consumers together to celebrate and savor the high quality of our state’s agricultural products. This year, the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) presents the 11th annual “Taste.”

This notable community event will take place October 6, 2006 in the Grand Ballroom and Lagoon Lanai of the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the beautiful Kohala Coast. From 6:00-8:00 p.m. over 30 of Hawaii’s premier executive chefs such as Alan Wong, George Mavro, Peter Merriman and many more, will be joined by local and resort chefs to prepare spectacular, original recipes from forage-raised (grass-fed) animals.

When the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources of the University of Hawaii created this event in 1996, its goals were to educate consumers about the quality of our Hawaiian agricultural products and to bridge the production - consumer gap. Through the combined efforts of all partners in this food show venture, greater awareness has been brought to consumers about where our foods come from, from production, to product quality, and finally to food service industry.

A Taste of the Hawaiian Range is more than forage-finished animals, talented chefs and great food: it is a showcase of Hawaii’s agriculture that shares the pride of our farming and ranching communities with our visitors and Kama’aina. Featured chefs will be challenged to prepare succulent dishes using unusual cuts of meat, even making the most of “mountain oysters,” all complemented by fresh Big Island vegetables. However they cook up this Island-fresh fare, it is sure to delight food fans and epicurean adventurers alike.

Also on the menu are decadent desserts ranging from Malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts) to exotic treats featuring Hawaiian chocolate and succulent local fruits, plus world-famous Kona coffee. The Taste has been rated by food writers as one of the best (and most affordable) food venues in the state of Hawaii.

Also, for the third year, outstanding local producers will receive awards at the Taste recognizing their dedication to the food show and the community.

Presale Tickets $35 –WILL BE AVAILABLE at these following outlets beginning
July 2006:
Kona Cooperative Extension OfficeKona Wine MarketKamuela Liquor Store, WaimeaHilo Cooperative Extension OfficeParker Ranch Store, Waimea
Or Call 1-808-322-4892 to order Tickets

For more information, please call (808) 322-4892 or e-mail Merrissa Uchimura at merrissa@hawaii.edu.

For more information about the Taste or to download the ticket order form, visit http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/taste.

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