UPDATE: Both dinners are now sold out.
Picture this: Sunset, gentle breezes, cows mooing softly in the distance. You’re in the country, wine glass in hand, eating the cheese that came from the milk the cows made. Merci beaucoup! You toast the cows. C’est tres bien!
To all of you who love cheese, love French food and support local eating: Naked Cow Dairy’s first-ever dinners on the farm are all about cheese and all about local. Twin dinners slated for Bastille Day, July 14, and the following Saturday, July 21, will feature four French-themed courses centered around cheese, with ingredients from Leeward Oahu.
“Of course it’s about cheese, but my idea is to source from the Waianae ahupuaa,” says Naked Cow cheesemaker and chef Gida Snyder. “The farthest point east will be Kapolei, where we’ll get our rabbit. And I have herbs and vegetables growing in the garden that should be perfect by then.”
We set this up so Nonstop readers can experience the whole package: The evening starts with a tour of the dairy, its new cheese-making and -aging facilities and a chance to meet the cows. Then it’s on to the lanai for aperitifs and a dinner served family style as the midsummer sun sets over the mountains. And the food? Prepared by the trio of Snyder, Ave Lambert (formerly of Town and the San Francisco Bay area’s Lola, Serafina and Quince) and Cactus pastry chef Lisa Simulinas (formerly of Morimoto Waikiki).
We also set this up so all profits from the dinner help fund Naked Cow’s ongoing equipment purchases and facility upgrades. Cost is $55 per person, payable by cash or check to me (email firstname.lastname@example.org) or to Naked Cow at their farmers’ market booths (schedule below the flyer). And here are the rest of your deets:
What: Naked Cow cheese dinners on the farm
Where: At the foot of Mt. Kaala in Waianae
Dates: Saturday, July 14 & Saturday, July 21
Time: 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Naked Cow Dairy at farmers’ markets
Every Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m.: Honolulu Farmers’ Market at Blaisdell Center
Every Thursday, 5 to 7:30 p.m.: Kailua Farmers’ Market in parking lot by Longs Kailua
Every Saturday, 7:30 to 11 a.m.: KCC Farmers’ Market at Kapiolani Community College