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Naked Cow to host cheese dinners

Nonstop’s next eating event features Oahu’s first local cows’ milk cheeses in a 4-course French dinner

Posted June 19, 2012 by Mari Taketa

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 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.
Cost: $55
Drinks: BYOB

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


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  1. Posted June 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    YUM! Now is about the time where I hate being lactose intolerant. I used to eat dairy non-stop before the diagnosis! Someone please go enjoy this for me…lol!

  2. nonstopmari
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm

     @annedreshfield u can take a magic pill that provides the enzyme that helps u digest lactose. that’s what i did for last weekend’s ice cream pop-up, and it worked! (thnku soos2005 :)

  3. turkfontaine
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    things are getting mighty high falutin’ over in HNL. i wish i could be there with you, lacto-int or not, but i can’t.
    quelle fromage.

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 7:55 pm

     @turkfontaine i second everything, incl the quelle domage (ha). maybe by the time u finally make it back, naked cow will have a regular thing going w. these dinners, who knows?

  5. Posted June 15, 2012 at 5:24 am

     @nonstopmari  soos2005 I usually take Lactaid but it isn’t always “enough” and I still feel sick! Bummer. If I’m really careful about what I eat for the rest of the day, though, I can make it work. :) 

  6. EurekaGal
    Posted July 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Eat the fromage for moi! (And take the Lactaid, aussi!) Waiting for the full report. :)

  7. nonstopmari
    Posted July 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm

     @EurekaGal mais oui, madame, bien sur!


About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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