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Did this: Alan Wong’s Farmer Series dinner

Eating salad with our hands and finishing with chocolate: a worthy meal

Posted March 21, 2013 by Mari Taketa

Alan Wong’s puts on its Farmer Series dinners only two or three times a year, always supporting local producers, always delivering for a worthy cause. Last night’s showcased a range of microgreens and herbs from FarmRoof, the local project that converts unused rooftop space across Honolulu to grow fresh greens and herbs. Those last night were picked in the morning from the organic FarmRoof garden at Castle Medical Center in Kailua, which grows them for patient and staff meals.

We ate everything from sassy baby mustards to inch-long tarragon, which packed an assertive licorice punch. The first course, a miniature salad of carefully chosen greens, we ate with our hands, dipping the leaves into olive oil brought home from the vineyard (yes, vineyard) that produced it in Tuscany. Fingers turned out to be the best implement for the small tangle of freshness, and around the dining room, where everyone was eating the same $85, seven-course meal, everyone was using their hands. This was going to be fun.

The FarmRoof dinner, which put on our plates a range of ag products from across the state, was one night only. Next up in the Farmer Series: a dinner this summer spotlighting next-generation farmers, younger generations who are taking over from their parents. After that, a dinner featuring lasts of their kind, industries where only one local producer is left, that could use some attention and support to thrive.

Meanwhile, the parade of courses from last night’s meal.

FarmRoof (1 of 10)


This season's Farmers Series dinner featured fresh greens from Alan Joaquin (center) and Kalei Fernandez (right) of FarmRoof, which grows micro greens and herbs on Oahu rooftops. The menu items for the dinner were grown organically in a compost-based living soil blend fortified with minerals.


  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted March 21, 2013 at 8:41 am

    EO:  Whoa!  Mari and saimin?!  Taste buds they are a changing.

  2. nonstopmari
    Posted March 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave no, it’s saimin that’s changing!

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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