Art & Sol June 2, 2013 Merriman's Restaurant, 12:30-3pm
Jun 02, 2012
Generous friends have gifted Mala’ai with both delicious donations and coveted collectors pieces for the auction. A growing list of items will soon be posted on our website and early bids will be accepted. Featured items include an 8ft by 4 ft picture of Mauna Kea, donated by CFHT.
Hosted by Merriman’s once again, this event will feature delectable locally harvested pupu paired with wine and Mala`ai’s signature cocktail.
Please join us for the fun! You can get your tickets on our homepage.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Mala`ai "Simply Herbs" Iced Tea at Village Burger in April
Apr 05, 2011
MALA’AI SCHOOL GARDEN STUDENTS GROW HERBS FOR VILLAGE BURGER WAIMEA’S NEW ICED TEA
When chef/owner Edwin Goto opened Village Burger Waimea a year ago, he staked his culinary reputation on a personal belief that the most delicious, wholesome foods are grown close to home. Honolulu magazine has already recognized his exceptional food as “A Top Cheap Eat” burger cafe. His tiny fresh-from-scratch restaurant boasts a “low mileage” menu and even posts the miles to the farms and ranches that provide fresh hormone-free beef, locally caught fish, lettuces, tomatoes, mushrooms, strawberries, breads, and more.
His newest addition – an April special – is Mala’ai “Simply Herbs” Iced Tea, made from Moroccan mint, Hawaiian Mamaki, lemongrass and Mexican tarragon that were cultivated just 450 footsteps away at Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School.
Sixth, seventh and eighth grade WMS students grow the herbs at Mala’ai, a ¾-acre organic garden and outdoor living classroom where core curriculum is integrated with environmental and cultural stewardship, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. The garden is a private not-for-profit 501c3 working in partnership with Waimea Middle School. The school understands the value of experiential learning so includes garden classes as part of Health, Physical Education and Science for all of its 270 middle school students. Mala’ai is funded by community donations, fundraisers and grants, and is led by Garden Leader Amanda Rieux and Executive Director Alethea Lai along with a team of interns and volunteers.
Mala’ai is, literally, 450 steps away from Village Burger Waimea so it was a natural fit for Chef Goto to support the not-for-profit’s educational program by contributing all proceeds from the sale of “Simply Herbs” Ice Tea to Mala’ai throughout April.
“Mala’ai provides an opportunity for our students to use the garden as an outdoor classroom. Hands-on learning engages our students and supports core curriculum. Mala’ai also is committed to sharing the pleasure and excitement of working with the earth to grow food. We believe that this experience encourages our students to begin to make healthier choices for themselves. This includes how to grow and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables, how to have a more active lifestyle, and how to avoid or minimize sugars, certain types of oils and highly processed foods,” said Rieux.
The Mala’ai “Simply Herbs” Ice Tea is – just as its name implies – a refreshing herbal infusion with no sugar added. It may be sweetened if desired.
Price for the Mala’ai “Simply Herbs” Iced Tea is $2.
For more information about Village Burger Waimea, go to www.villageburgerwaimea.com or search for the restaurant by name on Facebook and Twitter.