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Love to cook? Enter SPAM contest, watch chefs at food demonstrations

August 31, 2011 - Carla Tracy

Do you love SPAM? Do you also love to tweet and hang out on Facebook? Then you should hurry and enter the SPAM® Challenge.

“Local foodies across the U.S. are putting their hometown pride on the line by using a special canned meat to add a unique twist to famous regional dishes for a chance to win big,” says spokesperson Shane Arman of SPAM.

“The Challenge: Using SPAM® products, Hawaiian SPAM® fans are encouraged to submit a regionally inspired, delicious and creative recipe to SPAM Website by Sept. 26 and let fellow fans decide if it lives up to regional noteworthiness! To help get creativity flowing, here is a Hawaiian infused SPAM® dish:”

Hawaiian SPAM® piggies in a blanket.

”The top rated regionally inspired dish, as rated by fans, will win the $1,000 grand prize with the four runner-ups each taking home a 1-year supply of SPAM®. While supplies last, every complete, original recipe that has been approved for posting will receive a code for a free gift, so it’s in fans’ best interest to act fast!”

Want to learn from top chefs how to cook with local beef and just-caught fish? Whole Foods Market in Kahului will present its Grown on Maui Fest Celebrity Chef Series: September 6, 12, 19 and 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“Whole Foods Market has partnered with the Maui County Farm Bureau and Maui celebrity chefs to celebrate and highlight locally grown ingredients. Each Monday, shoppers will be treated to a front-row seat as these chefs prepare and cook delicious dishes using only the best Maui-grown or Maui-produced items. Snag free samples as well as recipes and tips on how to best feature these local items when cooking at home,” states the press release.

Tuesday, Sept. 6: Tylun Pang, executive chef of the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui in Wailea will wow you with his Maui Cattle Co. beef creations.

Monday, Sept. 12: Garret Fujieda, executive chef of The Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali, will lure you in with his fish demo.

Monday, Sept. 19: Caroline Schaub, chef of O’o Farm in Kula will dazzle shoppers with herlLocally grown produce.

Monday, Sept. 26: Ryan Luckey, executive chef of Pineapple Grill at Kapalua Resort, is still thinking about what to prepare.

“ All events are free and open to the public. Class sizes are limited. For any questions, or to sign up in advance, please go to Whole Foods Market's Customer Service Desk or call (808) 872-3310.

At Down to Earth health food store in Kahului, Vegetarian Chef Devin Kintop will do a series of cooking demos Tuesdays in September from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The store is located at 305 Dairy Rd. and the phone number is (808) 877-2661.

Sept 6: “BBQ” BBQ Tempeh, Corn with Roasted Peanuts, Okinawan Sweet Potato Salad, and Fresh Fruit Popsicles.

Sept.13: “Parsley- The Under Rated Herb,” Local Fresh Fruit Salad with Brown Sugar Crème Sauce, Toast with Chimichurri Sauce, Tangy Kobocha Slices and Mushroom Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette.

Sept. 20: “Family Style” Mixed Greens with Veggie Vinaigrette, Cheese Bread with Kula Goat Cheese, and Quinoa Lasagna.

Sept. 27: “A Night In” A Bay Leaf and Black Peppercorn Plum Sparkler, Eggplant with Orzo Rice, Broiled Tomatoes, and Myer Lemon Bundt Cake.

For information about Down to Earth visit Down To Earth Website.


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