Sheraton Waikiki Hotel's Senior Executive Chef Colin Hazama & Executive Chef Brett Villarmia combined their extraordinary culinary talents for 2014's second Table to Farm Collaboration Dinner, featuring Naked Cow Dairy Farm and Creamery, under a beautiful moonlit setting, poolside.
Dave and I had the distinct pleasure of sitting at this very special dinner table, excited to partake in tonight's culinary presentation. Each dish was poised showcasing the mouthwatering artisan butters, cheeses, and yogurts of this Waianae Oahu farm and dairy. Lucky us !
Owner- Monique Van Der Stroom, Production Manager- Sabrina St. Martin, Cheese Artisan - Solei, and Farm Manager Walter, were also seated nearby for the evening, allowing us fortunate guests an opportunity to ask them about their incredible organic dairy items featured in each offering prepared by Chef Colin, and Chef Brett.
A foodie drooler's dream - each course was paired with appropriate red and white wines from various regions of Spain as well.
What was on this incredible 6 course menu ? Chefs Colin and Brett created for us the following :
Brown Butter Seared Naked Cow Dairy Halloumi, Black Cardamon Spiced Scallops, Garlic & Herb Roasted Colorado Lamb Loin, Farmer's Market Fresh -a tasting of cheeses / likikoi kumquat jam / pickled figs / and hydroponic watercress, and for dessert....Berries Wild -an awesome array of panna cotta, meyer lemon champagne gelee, and ....Cookies & Milk - a very "grown up" petit shortbread dessert sandwich cookie spiced with Naked Cow Dairy coconut butter filled with raspberry pomegranate jam - served side by side with smoked Hawaiian sea salt caramel leche, and mac nut brittle.
At the evening's end, we were invited to join Chef Colin, Chef Brett, and the staff of Naked Cow Dairy Farm and Creamery for a farm tour and delicious lunch prepared once again by the talented Sheraton Chefs the next day. We were excited to meet the actual team of cows who are the true stars of their operation.
As Chef Colin shared with me and Dave, "This is what's fun for me! " For the Table to Farm Dinner Events, Chef has the unique opportunity to work with Hawaii's local farmers directly to show his dining guests what is available as true organic products harvested from our island's soil.
It truly was a great opportunity photographing, eating, and learning about our island's sustainable organic dairy farmers at Naked Cow Dairy Farm and Creamery. And who wouldn't enjoy a meal under the direction of Sheraton's talented chefs? Dave and I were a smiley pair after this experience. What a day!
We look forward to the next Table to Farm Collaboration Dinner with Chef Colin Hazama & Chef Darren Demaya. Mark your calendars for FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015, at Sheraton Waikiki, to feature the delicious organic produce of Shinsato Farms, and Nalo Farms.
Bon Appetit, and enjoy these mouthwatering images. Aloha ! Michelle & Dave Miyamoto