NEWS RELEASE: EAT THINK DRINK Presents School Lunch - Hawaii's Farm to School Inititiave

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Nine prominent chefs and speakers to take the stage on April 25, featuring Keynote Speaker Chef Ann Cooper 


HONOLULU, HI – The Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation (HAF) invites the public to join a conversation on “School Lunch - Hawai‘i’s Farm to School Initiative” for their second EAT THINK DRINK presented by Hawaiian Airlines. On Tuesday, April 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at THE MODERN HONOLULU, thought leaders and policy makers in agriculture will share their knowledge, experience and thoughts on food and education as they examine meals served in school cafeterias. The keynote speaker is Ann Cooper, a celebrated author, chef, educator and prominent national advocate for better school lunch programs.

“The purpose of this event is to create a network of our younger generation consumers who care about the wellbeing of the community and want to spark positive, long-lasting change,” said Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi, executive director of HAF. “We’re thrilled to introduce ‘School Lunch’ as our second EAT THINK DRINK and bring another incredible menu of mindsets to the table once again.”

In addition to Ann Cooper, the panelists include local and national advocates working to increase the amount of locally sourced food on school lunch plates. Featured speakers are Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui, Dexter Kishida of the Hawaii Department of Education’s Food Services, JuliAnna Arnett of the USDA Farm to School Program and Greg Christian of Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners.

After the panel discussion, guests will have a chance to enjoy what a locally sourced school lunch would look like in the hands of four local chefs. Ronnie Nasuti of Tiki’s Grill and Bar, Keith Pajinag of THE MODERN HONOLULU, Matt Young of Hula Grill, and Randy Bangloy of Eating House 1849 at Kapolei Commons, will be serving their version of a school lunch.

“With each series, we hope to inspire more people to join our #ONOREVOLUTION and build a collective of consumers who are committed to building access to fresh, local foods and creating more resilient communities throughout the islands,” added Yamaguchi.

EAT THINK DRINK launched in November 2016 as a quarterly series to bring diverse communities together and find common ground on issues of agriculture and food in Hawaiʻi. Targeted at millennials and Gen Xers, the series provides a unique opportunity to learn from innovative minds nationwide.

Tickets for EAT THINK DRINK are $55 and can be purchased at EAT THINK DRINK is presented by Hawaiian Airlines and supported by Alexander and Baldwin, Hawaiʻi Crop Improvement Association, Kamehameha Schools, Lendlease, State of Hawaii, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Ulupono Initiative.