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Slow Food Kauai

Artist Andrew Gorton.

Artist Andrew Gorton.

I am in the process of restarting the Slow Food Kauai chapter, which is part of an international 501c3 that protects and preserves how food gets to our collective table. I thought I’d write a blog post and invite you to be a volunteer, board member, donate or sign up for a membership.
There is an initial brainstorming session and gathering scheduled for Tuesday, March 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kauai Beer Company in Lihue. If you are interested in being a part of SFK, please RSVP by emailing Marta at
Each year, there will be four main fundraisers as well as small workshops and gatherings in-between. We are looking for people who are passionate about promoting local food and preserving local food traditions. In all, expect to spend 5 to 10 hours a month as a board member. We will also have a sponsorship structure that includes in-kind donations such as time, and board members will get a bio on SFK’s website with a link to their website.
If you’re not familiar, here are links to Slow Food Oahu and Slow Food USA
Confirmed Board members:

  • President: Marta Lane, owner Tasting Kauai
    Treasurer: Daniel Lane, owner Pono Photo
    Event Coordinator: Megan Fox – Malama Kauai
    Event Co Chair: Judy Capertina – Owner Haole Girl Island Sweets
    Hawaiian Foodways: Malia Chun – Na Pua Noeau, Kuulei Santos – Hanapepe Salt Ponds
    Marketing: Maris Manzano, Verde owner
    Marketing Co Chair: Benjamin Katz
    Social Media: Lee Roversi, North Country Farms, Kilauea
    Chef Co Chair: Jean Marie Josselin, owner Jo2 and Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill

Open positions:

  • Secretary
    Fundraising Chair
    Volunteer Coordinator
    Grant Writer
    Sponsorship Chair
    Sponsorship Coordinator
    Entertainment Chair
    Ticket Chair
    Guest Speaker Chair
    Volunteer Chair
    Membership Coordinator and Correspondent
    Media Outreach

Waiting for confirmation:

  • Vice President: Jerry DiPietro – Hawaii SEED
    Newsletter Editor: Pam Woolway – freelance writer
    Hawaiian Foodways: Kalen Kelekoma – Waipa Foundation
    Chef Chair: Aaron Leikam – Owner, Street Burger
    Farm Chair: Adam Asquith – Founder Kealia Farm Market
    Farm Co Chair: Louisa Wooten – Owner, Kauai Kunana Dairy
    Website: Zendy Web Labs

Coming on Tuesday to learn more:

  • Ed Sindt, Kauai Roots Co-op, Kalaheo
    Cathy Moratto, Kikala farms, Kalaheo
    Tiana Kamen, Limahuli Garden and Preserve
    Bryna R `Oliko Storch, Pua Kalo Farm, Lihue
    Greg Askew – President, OnoPops
    Melissa McFerrin – The Shops at Kukuiula
    Collin Darrell – Owner, Grow Culture and partner in Hanai popup
    Adam Watten – Chef Hanai popup