Sustainable Boost celebrates the “Grand Opening” with the recognition of its users
WAILUA – Michael Sterioff of Passion Bakery Cafe said his ulu-based malasada using 30% Sustainable Boost ulu powder, or breadfruit, was piping hot from the fryer at Kinipopo Shopping Village.
“They are doing fine,” said Sterioff, delivering a tray of chunks to the back door of his cafe’s kitchen on Wednesday. “But, they’re especially good out of the deep fryer.”
Passion Bakery’s delivery of malasada was outside of their normal Tuesday and Thursday offerings, but hosted the ‘grand opening’ celebrated by Lourdes Torres, owner and founder of Sustainable Boost, described as a ‘local food maker, in the Kinipopo Shopping Village.
The main locally grown produce dewatering facility and the machines used to create the powders are located across from the Passion Bakery Cafe, and Torres has received support from Sterioff and Passion Bakery ‘ohana to develop the facility.
“I am truly delighted to be here to help celebrate Sustainable Boost and all of you, vendors, farmers and producers, working day in and day out to connect our various communities across the island with sustainable, locally sourced and organic products. “said Kipukai Kuali’i, member of the Kaua’i County Council. “Food sustenance or living off the ‘aina has always been a big part of the growth in Kaua’i. The pandemic has also made it clear that our food security must be a top priority for all of us; this should lead us to be more attentive; and even more convenient to grow our own food and support our own local gardens.
Haole Girl Island Sweets Chef Judy Martina arrived with a tray full of banana muffins using Sustainable Boost green banana powder in her creation which was quickly swallowed up by the guest list which included culinary creators using powders and Sustainable Boost products, Mayor Derek Kawakami, and most of the council.
“She’s been using powders for over five years,” Torres said of Chef Martina. “And, she’s busy so she can’t stay.” She just stopped to put down the banana bread.
The gathering, due to its size, was moved to a grassy area in the shade of a small tree, where several vendors set up displays showing the range of products from food to skin care products. who use Sustainable Boost products in their creation.
“Sustainable Boost and our partners believe there has never been a more critical time to support farmers and food producers who use organic and regenerative practices,” Torres said. “We are fully engaged and passionate about coming together as a community to promote local and nutritionally dense crops, food security and self-sufficiency. “
Seventeen Hawai’i-based groups and businesses received special recognition from Kawakami for supporting local agriculture. These include Oasis on the Beach, Haole Girl Island Sweets, Cozy Bowl Noodle, Kokoleka Collective, Hawai’i Peeps, Malama Kaua’i, Raw Aloha, My Kaua’i Honey, Ulu & Kalo Bakery, O’ahu Organics, Inc., Traditional Mexican Restaurant Tlaxcali, Green Terra Hawai’i, Rainbow Road Ice Cream, Passion Bakery Cafe, Nourish Kaua’i, Chef Amanda Smith, and Biochar Kaua’i Farms.
“It is an honor and a privilege to congratulate you on your partnership with Sustainable Boost to connect our community with sustainable, local and organic products,” Kawakami said in his individual recognition of the companies. “Agriculture and farming are at the root of our local culture. It stimulates and diversifies our economy and gives jobs to our people. “
Dennis fujimoto, writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or [email protected]