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The Sunset Lawn of the Hotel Wailea will set the stage Saturday. • Grow Some Good photo

Taste of School Gardens will take place once again at Hotel Wailea’s beautiful Sunset Lawn from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday with special dishes inspired by all the good things growing in Maui schools.

This event features a bevy of Maui’s premier chefs coming together to support school gardens and inspire students who are our future farmers, chefs, teachers and scientists.

New chefs participating this year include Peleg Miron of Spago, who will serve sashimi with Thai herbs and green papaya salad; Zach Sato of The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea, who will wow with shrimp poisson cru and slow-cooked baby carrots with tempura watercress; and Jaron Blosser, Cody Christopher and Travis Morrin of Three’s Bar & Grill and Fork & Salad, making peas and carrots as well as Niihau lamb and vegetable chili.

Owner Nicol Bradley of Ono Gelato Creamery and Shack Cafe will make Reubens with green-apple horseradish slaw and banana splits; and Chef John Cadman, maker of Pono Pies, will do an assortment of breadfruit desserts.

Longtime supporters from some of Maui’s finest establishments join the event again, including Chef Craig Dryhurst of DUO at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea with aquerello risotto cooked in a tomato consomme with chives, walnut and beet lace; and a dessert of orange and vanilla poached carrot eclair with a Grand Marnier cloud.

Kids look for weeds in the Kahului Elementary School garden. • Grow Some Good photo

Chef Roger Stettler of Cow Pig Bun will tempt you with house burgers on focaccia with roasted garlic bacon aioli, gruyere cheese, arugula and balsamic syrup; and brussels sprouts.

Chef Kevin Laut of Outrigger Pizza Company will do the crowd favorite lilikoi pork pizza with a garlic aioli base; margherita cheese pizza; and white cheddar mushroom pizza.

Guests will enjoy dishes made from local and school garden grown ingredients, fine wine and local brews, live music from Maui vocalist Shea Derrick, and ocean sunset views. Fun, unique dinner events will be featured in the live auction.

Beverage sponsors are Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, Johnson Brothers, Paradise Beverages and Maui Brewing Company.

Grow Some Good is a Maui nonprofit dedicated to creating hands-on, outdoor learning experiences that cultivate curiosity about natural life cycles, connect students to their food sources and inspire them to make better nutrition choices. The organization now serves approximately 3,000 students per year in 12 Maui schools.

Veggies arranged in a display. • Grow Some Good photo

In addition to helping establish food gardens and living science labs in local schools, GSG provides resources and curriculum support through community partnerships in agriculture, science, food education and nutrition.

Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10 VIPs.Visit www.growsomegood.org.