Blue Zones Project to feature Maui Tempeh demo Friday at Kahului mall

Maui Tempeh business partners Mikel Gosney (left) and Jaime Tourin are innovators of their adzuki-bean product line. The Maui News / Carla Tracy photo

The community is invited to join the Blue Zones Project for a healthful cooking demonstration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului. The cooking demo is part of a monthly series of events held on the second Friday of every month at QKC’s Center Court and is hosted by Malika Dudley.

Brought to Hawaii by HMSA, Blue Zones Project is a grass roots well-being improvement initiative to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to the environment, policies and social networks.

February’s demo features Maui Tempeh, purveyor of fresh adzuki bean tempeh made in Wailuku. Tempeh (pronounced tem-pay) is a traditional Indonesian food that is made by a natural culturing and controlled incubation process that binds beans into a block.

The end result, after 36 to 48 hours of incubation, is a bean cake with a meat-like mushroom texture and nutty umami flavor.

Chef/owner Jaime Tourin will be demonstrating how to prepare three dishes including pulled pork tempeh, tempeh coconut curry and Maui tempeh poke. Recipe cards and free samples will be available while supplies last.

“Tempeh is high in Vitamin B12; and it’s the best source of protein in a vegetarian diet,” says Tourin, who operates business with Mikel Gosney. “And by the way, it’s absolutely delicious. We sell it to Mana Foods, Down to Earth and Hawaiian Moons and on Saturdays at the Upcountry farmers market. Mama’s Fish House serves at least a dozen tempeh plates a night, and we sell to Four Seasons and Andaz, too.”

At the demo, Blue Zones Project will give away prizes and gift cards along with National Geographic bookazines featuring Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner.

Established in 2010, Blue Zones Project is inspired by Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and the New York Times best-selling author who identified five regions of the world, or “Blue Zones” that have the highest concentration of people living to the ripe age of 100 years or older.

Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner’s findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that move a community toward optimal health and well being. Currently, 31 communities in eight states have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than two million Americans. The movement includes three beach cities in California; 15 cities in Iowa; Albert Lea, Minnesota; the city of Fort Worth; communities in Hawaii, Florida, Wisconsin and Oregon. For more details, visit