Wild foods advocate to lead demonstration

The public is invited to join Blue Zones Project for a cooking demonstration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

The cooking demonstration 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 Hawaii Medical Service Association, Blue Zones Project is a grass-roots well-being improvement initiative to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks.

January’s demonstration features Sunny Savage, a wild foods advocate and owner/chef of the food truck Savage Kitchen Maui, which focuses on serving five wild-crafted invasive species. In addition to the food truck, Savage has developed an interactive mapping app that assists people around the state to identify, harvest and prepare five species used in cooking.

Savage is the author of “Wild Food Plants of Hawaii” and she is the host of “Hot on the Trail with Sunny Savage,” a wild food cooking television series that airs around the globe.

She has a Bachelor’s of Science in dietetics and a Master’s of Science in nutrition education. She will be demonstrating how to prepare two dishes featuring haole koa (Leucaena leucocephala), a small invasive tree that grows abundantly on Maui.

Recipe cards and free samples will be available while supplies last.

Blue Zones Project will also be giving away prizes including wild food foraging tools, Blue Zones Project T-shirts, gift cards and National Geographic “bookazines” featuring Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner.