Cooking Pasture-Raised Beef

Taste of the Hawaiian Range couple

O‘ahu chefs Kevin Hanney (left) and Jason “J” Schoonover (right) are teaming up to instruct the 2016 edition of Cooking Pasture-Raised Beef 101 at 3 p.m. Chef Hanney is the chef/owner of 12th Ave Grill and Kokohead Café. Chef Schoonover is the executive chef of 12th Ave Grill, the 2015 Hale Aina Award-winning Best Restaurant of the Year. Both chefs regularly include pasture-raised beef on their menus. More >>


Whendi Grad and Jillian Scheme of Big Island Bees describe the benefits of participating in the Taste of the Hawaiian Range. (1:45 min.)


2015 Taste of the Hawaiian Range - Celebrating 20 Years (2:26 min.)


FREE Educational Presentation

Learn About Meat Cuts and Utilizing the Whole Animal

Dr. Dale Woerner and Dr. Keith Belk of Colorado State University are offering a FREE, hands-on, educational presentation that illustrates and describes how a half-beef carcass is butchered into products while the characteristic of each product is shared. The demonstration instructs future chefs and food service personnel how to best utilize the whole carcass of pasture-raised cattle. In addition, the presentation is of value to the home cook wanting to learn about meat cuts. More >>

Chef Peter Merriman, pioneer of the Hawaii Regional Cuisines Movement speaks about his culinary journey. (48:50 min.)


Chef Roy Yamaguchi demonstrates Cooking Pasture-Raised Beef 101 - Braised Oxtail ( 9:24 minutes)


Save the Date: Friday, September 9, 2016

Hilton Waikoloa Village - 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The 21st Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range is Friday, Sept. 9 at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Attendees will enjoy delectable dishes using pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, goat, mutton and wild boar—plus a cornucopia of fresh island fruit, veggies, honey, spices and beverages.

Time is 6-8 p.m. and the annual agricultural showcase will again sprawl both inside and outside at Hilton Waikoloa Village’s conference center. Culinary adventure seekers can taste and enjoy cuts of pasture-raised beef—everything from tongue to tail—expertly prepared by Hawai‘i chefs.  Enjoy familiar cuts like chuck and ground beef, plus the infamous “rocky mountain oysters” or bull testicles.

Local food producers will offer samples and displays at friendly booths. While “grazing,” attendees can enjoy exhibits presenting topics related to local agriculture and food sustainability, including the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Mealani Research Station—where Taste began! More >>

Tickets available

Purchase tickets ONLINE now and at Kuhio Grille in Hilo, Kamuela Liquors and Parker Ranch Store in Waimea, Kona Wine Market in Kailua-Kona and Kohala Essence Shop at Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Pre-sale tickets for Taste are $45 and $60 at the door. Entry to Cooking 101 with sampling is $10 while a 1 p.m. class geared for culinary students and food service professionals is free.

Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI.

For general event information, phone (808) 322-4892.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact Gina at 808-322-4892 no later than August 9, 2016. 

Package Rates for Hawai‘i Residents

Hawai‘i residents eager to savor the flavors of the Taste can take advantage of Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range Package with rates starting at $239 + tax per room on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. This Kama‘aina Special also includes two tickets to the Taste of the Hawaiian Range. More >>


Taste of the Hawaiian Range Ballroom

Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival provides a venue for sustainable agricultural education, plus encouragement and support of locally produced ag products. The premiere ag-tourism event is a partnership between CTAHR, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, Kulana Foods, Hawaii Beef Producers, UH-Hilo CAFNRM, County of Hawaii Dept. on Environmental Management and community volunteers. Sponsorship also includes Hawaii County Research and Development, Hawaii Community College Food Service & Culinary Program, Kamehameha Schools, KTA SuperStores, West Hawaii Today and Pacific Radio Group. The quality and growth of this event are rooted in business participation, sponsorship and in-kind donations. For more information, visit