(HawaiiNewsNow) - The North Shore Chamber of Commerce's 4th Annual Business Expo and "Living Farm to Table" Dinner kicks off Thursday, May 17 at Turtle Bay Resort. The Business Expo is an educational and networking opportunity for the North Shore business community. This year's Expo is featuring seminars on agriculture business and marketing with a focus on retail and food service on the North Shore. The highlight of the event is a "Farm to Table" dinner with tasting stations featuring local chefs and ingredients.
The featured chefs will be: John Armstrong of 21 Degrees North; Fred DeAngelo of Ola; Mark Fitzek of Haleiwa Joe's; Hector Morales of Turtle Bay Resort; Mike Neubert of Lei Lei's; and Luis Silva of LuiBuenos. The dinner keynote speakers will be Drs. James and Paul Brewbaker. The senior Brewbaker is a professor emeritus in horticulture at UH College of Tropical Ag and Human Resources and developed the Hawaiian Supersweet, also known as Kahuku Sweet Corn. His son, Dr. Paul Brewbaker, is a well-known economist and the Chair of the Council on Revenues for the state of Hawaii.
The Expo begins at 1:00 pm with an afternoon program of seminars, panel discussions, and a keynote speaker during dinner. A cocktail reception will follow the expo and precede the "Farm to Table" dinner. Seminars will include "History of Agriculture & Food on the North Shore" and a panel discussion on agriculture with a theme of "Working Together Works." The panel will be comprised of a cross section of North Shore agriculture businesses with a focus on key issues facing Ag on the North Shore: Land, Water, Financing and Distribution.
Two seminars will focus on marketing: "Effective Online Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses in 2012," by Nate Burgoyne of Integrity Online Marketing and "What the Chamber's Recent Visitor Study Means to You" by Jodie Young Wilmott of Ocean Promotion and BYU Hawaii's marketing class.
Chamber members, non-members, and residents are all welcome. Deadline to register is May 11th. This event is sponsored by Turtle Bay Resort, Kamehameha Schools, the North Shore News, First Hawaiian Bank, and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.
To register or for more information, please click HERE or call the Chamber at (808) 637-4558.