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Hawaiian Cuisine with Sheldon Simeon

Plants are intimately linked to our cultural identities and food traditions. Plants tell us where we are, and who we are in how we use them to feed ourselves. When we migrate, we carry our culture and cuisine with us. In this virtual series, renowned chefs, culinary historians, and authors from cultures around the world discuss how plants shaped their foodways.

This webinar features award-winning chef and cookbook author Sheldon Simeon as he delves into the beauty of Hawaiian cuisine. Learn how the food traditions of Japanese, Chinese and Filipino immigrants blended with the indigenous culture’s foodways to create modern Hawaiian cuisine and how dishes were adapted to what was available—the products and plants that flourish on the tropical islands of Hawaii. Expand your ingredient and technique repertoire as Sheldon explores the range of edible plants, their significance to the culture and the role they play in creating delicious and uniquely Hawaiian cuisine.

Participants are invited to join the Conservatory’s watch party from 6-8pm at no additional cost. Please select this option when registering. There will be a social hour as well as light refreshments and a cash bar.

This class is part of a virtual series titled “Plants, Cuisine and Culture” created in partnership with Chicago Botanic Garden, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden.

Sheldon Simeon Sheldon Simeon was born in Hilo, Hawaii, and his culinary journey focuses on showcasing the authentic flavors of his homeland to a global audience. He has competed on “Top Chef,” has been nominated twice for James Beard awards, and is author of Cook Real Hawai’i, which showcases 100 recipes that embody the culturally diverse flavors of the islands. He operates three restaurants in Hawai’i, where his menus reveal a mix of innovative modern cuisine and adherence to tradition.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can register for these classes?

Organized by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Chicago Botanic Garden, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, registration for these classes is open to anyone.

Do I need to register for all of the classes in the series?

No. While this is a connected series, registration is separate for each individual class. You can register for one class, all classes in the series, or any number in between. Each individual class is $12, $10 for members

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Are these classes virtual?

These are lecture-style classes that registrants will join virtually; however, the Conservatory will host a free watch party for each class for anyone who selects the option during registration. The watch party will include a social hour, light refreshments, and a cash bar. 

Please indicate if you’d like to attend the watch party when registering. Participants are still welcome to enjoy the series from their homes if they prefer.