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SEED Sprouts a New Dining Experience in the Heart of Kaimuki
SEED Sprouts a New Dining Experience  in the Heart of Kaimuki

SEED, a new restaurant, is springing up in Kaimuki, serving a unique farm-to-table menu and helping provide employment for the island’s at-risk population.

Located in the space previously occupied by Bella Mia at 1137 11th Ave., this restaurant offers “food on a mission.” The exceptionally healthy menu relies on local sources for freshness and sustainability, while the staff is built around survivors of homelessness, human trafficking, and domestic abuse, along with other at-risk individuals, who receive work training and an economic opportunity.  

“SEED is about doing business the right way,” said SEED project manager Sonya Seng. “Business can be an expression of justice and joy. The name SEED was chosen because it speaks of hope and change. A seed is just the beginning.”

“We support island farmers and cultivate an urban garden on the premises for that just-picked freshness. We think our guests will taste and feel the difference,” said head chef Yiuing Lee Pinches, a Honolulu native who’s culinary work has taken her to from the Bay Area and L.A. to Osaka. She returned to Oahu to help open SEED. 

Food offerings include creative variations of popular regional dishes featuring island-produced, chemical-free ingredients. 

Signature SEED items include the fresh catch-of-the-day, a baked katsu-style chicken served with innovative dipping sauces, a spicy and robust stir-fry based on a rich variety of local greens and vegetables, and a complete protein vegetarian chili with beans, grains, greens, peppers, squash and other seasonal elements.

The regional menu is complimented by SEED’s selection of fresh juices and juice combinations. “Some restaurants pair wines. We pair fresh juices. After all, our juices have a much broader flavor palette, with a subtlety that any connoisseur can appreciate,” said Pinches. Signature drink offerings include “The Real POG” containing fresh passion fruit, orange and guava.

SEED’s commitment to the freshest ingredients is reflected in the restaurant’s design, which includes a window garden overlooking 11th Avenue. There are also plans to create a rooftop garden and an herb wall.

SEED is a justice enterprise of Bluewater Mission, a faith community in Honolulu which runs recovery homes for survivors of local human trafficking, those healing from domestic abuse, the recently homeless and other at-risk individuals. SEED provides flexible hours, training, and a supportive community enriched by a team of volunteers. 

“Leaders recognized that job rehabilitation was an essential ingredient to people’s recovery, but we wanted to meet this need in a truly just way. SEED was designed to provide justice through our job training and hiring, while also serving just, locally-sourced food,” said Jordan Seng, leader of Bluewater Mission.

SEED plans to apply for a liquor license but in the meantime invites guests to bring their own alcoholic beverages to enjoy with their meal.

SEED is open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Following the grand opening, SEED will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dine-in and takeout orders are available.

For more information, please visit www.SeedHawaii.com, call (808) 732-1137 or email info@seedhawaii.com. Follow SEED on Twitter www.twitter.com/SeedHawaii, Facebook www.facebook.com/SeedHawaii, and www.Instagram.com/SeedHawaii.


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