Kids Cooking Local At Home: Local Chefs Teach Families How To Cook

Kids Cooking Local At Home: Local Chefs Teach Families How To Cook

Learn how to cook with local ingredients and pantry staples

Rainbow Waldorf Salad "To Go".

Demonstrated by Chef Ronnie Nasuti from Tiki’s Grill & Bar


• 1 red apple
• 1 lemon
• 1 cup of red grapes
• 1 stalk of celery
• 1 small head of lettuce
• 1 cup plain white yogurt
• 1 tsp honey
• 1 cup cooked quinoa
• ¼ cup toasted walnuts
• 16 oz clear container (such as Mason jar, cleaned out spaghetti sauce jar, clear plastic cup, etc.). This is needed to “layer” the salad.


1. Cook the quinoa ahead of time
2. Cut the apples into small piece, then toss the apples in lemon juice to acidulate them and stop oxidation.
3. Cut celery into small pieces
4. Slice up lettuce
5. Layer the ingredients into 16 oz container(s) as follows dividing the ingredients evenly into each jar:
a. yogurt
b. grapes
c. lettuce
d. quinoa
e. celery
f. apples
g. walnuts
6. Seal & refrigerate until ready to eat! Shake jar before eating to mix ingredients.


Honolulu, HI ­– The Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation (HAF) announces the release of its Kids CookingLocal At Home (KCL At Home) video series – virtual cooking lessons featuring local chefs cooking up healthy recipes with local ingredients while making the most of affordable staple items and Hawai‘i’s favorite canned goods. Local chefs featuring chef Ronnie Nasuti of Tiki’s Grill & Bar. Learn how to make easy-to-follow recipes such as 13 videos are now available online at

Chef Ronnie Nasuti
Tiki’s Grill and Bar

Since the age of 13, Executive Chef Ronnie Nasuti has been working in restaurants where he started his humble beginnings as a dishwasher in a rural suburb of Boston.  After moving to Hawaii in his early 20s, he started at the Roy’s Park Bistro in Waikiki where he learned every station and even did 24 hour room service and pastry.  He then came to the flagship restaurant in Hawaii Kai and eventually went on to become the Roy’s Poipu Bar & Grill Sous Chef on Kauai, before returning to Roy’s Hawaii Kai as the Executive Sous Chef and later as Executive Chef. Chef Ronnie now hangs his hat at Tiki’s Grill & Bar and is excited to be a part of the team as Executive chef in this fun and exciting Waikiki restaurant.


KCL At Home was initially created to move HAF’s Kids Cooking Local (KCL) program to a virtual setting due to COVID-19 restrictions. KCL addresses the need to provide vulnerable communities and families who may be experiencing food insecurity with access to healthy food and to teach healthy eating. In partnership with After-School All-Stars (ASAS) and Boys and Girls Club Hawai‘i (BGCH), KCL serves students from six Title I schools on O‘ahu – ‘Ilima Intermediate School, William P. Jarrett Middle School, King David Kalākaua Middle School, Nānākuli High & Intermediate School, Waiʻanae Intermediate School, and Washington Middle School. Each week, KCL students bring home a bag of ingredients to follow the virtual cooking at home and create the meal with their families. By providing a bag of ingredients and local produce to the students, families gain accessibility to fresh, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables that might normally be cost-prohibitive.


“We’re excited to share Kids Cooking Local At Home with our community,” says Denise Yamaguchi, HAF Executive Director. “We know that many families have been struggling as we try to navigate our way out of the pandemic, and we hope that these videos can help families spend more quality time together, cooking at home and learning about our local agriculture, and how to cook with the local produce that’s readily available in our communities.


To watch and cook along with Kids Cooking Local At Home, go to and register for a free account.


About Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation
The Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization created to promote agriculture and farming. Established in 2007, HAF’s mission is to support and sustain Hawai‘i’s agricultural industry by addressing critical needs and services of farmers and the agricultural industry in Hawai‘i, and by better connecting the farmers with the community and vice-versa. For more information, visit

Rainbow Waldorf Salad "To Go".