Chef Paris Nabavi came into the life of the Maui School Garden Network (MSGN) two years ago when he offered to cover all the organic seed purchases for Maui County's K-12 schools. He has continued to do so since 2011. This July, Chef Nabavi offered to continue his generous support of this program.
Realizing that each of us has the kuleana (responsibility and privilege) to educate and nourish our children, Chef Nabavi is passionate about bringing healthy eating, sustainable growing practices and fun back into the way we eat. His current initiatives include partnering with MSGN to sponsor organic seed purchases for school gardens throughout the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lana'i and working in the community to revolutionize the way our families eat at school and at home.
As a result of his generosity and concern for our children's nutritional choices and the consequences for their health, over 5,000 children in Maui County have been impacted by the Maui School Garden Network and its partner organizations, which cover 41 school garden programs.
Chef Paris Nabavi continues to purchase organic seeds to support Maui School Garden Network.
Chef Nabavi, who has a long track record with successful food and beverage operations, runs two restaurants on Maui's west side. Pizza Paradiso, opened in 1995, is a Mediterranean Grill at Honokowai Marketplace on 3350 Lower Honoapi'ilani Road (808-667-2929). The second restaurant, Cilantro Mexican Grill in Lahaina Center, will close in December 2012 as Chef Nabavi transitions to his new Mexican restaurant scheduled to open In the fall of 2013, Sangria Grill + Cantina. This new restaurant will be located at the Fairway shops in Ka'anapali.
In addition, he has pledged to support garden program expansions at Lahainaluna High School and Maui Preparatory Academy. This past spring, Chef Nabavi was named "Exceptional Small Business Owner" for 2013 for Maui County.
He can be reached by going to his blog site--www.chiefnabavi.com. Although he calls himself "the Persian Foodie," the MSGN staff and partners call him "Mr. Wonderful."