Kai is Maori for food. In Maori communities (like many tight communities around the world) there are often people or families entrusted with certain tasks. Tom Loughlin's family has long been associated with food. Providing and cooking food whenever the community needs it - usually for a special occasion. Tom himself is an accomplished chef, hunter, tracker, search and rescue specialist, and of course raconteur. The Loughlin part of his family added some Irish blood to an already humorous mix, so be on the lookout for tricks when you are with Tom.
We have been working with Tom for a number of years and sat down together to work out something he would do for our clients only. The answer is this - collecting freshwater edibles (eels or freshwater crayfish) and cooking them Maori-style. Either buried in naturally geothermally heated sand, or flash fried on a hot rock or smoked. All traditional Maori cooking styles. The meal also includes Maori greens like watercress and involves you very much in the gathering, preparation, cooking and of course eating process.