Hawaii Mom Blog: KAHALA MKT. by Foodland Opening November 18




November 17, 2020

KAHALA MKT. by Foodland Opening November 18

 Indulge us for just a moment Kahala and imagine an awesome new neighborhood market unlike any you’ve experienced before – one that’s everything a market serving your active, diverse and dynamic community should be.


Introducing the fresh, local and delicious delights of KAHALA MKT. by Foodland and its all-day eatery, et al., opening at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18. Located on Waialae Avenue, across from Kahala Mall, and anchoring the new Kūʻono Marketplace at Kāhala – a retail and dining center developed by Kamehameha Schools – the newly imagined 13,000 square-foot store from Foodland Super Market, Ltd. offers an intimate, welcoming combination of neighborhood market, food destination and full-service eatery and bar. It’s a place where customers will discover delectable eats, curated natural and organic offerings, and tasty new dining adventures satisfying all of their food appetites.


“We are so excited to welcome the community to KAHALA MKT. by Foodland,” said Jenai S. Wall, Foodland Chairman and CEO. “This is a store our team can’t wait to open! Not only does it have amazing, new options for meals on-the-go and chef prepared basics to make cooking dinner a breeze, but it also has new discoveries and favorite necessities in every aisle. We hope it’s a store the community will love.”


KAHALA MKT. by Foodland is making the safety of its customers and employees a priority. From Wednesday, November 18 through Sunday, November 22 of the store’s opening week, customers who wish to receive priority entry are encouraged to reserve a shopping time at kahalamkt.com. Although walk-ins will be allowed in the store as space permits, booking online is highly recommended to avoid waiting in line. Everyone entering KAHALA MKT. by Foodland will be required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. In addition, customers may bring only one additional person into the store with them.


Though approximately half the size of Foodland Farms Aina Haina three miles away, KAHALA MKT. by Foodland is big on a thoughtfully procured selection of Foodland favorites plus a wide array of new, unique and downright delectable offerings. KAHALA MKT. by Foodland’s major highlights you’ll love include:


• A curated collection of grocery items from Hawaii and around the world. Every aisle at KAHALA MKT. by Foodland is stocked with a specially selected array of basic necessities, natural and organic offerings, and an impressive range of Hawaii-grown, Hawaii-raised and Hawaii-made produce, products and ingredients. You can always expect to find well-known natural/organic brands on the shelves alongside local produce from Sensei Farms, MA‘O Organic Farms, Ho Farms and others. KAHALA MKT. by Foodland also carries your favorite popular grocery brands, too, so you can check off everything on your shopping list.


• Quick-in, quick-out uber unique grab-and-go. We’re talking a place for great to-go meals where you’ll find a diversity of entrees (mmm … flavorful Grilled Fajita Steak with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice power bowls!), salads (yum ... ono Shrimp and Glass Noodle!), wraps and sandwiches (ooh … a savory Turkey Avocado Club!), dips and more made fresh daily. Think Roast Beef and Blackened Spice Aioli Wraps, Chicken Montadito Sandwiches, and Sicilian Tuna Potato, Pulled Chicken Caesar Pasta, and Vegan Southwest Chopped Salads. And that’s all just for starters. Love freshly made soup? KAHALA MKT. by Foodland features souper selections like Thai Tom Yum, Mexican Pozole, Portuguese Bean, Roasted Kabocha Squash with Coconut, Chicken Noodle, Chinese Egg Drop and more. Stop by in the morning, and you’ll find quick-takeout breakfast items like overnight oats, chia seed puddings, house-made yogurts, and multiple flavors of wellness drinks.


• Pre-cooked, chef-made family meals for four. Packed with a main dish and side dish, these are meals you simply take home, reheat and eat! Try KAHALA MKT. by Foodland’s exclusive Grilled Flank Steak with Avocado and Ho Farms Tomato Salsa with a side of White Cheddar Mac and Cheese on your first visit, and the Char Siu BBQ Pork and Yakisoba Noodles duo on your next. Feel like donning your chef apron and trying your hand in the kitchen? KAHALA MKT. by Foodland also features new cook-at-home meal kits, including Bulgogi Street Tacos, Cheeseburger Sliders, and BBQ Chicken Quesadillas with Elote Corn Salad. You’re guaranteed to be a kitchen hero no matter which meal kit you choose!


• Build-your-own-plate. Don’t skip a visit to the create-your-own-plate station at KAHALA MKT. by Foodland. It’s where you’ll find a diversity of main entrees and sides for take-out or take-home devouring so mouthwatering, you’ll want ‘em all. Load your plate with extraordinary entrees like White Miso Glazed Cod, Roasted Pork Loin with Cranberry Chutney, Grilled Flank Steak with Mango Chimichurri, Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Herbs, and Thai Vegetable Red Curry. Then choose from sublime sides like Szechuan Cauliflower, White Cheddar Mac and Cheese, Maple Dijon Glazed Baby Carrots, Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice, and Molokai Sweet Potato Mash. Hungry yet?


• Hawaii’s Best Poke and an exclusive variety for Kahala! Attention Kahala poke lovers! We’ve got your favorite local comfort food fresh-made all-day, when you want it. Get ready for your very own, in-your-neighborhood poke destination serving only fresh ahi varieties as well as white crab, shrimp, mussel and clam poke. Hawaii’s Best Poke is served by the bowl over white or brown rice or greens – with your favorite toppings – or by the pound. You’ll have 20 tempting selections to choose from including top favorites California Roll, Hawaiian Style, Shoyu Limu, Spicy Ahi and the new KAHALA MKT. by Foodland exclusive, Kabayaki Ahi Poke!


• A gourmet handmade pizza counter. We’re serving up mouthwatering, handmade, oven-baked Naples-style thin-crust 12-inch whole and half pizzas all day. Choose from a variety of signature and classic combinations, daily-special pizzas, and even combo pizzas where you get to select the toppings you want. You won’t go wrong with signature pies like Korean BBQ, Truffle Wild Mushroom, and the trust-us-it’s-super-tasty Roasted Kabocha Pumpkin with Sage and Brown Butter combo on the menu. Can’t decide on one pizza? Just ask to mix-and-match your favorites from the menu on a single pizza. Meat Lovers on one half and Margherita on the other half? It’s yours if you want it. Bonus! If you love cauliflower crust, you can have it for any pizza on the menu.


• House-made sweet treats. Because every meal deserves a sweet ending, you’ll also find amazing single-serve pastries, cake slices for one, and large whole desserts, cakes and pies big enough for the whole family. Expect to be wowed by the sight of Okinawan Sweet Potato, Rainbow Delight and Chantilly cakes alongside Mango Lime, Pumpkin Crunch and Blue Lemon cheesecakes, and Chocolate Kinako, Coconut Ginger and Lilikoi Double Crunch pies. Talk about sugar-rush central! KAHALA MKT. by Foodland’s fresh-made bakery items also include dessert bars (banana cream, Okinawan haupia are just two flavors) artisanal bread, baguettes, croissants and muffins. But wait! There are lots of healthy options, too, including vegan nut bars, flourless cakes, Keto desserts, gluten-free delights – like chocolate bark selections and boba rice puddings – and more. 


• An amazing alcove of wines and spirits. A highlight of KAHALA MKT. by Foodland’s grocery space is an alcove of wines sourced exclusively by R. Field Wine Company where you’ll also find a thoughtful selection of hard-to-find spirits. Here, you’ll find shelves stocked with a curated selection of bottles from regions around the world, a dedicated wine room boasting a collection of highly allocated wines and spirits, and a wide selection of chilled white and sparkling wines, and champagnes. Need assistance? The alcove is staffed by employees passionate and knowledgeable about all-things vino – from taste, varietals, global regions and quality, to food pairings and finding the perfect bottle of wine at the perfect price. 


• Local art and design all around. KAHALA MKT. by Foodland engaged with multiple creative and talented local artists and designers to craft the store’s unique interior and exterior design, branding, and art and photography. KAHALA MKT. by Foodland’s woodblock artwork in-store image of the east-side view of Diamond Head was designed by Oahu printmaker Steven Kean of Kean Arts. The fun and appetizing food photos you’ll see in the produce and prepared food areas were shot by Honolulu photographer Kenna Reed. KAHALA MKT. by Foodland also enlisted Welcome Stranger to design the branding and logos for the market.


• Everything you need and exceptional service … nearby. KAHALA MKT. by Foodland is focused on providing knowledgeable, friendly and personalized service, always offering your favorite grocery, meat, seafood and produce needs, wines, spirits and then some – served with aloha! And we’re always close by in your neighborhood when you want what you need most.


In addition to everything we’ve mentioned here, KAHALA MKT. by Foodland showcases Foodland’s popular lineup of Chef Essentials products, created by Foodland Chief Food Officer Chef Keoni Chang and his team of chefs. With a mission to inspire the aspiring chef in all of us, Keoni took to crafting an extensive array of house-made marinades, dressings, stocks, broths, spice rubs, gravies, dips, pesto and vinaigrettes to jump start your cooking. Chef Essentials selections include Basil Arugula Pesto, Umami Gravy, Lemongrass Ginger Garlic Marinade, Beef Bone Broth, Nuoc Cham, Kim Chee Caesar Dressing, Hot Pot Broth, Vegan Indian Curry, Spicy Korean Chili Sauce and more, as well as Pulehu, Adobo, Linguica and Cajun Spice Rubs. With just a few Chef Essentials on your side and at the ready in your kitchen, you could cook up an array of different – yet equally delicious – dinners or lunches every day of the week with just a few simple steps and ingredients.


KAHALA MKT. by Foodland also has its very-own Calabash meal kits section, fresh floral section, a nearby Shell gas station (opening in 2021), and Foodland to You online shopping and delivery service (shop.foodland.com), complete with curbside pick-up and everything you want from the market just one click away, for your convenience. And last but definitely not least, we’re so very excited to be …


Introducing … et al.


KAHALA MKT. by Foodland’s gathering place is sure to be the store’s very own all-day, neighborhood eatery, et al. The Latin phrase et al. means “and others,” which speaks to the restaurant team’s desire to welcome and celebrate family, friends and community. And et al. will be a fantastic place to stop by for an exceptional bite to eat and to enjoy its imaginative Neo-American-style menu of multiregional dishes drawing inspiration from local produce and ingredients procured at their seasonal peak of flavor.


et al.’s menu was crafted by Chef de Cuisine and Oahu native Colin Sato, who most recently led the kitchen of the Beachhouse at the Moana restaurant in Waikiki. et al.’s cocktail menu was conceived by Foodland Corporate Mixologist Matt Rosskopf in partnership with the et al. dining room team, while the restaurant’s menu of delectable pastries and desserts was created by Pastry Chef Brian Sung. The eatery’s overall curation was overseen by Foodland Chief Food Officer and Corporate Chef Keoni Chang.


“Our vision was to create a restaurant where guests feel comfortable and relaxed the minute they set foot in the space, and a place where the neighborhood will gather for everyday dining and special occasions,” said Chang. “Our seasonal menu celebrating Hawaii and the flavors of the world is fresh and different, yet welcoming and familiar. We can’t wait for the community to taste and experience it!”


On et al.’s lunch menu, you’ll definitely want to taste the Hawaiian Clam Chowder with smoked meat, ulu (breadfruit) and, of course, lots of fresh clams. You’ll also want to try main entrées like et al.’s luscious claw-and-knuckle-meat-filled Lobster Roll or savory Hamakua Mushroom Risotto infused with truffle, nori and chervil. Come dinner you’ll crave Kauai Prawns and Linguine in spicy fra diavolo sauce and garlic butter, or Crispy Skin Salmon with smoked trout roe and seaweed butter. The Porchetta Pizza – topped with fontina and pecorino cheese, candied fennel and garlic cream – is an ambrosial et al. original, perfect with a starter of fresh Maui Beets crowned with local-produced Sweet Land Farms chevre and lemon basil pesto. And be sure to save room for the Bananamisu and its sweet molasses snap crumble, roasted marshmallows and coffee-syrup drizzle. Such an evening ender!


Bright and early each morning, et al. tempts you to wake up and settle down for fresh-baked breakfast items like Loaded Baked Potato Quiche and savory Croque Monsieur. Or you can choose from a menu of fun, inventive gourmet toasts. You’ll fall hard for the Zaatar-Cured Salmon Toast topped with chive crème fraiche, capers, pickled shallots and fresh dill. You’ll also love the Mexican Street Avo Toast with mashed fresh avocado, chile lime crema, cotija cheese, cilantro and corn puree. And where else could you possibly, at one brunch sitting, order both a Roasted Pork Belly Banh Mi – with giardiniera peppers, curry aioli, cucumber, cilantro and a local OK Farms fried egg – and a Roasted Pork Belly Benedict – with OK Farms poached egg and MA‘O Organic Farms greens on toasted ciabatta, topped with a hearty potage. If you’re craving a smaller breakfast – say, a coconut chia seed parfait, or a tempting side of smoked-meat fried rice – et al. has you covered, too. And don’t leave without savoring a cup of the custom et al. Kona Coffee Purveyor’s Blend.


Finally, what would a neighborhood gathering place for great food be without a superb menu of signature cocktails to accompany it all? et al. is home to an impressively stocked bar and served-all-day neighborhood-inspired cocktails like the Kahala Sunset and Hunakai Sling. The et al. bar even features a Spiked Sunrise menu of morning- and afternoon-ideal drink selections, including the Waialae Iced Tea, Black Point Iced Cold Brew and, yes, a three-flavor Mimosa Flight. (Good morning, indeed!) You’ll also find a thirst-quenching menu of fresh-made daily juices, coffees, teas, mocktails, draught and bottled beers, and a selection of wines and bubbles. And it’s all waiting for you at et al.!


WORKSHOP-HI was the architect for et al. restaurant and bar, and The Vanguard Theory designed the interior. Be sure to check out the locally inspired palaka and lei-printed bar stools created by local graphic designer Noa Emberson.


Now there’s only one thing left for you to do. Come visit!


KAHALA MKT. by Foodland is located in the Kūʻono Marketplace at Kāhala at 4230 Waialae Avenue. The store will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. et al. will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with breakfast served from 6 to 11 a.m. and lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, dinner served from 4 to 8 p.m. daily, and brunch served from 6 to 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit kahalamkt.com, or call (808) 732-2440.

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