With a week or so of grand opening deals, samplings and appearances by chefs and farmers under its belt, Foodland Kehalani will continue with activities intermittently through early August.
The 35,000-square-foot supermarket is located behind Longs Drug Store at the new Kehalani Village Center in Wailuku. It's the seventh Foodland, Sack N Save and Foodland Farms store on Maui. It features full-service departments with deli, seafood, meat, bakery, produce and floral items, as well as R. Field Wine Co. American Savings Bank and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - complete with a drive-through.
This week's activities continue from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday with balloon designs for kids by Riki Inzano. Then from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; bring the keiki to see Tony the Tiger, who will give away Rice Krispy treats and fruit snacks. Of course, the friendly cat will say they're grrreat!
R. Field Food & Wine Specialist Nicole Jenson transferred from Aina Haina to work and live on Maui.
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R. Field Wine Company’s Marvin Chang is a department manager for the islands and is a familiar face on Maui, as he used to run Connoisseur Food & Wine in Kahului.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
Also during that time frame, R. Field will sample Chocolate on a Mission products; Maui Shaka Pops will hand out their natural island popsicles; and you may munch free Gevalia coffee pods, Planters peanuts and Vita Coco produce.
Situated to the right of the supermarket upon entering, the R. Field department will also offer you samples of artisan cheeses and Maui's own Wow Wow lemonade from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
R. Field is different from Foodland in that all of its items are hand-selected and unique, says the statewide wine department manager Marvin Chang.
"Some things are exclusive to R. Field that you won't find elsewhere," Chang says. "On the lower end, we have two French wines right now that I recommend as quaffable. Villa Botanica's chardonnay/viognier blend; and its cabernet/syrah blend."
On the higher end of the price spectrum, R. Field also is promoting its Altra cabernet sauvignon out of Napa.
"We offer more unusual, hard-to-find wines. Whatever varietal they are, they are very good for the price range. When a brand gets bigger and more mainstream, then it goes on the Foodland shelves."
Chang has worked at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and was a partner in Connoisseur Food & Wine in Kahului before he left the island to work for Chef Philippe Padovani in Waikiki. The savvy wine expert found his niche with his current job.
"The R. Field concept was developed by Richard Field in 1985 as a one-stop gourmet shop," continues Chang. "It was fashioned loosely after Oakville Grocery in Napa with cured hams, cheeses, caviar, pastas, olive oils and more."
The first one opened in Ward Center and it developed such a reputation that Foodland liked the concept and picked it up. The only other R. Field on Maui is inside Foodland Lahaina Farms.
The Wailuku R. Field has all of the above components with an added local twist.
"Kumu Farm in Waikapu is practically right in our backyard," says Sheryl Toda, a former Maui girl who handles publicity for Foodlands statewide. "We're also working with Hana Fresh. We're so happy to have a farm-to-table component. They call us and tell us what is abundant. Right now, it's red and green okra, Swiss chard, baby heirloom lettuces."
Another local vendor is Maui Pasta Co. with handmade gouda and sun-dried tomato ravioli. Owners Pat and Ron Inman supply Mama's Fish House and Casanova with their pasta products. Buy some fresh Kumu Farm macadamia-nut pesto as a topping, along with some parmesan cheese from the wheel, and you are set for dinner.
"We also purvey European items, such as artisan salami, prosciutto and pate," says R. Field's Maui Food & Wine Specialist Nicole Jenson. "We have ready-to-eat mac and cheese, which comes in a reheatable tray for a quick gourmet meal."
R. Field sells small portions of pre-packed herbs, Wow Wow Lemonade made here on island and sold in Mason jars; Mario Batali products, Osetra caviar, fresh housemade mozzarella and clotted cream. You'll even find rendered duck fat.
In the Foodland side, a Kim Chee Bar will debut July 14 with hot rice and pan chan (Korean side dishes).
For now, you'll find local produce from Maui farmers and Ma'o Organic Farms on Oahu; 20 varieties of poke including spicy wasabi-avocado ahi; a full-service meat case featuring Island Grown beef; a nice pick of ready-to-cook and ready-to-barbecue meat items that are either stuffed, marinated and /or seasoned.
The deli offers char siu and kalbi chicken and new Spam Musubi varieties including Sriracha (spicy), and made-to-order Boar's head sandwiches. You'll also find pohole and peas, meat loaf with Kahuku corn, and li hing pineapple. Desserts run the gamut from lilikoi cheesecake to coconut cream-filled mochi in various flavors.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has its own entrance with egg-salad sandwiches, Cobb salads, coffee drinks and Morning Glory muffins. Drive through and pick it up. And remember, Tony The Tiger will be back on Sunday with more grrrreat deals.