Calling all foodies! Ward Village today announced a brand new recurring community event centered around everyone's favorite meal -- brunch. The kickoff will take place on Sunday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ward Village Information Center Courtyard (former IBM Building). The monthly event will feature farm to table ingredients paired with local chefs and farmers, as well as live entertainment.
"Courtyard Brunch offers a modern twist on the classic Sunday morning fare, providing a taste of creative brunch concepts from some of the most talented chefs in town," said Katie Ka'anapu, Director of Community and Retail Marketing for Ward Village. "We're excited to add Courtyard Brunch to our growing line-up of community events at Ward Village, where we strive to provide a thriving, integrated gathering place for locals and visitors to enjoy in the heart of Honolulu."
The first Courtyard Brunch event on April 12 will showcase the theme, "Women Working for Ward" with a line-up of local female chefs and farmers, including dessert chef extraordinaire Michelle Karr-Ueoka from MW Restaurant, Pastry Chef Jayme Vaniew from Morimoto Waikiki, Co-owners Jill Nordby and Jamie Sexton of Holoholo General Store, Chef Gida Snyder from Naked Cow Dairy, and much more. The event will also feature live entertainment from DJ Anit.
"We are thrilled to be part of the first ever Ward Village Courtyard Brunch and look forward to sharing seasonal recipes that highlight our fantastic local farms and suppliers," said Claire Sullivan, Hawai`i coordinator, Purchasing and Public Affairs for Whole Foods Market. "This community event is a wonderful opportunity to introduce ourselves to the neighborhood of Ward Village, the future home of our flagship Whole Foods Market in the state of Hawai'i."
Courtyard Brunch will take place monthly from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ward Village Information Center Courtyard (former IBM Building). Tickets are $20 per person, with all proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organizations via the Ward Village Foundation. Tickets include access to a mouthwatering array of brunch eateries who will offer customer favorites alongside themed dishes, as well as contemporary breakfast cocktails. Guests will also have an opportunity to shop from a selection of market stands offering fresh produce, meats and cheeses from local farms. Tickets can be reserved online at wardvillageshops.com.
Whole Foods Market plans to open a 50,000 square-foot flagship Whole Foods Market at Ward Village at the ewa-makai corner of Queen Street and Kamake'e Street as part of a mixed use development. The store will be the company's largest location in Hawai'i and the fourth Whole Foods Market in the Islands. The company opened its first store in Hawai`i in Kāhala in 2008 and has been committed to buying, sourcing and supporting locally grown and made products since then. In 2014 alone, over $6 million was spent on purchases from Hawaiian agricultural operations, including farms, dairies, apiaries and ranches.
Ward Village hosts several free community events throughout the year, including the Ward Village Courtyard Cinema monthly film series, the Art + Flea urban market, the Kaka'ako Farmers' Market each Saturday, and more. For more information, visit www.wardvillage.com.