Fresh pasta selling well at Kaua‘i Community Market

PUHI — The spinach was down to just one green piece on  Saturday.

“This is really good,” said Roberta Kable, a customer at the Kaua‘i Community Market at the Kaua‘i Community College Saturday. “I got some last week and it was so good I had to come back and get more.”

Kable was picking up fresh pasta made on Kaua‘i by Ross Kleinberg of Hanalei Pasta.

Saturday, Kleinberg said, was only her second appearance at the Kaua‘i Community Market after launching her Hanalei Pasta enterprise, which includes fresh pasta made in the kitchens at Tahiti Nui and accompanying sauces.

“I’ll be selling at the Kealia Kountry Market this week as well,” Kleinberg said.

During her appearance at the Kaua‘i Community Market, Kleinberg had radiatore pasta, the design helping to hold sauces, radiatore in tomato and spinach, which had already sold down to just one piece.

That piece went with a customer who wanted a mix of pasta and not minding having just one piece of spinach.

She also had conchiglie, which mimics the design of conch shells.

The sauces she had available included Alfredo, Meat, Pesto, Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Marinara.

Kleinberg said her former husband is a chef, and while living in California, made fresh pasta which sold well at a farmers’ market there.

“We thought we’d do the same thing here, and apparently it’s selling well,” she said.

The fresh Hanalei Pasta is also available at Tahiti Nui.

The Kaua‘i Community Market is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the KCC campus.


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