This is the second in a series of features about the new food and beverage concessionaires coming to Charleston International Airport as part of our Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP).
Delaware North Companies, a 100-year-old family-owned business based in Buffalo, N.Y., took over hospitality service in May 2014 and is working closely with the Charleston County Aviation Authority to build and bring a new lineup of food and beverage vendors to the airport. Many of the new concessions have local ties.
This week: Caviar & Bananas Gourmet Market and Café
Caviar & Bananas is an upscale specialty gourmet market and café featuring both ordinary and extraordinary items. It is a multi-faceted market and quick-service restaurant that is pure Charleston and a unique attribute of the city.
Established in 2008, Caviar & Bananas’ flagship store is in the heart of downtown Charleston at 51 George St. In 2011, a second location at 188 Meeting Street in the City Market Great Hall was opened in 2011. The Charleston favorite is run by husband and wife business partners, Kris and Margaret Furniss.
Caviar & Bananas will have two locations in the airport – in the central marketplace food court where there will be expansive views of the CHS airfield and near the entry to Concourse B. Both locations will offer exquisite combinations created by their executive chef.
The Gourmet Market Kiosk in the central marketplace will focus on a specialty product set as well as food offerings, including assortments to highlight the culinary talents and products based in the Lowcountry along with specialty goods from around the world. Visitors can consume products on the go, or take along to give as gifts. The food menu includes healthy, seasonally available ingredients as well as family friendly items and those to suit dietary restrictions and preferences. Other branded merchandise for sale includes tote bags, hats, tee shirts, and more.
The Caviar & Bananas Quick Service location near the entry to Concourse B will feature delicious selections of made-to-order and DYO (Design Your Own) sandwiches, salads, and breakfasts along with baked goods and pastries. The offerings are fresh and made from high quality ingredients in a “scratch” kitchen or not from a bag, bottle, or box. The location will carry vegetarian and vegan options, as well as child-friendly specialties. Customization is one unique attribute that makes Caviar & Bananas different. Travelers can tailor a meal to meet their own taste, desire, or dietary requirements.
At CHS, Caviar & Bananas will offer an espresso/tea bar featuring coffees roasted by master roaster, King Bean Roasters of Charleston, as well as an organic tea selection. Other beverages will include half and single serve bottles of wine, and individual locally bottled beers.
In 2012, the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. (NASFT), named Caviar & Bananas to the list of Outstanding Specialty Retailers, “for excellence in customer service, product sourcing, merchandising, quality assurance and a passion for presenting top-quality food”. The market café also has received attention in “The New York Times,” “Woman’s Day” magazine, “The Post & Courier,” “Bon Appétit” magazine, “Gourmet” magazine, and a 2009 “Excellence in Dining” award from HobNob Charleston.
Last week: Harvest & Grounds and King Bean Roasters
Next week: Charleston Beer Works