We've even given ourselves a special name... Kahikians. Today we are almost 200 Kahikians strong and we come from 22 different countries. Even though we work in different areas, we all have the same goal... to make great tasting Asian food we can be proud of. Some of the people who work here today also worked at the original Kahiki restaurant many years ago. They've stayed with us as the company has grown from a single restaurant, to a nationally distributed frozen food company. They've stayed because the feeling of pride has never changed. And because at our core, we still believe in taking care of each other and taking care in each and every product we make for you.
Read more about our Community Involvement here.
Get To Know Us
Zhi Liang Gang (Quality Assurance)
The purpose of the Zhi Liang Gang is to help our Operations group do what they do best. We verify, test, and validate processes to ensure that everything we’re making is within the standards we’ve set, and help define the process limits so we can move as quickly as possible to create frozen food that everyone loves. We’re continuously collaborating with our Operations group, Maintenance team, and R&D to ensure we’re demonstrating best practices and continuous improvement. We continue to maintain our SQF 3 certification as well. Another benefit that we provide is keeping up to date on federal regulations, and current food safety trends so we continue to elevate our internal standards to meet and exceed our product quality and safety expectations.
Finally, we get the facility started off on the right foot by cleaning and sanitizing the equipment each night. Our dedicated and hardworking team make it their mission to provide Operations with sanitary working conditions, to ensure we’re protecting our customers from potential food safety concerns. We put a tremendous amount of effort into making sure that we keep consumers safe, and our product wholesome.
Stephen Menches - Pathfinder
Hi There! My name is Stephen Menches and I’m the Pathfinder of the Quality Assurance department. The definition of pathfinder is “a person who goes ahead and discovers or shows others a path or way.” Guiding others along the path is a big part of what QA does, and we have a great team of people doing just that! I really enjoy working as part of a team that all pull in the same direction, proving quality is something we take very seriously here at Kahiki.
I’ve worked in the food industry since I graduated from THE Ohio State University with a BS in Microbiology in 2008. I’ve worked in several different manufacturing facilities, working my way across the US before earning my MBA from Penn State shortly before moving back to the greater Columbus area with my wife and son. When I’m away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family, running, reading, and working with my hands. It’s good to be home!
Ginger Petway - Trail Leader
Hi, I’m Ginger Petway and my role here at Kahiki is Trail Leader. My role at Kahiki is to lead the QA Techs on the adventures of maintaining Quality while abiding by all governing regulations. Food Safety and Food Quality are our top priorities here at Kahiki. My team and I take great pleasure in upholding our company mission - to excite and delight our customers with great tasting specialty frozen foods that express our creativity and passion and make us proud of the work we do.
I joined the company in 2005 and have worked in various departments - Production, Supply Chain and Quality Assurance. The various job experiences at Kahiki coupled with previous experiences as a Microbiologist, an Inspector and a Research Scientist has enabled me to strengthen our quality team. On a personal note, I was born and raised on the beautiful island of St. Thomas, USVI. I left home to attend Pace University, where I obtained a BS in Biology. I enjoy spending time with my 3 gorgeous children, Ashlee-22, Angeline, my Diva in the picture-17, and Jeremiah-16.
Jeremy Crow - Za Mochibeta
Hello! My name is Jeremy Crow aka "Za Mochibeta". What does that mean you may ask? It's another word for the motivator. Yes, as the Sanitation Manager I try my best each week to motivate my employees to work hard and always do the right thing. I have only been here for a short period of time, but the changes I have seen so far have me very excited for the future here at Kahiki Foods!
A little about me. I grew up in a small town called Bryan, Ohio "population 8,545". Yes! Small town but big HEART!
Fun Facts: My hometown has 3 VERY UNIQUE factories. one called SPANGLER CANDY COMPANY, which produces Dum Dum Suckers and 45% of the worlds Candy Canes! Next one is OHIO ART, which produced the famous ETCH A SKETCH, which you can see in the movies Toy Story and Toy Story 2. The last one is called TITAN TIRE, which produces one of the biggest tires in the world, pretty crazy huh!
My favorite thing about living in Columbus, OH is Ohio St Football, GO BUCKS!
In my free time I enjoy every minute with my Wife and 3 Kids, oh and my Black Lab too, our favorite thing to do, have fires in our back yard!
Food quality and safety
We've earned the highest certification for Food Quality and Safety with our SQF Level III classification. Each year, we take – and pass – an audit to re-earn this certification.