4 Questions to Ask a Maui Caterer for Your Wedding in Hawaii

4 Questions to Ask a Maui Caterer for Your Wedding in Hawaii

Four Questions You’ll Want to Ask Before Selecting a Maui Caterer for Your Wedding in Hawaii.
A catered Maui wedding at the Olowalu plantation private estate wedding location in West Maui.Most couples planning a destination wedding are using the Internet to plan their Maui wedding. From seeking inspirational wedding planning ideas to preparing or narrowing a list of professional wedding providers to coordinate and supply your wedding in Hawaii, we recommend being informed when making decisions about the wedding professionals you choose to work with to make your Maui wedding memorable and stress free.

If you are planning a catered wedding reception or a catered wedding rehearsal dinner on Maui, these questions will help you select a Maui caterer:

  1. How Many Years Have You Catered Weddings On Maui? Work with a professional chef with experience catering weddings. Ask questions to ensure you are working with a professional chef. Simply offering ‘Maui destination weddings’ or ‘wedding planning on Maui’ services via a web site does not guarantee you’ve found an experienced professional chef serving from a licensed commercial kitchen with a legitimate business. Ask the caterer how long they have been a chef and how long they have been catering weddings on Maui. Ask what types of food they serve and if they are experienced preparing menus for food sensitivities or food allergies. Ask where they prepare the food being served at your catered wedding? Verify a licensed commercial kitchen is being utilized for preparation. Even if you are planning a Maui wedding reception barbecue on the beach with food being prepared at on-site food stations or grills, you’ll want to know the preparation occurred in a licensed kitchen with food sourced commercially.
  2. Are You Able to Provide Catering for My Wedding at Maui Eldorado Cabana in Kaanapali? Verify the caterer is able to provide services for the wedding location you’ve selected. Ask if they are able to cater onsite at the specific Maui resort where your wedding will celebrated or if they have arrangements to provide catering at wedding venues including private estates. Ask about multiple wedding locations to ensure they know the island and requirements with specific wedding venues or resort wedding locations. Ask if they can cater at locations to accommodate your guest list. Some resorts do not permit off site wedding professionals and your caterer should be aware of which ones and be able to offer preferred wedding locations at smaller resorts and private venues without needing to additional research.Maui catering serves a wedding at the the Olowalu plantation private estate wedding location south of Lahaina, Maui.
  3. What number should I call you at? Are you on Twitter or Facebook ? What is your email address? Ask how you will be able to contact them and ensure you will be able to contact your caterer the way you want to communicate. Does the caterer’s web site only display contact forms or an email address without phone numbers? Are you comfortable being able to reach the caterer later if phone numbers aren’t availble. Will the your Maui caterer provide you with their personal cell phone and be reachable when you have Maui wedding planning questions?  Ask if they share wedding planning or wedding catering advice on their Facebook business page and request a Twitter handle. When was the last time the wedding caterer published original content to their Maui wedding planning blog or updated their social media channels? Are their social media account addresses linked from their web site?
  4. Questions your caterer should ask you. Have you selected a Maui wedding location yet? What is the date of your wedding? How many guests are attending? Where are you and your guests arriving from? Will children be attending the wedding? What is your per guest food budget for the wedding? What is the overall budget for the wedding? Do you prefer a resort atmosphere or private accommodations with on-site wedding location? Do you prefer larger or more intimate wedding venue on Maui? Would you like to host an arrival barbecue for your wedding guests or a day after wedding brunch? Do you prefer to stay with your guests? What type of food would you enjoy for your Maui wedding reception? Are any of your guests allergic to any foods or need special diet preparation such as gluten free or dairy free menus catering to food sensitivities.

Do you have questions about Maui caterers or planning a Maui wedding? Use the comments section below for questions or to share your own experiences finding a Maui caterer for your destination wedding. Subscribe to our Maui wedding planning blog for the latest Maui wedding information.

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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.


Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit