5 Questions to Ask a Maui Wedding Caterer

5 Questions to Ask a Maui Wedding Caterer

A beachfront catered wedding reception on Maui.Most guests attending a destination wedding on Maui say they remember the food served at the wedding more than just about anything else. Yes, the tropical flowers and the awe inspiring views from most Maui wedding locations were important and memorable. But, when wedding guests don’t enjoy the food served at the wedding reception, most everything else will be overshadowed and forgotten about. Before selecting a Maui chef to provide catering services for your wedding reception on Maui, you’ll want to research the various catering services to find the best chef who will work with you to match a catered wedding reception menu to your vision, style and tastes while staying within your wedding budget. To help you decide on or determine the best Maui catering company for your wedding, review the following 5 questions to ask caterers or chefs before deciding which Maui caterer to trust your wedding with:

  1. Ask About Service Fees, Delivery Charges, Gratuities or Tax? When you get a catering quote or proposal, be sure to ask the catering company you are considering for your Maui wedding about all additional charges that me be incurred. You’ll want to know if you’ll be charged for delivery fees and if so how much. Ask if a gratuity is included and how it is computed. Hawaii uses a GET taxation system, or an excise tax, so ask your caterer how much tax will be charged. Many dynamics and details unique to your wedding may affect the overall catering fees beyond costs for food and service, including the Maui wedding location, rental fees, style of wedding reception dinner being provided (served, buffet, pupus), if rental tables are used or provided by the wedding venue and many others. There is not an absolute answer and each A catered wedding reception table linens and setup in West Maui.catering company charges differently for their catering services. Ask for a complete breakdown of pricing before you make your final decision. Find out if there are any other fees or charges that are not included in your catering quote or proposal. To help, we always provide a detailed BEO (Banquet Event Order) with cost details and a breakdown of catering prices for services so you won’t have any surprises.
  2. Are Tableware and Linens Included? Ask if the prices reflected in a catering quote include the linens to cover the tables or if there are charges and fees for tableware accessories listed or needed. You’ll want to ask if plates or other dishes and flatware are included in the quote. If table clothes are listed and priced, ask if matching linen napkins are included in the price. Several variables are likely to affect the cost of linens and tableware. For example, high quality plastic ware can be less expensive than renting china. Neutral color tablecloths in white or beige are in higher demand and sometimes less costly than colored linens due to more availability. Most any type of linens and flatware are available for Maui wedding receptions. Just be sure you let your caterer know what you are looking for and then verify the catering quote includes pricing for all linens, flatware, equipment rentals and delivery fees requested.A beach wedding location in West Maui is perfect for a catered wedding reception at sunset.
  3. Where is the Food is Prepared? – You want to verify you are working with a professional catering company who will be preparing food in a kitchen licensed by the county of Maui. With the exception of onsite cooking and demonstration items, the culinary creations we cook and serve at Maui wedding receptions and other catered events on Maui are prepared in the professional culinary kitchen at our CJ’s restaurant in Kaanapali.Orange napkins, blue glasses and white linen tablecloths for a Maui wedding reception.
  4. What Does the Caterer Do with Leftovers? Ask you caterer what they will do with any leftovers. With most everyone traveling for your destination wedding on Maui and most likely the wedding guests staying in vacation rental accommodations or in hotel rooms, some would probably enjoy leftovers the next day. If your wedding reception dinner is served as a buffet or if food stations are provided, there may be extra food you could ask the caterer to wrap up as leftovers for guests to enjoy the day after your wedding. Since the bride and groom are often too busy with the wedding and mingling with guests to really enjoy a dinner, consider asking the chef to prepare a take home sampling of the Hawaiian hors d’oeuvres and entrée for the bride and groom. Remember to request the catering chef include a sampling of the desserts so the bride and groom can indulge later that evening when they get time to relax and enjoy together. Or, work with a local charity and arrange for them to pick up any leftovers after the event.
  5. Are There Ways to Reduce Costs? For example, if you are hosting a bar, ask the caterer if you can purchase and supply your own aPurchase your own alcohol for Maui cocktail service at Maui weddings.lcohol for the bar. Some caterers and wedding venues insist on using only their bar services. Ask before you decide and you’ll know your options. Because we don’t hold a license to sell alcohol, we’ll share the best places to purchase alcohol on Maui. Then, we’ll supply a Maui county licensed bartender to serve your guests and ensure everyone is safe. Purchasing your own alcohol for a wedding reception is one of the best ways to save money on Maui wedding receptions.

Wedding photography by J. Anthoney Martinez of Lumiere Photography.

Fresh flower lei for a Maui weddings lei exchange.The above questions are intended to help you interview chefs or catering companies and provide assistance for you to choose who to hire to supply catering for your Maui wedding reception. In addition to asking these questions, be sure to let your caterer know your budget, the number of guests anticipated and inform of any style preferences such as plated or buffet. Let the catering chef know the type of food you enjoy at home when you are celebrating and if any of your guests need special dietary menus such as gluten free or vegetarian menus. Find and work with a professional chef who will customize a catered reception menu to your budget! The type of food you serve and availability will affect the catering costs more than if the wedding reception is served as a sit down plated dinner with wait staff or a self-service buffet style and food stations.

Ready to get started planning a catered wedding reception menu for your wedding on Maui? Hit the button and we’ll prompt you to answer a few short questions about what you envision for your Maui wedding or catered wedding reception. Start planning the catering for a Maui wedding reception now:


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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