Catering Costs More than Restaurant Dining – 3 Maui Catering Myths

Catering Costs More than Restaurant Dining – 3 Maui Catering Myths

A catered wedding reception at te Olowalu Plantation House wedding location in West Maui.There are numerous mis perceptions about catering and catering services. With more than 10 years of experience providing catering services for events on Maui, I’m not often surprised at the myths I hear about catering and wedding reception catering companies. As a professional chef providing catering services on Maui along with planning weddings and events, I enjoy dispelling the common and not so common myths about Maui catering:

  1. A wedding reception dinner at a Maui restaurant costs less than a catered wedding reception – A catered wedding reception on Maui does not need to cost any more than hosting your wedding reception at a restaurant. Since extra staff and sometimes a private room is necessary to accommodate private parties or a wedding reception dinner, ‘large party’ add on fees is the norm in the restaurant industry. Maui restaurants are no exception. In general, the cost of a catered wedding reception on Maui depends on three things, the location of the wedding, what is served and how you want it served. If you can afford to host your wedding guests at restaurant wedding reception dinner, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to be able to find similar costs for catering. Let your caterer or wedding planner know your budget and they’ll suggest ideas to stay within your budget! Your wedding budget may be based on your per person amount and the overall cost you want to spend on the wedding Maui catering services with passed Hawaiian hors d oeuvres at a catered wedding reception.reception or for a complete Maui wedding package with everything included. We’ll work with you to create a catered wedding reception menu within your budget. We may need to suggest serving a catered buffet instead of a gourmet dinner prepared onsite with each course served to your guests by professional wait staff. Or, we may suggest self-catering service where we prepare the reception dinner without additional catering services, an affordable option if you are staying in a condo rental and not serving a large number of guests. You may need to adjust the menu you want to serve or adjust the number of guests attending your wedding to stay within budget.
  2. If a few guests have dietary requirements, it will cost significantly more than if we served everyone the same menu – We are often able to prepare menu items meeting special dietary requirements with costs similar to other menu selections. Fees may be less than you would expect if we are able to serve the same menu to all your guests. As a professional chef, I’m able to adjust ingredients or menu options. I enjoy creating dishes accommodating dietary needs while satisfying guest tastes! Fortunately, Maui offers locally grown fresh food items and sources for products to meet most any dietary need. Be sure to share any dietary requirements and dining preferences as early as possible when making event catering plans.
  3. Providing hosted bar service Bar service for wedding reception on a Maui wedding reception is more expensive – Since Maui county liquor law requires a licensed bartender to serve alcoholic beverages to guests; self-service bars aren’t an option for most Maui events. While we aren’t licensed to sell liquor, we’ll offer advice on where to purchase your own liquor at the best prices on Maui. We’ll supply a licensed bartender for your catered Maui wedding reception. Depending on your catering budget, you may opt to either offer cocktails or beer and wine service using hosted or no host bar services. Enjoy a few of our popular summer cocktail ideas for wedding receptions on Maui.

Use the comments below to let us know of other myths about Maui catering and Maui wedding planning. Are you thinking about getting married on Maui? Use the button below to start planning a catered wedding reception on Maui!


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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