Maui Catering Terms Couples Should Know to Plan a Maui Wedding

Maui Catering Terms Couples Should Know to Plan a Maui Wedding

Maui wedding reception with ocean view!Are you getting married in Hawaii? It can be confusing to understand the common terms you’ll run across while planning a Maui wedding or choosing a Maui catering company. To help, I’ve compiled the following 12 Maui catering terms with definitions and service explanations.

Full Service Catering – Imagine a complete catered wedding reception with a menu matched to your taste preferences and wedding budget. Full service catering means we plan, prepare, and serve your selected menu at your catered Maui wedding reception. Plates, flatware, glassware, silverware, tablecloths and other wedding fixtures or wedding reception accessories may be included.

Full Service Wedding Planning – From helping you choose a wedding location to customizing the perfect menu for your Maui wedding reception, every aspect of full service wedding planning is included: “I plan it, I book it, I cook it, I serve it! One Call Does It All”!  I’ll personally work with you to plan and create a customized Maui wedding package, serving as the coordinator of your Maui destination wedding. Our more than 10 years of experience catering events on Maui means we’re able to source the most reliable Maui wedding professionals for wedding photography, officiates, entertainers and bamboo wedding chuppahs, tents or other wedding equipment rentals. If you would like to utilize an alternate wedding planner or prefer to select your own wedding venue, we are flexible to participating in your Maui wedding in the traditional catering only role.

Plated Service – You and your event guests are treated to a sit down multiple course dining experience. Your wedding menu is customized based on your personal preferences. Each course of the menu is served to guests by attentive professional wait staff

Buffet Service – Guests select from a variety of menu items served from chafing dishes. Since less staff is necessary, costs are less. See our Maui catering menus for buffets.

Food StationMaui Chef Christian Jorgensen (cjs catering) at a Maui wedding reception.Specific types of food are served and prepared in front of the guests at each station. Food stations provide wedding attendees opportunity to interact with chefs about the fresh ingredients and techniques as well as request custom variations. Maui Seafood Feast, Clam Bake and Surf & Turf food stations are very popular for catered Maui wedding receptions.

Theme Service – Food stations featuring specific themes matched to the food served from each station. The theme can be based on nationality, type of food or matched to your ideas. The chefs and food stations are decorated to match the overall or specific theme station. A (Hawaiian Cowboy) Maui barbecue, Sushi Bar, Taco Bar and Pasta Bars provide an interactive fun wedding rehearsal dinner on Maui!

Chefs to Go Catering – “Like having me, Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen, with you in your kitchen”! With Chefs to Go, we prepare all the ingredients, you pick it up at my Maui restaurant and prepare everything in your kitchen.

Self-Catering or Self Service Catering – We prepare the ala carte menu items for your meal in quantities appropriate for your guests count. Then, you pick up the prepared meal or we drop off at your Maui wedding location. Chafing dishes or other wedding accessories are available, with rental catering equipment return due after your wedding or self catered wedding reception.

Private Chef or Personal Chef – On site private chef cooks in your kitchen and includes butler service with staffing to serve your meal. Some Maui wedding couples use this private dining option as an alternative to the traditional rehearsal dinner or for their own personal wedding dinner.

Pupus – Pupus is the way we say Hawaiian appetizers or Hawaiian hors’doeuvres. ‘Passed pupus’ are bite sized appetizers served to guests as servers pass by with serving trays. Costs may be reduced by decreasing the number of chairs,A catered Maui wedding reception is part of getting married in Hawaii! tables, plates and other rental equipment.

Bar Service –Hawaii law permits you to purchase your own alcoholic beverages. We’ll recommend the best places to purchase beer, wine and alcohol for your wedding reception. Our licensed bartenders and servers provide full bartender services to ensure your guests are served safely per Maui county liquor rules. Ask for chef recommendations to personally pair wine for each course of your wedding reception menu!

Hang Loose – Relax and enjoy planning your Maui wedding! In Hawaii, you and your wedding guests will tend to be more relaxed. Most Maui weddings lean toward casual elegance over formal. Keep that in mind to help you decide which wedding traditions to include, where your Maui wedding location and what will be worn at your Maui wedding. You and your guests will appreciate your Maui style.

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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