Make your wedding reception a little different and more fun for guests by including one or more Maui wedding food stations. Guests will love interacting with a professional chef preparing their food to order. Wedding guests may want to to ask about preparation, local ingredients, styles or cooking techniques. Or, wedding guests may choose to get ideas for activities after the wedding by asking the chef for advice about how to find the best places for a picnic on Maui. Any and all questions are welcome. Wedding food stations add a personal touch for a buffet or an opportunity to add a few dishes without the costs of a full service dinner with wait staff for each course. Keep reading for a few of my favorite interactive food station ideas for catered weddings on Maui.
A Mashed Potato Bar with All the Toppings Is there a better representation Comfort Food than homemade Mashed Potatoes? Include a Mashed Potato Bar at your wedding reception or for pupus. Elegantly displayed in martini glasses or on mini plates and served with build it your way sides of Sour Cream, Bacon Bits, Cheese, Green Scallions and Fresh Ground Pepper. Include one or more of our homemade gravies as a topping choice for a mashed potato bar. Choose from the same tantalizing gravy served with our Biscuits and Gravy or the rich dark rich gravy made with Maui Onions and served on our Loco Moco! Loco Moco is on our regular menu and served all day while the white gravy has been served frequently as one of our rotating daily breakfast specials for the past 12 years in our West Maui Restaurant, CJs Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. With that popularity, you know your wedding guests will savor the gravy! Use Molokai sweet potatoes instead of or in addition to russet potatoes for more local flavoring. The fun lavender purple color of Molokai sweet potatoes compliments wedding themes featuring purples or blues and contrasts nicely with wedding colors incorporating orange. Use tall purple and orange bird of paradise flowers with an orange linen table runner. Try my fool proof mashed potato recipe at home! The mashed potato bar image is from The Plunge Project. Be sure to review their other 6 Interactive Food Stations You’ll Love for more ideas.
Mexican Food Station with Taco Bar Turn your Maui wedding reception into a fiesta with a taco bar! In addition to island style fish tacos made with Ono, Mahi Mahi or other fresh fish from Mauis waters, an interactive Taco bar could include various pork, chicken, steak or non-meat proteins. Served with fresh island vegetables, tomatoes, Maui onions, avocado and other seasonal local vegetables, cheeses, sour cream and salsas, the taco bar provides a colorful presentation and is always a favorite at Maui weddings. Wedding guests will love our homemade tropical salsas, too. Dont take my word for it: Try my homemade tropical salsa recipe before you get to Maui. Expand the taco bar concept a little with an Interactive Fajitas Bar for a wedding food station serving grilled still sizzling meats and vegetables on homemade warm tortillas. Homemade churros served warm for the keiki (Hawaiian word for children) of all ages to add a light sugar coating just before eating. Serve them with a chili infused chocolate dipping sauce, too. Let us know your idea for a Mexican fiesta themed wedding food station? Let us know and well create a menu just for you!
Seafood Bar An iced seafood bar serving fresh oysters, clams, crab, lobster and other fresh seafood delicacies is always a classic catering feature for wedding receptions on Maui. Wedding food stations utilizing an interactive chef serving up multiple preparation styles of local fish caught off Mauis shores is a favorite of ours for catered events. Add Kona lobster, fresh caught crabs from Molokai for authentic Maui flavors. Though clams and Maine lobsters may not be available from local waters, when we arent able to find something locally on Maui we can usually fly in just about anything with enough notice. A professional sushi chef for an interactive Sushi Bar continues to be a popular choice for Maui catered parties and wedding receptions. Consider serving a few poke variations to add variety to the sushi bar. Take the wedding party or groomsmen on a fishing charter for the bachelor party before the wedding. If you are lucky enough to catch a game fish, we can feature it in the seafood wedding food station. Read about our You Catch It, We Cook It program for details.
Dessert Station Bar An old fashioned ice cream sundae station serving up fresh pineapple or Kula Strawberries over Maui made Roselani ce Cream is a great way to treat wedding guests to local flavors. Or, serve our award winning homemade Hana Bar Sundaes with mango syrup and youll have everything needed for a stellar interactive dessert wedding station. Add a Chocolate Fountain with fresh fruits, marshmellows, graham crackers and other dipping items or finish a Maui beach welcome barbecue on Maui with a Smores station serving up the traditional graham crackers, marshmellows and of course a favorite chocolate creation everyone remembers from childhood camping trips.
International Cheese Station Let Chef Christian Jorgensen prepare one of his famous International cheese stations for your wedding or wedding reception. Wedding guests will be amazed at the beautiful display of cheeses from around the world thoughtfully presented in a wide multi-level display. Fresh fruits and homemade artisan breads are included. The interactive station can include a service for the guests or the International Cheese interactive food station could be self service for one of the most affordable catering options for weddings on Maui. Find out why you should include a cheese display for catered events on Maui.
Eggs Benedict and Omelets Station A wedding brunch on Maui is one option for affordable weddings since your wedding is more likely to be in the morning or early afternoon. And, what better way to thank wedding guests before traveling home than to host a day after wedding brunch on Maui! Favorite action station menu options for a brunch include Eggs Benedict (with homemade hollandaise) over Salmon, Crab Cakes, Florentine or Traditional. Combine an Eggs to Order action station with an Omelet station and your guests will be able to get their eggs their way. Include a waffle action station with homemade fruit toppings. Side dish accompaniments of Chef CJs homemade Country Gravy with Biscuits, hash brown and home-style potatoes can be available via buffet service or served table side via wait staff. Include a Breakfast for Dinner style wedding food station at evening weddings as an inexpensive wedding catering menu option.
A Maui BBQ Station Imagine your guests casually strolling up to the interactive station as Kiawe wood smoke gently wafts upwards from the grill welcoming them for a sumptuous feast. Guests are likely to be tempted to indulge in one of each of the chefs prepared to order steaks, fresh catch island fish, Huli Huli roasted chicken, Hawaiian style pork preparations or the variety of vegetation dishes. Interactive food stations always entertain guests attending while also serving them a hearty island style dinner for wedding receptions. Add grilled corn on the cob and fresh or pickled watermelon for a complete bbq on Maui even a Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) would be thrilled to eat! Keep the Paniolo theme going by requesting red or blue checkered tablecloths. And we can recommend a matching country band or Maui DJ if you dont want to use a portable Bluetooth speaker to play your favorite tunes on a mobile device.
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