Maui Wedding Food Stations for Receptions and Catered Events

Maui Wedding Food Stations for Receptions and Catered Events

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 Menu ideas for Maui wedding food stations include a mashed potato barPotato 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, CJ’s 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.

A Mexican themed event featuring fish tacos is an affordable Maui wedding menu option.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 Maui’s 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. Don’t 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 we’ll create a menu just for you!Fish tacos plated with tropical salsa for a Maui wedding food station.

A raw seafood bar makes a nice addition to a lobster dinner Maui.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 Maui’s 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 aren’t 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 An ice cream sundae dessert bar for one of the Maui wedding food stations.Bar Sundaes with mango syrup and you’ll 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.A grand International cheese display on Maui featuring homemade cheeses and artisan breads.

Maui chef Jorgensen preparing the wedding brunch cocktail setups.

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. Breakfast meats await guests at one of the wedding food stations. 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 CJ’s 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 catered farm to table dinner on Maui with a bbq theme served from wedding food stationsA 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 chef’s 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 cobGrilled local vegetables include corn, red peppers and more to compliment the steak and shrimp for catered Maui bbq. 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 don’t want to use a portable Bluetooth speaker to play your favorite tunes on a mobile device.

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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