Three’s Catering: What it Takes to Cater on Maui

There is a part of Three’s that has existed as long as the Kalua Pork Quesadilla, Ginger-crusted Mahi and Mediterranean Flatbread have been on the menu.  It’s so important, Three’s Bar & Grill may not be here today without it.  The catering side of our business is what helped support Three’s while we were establishing our roots in Kīhei, and has grown to play a vital role in our identity today.

So what’s it all about?  Well, although catering is a ton of work, it’s a fantastic way to spread your brand, and gives people from all over the island a chance to sample your food.

Three’s Catering is full-service, meaning we go beyond just providing your food.  We offer service staff (servers, bartenders, captains), equipment rentals and even unique ways to stylize your event.  We provide set menus and packages, or if you’d rather go custom, we have an in-house event planner to help organize it every step of the way.

We cater pretty much everything you can imagine!  Weddings (plated and buffet), food truck events, corporate events, action station events (sushi, noodle and hibachi grill stations) and all kinds of public events, from fundraisers to concerts to speeches.  We also have extensive experience on boats, since we proudly cater all meal services for Pacific Whale Foundation.

Some larger public events we’ve catered usually occur at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC).  For instance, concerts are a big deal here on the island.  Maui draws some big name talent, like Santana, Sublime, Elton John, Journey, and Jack Johnson to name a few, and that means large crowds to feed.   Three’s has consistently been part of catering these large events, many of which draw upward of 5,000 concert attendees!

We’re also stoked to cater a significant event happening Monday, June 26 at the MACC, when global media leader and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey will appear for a special conversation and Q&A session on health, wellness and happiness.  The free special event, presented by HMSA and Sharecare, is called “Live Your Best Life,” and tickets are available through Sunday via a free online sweepstakes if you’d like to join in.  Our sister restaurant Fork & Salad will also be catering a private VIP breakfast and lunch reception prior to the public event!

Although you enjoy the finished product (the delicious food!), planning for events, large or small, is a huge aspect of the business.  For instance, weddings take months of precise back-and-forth coordination with our sales manager, including food choices, rentals, service staff, timelines, floor plans, diet restrictions and more.  Everything is perfectly planned down to the exact amounts of chicken versus fish versus steak, to where each entrée is delivered per table, per seat.

Larger public events like concerts demand a different style of planning, based upon estimated ticket sales and years of learning through experience.  Our team is trained to execute interesting and delicious food quickly and efficiently, so you can get back to enjoying your show or event as soon as possible!  Menus are geared to serve a particular clientele per event, and as with our restaurants, utilize as many Hawai’i farms and producers as possible; in fact, we source ingredients from more than 25 local suppliers!

Our close-knit catering team is dedicated to excellence.  Each member is trained in job tasks specific to that particular event.  From planners to servers, bartenders to captains and chefs to dishwashers, our catering family works together to ensure every event goes off without a hitch, honoring our motto of “every event, every time.”

The top priority for our events remains customer service.  We take pride in our ability to deliver exceptional service with a ton of aloha.  Our goal is for every event to go flawlessly, with no worries for the client about any challenges, whether involving a contracted service from us or a different vendor like a florist, cake baker or deejay.  If there’s an issue and we’re at your event, we work together to solve it, so the guests can focus on what matters:  the celebration!!  That’s what we’re proud of.

Three’s Gives Maui a “Grand Taste” at AgFest

A “shrimp french fry.”  Well, that’s more of a nickname.  It was technically a little fancier than that for our offering at Maui County Agricultural Festival’s Grand Taste on Saturday, April 1.

“Seared Kaua’i prawn — on Kaua’i, they practice some of the most sustainable shrimp farm operations around,” explains Chef Travis, who crafted Three’s tasting menu for the event.

As an added bonus, we fried the prawn heads, a delicacy some people love to crunch on.  The dish also included a purée with Hāmākua mushrooms and Waihe‘e Valley Plantation macadamia nuts (learn more in our Know Your Farmers video) along with a light salad of parsley and celery leaves, salmon roe, bacon and arare.

For the Grand Taste at Maui Tropical Plantation, we were among 12 booth stations featuring locavore chefs who partnered with  farms and producers throughout Hawai‘i.  For a minimal ticket price of $30 to $40 in support of the Maui County Farm Bureau, guests got to experience farm-to-table cuisine at its freshest and finest.

“It’s a two-hour event where you get to try some really phenomenal food from some great chefs around the island,” Chef Travis says. “People get to see how the chefs incorporate ingredients into their dishes and makes something really cool.”

Our prawn dish was nearly 100% locally-sourced, which is a priority for us at Three’s, and of course at our sister eatery, Fork & Salad in Kīhei. Be on the lookout for more videos, where we’ll take you through our entire adventure at AgFest!  Mahalo for supporting local!!