Pacific Whale Foundation + Three’s Catering: A Proud Partnership!

Pacific Whale Foundation has existed since 1980.  That’s nearly 40 years of being a voice for the whales through research, conservation and community awareness.  That includes giving the public an incredible opportunity to not only learn about our precious marine life, but also experience it up close, through a range of boat trips.  Their eco-adventures are led by certified Marine Naturalists who provide a truly unique, educational and fun adventure at sea.  Those daily trips, from snorkel excursions to whale watches to dinner cruises, also include fresh, quality food, which Three’s Catering is proud to provide on every single trip, morning to night.  Learn more about what you’ll enjoy in our fun video above.

Our boat catering staff is a personable, professional team of talented chefs.  And it’s a pretty sweet gig to have the amazing ocean, complete with breeching whales and playful dolphins, as your backdrop!!  If you have the dedication and experience to join us, we’ve got some important openings, so check out some of our job listings in this video and apply online here!

Behind the scenes, we share in Pacific Whale Foundation’s passion and mission for marine stewardship and sustainability.  We’re committed to using NO plastic wrap for our boat catering orders, and feature 100% reusable containers, plates and cutlery for all boat trips.  We also proudly switched to paper straws at our Fork & Salad locations in Kīhei and Kahului.

So, go for it:  take to the ocean and enjoy the best of Maui’s abundant marine life, and we’ll be sure to provide you with fantastic food along your voyage!!

Now Hiring at Three’s Bar & Grill!

After starting with just a handful of employees (mainly, our three owners!!) in 2010, we’re proud to have a solid, successful team of more than 100 local residents, between Three’s Bar & Grill, Three’s Catering and Fork & Salad.  Even better, we’re expanding our Three’s family with job openings in the kitchen, including sushi chefs, prep cooks, line cooks and pantry cooks.  We are also looking to hire boat chefs for our Pacific Whale Foundation partnership.  Check out our fun video above for more details!!

Our back-of-the-house talent in the kitchen is the heart of our operation, and we’re looking for reliable, responsible, cooperative and creative folks to join us.  Learn more about the specific job requirements and expectations in our Careers section, where you can also apply directly online for positions!

We have full-time and part-time openings, provide competitive wages based on experience, and offer great benefits.  We care about our employees and want them to grow WITH us, as many of them have through the years.  If you’re personable, professional and passionate about your craft, apply now to become part of the Three’s ‘ohana!!

A Bottle with Our Name On It at Three’s Bar & Grill!!

Along with our top-quality food, we’re happen to be very proud of our beverage selection at Three’s.  We have a blast with our creative cocktails, receive awards for our happy hour, and love to celebrate with our community.  Case in point?  We recently threw a Maestro Dobel Tequila tasting party in our Surf Lounge, marking the first case of bottles labeled especially for us!  Dobel Tequila bottles at Three’s now bear our logo!!  Beverage Director Glenn Morrin shares more about this cool honor and what makes this particular liquor special in our video above.  Did you know the brand has been around for more than 10 generations?!  We also crafted some new cocktails to show off this very fine, smooth-sipping tequila.  As always, our fun cocktail list, range of beers on draft and friendly bartenders make Three’s a perfect place to meet up with buddies, tip back a few, and get solid deals during happy hour, from 3 to 6 and 9 to 10 p.m.!!

One more thing:  we’re stoked to share that Three’s recently received an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine.  Here are the qualifications for this coveted award:

These wine lists, which typically offer at least 90 selections, feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Whether compact or extensive, focused or diverse, these lists deliver sufficient choice to satisfy discerning wine lovers.

Glenn puts a ton of time, thought and energy into creating our fantastic wine list, and this worldwide recognition means a lot to us.  We’ll share more as the news comes in!!  And be sure to stop by Three’s Surf Lounge to experience the diverse array of wines and sip for yourself!!  Cheers!!

 

Kīhei 4th Friday Features Three’s Food Truck!

Three’s food truck is hard to miss cruising around here on Maui, and it rolls up to all sorts of events, from private parties to public events.  The 4th Friday town party in Kīhei is one such event, so we wanted to give you a taste of what it’s like in this video with Chef Travis at our food truck!  Our sister restaurant Fork & Salad also has a great beer garden set up in the outdoor patio during the festivities!

Kīhei’s 4th Friday happens every month (weather permitting) from 6 to 9 p.m. at Azeka Shopping Center Mauka, known as the “heart and soul” of Kīhei. It’s where locals and visitors come to play and enjoy free entertainment, food booths and trucks, art, crafts and local shopping.  There’s also plenty of free parking within a block of the event!

And keep in mind, whether you have a family gathering, work event or wedding, our catering team is here to make it happen.  Check out Three’s Catering to learn more about our food truck and more!

“A Day in the Life” at Three’s Bar & Grill

We open the doors at 8:30 a.m. (or 8 a.m. on weekends) to welcome customers, and the momentum at Three’s doesn’t stop until 10 p.m.!!

There’s breakfast, lunch (and a mix of both until 2 p.m. on weekends!), sushi, happy hour (twice a day), and dinner.  Local musicians jam on our patio every day, and crowds stay entertained in our Surf Lounge with special nighttime events like concerts, comedy and salsa dancing.

So there’s a whole bunch that happens between opening and closing, and we thought it’d be helpful to provide a timeline on a typical day.

Breakfast:  
8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. (Weekdays)
8 a.m.-2 p.m. (Weekends)

Lunch:
11:15 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Raw bar:
11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Happy Hour:
3 p.m.-6 p.m.
9 p.m.-10 p.m.

Dinner:
5 p.m.-10 p.m.

But it’s more fun to see it all in motion, so check out our video as manager Lauren Mann gives you the rundown, then come on in and join us anytime!!

A Sneak Peek at Three’s Catering in Action!

Catering is at the heart of Three’s:  it’s the way our business first began, and how we kept on keepin’ on during the lean, early years.  So we’re proud of how much that part of our company has evolved, with the confidence, experience and talent to handle any event, large or small!

Come along with us in this video as we cater a plated dinner for a 100-person wedding in Olowalu!  It’s one example of many when it comes to the services we offer and events we cover, but should give you a “taste” of our professional background, personalized service and fantastic staff!!

You can also go to our dedicated catering website to learn about menu options, specialties and more!

The Wisdom Behind Our Wines at Three’s Bar & Grill

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply someone who enjoys drinking it, we think you’ll be happy with our selection, which we like to call “Wailea wine at Kīhei prices.”  You can enjoy some of our wines for less, along with other killer drink and food deals, during happy hour from 3 to 6 and 9 to 10 p.m. daily!

Our beverage director Glenn Morrin (who is also Chef Travis’ dad!!) has been with Three’s from the very start.  He put a lot of time and thought into our wine list, and explains some of the highlights in this video with his son!

 

Here’s to the Holidays at Three’s Bar & Grill

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Celebrating the season with loved ones? Join us! Tipping back a few drinks with friends? We got you. Hosting family over the holidays? Pull up a few chairs! Fitting in a work luncheon before the break? Come on in.

Three’s is perfect for any occasion all year long, whether you want to enjoy our dining room, chill in our recently-renovated Surf Lounge, or take in some live music from morning till night on our outdoor patio. Since we’re open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour (twice a day!) and dinner, you can indulge with friends and family anytime!!

What makes Three’s really special is this: there is nearly no limit to your party size!! We can easily accomodate groups of up to 20 just by calling in and making a reservation. For larger groups, we recommend emailing us and connecting with our catering sales manager Sarah Fravel for a more customized dining experience. Plus, our doors are open for all major holidays; we shut down for breakfast and lunch only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, but open back up to greet holiday diners at 3 p.m.!

Speaking of the holidays, we offer some spectacular specials for Christmas Eve AND Day dinners, like Kona coffee-crusted pork loin with roasted garlic and Parmesan polenta, or try our famous mochiko-marinated seared duck breast with sage bread pudding and cranberry-ginger compote. Either one is an epic deal at $32.95! Not only that, but our ENTIRE regular dinner and sushi/raw bar menu is available all night on December 24 and 25!!

The following week, we offer a great four-course New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menu for just $49!! Menu selections include choice of appetizers: oyster trio, kalua pork quesadilla or coconut shrimp; choice of salad: Caesar or our Kumu Farms organic green salad with passion fruit dressing; and choice of entree: fresh island fish, Hawaiian prime rib, duck breast or pork loin; plus a chef-inspired dessert!!

If you’d rather mark the occasion on the water, you can enjoy our food courtesy of Pacific Whale Foundation, which is offering a special Christmas Day brunch cruise with a great spread of favorites from Three’s Catering, including grilled chicken breast with thyme and Hamakua mushroom cream sauce, our signature coffee-crusted pork loin, coconut-whipped Molokai purple sweet potatoes, Upcountry greens, locally-grown vegetables, assorted desserts and fresh-baked taro, guava and sweet rolls.

Pacific Whale also offers a fantastic Christmas Day dinner on the ocean, which includes our roast turkey, traditional stuffing, baked ham, whipped garlic potatoes, wok-fried brussel sprouts and more!

Then there’s the ever-popular New Year’s Eve cruise with a champagne toast at midnight and amazing views of the fireworks over the ocean, where we’re serving up some cool offerings like root beer-glazed beef short rib sliders, chilled shrimp cocktail, California rolls, spicy tuna rolls, turkey lettuce wraps, vegetarian pot stickers, roasted root vegetables with pesto, fresh fruit, desserts and more! All the cruises also offer complimentary beer, wine and cocktails, unlimited soft drinks, and some of the best whale watching and socializing around!

As for Three’s, just a reminder that we are welcoming customers during regular business hours on Christmas Eve, open at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day (with dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.), and are open as normal on both New Year’s Eve AND Day. So come celebrate with us whenever you please, bring in those nearest and dearest to you and know we’ve got a spot for you all at Three’s! Happy Holidays!!

Showing our Thanks at Three’s!

With the theme being “thanks” this week, we’re in the spirit of appreciation ourselves, and wanted to share some of the ways that Three’s expresses gratitude here on Maui.

1. Thanks to our Customers!

First and foremost, we wouldn’t be in existence without YOU. We hope you feel the love with our two happy hours a day (3-6 and 9-10 p.m.!); a spacious, newly revamped Surf Lounge, cool in-house events such as live music, comedy shows and salsa dancing; a diverse kids’ menu, consistent deals like our 20% kama‘āina discount and Sunday football season specials; and an epic traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Nov. 23, complete with turkey, sausage stuffing, wild mushroom green bean casserole, honey miso-glazed ham, purple sweet potatoes, housemade cranberry sauce, giblet gravy and pumpkin-haupia pie. The dinner is $32.95, kids 12 and younger receive half-off, and our full menu remains available. Call us at (808) 879-3133 to reserve your spot. We’ll also offer a special Thanksgiving menu on our Pacific Whale Foundation boat trips that day, in case you feel like taking to the water!

2. Thanks to our Community!

We do our best to show how grateful we are for our island home by giving back any chance we get. Three’s and our sister restaurant Fork & Salad have taken part in ongoing promotions like Dine Out for Hospice Maui and RSVP, which benefits multiple nonprofit groups. Through our catering operations, we support fundraisers that include Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Maui Calls, the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center Wailea Wine & Food event, Grow Some Good’s Taste of School Gardens, Maui Agricultural Festival’s Grand Taste, and University of Hawai‘i Maui College Culinary Program’s Noble Chef. We bring on many culinary students and Job Corps students to join our catering teams and gain valuable on-the-job training. We’re also big believers in supporting local farmers, fishermen, producers and other suppliers whenever possible.  Plus, Three’s has had the Kama‘āina Giveback Program in place for many years, which supports a different local nonprofit each month.

3. Thanks to our Team!

We back-up our staff however we can, taking a hands-on approach with catering crew, and our restaurants in both the front and back of the house. We believe in our capable, experienced managers, celebrate our staff every year with a holiday party, and love giving our chefs the creative freedom to craft dinner and raw bar specials on the regular. We’re also excited to add to our team soon enough with the opening of another Fork & Salad on Maui, which will also support our island economy!

The “Best” Thing about Three’s Catering!

We’ve had the privilege of catering around 800 of events over the past seven years or so!  And we always feel honored to receive such great feedback on Three’s Catering services, with comments like these…

“From the first meeting to the day of the event, we knew that you were professional, knowledgeable, and capable in every aspect. Three’s Catering did a fantastic job. From the food to the service, you guys rocked! “

“What really impressed us, aside from the delicious food, was the incredible staff. All of the staff were beyond great, always there to help our day in any way. Our friends and family continued to talk about the nice bartender and all the staff we had at our wedding.”

“The team was amazing on the day of the wedding – amazing service, making sure everything was perfect for the us, that all our guests were happy with the food and drink service and made the most amazing buffet meal – our guests said it was the best wedding food they have had!”

So, we’re always happy to know what our clients think. But you might wonder what runs through the minds of our co-owners, who are often working alongside their staff on the front lines of the catering operations!

With so many years under their belts, here’s what each one said is the BEST thing about being in the catering business.

Chef Travis: “It’s how we started, the three of us. It helped shape our identity as a company.”

Chef Jaron: “You get to travel across the island and have a new office every event, usually near the ocean. That, and you get to be a part of someone’s special day.”

Chef Cody: “I get to work with my best friends!! And cook!!”

One such event that will bring the team together in a big way is the Garden Party benefiting Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) on Sunday, October 1.

We’ll be joining dozens of other restaurants for the Chefs Festival between 1 and 5 p.m. that day, giving guests a taste of some of our finest fare. And it’s not just Three’s taking part; Fork & Salad’s catering crew will be on-scene as well!

Achieving excellence in catering takes some serious skill and organization. But here are three other critical catering traits, according to our chefs/owners:

1.  Diversity, to meet the guests’ needs and customize menus.
2.  Adaptability, to face and overcome challenges in every scenario possible.
3.  Consistency, to maintain top-notch food and service all the time.

We’re proud to cater each and every event we’re involved with, and hope you’ll check out our food booths at the MAPA Garden Party! We thank our guests who allow us to do what we do best as part of their special day, so everyone can enjoy the moments that matter.