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Beaches and Backyards Catering

Ka'a'awa , HI
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P.O. Box 635
Ka'a'awa , HI US 96730 (map)

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808-312-3733

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ABOUT US

Beaches & Backyards Catering is a local company that prides itself on its delicious food, friendly staff, overall professionalism and “green” practices. We believe that supporting local... Read more
Beaches & Backyards Catering is a local company that prides itself on its delicious food, friendly staff, overall professionalism and “green” practices. We believe that supporting local businesses and preserving our Hawaiian environment is very important, therefore, we strive to use locally grown, fresh produce and green products from around the islands and incorporate them into every aspect of our business.

Our talented gourmet chefs customize and create the perfect menu for our client’s event, whether it be a wedding, corporate event, baby luau or private event. We specialize in off-premise, outdoor events that allow us to prepare and cook our food fresh on-site. Aside from the dining aspect of our business, Beaches & Backyards Catering also offers full wedding coordination and planning, as well as rentals, beverage, bar, and coffee services. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Open Bar
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, Creole, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Pan-Asian, Polynesian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
1000

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Kira
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Let me start by saying that Vanessa saved us from a complete wedding disaster. We loved our wedding venue, but it came with a different caterer who was very unresponsive and who was not even willing to sign a contract with us. Then two months before the wedding (after we had already sent out invitations with meal choices for a plated dinner), the venue's caterer cancelled on us. Luckily, we contacted Vanessa and she immediately stepped up to create a similar menu at a comparable price. We were so worried about finding a good caterer so last minute, but I'm sure many can agree that we were fortunate to find the best caterer on the island! Our guests are STILL raving about how great the food was! During our tasting we couldn't even decide which meal we wanted ourselves because every option was so good. I don't even like salmon that much, but the teriyaki salmon encrusted with furikake was probably my favorite! In addition to amazing food, Beaches & Backyards helped us with setting up the tables, moving chairs after the ceremony, brought most of their own supplies, and the wait staff was very friendly. Thank you so much for making our wedding so wonderful!
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jennifer
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Vanessa and her team at Beaches and Backyard did an absolutely fabulous job with our May 2013 wedding at Loulu Palm. We took a leap of faith booking Vanessa prior to our tasting, and I am so glad that we did! Vanessa went above and beyond for us! The food was excellent and the service was superb. I got so many complements on how great everything tasted throughout the night. We chose to have a cocktail hour with passed pupus (take note, her ahi tar tar and pig tostadas are incredible) followed by a family-style meal. The family-style presentation worked out perfectly! It’s exactly how I envisioned it. I can’t thank Beaches and Backyard enough.
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Raquel
Wedding:
3/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Thank you to Vanessa Hollinger & Beaches and Backyards Catering Staff for the AWESOME service and DELICIOUS food served at our wedding. Food was an important part of our wedding. My husband and I wanted our guests to be impressed and satisfied with the food served at our wedding. After our taste testing with Vanessa, we knew BEACHES & BACKYARDS CATERING was our caterer. We were in HEAVEN. It was like saying, YES to DRESS but YES TO THE CATERER!!!

Vanessa and her staff definitely went above and beyond. Many of our guests stated, "The food was AWESOME. Wow! Who was your Caterer?"

John and I can not THANK YOU enough for the EXCELLENT & OUTSTANDING SERVICE. At most weddings, Brides & Grooms are consumed with picture taking, speeches, toasts, etc. We were afraid that we weren't going to enjoy our food at our wedding. Vanessa suggested that we line up in the buffet line to enjoy the presentation & mingle with our guests. We were grateful for her suggestion. She also informed her staff that my husband LOVED and RAVED about the Coconut Kauai Shrimp with Guava Chili Lime Aioli. We were really grateful and more grateful when we saw two plates of appetizers at our sweetheart table. Not only were we able to do our bride and groom duties, but we were also able to ENJOY our food at our wedding.

Vanessa, Alicia, and to Beaches & Backyards Catering Staff, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of our special day!!!

If you are thinking about Beaches & Backyards Catering for their services, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND them!!! You will not be disappointed!!!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Vanessa and her team did a fantastic job catering our wedding at Lanikuhonua. Our guests raved to us about how delicious her food was! She was extremely flexible and worked with us to create the perfect menu! We ended up going with a plated meal which she executed flawlessly. She even went out of her way to work with a special veggie meat we requested and we loved the bread and cheese and shaved ice station she created for us! We highly recommend beaches and backyards catering and will use them again should we need another catered event in the future!!!
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Raymie
Wedding:
2/8/2013
5.0/5.0
The staff at Beaches and Backyards had their work cut out for them. I am an event manager myself and I must say I was blown away with Vanessa Hollinger and her entire staff. I knew the food would be amazing upon our first meeting and fantastic tasting, but the night of our wedding her entire staff were seamless and professional. Our guests (half of which were "locals") could not stop raving about the food and about how attentive the servers were! Thank you Vanessa for your exquisite food, top notch staff and ability to impress everyone!!!
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Katherine
Wedding:
7/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Beaches and Backyards Catering did a fantastic job catering our wedding at Kualoa Ranch on July 6, 2012.

Both the food and service were incredible. All of my guests raved about the food. I think it could have rivaled most restaurants, really! We had an upscale luau with fancier versions of the traditional fare with B&B's own twists on them. The Kalua pig, tri-tip, and ginger chicken were all wonderful. I also loved the lighter and creative salads and passed-appetizers including tuna poke, coconut shrimp with a guava cilantro sauce, and artichoke and parmesan crostini. The ingredients were fresh and dishes were cooked perfectly - even at a mass quantity (80 guests). I gave them a list of what I was envisioning and they responded with suggestions that went above and beyond my recommendations.

The servers were very polite, professional, and were readily available with refills throughout the dinner service. The staff was wonderful to work with.

I can't recommend them enough!!
Katherine and Roger
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Heidi
Wedding:
4/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Awesome caterer... Super ono food. Excellent service.
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BCeretto
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
If you want to get married in Hawaii and are in search of a caterer, there is no better choice than Vanessa Hollinger at Beaches and Backyards catering. Vanessa was professional, responsive, well priced and prepared amazing food for my wedding of nearly 100. We had rented a property on the beach, and Vanessa and her team were able to accommodate the unique layout of the property. Vanessa was quick to respond to emails and phone calls and always made me feel like my wedding was her top priority, even up to a year in advance of my special day. Beaches and Backyards are an incredibly professional team and I know that my wedding wouldn't have been nearly as wonderful had they not been an integral part of it. My advice: use Vanessa's Beaches and Backyard catering group. From the appetizers to the main course, all of our guests were quite impressed. Thank you Vanessa for making my wedding an amazing event to remember! :)
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Sharon
Wedding:
10/12/2011
5.0/5.0
They were AMAZING!! Came on time, work very hard with a positive attitude. and the food was INCREDIABLE... Do not be afraid to use them you will not be disappointed. They made my sons wedding even more perfect. THANK YOU Beaches and Backyards. Sharon Custer
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Bonnie
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
I don't even know where to begin. Vanessa (Owner) did such an amazing job at out wedding last weekend. When I showed up at the venue, I was blown away at how beautiful everything looked. Her staff was helpful, proactive, and extremely professional. I felt like they were all working as a team to make my day the best is could be, and is was a success. The food is gourmet! I even ate left overs for 2 days after. My guests had a fabulous time and commented at how great everything turned out. I would highly recommend Beaches & Backyard Catering for any event. They truly are the best on the island!!! Thank you Vanessa!
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Shanna
Wedding:
9/7/2011
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Beaches and Backyards Catering! My wedding planner had worked with them many times and they came highly recommended by her and I wasn't disappointed! The Appetizers were delicious! People are still talking about the Ahi Poke.
The dinner was also 5 stars! A great comment that I heard from one guest was "When I first saw my steak and fish I was wondering where all the sauce was but then I tasted it and I realized it was so flavourful it didn’t need to be smothered in sauce" People raved about the food all night long. The purple potatoes were also so tasty and such a great way to add in a little local flavour to the meal.

Their staff was extremely professional and I would highly recommend this catering company to others.

Thanks again Vanessa for your thoughful handwritten card!

The Johnston's
September 7th/2011
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Vanessa and her staff were the best!! I asked for a fusion of Mexican/Filipino/Hawaiian food and wasn't expecting much, but Vanessa sure delivered!! Kalua pork taquitos w/ sweet chili soy sauce, tropical fruit gazpacho w/ li hing mui, mini spam musubi's...and those were just the passed appetizers!! The bar tenders were thoughtful and always remembered what drink I liked and made sure my glass was never empty :-). I would highly recommend Vanessa and her staff to anyone who asks, thanks Vanessa! Sonny and Jen Perez
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Kaahumanu
Wedding:
3/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Outside of how wonderful my wedding was, my guests talked about the food catered by backyards and beaches for months on end! They had a tent set up on site to cook some of the food whilst the main courses were prepared earlier that day. We also hired their bartender who kept everyone at the bar extremely happy. The wait staff was very professional and provided excellent service. If you want an excellent catering experience, I would definitely call beaches and backyards!
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mewzumu
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Thank You Beaches and Backyard Catering! The food was DELICIOUS! many said "the best fried chicken they've ever had" and the passed canape and french fries in cones are still being talked about!

I recommend Vanessa and her team to anyone who wants to have great food and rentals at their wedding without ever having to worry about a thing!

worth every penny!
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Natalie M
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Vanessa at Beaches & Backyards was by far, the best vendor I worked with for my wedding. She was so helpful throughout the whole process and gave advice about other aspects of my wedding that didn't include catering. The food she provided was DELICIOUS and my guests thoroughly enjoyed it. She provided us with a lot of options and they were all so good that it was hard to choose! I thoroughly enjoyed working with her for my wedding and would highly recommend her to any bride in Honolulu!
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mdjs
Wedding:
5/15/2010
5.0/5.0
Vanessa Hollinger of Beaches and Backyards Catering was my rock during the planning process, and helped out so much more than you would usually expect from a caterer. I could NOT have planned my wedding without her.

In addition to her amazing service, the food was excellent, and her staff were also great! People are still talking to me about the food from the wedding, six weeks later. My vegetarian friends thought that our food was some of the best things they had ever eaten, and even my picky little sister is still talking about it. There was really something for everyone, and everyone was able to try out new foods that were innovative, but still accessible to the less adventurous palate.

I also found her prices to be very reasonable for the quality and quantity of food she prepared. In addition, Vanessa provides a lot of her own equipment and will help with set up of tables and chairs, which can save a lot (some rental companies charge per item for this).

Basically, Vanessa was a superstar! I highly recommend her services.
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KKI
Wedding:
1/20/2012
4.9/5.0
DELICIOUS food that wowed guests (and bride and groom!) - Warm, friendly service and waitstaff - Super flexible for dietary needs (created a custom option for my dad who has dietary restrictions). Vanessa was super helpful, accommodating and a pleasure to work with. She was particularly patient when I changed my guest count and menu for the 100th time. Her team is very professional and most importantly, the food is GREAT. The Kahuku Coconut Shrimp and Beef Tenderloin Crostinis were a HIT and the Pacific Rim, Hawaiian and Grilling Stations were amazing. Well worth it. USE THEM for your wedding or event!
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Nadiera
Wedding:
6/29/2013
4.8/5.0
We recently had a smaller wedding reception (65 guests) on Oahu and people still can't stop talking about the food and the service! We had an outdoor space and it rained before the guests arrived. The B&B staff didn't hesitate getting wet to remove all of the napkins and linens from the tables and then dry them all. They also dried all of the dishes and glassware and reset all of the tables. You would have never have known that the downpour had occurred 2 hours before. Alicia also made sure that my husband and I ate and even made Mr and Mrs plates that were put away for us the next day.
A bonus with B&B was that they let us serve our own alcohol, including rum my dad had brought all the way from S America, while still offering us the option of hiring a bartender to serve drinks (she was great!). We were able to have family and friends over for a Round 2 leftover lunch the next day. And they are still talking about the food!
Beaches and Backyards is worth every penny and we will be recommending them to our friends without hesitation. All of the apprehension and stress left us as soon as we saw how professional and fun everyone was. We were able to enjoy ourselves the entire night and not worry about a thing.
Mahalo nui loa - Nadiera and Mike (Kaaawa)
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
Most of our guests marked that they were looking forward to eating the food at our wedding even more than seeing us getting married (!). Beach & Backyards has such a great reputation and we know why. Their food is excellent and very representative of Hawaii.
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Ybbag1
Wedding:
4/10/2011
4.8/5.0
I don't know many caterers who can pull together a feast of sweet potato fries, gold fish crackers, marshmallows, sushi and I don't even know what else. The food for my wedding was AMAZING!! Vanessa and her team put together the most wonderful wedding feast from my crazy requirements. As is typical of a bride on her wedding day, I didn't get a chance to eat much (though I made sure to eat my sweet potato fries which were sooo yummy!!) My husband made sure to get a plate and loved everything he ate. All our guests have told me over and over how wonderful the food was. Being a preschool teacher with 12 children in my bridal party and many more in attendance, Vanessa put together a Keiki table with all the kids favorite foods...guess what?! From what I hear it was the adults favorites as well!! Another major feat she pulled off was my insistant desire to have Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake for my wedding cake. The nearest Dairy Queen was over an hor away, they didn't deliver, and no one had a freezer large enough to store my 8 cakes. Vanessa (and her sister Alicia- my wedding planner) contracted out a baker friend to pick up the cakes and deliver them in her van to be delivered just in time to serve. I couldn't believe it but the cakes made it and their friend added some beautiful flowers to make it look like a wedding cake! It was amazing! I almost cried when I saw it!!

In addition to my crazy requirements, Vanessa also had the difficult job of working with my father, located in NY, via email to ensure the menu was up to his requirements as well. NOT an easy task. In fact it was the main reason I hired Vanessa to begin with. I couldn't handle it anymore! She rose to the occasion and though my NY father was a little frustrated that things were often done on Hawaii time, overall he was extremely impressed with the end result. One initial concern he had was how do they keep the hot food hot and the cold food cold? No problem! The Beaches and Backyard team set up a pretty tent off to the edge of the property where they cooked all the hot food so it was fresh upon serving. It was an amazing day and Vanessa really helped save the day taking over the catering! I would highly recommend them. Mahalo!!!
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jcloud80
Wedding:
3/10/2010
4.7/5.0
Vanessa was a great to work with. She was really flexible with our guest count & menu. The pupus we had were fantastic...everyone raved about them: mochiko chicken bites, pork hash, & mushroom spring rolls (also poke we brought ourselves from Yama's). Our dinner was miso salmon, pulehu tri-tip, grilled veggies, and mac nut rice--yummy. The prices were really great too. We initially wanted to go w/ Catering Connection, but they didn't fit our budget. Vanessa's full catering price was HALF of theirs, which was awesome! We used a bartender from them and he was great with the guests. We did bring a few things of our own (poke & ice cream), and Vanessa's team plated/served them without any issues. My only complaint is that since we were planning from the mainland, Vanessa's email response time was sometimes longer than I would have liked. Whenever we called her, though, we always got a response within a few hours.
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Johnathan
Wedding:
8/19/2003
4.6/5.0
Vanessa and her staff did a wonderful job at our wedding, very professional. Our food received many compliments from our guests, and was a big hit overall.
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Meng
Wedding:
10/6/2009
4.5/5.0
The Beaches and Backyards had amazing food. All of my guests (including the two of us:) were all impressed with how great the food was! I just wish I could eat more at the reception! The only things I was not very pleased with is that they told us we will be served at the head table, but during the reception, we were told to get up and go to the buffet ourselves. it's not that big of deal, but it was stated on the contract that we would get served. Also, they told us they will put lemons and limes in our variety of drinks, but there weren't any. But after all, we did love the food and Vanessa was pleasant to work with!
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mikeandeliza
Wedding:
4/26/2009
4.5/5.0
Beaches and Backyards truly did an amazing job with the catering and rental equipment. I wasn't able to contract a wedding planner, but vanessa and her team take care of so much, it wasn't even necessary. She's super accomodating and helpful, not to mention her food is out of this world. I only regret not being able to eat more of the food during the reception. Only issue I had was the length of time it took to receive a response to my email inquiries. The Company is relatively new and growing quickly (because her food and work is so amazing), so I understood why it took a while to hear back. All in all, my husband and I were incredibly happy with the way everything turned out. Small company with big results--absolutely fanstastic.
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Jenny
Wedding:
2/9/2012
3.6/5.0
The food is really fantastic and the service was amazing. Everyone was really professional.

Only a few buts:
While the food was great, the cost of the plates for guests was not included in the orginal quote which added an extra $1000. This was not brought to my attention until my mother noticed the very fine print. $1000 is alot of money to add to the cost of a wedding at the last minute. Also, tea and coffee was paid for and it was not visible and were not aware that it was being served. It might be better to serve it with the cake or put in on a table next to the cake. A few guests mentioned this afterward.
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Melissa
Wedding:
5/23/2011
3.2/5.0
Our experience with B&B Catering was a real mixed bag. There were some real highlights, such as the quality of the food and it's presentation, however there were some real lowlights, namely the speed of response to emails and phone messages and an overall feeling of low customer satisfaction.

Firstly, the highlights:
The food was amazing! Every dish was perfectly presented in a buffet format exactly the way that was described before the wedding. It was freshly prepared in a private area out of the view of guests and the timing of the dinner was ideal for the freshness and temperature of the food. Many guests commented on the quality of the food and we at the bridal table enjoyed every bite.

Being vegetarian, we were thrilled to find a vendor who was accomodating to our dietary needs. Vanessa worked well with us to form a nice mix of dishes that gave our guests both some hearty options and salad-based mixes. We were so proud to have this food on the table to our guests, knowing that they would enjoy the vegetarian food immensely even though several were non-veggies.

The presentation of the tables, chairs, linens, plates, cutlery and chargers was exactly what we had hoped for. Everything looked beautiful, including the dancefloor and we were delighted with the layout and presentation.

The lowlights:
Generally, the only lowlights of our experience with B&B Catering were BEFORE the wedding. (The only lowlight at the wedding was that none of the staff from B&B said hi or congratulated my husband even though he had helped plan the catering with them on the phone even though they walked past him several times)

In a bullet point format the lowlights for our experience with this company are:
- Business hours are very limited. We were told not to contact Vanessa on a Friday (or the weekend) OR after 2pm on any business day! Thus, given our time difference from Australia, we found Vanessa to be frustratingly unavailable.
- All phone calls were initiated by us. No offer to 'call us back' or 'can I call you?' was ever made from B&B.
- Very, very slow replies to emails of normally 1 week for some simple questions or requests.
- Slow changes to contract (e.g. 1 week or more, depending on the number of reminders sent by us)
- A phone manner of 'everything is so wonderful and really great' was frustrating for us to hear since we were continually chasing things up.
- Given that our wedding was non-alcoholic we were told that we had to pay for all of our non-alcoholic beverages on top of the agreed contract with B&B Catering. Thus we were advised to 'go to the store and buy the beverages AND mocktail items for our mocktail reception ourselves!' We objected to this strongly as we had overlooked this clause in the contract (who goes to the store and buys the mocktails for their own wedding?!!) and thus Vanessa compromised with us and covered the major portion of these drinks. My father did purchase some more soda and other beverages as a backup!

Final comments:
B&B Catering present outstanding food in a professional manner. However, leading up to the wedding we continually felt frustrated with the quality and frequency of communication. It was a feeling of relief when it all turned out as well as it did in the end.
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths

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