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Chef Kathi Alice Saks, Inc.

Honolulu , HI
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Honolulu, HI 96822 US (map)

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808-489-6530

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People always ask us what is different about Chef Kathi and Hawaii Private Chef? First and foremost, when you hire us, you always get Chef Kathi. We combine our desire for flavor with... Read more
People always ask us what is different about Chef Kathi and Hawaii Private Chef? First and foremost, when you hire us, you always get Chef Kathi. We combine our desire for flavor with our design degree to create a unique look of elegance when the occasion calls for it and fun when our client’s desires run in that direction. At Hawaii Private Chef, we think outside the box. We are not a restaurant and that is not something we bring to the table. We are designers who bring food and flair to every event and party.

Chef Kathi’s philosophy is simple: “I would not want chaffing dishes at my wedding why would I do that at yours?” Not every wedding is a buffet, but every guest deserves and expects fantastic, memorable food and service. We pride ourselves on creating hot dishes on location. We are a boutique wedding resource. We love to work with couples who want to showcase the food along with flowers and everything that goes on the table: linens, flatware, dinnerware, etc. As a former designer of table linens and dinnerware herself, Chef Kathi can create a unique look for your very special day; as well as work with other vendors to achieve your vision.



We tailor all our menus to our brides’ and grooms’ tastes. Nothing we do comes from a list. We listen to your desires and dreams and start from there.



Please contact us and let us show you how a Private Chef can make your day memorable. Read less
Catering

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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Cash Bar, Limited Bar, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Pan-Asian, Polynesian, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Do you offer a tasting for potential clients?
Yes, we are happy to accommodate requests.
Are you also able to provide the wedding cake?
Chef Kathi is a wedding cake and event cake designer. She works with Cakeworks in Honolulu and will create a sketch of your cake, set up the tasting if need be and complete the order if necessary.
If a bride decides to bring her own wedding cake, do you have a cake cutting fee? If yes, how much is the fee?
Fee is dependent on number of guests.
Are you licensed to sell alcohol? If yes, where are you licensed?
No.
Do you allow outside alcohol? If yes, what is the corkage fee?
Yes, you must bring the alcohol. No corkage fee. We will supply the bartender(s) and set up the bar for you.
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
Yes, we will provide everything.
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
We provide all the staff.
What is your maximum catering capacity?
100

REVIEWS

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Debbie
Wedding:
8/4/2013
5.0/5.0
I held a 50th birthday dinner for my husband and hired Kathy as our chef and she also brought an excellent array of servers with her. She also supplied a sommelier and she was fantastic as well. The party was a huge success and all of our guests were amazed at the level of service and professionalism that her entire staff had. She accomodates any size party and is always willing to offer suggestions. The biggest plus was the fact that her menu included mostly local produce, wines, etc. Very good. This was actually the 2nd time we have hired her.
I held a 50th birthday dinner for my husband and hired Kathy as our chef and she also brought an excellent array of Read more...
I held a 50th birthday dinner for my husband and hired Kathy as our chef and she also brought an excellent array of servers with her. She also supplied a sommelier and she was fantastic as well. The party was a huge success and all of our guests were amazed at the level of service and professionalism that her entire staff had. She accomodates any size party and is always willing to offer suggestions. The biggest plus was the fact that her menu included mostly local produce, wines, etc. Very good. This was actually the 2nd time we have hired her. Read less
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lisa
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Chef Kathi is so amazing. She was so accommodating and really took the time to listen to what we wanted for our wedding. We were on a tight budget, and she work very hard to give us everything we wanted. There were months of back and forth emails, and not a single detail was missed! (Setting up tables, Flowers, Wine, Food, Table Covers, Plates, Forks, Cakes etc.) Chef Kathi literally spend the whole day making our day wonderful.

Food Review: Can we say phenomenal!! Chef Kathi was able to fuse Asian/American perfectly. She was even able to satisfy the palate of some of guest that are known to be picky eaters. The Crab Cakes were my husbands favorite! My mom loved the lobster egg rolls! My father in law really enjoyed the bread basket and Mango Scones! My favorite was the Shrimp Salad! Honestly, there was something for everyone. We even had enough left over for the next day! Incredible.

Cake: Chef Kathi worked with a local bakery, and they were able to provide us with a wedding cake and grooms cake. They were both delicious and beautiful.


Our wedding day was flawless!! We had a small wedding on the beach and then met Chef Kathi at our house where the reception was held. It was during this time that we got to know Chef Kathi a little better. She was kind, and also really informative about Matzaballs. :) ( My mother in law had tons of questions) She spent time getting to know us on a personal level, not to mention she had some great advice on restaurants and activities on Oahu. Our only regret is that we didn't get a good picture with her. We love you Chef Kathi. Mahalo for everything!!
Chef Kathi is so amazing. She was so accommodating and really took the time to listen to what we wanted for our wedding. Read more...
Chef Kathi is so amazing. She was so accommodating and really took the time to listen to what we wanted for our wedding. We were on a tight budget, and she work very hard to give us everything we wanted. There were months of back and forth emails, and not a single detail was missed! (Setting up tables, Flowers, Wine, Food, Table Covers, Plates, Forks, Cakes etc.) Chef Kathi literally spend the whole day making our day wonderful.

Food Review: Can we say phenomenal!! Chef Kathi was able to fuse Asian/American perfectly. She was even able to satisfy the palate of some of guest that are known to be picky eaters. The Crab Cakes were my husbands favorite! My mom loved the lobster egg rolls! My father in law really enjoyed the bread basket and Mango Scones! My favorite was the Shrimp Salad! Honestly, there was something for everyone. We even had enough left over for the next day! Incredible.

Cake: Chef Kathi worked with a local bakery, and they were able to provide us with a wedding cake and grooms cake. They were both delicious and beautiful.


Our wedding day was flawless!! We had a small wedding on the beach and then met Chef Kathi at our house where the reception was held. It was during this time that we got to know Chef Kathi a little better. She was kind, and also really informative about Matzaballs. :) ( My mother in law had tons of questions) She spent time getting to know us on a personal level, not to mention she had some great advice on restaurants and activities on Oahu. Our only regret is that we didn't get a good picture with her. We love you Chef Kathi. Mahalo for everything!! Read less
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Silvia
Wedding:
8/2/2012
5.0/5.0
With my family flying from Italy for our wedding in Hawaii I was a bit nervous about the food as it's such a priority for Italian people. I did therefore drive chef Kathi a bit crazy initially, when we were agreeing on the menu!! Chef Kathi was however flexible and listened carefully and changed the menu several times for me. She also helped me with choosing the venue for the wedding, referred me to a wedding planner and checked out a few services for me to ensure I got the best on my wedding day! She was always very responsive and always made sure I was happy with the services that she recommended. And what can I say about the food: absolutely delicious. The gorgonzola canape' with pecans, champagne grape and basil were sooo nice, we had Fresh Pasta with Hamakua Mushrooms, Ho Farms Tomatoes, Pickled Ginger, and Baby Bok Choy in A Light Wasabi Creme Sauce and it was up to the Italian standards (absolutely not easy to achieve !!), the salad was so fresh, and what can we say about the fish, so delicious and fresh!! We also had Hawaiian bread with Christmas berry honey butter and it was a lovely and very local addition to the fabulous meal that Chef Kathi created. Thanks Chef Kathi for all your help with the food and everything else!
With my family flying from Italy for our wedding in Hawaii I was a bit nervous about the food as it's such a priority for Read more...
With my family flying from Italy for our wedding in Hawaii I was a bit nervous about the food as it's such a priority for Italian people. I did therefore drive chef Kathi a bit crazy initially, when we were agreeing on the menu!! Chef Kathi was however flexible and listened carefully and changed the menu several times for me. She also helped me with choosing the venue for the wedding, referred me to a wedding planner and checked out a few services for me to ensure I got the best on my wedding day! She was always very responsive and always made sure I was happy with the services that she recommended. And what can I say about the food: absolutely delicious. The gorgonzola canape' with pecans, champagne grape and basil were sooo nice, we had Fresh Pasta with Hamakua Mushrooms, Ho Farms Tomatoes, Pickled Ginger, and Baby Bok Choy in A Light Wasabi Creme Sauce and it was up to the Italian standards (absolutely not easy to achieve !!), the salad was so fresh, and what can we say about the fish, so delicious and fresh!! We also had Hawaiian bread with Christmas berry honey butter and it was a lovely and very local addition to the fabulous meal that Chef Kathi created. Thanks Chef Kathi for all your help with the food and everything else! Read less
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Jude
Wedding:
7/18/2012
5.0/5.0
My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with our 2 kids in Oahu, Hawaii. I wanted to create a very special and secret surprise dinner for my wife and kids. After reviewing a number of private chef sites, I came across Chef Kathi and I'm so thankful for making the perfect choice for our very special day. Chef Kathi listened to what I thought would be a nice menu selection based on my wife's gourmet palette and boy did she deliver! But that wasn't all Chef Kathi did for us. Not only did Chef Kathi prepare an amazing and romantic dinner experience, she prepared the entire dinner in our hotel mini suite! When we walked in after our ceremony, Chef Kathi had beautiful drinks (alcoholic & virgin) served on a platter with a big "Congratulations!" for us! My wife and kids were totally blown away!! The wonderful marriage of wines and ports complimented every single signature culinary presentation. The pictures do not do justice for the amazing experience we shared with Chef Kathi and simply can't express how much I appreciate every little detail. I trusted Chef Kathi to make our 25th wedding anniversary special. My wife and kids have one word for Chef Kathi...AMAZING!! I would be honored to recommend Chef Kathi to anyone looking for a truly amazing experience.
My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with our 2 kids in Oahu, Hawaii. I wanted to create a very special Read more...
My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with our 2 kids in Oahu, Hawaii. I wanted to create a very special and secret surprise dinner for my wife and kids. After reviewing a number of private chef sites, I came across Chef Kathi and I'm so thankful for making the perfect choice for our very special day. Chef Kathi listened to what I thought would be a nice menu selection based on my wife's gourmet palette and boy did she deliver! But that wasn't all Chef Kathi did for us. Not only did Chef Kathi prepare an amazing and romantic dinner experience, she prepared the entire dinner in our hotel mini suite! When we walked in after our ceremony, Chef Kathi had beautiful drinks (alcoholic & virgin) served on a platter with a big "Congratulations!" for us! My wife and kids were totally blown away!! The wonderful marriage of wines and ports complimented every single signature culinary presentation. The pictures do not do justice for the amazing experience we shared with Chef Kathi and simply can't express how much I appreciate every little detail. I trusted Chef Kathi to make our 25th wedding anniversary special. My wife and kids have one word for Chef Kathi...AMAZING!! I would be honored to recommend Chef Kathi to anyone looking for a truly amazing experience. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Unique Services
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Frank
Wedding:
7/5/2012
4.7/5.0
My partner and I hired Chef Kathi to cater our destination wedding earlier this summer. Everything from the planning stages, to the lead up and finally on the wedding day were wonderful. Chef Kathi was very responsive and offered wonderful ideas vis-a-vis our menu, etc. The food was out of this word and excellently prepared and everybody in attendance raved about every piece of food they tasted!!
My partner and I hired Chef Kathi to cater our destination wedding earlier this summer. Everything from the planning Read more...
My partner and I hired Chef Kathi to cater our destination wedding earlier this summer. Everything from the planning stages, to the lead up and finally on the wedding day were wonderful. Chef Kathi was very responsive and offered wonderful ideas vis-a-vis our menu, etc. The food was out of this word and excellently prepared and everybody in attendance raved about every piece of food they tasted!! Read less
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Wedding:
6/30/2012
4.9/5.0
Chef Kathi was an excellent choice for my daughters brunch, following the wedding the day before. She accommodated the food preferences of both families and her staff was very efficient, friendly and responsive to the needs of the guests. I would recommend that she be considered for all such catering events. By her own statements she is best suited for parties of 80-100 or less. We had about 50 people and everyone raved about the food.
Chef Kathi was an excellent choice for my daughters brunch, following the wedding the day before. She accommodated the Read more...
Chef Kathi was an excellent choice for my daughters brunch, following the wedding the day before. She accommodated the food preferences of both families and her staff was very efficient, friendly and responsive to the needs of the guests. I would recommend that she be considered for all such catering events. By her own statements she is best suited for parties of 80-100 or less. We had about 50 people and everyone raved about the food. Read less
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Vanessa
Wedding:
12/13/2011
5.0/5.0
What an amazing Chef! This review cannot be kept short and sweet. Our wedding was organised entirely online so you could imagine it was stressful especially as we were not locals. Kathi was amazing, always responsive to any emails and really understood the stress. The food prepared for our wedding was truly magnificent, the variety, the flavours, the presentation could not be faulted. I have been to exclusive restaurants in my home town of Sydney and nothing has come close to her food. Most brides probably don't eat on their special day but boy did I eat! To this day I still think of the amazing strawberry, goats cheese, pancetta and arugula salad..... Honestly if you are getting married she is the go to.... The food is beyond five stars. Thank you Kathi!
What an amazing Chef! This review cannot be kept short and sweet. Our wedding was organised entirely online so you could Read more...
What an amazing Chef! This review cannot be kept short and sweet. Our wedding was organised entirely online so you could imagine it was stressful especially as we were not locals. Kathi was amazing, always responsive to any emails and really understood the stress. The food prepared for our wedding was truly magnificent, the variety, the flavours, the presentation could not be faulted. I have been to exclusive restaurants in my home town of Sydney and nothing has come close to her food. Most brides probably don't eat on their special day but boy did I eat! To this day I still think of the amazing strawberry, goats cheese, pancetta and arugula salad..... Honestly if you are getting married she is the go to.... The food is beyond five stars. Thank you Kathi! Read less
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Blessed Mom in Texas
Wedding:
11/20/2011
5.0/5.0
AMAZING!!! In our busy life--we always take time to stop--reflect--and celebrate the special moments of our lives. Most of our family celebrations occur over a shared meal with loved ones. For our daughter's wedding, Chef Kathi and her team provided fabulous food, presented beautifully, with no interruption to our intimate family moments. Glasses were always full, the buffet always replenished, and our spirits refreshed by the meal we shared. What a wonderful way to begin a new life together!
AMAZING!!! In our busy life--we always take time to stop--reflect--and celebrate the special moments of our lives. Most of Read more...
AMAZING!!! In our busy life--we always take time to stop--reflect--and celebrate the special moments of our lives. Most of our family celebrations occur over a shared meal with loved ones. For our daughter's wedding, Chef Kathi and her team provided fabulous food, presented beautifully, with no interruption to our intimate family moments. Glasses were always full, the buffet always replenished, and our spirits refreshed by the meal we shared. What a wonderful way to begin a new life together! Read less
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Jay & Letticia
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
WOW! What else can we say except WOW! For the food and service to the professionalism and Chef Kathi herself.

When we first started this journey of planning our wedding in Hawaii (from overseas!), 9 months ago, we of course had no idea which catering services to use. We however KNEW EXACTLY what we wanted to eat on our special day! So we listed all the menu items we wanted and sent out a “feeler” email to several caterers in Oahu. When the replies came through we saw that some completely disregarded what we asked for, others put in changes and modifications that were irrelevant to the cuisine we wanted (Tex-Mex) clearly assuming we hadn’t done our research, and some were just outrageously priced given our modest number of wedding guests (30). Chef Kathi’s reply easily stuck out, because hers’ was the only one that said “Yes, no problem, I can do this”, she was willing to produce the dishes as we requested, offered a few fantastic twists to them, and was the most reasonable and transparently priced caterer we came across.

After a couple of emails and phone calls, our catering contract was quickly settled, and stayed the same all the way till the big day. Out of all our wedding vendors, she was the only one who proactively picked up the phone to stay in contact with us or clarify any details when necessary. Not only was this one of her many professional traits but it gave us, as customers, that “personal” bond with our vendor which paved the way for a very smooth, hassle free and in the end, fantastic service.

The food was absolutely to die for! As self-anointed experts on Tex-Mex food, Chef Kathi’s creations completely took the cuisine to another level and absolutely blew us away. Please note that more than half our guests we’re discerning “food connoisseurs” from Malaysia (as all Malaysians claim to be!), who were a tad sceptical and unsure when we mentioned the cuisine that would be served on the night. One bite in and they were instant converts! We had rave, vocal reviews and commendations all night for her food. The service and delivery were equally fantastic to match.

One thing any lucky couple will take delight in is that Chef Kathi does more than just great food. She will also provide a complete dining experience to further enhance the cuisine you pick. She took care of the décor and the design of the buffet table to suit to the food’s theme without us even requesting for it. We were very pleasantly surprised by her tasteful eye to suit with the rest of our wedding theme. (Happy to share photos)

Catering aside, you’ll find Chef Kathi to be an amazingly warm, friendly person who is larger than life! She accommodates, she works with you but most importantly, she listens to you. She is a true professional in every sense of the word, loves what she does, revels in the details and will be go above and beyond for anyone who has the good fortune of securing her time and services. We were truly lucky and blessed to have found someone like her. Thank you so very much Kathi!

Jay & Letticia
lettylovescooljay@gmail.com
WOW! What else can we say except WOW! For the food and service to the professionalism and Chef Kathi herself.

Read more...
WOW! What else can we say except WOW! For the food and service to the professionalism and Chef Kathi herself.

When we first started this journey of planning our wedding in Hawaii (from overseas!), 9 months ago, we of course had no idea which catering services to use. We however KNEW EXACTLY what we wanted to eat on our special day! So we listed all the menu items we wanted and sent out a “feeler” email to several caterers in Oahu. When the replies came through we saw that some completely disregarded what we asked for, others put in changes and modifications that were irrelevant to the cuisine we wanted (Tex-Mex) clearly assuming we hadn’t done our research, and some were just outrageously priced given our modest number of wedding guests (30). Chef Kathi’s reply easily stuck out, because hers’ was the only one that said “Yes, no problem, I can do this”, she was willing to produce the dishes as we requested, offered a few fantastic twists to them, and was the most reasonable and transparently priced caterer we came across.

After a couple of emails and phone calls, our catering contract was quickly settled, and stayed the same all the way till the big day. Out of all our wedding vendors, she was the only one who proactively picked up the phone to stay in contact with us or clarify any details when necessary. Not only was this one of her many professional traits but it gave us, as customers, that “personal” bond with our vendor which paved the way for a very smooth, hassle free and in the end, fantastic service.

The food was absolutely to die for! As self-anointed experts on Tex-Mex food, Chef Kathi’s creations completely took the cuisine to another level and absolutely blew us away. Please note that more than half our guests we’re discerning “food connoisseurs” from Malaysia (as all Malaysians claim to be!), who were a tad sceptical and unsure when we mentioned the cuisine that would be served on the night. One bite in and they were instant converts! We had rave, vocal reviews and commendations all night for her food. The service and delivery were equally fantastic to match.

One thing any lucky couple will take delight in is that Chef Kathi does more than just great food. She will also provide a complete dining experience to further enhance the cuisine you pick. She took care of the décor and the design of the buffet table to suit to the food’s theme without us even requesting for it. We were very pleasantly surprised by her tasteful eye to suit with the rest of our wedding theme. (Happy to share photos)

Catering aside, you’ll find Chef Kathi to be an amazingly warm, friendly person who is larger than life! She accommodates, she works with you but most importantly, she listens to you. She is a true professional in every sense of the word, loves what she does, revels in the details and will be go above and beyond for anyone who has the good fortune of securing her time and services. We were truly lucky and blessed to have found someone like her. Thank you so very much Kathi!

Jay & Letticia
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