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Catering to Graduates

Story By Nicole Kato Photos By Nathalie Walker
April 29 - May 5, 2012

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Cue Pomp and Circumstance and hats off to 2012 graduates. Graduation is a milestone that deserves a special celebration, and A Catered Experience (ACE) has a “create your own graduation menu” available that will make your graduation celebration a big hit (and yes, they deliver). Worrying about preparing food for that memorable party can be stressful, but ACE has you covered.

Orders must be placed at least two weeks in advance, and menus (minimum of 25 people) are available for booking until Aug. 31 and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

The graduation menu ($10.95/person) comes with steamed white rice and allows you to pick a starch, salad, chicken dish, meat dish and seafood/fish dish, as well as disposable paper plates, napkins and eating utensils.

Not only does ACE provide customers with excellent meal choices, they also go the extra mile.

According to catering manager Ron Hattori, ACE can staff events for an additional cost. “Sometimes they (customers) have parties at a recreation center, so we do offer staffing and we can set up the buffet,” he explains.

Choices of starch are fried noodles, chicken chow mein, pancit, garlic mashed potatoes, herb-roasted potatoes, yakisoba or assorted sushi (maki, teppo maki or inari).

Salad options include tossed salad (with choice of dressing), macaroni salad, potato salad, potato macaroni salad, somen salad or Chinese chicken salad (with Oriental dressing).

Fried chicken thighs, chicken katsu (with sauce), chicken piccata, chicken adobo, mochiko chicken Parmesan, boneless korean chicken, boneless teri chicken and herb-roasted chicken round out the chicken dish selections.

But wait, there’s still more. Teriyaki beef, honey glazed ham, shoyu pork, meat jun (with sauce), roast pork with mushrooms and gravy, pork adobo, roast beef with mushrooms and gravy, beef apritada, pork guisantes or baked ham with pineapple raisin sauce are the choices for your meat entree.

Fish dishes include shrimp tempura, sauteed fish (with choice of sauce), Chinatown steamed fish, fish almondine, baked fish, imitation crab cake, head-on salt and pepper shrimp or fish tempura.

A sheet cake also can be added to your graduation menu for 75 cents a person.

You can choose to add a platter to your menu as well. The Grilled Vegetable Platter with Asian Aioli Sauce ($60) or Assorted (ham, turkey and vegetarian) Deli Wraps ($70, 100 pieces per order). Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres also are available as a la carte items.

ACE also has a Light Menu ($8.95/person), which includes teri beef, mochiko chicken, sauteed fish (with tartar or wasabi caper sauce), steamed white rice and tossed green salad.

If you’re craving that Island flavor, the Hawaiian Menu ($11.50/person) has all your local favorites: kalua pig, laulau, chicken long rice, lomi salmon, macaroni salad, steamed white rice, and haupia squares for dessert.

There also is a Prime Rib Special ($21.95, minimum order of 10), which consists of whole roasted prime rib (with au jus and horseradish), barbecue teriyaki chicken, shrimp tempura (with tempura sauce), assorted sushi (maki, teppo maki and inari), steamed white rice, tossed salad (with choice of dressing), potato salad and assorted fresh fruits.

With all these menu choices, the possibilities are endless. Graduation might be just around the corner, but you can call on ACE for any catering events you might have, whether it be birthdays, reunions, family parties or other special occasions.

A Catered Experience

  • Where
    • 94-1068 Ka Uka Boulevard
    • Waipahu, HI 96797
  • Call
    • (808) 677-7744
  • Hours
    • Monday – Saturday
    • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Sundays
    • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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