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A Thanksgiving Feast With All The Trimmings

Cover Story Features

November 6, 2016

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Catering coordinator Wendy Matsumoto presents an Oven Roasted Hot Turkey Package ($112.95; also includes Pumpkin Pie not pictured) with Steamed Vegetables ($9 for 2 pounds) and Potato/Macaroni Salad ($7.50 for 2 pounds) add-ons.

Catering coordinator Wendy Matsumoto presents an Oven Roasted Hot Turkey Package ($112.95; also includes Pumpkin Pie not pictured) with Steamed Vegetables ($9 for 2 pounds) and Potato/Macaroni Salad ($7.50 for 2 pounds) add-ons.

Turkey Day brings together family and friends for a variety of festive celebrations featuring food, football and merriment.

Amid this warm and cozy fall season and the highly anticipated Thanksgiving holiday, visions of moist turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy shift into the spotlight. However, the annual celebration also tends to evoke moments of anxiety, as hosts realize the time and stress typically involved in preparing and coordinating such a grand spread.

A Catered Experience is here to help by providing its annual Oven Roasted Turkey Package ($112.95) that takes the stress and mess out of preparing a hearty Thanksgiving feast.

The package includes: a 10to 12-pound (cooked weight) tender, moist, whole roasted turkey, fully cooked and served hot and ready to eat; three pounds of Poultry Gravy; four pounds of Real Mashed Potatoes; three pounds of Stuffing; one pound of Cranberry Relish; a dozen King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls; and a Napoleon’s Bakery Pumpkin Pie. To aid in the preparation process, simple reheating instructions are provided for the relevant accompaniments.

Chicken Nishime ($12.50 for 2 pounds)

Chicken Nishime ($12.50 for 2 pounds)

Diners also may add on another whole turkey to the package for $60 more (limit one additional turkey per package ordered). Those ordering five packages or more will receive a gift certificate from A Catered Experience equal to 10 percent of the total purchase (excluding tax), and the certificate is valid through March 31, 2017.

A Catered Experience has been preparing its popular Thanksgiving feasts for more than 20 years, and the excellent food quality and extraordinary customer service are evident with each order prepared.

“We provide customers with convenience,” says Ron Hattori, general manager at A Catered Experience. “And, picking up the Turkey Package is simple: You just drive up to the parking lot, hand the employees your receipt and you don’t even have to get out of your car. We’ll load up the car, and you can drive off.”

Napoleon's Bakery Custard, Pumpkin and Apple pies ($9 each)

Napoleon’s Bakery Custard, Pumpkin and Apple pies ($9 each)

A limited supply of the packages is available on a preorder basis, and Hattori encourages customers to submit their requests as soon as possible to ensure the order can be filled. A Catered Experience accepts checks and credit card payments, while cash payments must be made in person at the Waipio office. Call A Catered Experience at 677-7744 to make the necessary arrangements as soon as possible, as these packages sell quickly!

To make the process even more seamless, customers may order their turkey packages online at acateredexperience.com/turkeypackage. Orders also can be mailed to the Waipio office or faxed to 678-2025. As a reminder, mail-in orders must be received by Nov. 11 and online orders must be received by Nov. 18. (Cancellations will not be honored after Nov. 18.)

Maki Sushi Rolls ($4.75 each; two pictured)

Maki Sushi Rolls ($4.75 each; two pictured)

Oven Roasted Turkey Packages are available for pick up Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Hawaii Okinawa Center parking lot located at 94-587 Ukee St. in Waipio.

Stellar Sides

Customers may add additional fixings to A Catered Experience’s Oven Roasted Turkey Package on an a-la-carte basis, including Maki Sushi Roll ($4.75, uncut); King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls ($5 per dozen); Real Mashed Potatoes ($8 for 2 pounds); Napoleon’s Bakery Pumpkin, Custard and Apple pies ($9 each); Poultry Gravy ($5.25 for 2 pounds); Stuffing ($8.50 for 3 pounds); Cranberry/ Pineapple Relish ($3.75 for half a pound); Steamed Vegetables ($9 for 2 pounds); and Potato/Macaroni Salad ($7.50 for 2 pounds).

Chicken Nishime ($12.50 for 2 pounds), a Japanese stew made from chicken, konyaku, carrots, taro balls, lotus root, gobo, bamboo shoots and shiitake mushrooms simmered in an Osaka-style broth, is available as an add-on as well.

As a reminder, these additional items may be purchased in addition to the complete turkey package.

“We save the customers time, and save them the trouble of going to the store and buying all the ingredients and putting everything together from scratch,” says general manager Ron Hattori.

A Catered Experience

94-1068 Ka Uka Blvd., Waipahu
Daily, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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