Get Ready to Gobble, Gobble!Cover Story
November 5, 2017
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Anthony Consillio
A Catered Experience has become the go-to holiday feast facilitator for kamaaina in preparation of quickly approaching Thanksgiving.
The holiday brings together family and friends for a variety of festive celebrations featuring food, football and merriment, and the calendar’s turn to November is welcomed for its warm and cozy fall vibe, as visions of moist turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy take the spotlight.
However, preparing for Thanksgiving also tends to cause anxiety, as celebration 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 Hot Turkey Package ($119.95, feeds approximately eight people) that takes the stress and mess out of preparing a hearty Thanksgiving feast.
The package includes: a 10- to 12-pound (cooked weight) tender, moist, whole roast turkey, fully cooked and served hot and ready to eat; four 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.
Diners also may add on another whole turkey to the package for $65 more (limit one additional turkey per package ordered). Those who order five packages or more will receive a gift certificate from A Catered Experience equal to 10 percent off the total purchase (excluding tax), and the certificate is valid through March 31, 2018.
A Catered Experience has been preparing the 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 drive off.”
A limited supply of packages is available on a pre-order 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.)
To make the process as seamless as possible, customers may order their turkey packages online at acateredexperience.com/turkeypackage. Orders can also be mailed to the Waipio office or faxed to 678-2025 (cash or check payments are not accepted for fax orders). As a reminder, mail-in orders must be received by Nov. 10, and online orders must be received by Nov. 17. (Cancellations will not be honored after Nov. 17.)
Oven Roasted Hot Turkey Packages are available for pick up Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the Hawaii Okinawa Center parking lot located at 94-587 Ukee St. in Waipio.
Scrumptious Sides Steal the Show
Diners may add additional fixings to their A Catered Experience Oven Roasted Hot Turkey Package on an a la carte basis. Options include maki sushi roll ($5.25, uncut); King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls ($5.50 per dozen); mashed potatoes ($8.25 for 2 pounds); Napoleon’s Bakery pumpkin, custard or apple pies ($9.50 each); poultry gravy ($5.50 for 2 pounds); stuffing ($9.50 for 3 pounds); pineapple/cranberry relish ($4 for half a pound); steamed vegetables ($9.25 for 2 pounds); and potato/ macaroni salad ($7.75 for 2 pounds). Chicken nishime ($12.75 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 in addition to the whole turkey ($65, limit one additional turkey per package purchased).
“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 A Catered Experience general manager Ron Hattori.