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Reviewed On 12/08/2021 by Diana D
We wanted to extend a huge thank you to Tina, Rob and the team at Food for the Soul for making our wedding exceed all our expectations. We are huge foodies and we thought the food and drinks were phenomenal and our guests couldn’t stop raving ...
about it! The service from the staff was TOP notch--it felt like we were at a Michelin star restaurant (and this was a comment from many of our guests). They were quick to help, quick to serve, and our guests were very impressed at the hospitality. We are so thankful to have worked with a chef who is flexible and allowed us customize our menu based on our preferences and guest-allergies. The appetizers and whole roasted pig were a big hit! The dinner was DELICIOUS! On top of all that, Tina was there every step of the way throughout the planning process and helped us with other vendors. We went through them for all bar services and cake/desserts as well and we couldn't have pulled off a perfect wedding without Tina. I’d definitely recommend FFTS to anyone looking for anything event related, from catering to full service wedding planning in Maui! Many mahalos from us!
Reviewed On 10/30/2021 by Julia F
Tina, Rob and their entire team absolutely hit it out of the park for our wedding. The food was spectacular (our guests are still raving about it) and the service was superb. They were even able to modify the menu to ensure I could enjoy all of...
the dishes GF - most restaurants don't do this! Throughout the process Tina was responsive, thoughtful and offered helpful planning tips to an overwhelmed bride trying to plan a large wedding during COVID. She rolled with the punches and delivered a fantastic event. The wedding cake was possibly also the best we've ever eaten (also GF!). We can't wait to work with Food for the Soul again for any future event needs - we are so appreciate!
Reviewed On 10/17/2021 by Kelley W
First and foremost, Tina is an amazing event planner and such a lovely person to work with. I reached out to FFTS in spring of 2019 and after my first phone call with Tina, I knew FFTS was a perfect fit to cater and plan our June 2020 destinati...
on wedding. Tina was very mindful of the fact we had a budget; she gave great ideas to help keep costs within our budget but not sacrifice what we envisioned. Then when the COVID pandemic hit, Tina worked with us to push out the wedding date two different times. It was extremely stressful, and we were not sure if we should cancel or move forward. Tina was great the whole time. She really understood our fears and what felt like a roller coaster ride for over a year. But I could not have asked for a more perfect day. The florals, the bamboo arch, all the tables, everything was so beautiful and more than I expected. The vendors we chose from Tina’s list were awesome. You can truly see she loves what she does. Chef Rob and the FFTS staff, WOW…. The food was PHENOMENAL. So many guests commented how delicious the food was. Amazing service all through the night. The bartender was so nice and fun, the staff was incredible. I wasn’t sure I could pull off a destination wedding but working with Tina and FFTS made it possible. It was a PERFECT wedding day! I highly recommend Tina and FFTS catering for any event you are planning.
Reviewed On 10/01/2021 by Kacee P
Food For The Soul catered and planned our July 2021 wedding and it was better than we could have ever hoped for. Tina was an absolute delight to work with - especially when we had to postpone our original 2020 wedding due to the pandemic. She ...
helped with every detail of the planning from menu to flowers to music and more, making it incredibly low stress on our end. She answered all my questions promptly and thoroughly, providing ideas and recommendations as needed. She understood my vision and really was pivotal in bringing it to life.
The food exceeded our expectations and was even better than when we did an in-person tasting prior! Our guests raved at how delicious everything was, as well as how kind and detailed the service was.
Rob, Tina and their entire staff was incredibly professional, but more importantly kind and fun. They work extremely hard for their clients and are truly a special team of people.
I would highly, highly recommend Food For The Soul for any catering or event needs and really hope to work with Tina and Rob in the future.
Reviewed On 8/13/2021 by Jeannine R
Food For The Soul catered our wedding in July 2021. The food was amazing and they were a dream to work with! We had to postpone our wedding twice due to the pandemic and Tina and Rob were so accommodating and understanding throughout the entir...
e process. The food during our wedding was outstanding! We had a chicken, fish, and pasta option for the dinner meals, and passed appetizers throughout cocktail hour, all of which were delicious. We’ve had several guests tell us how great their meal and the appetizers were. The staff working the wedding were amazing as well. If you’re looking for amazing caterers for your wedding I highly recommend Food For The Soul!
Reviewed On 3/07/2020 by Alyssa W
Tina and Rob are two very incredible people. They are easy to work with and professional. The food is some of the best we have had on the island. They treat their staff like family, and this is reflected in their superior service. Our guests ar...
e still talking about how wonderful the food and hospitality was, that Food for the Soul provided. We highly recommend them for any event held on the island, but especially a wedding.
Tina was our wedding coordinator but also a lifeline many times. We had several bumps in the road on our wedding planning process. Seven months before the wedding, our wedding venue fell through. Tina helped us find a new venue and get the date moved not long after we were notified of the cancellation. It was such a relief to know that we had someone we could rely on in that situation. She rescheduled the vendors and quickly removed that stress for us. Tina was so wonderful on our wedding day. We could not have asked for a more perfect day and that is in large part to Tina and her team. She kept everything running smoothly and I was able to enjoy the day without worrying about a thing. We cannot recommend Tina and Food for the Soul enough. They helped make our wedding day perfect. We are so grateful for all of the help and guidance along the way.
Reviewed On 1/08/2020 by Gina F
Working with Food for the Soul was by far one of the highlights of our wedding!
We booked Food for the Soul as both our wedding caterer and wedding planner.
Tina was an absolutely incredible planner. Planning a Maui wedding all the way from ...
Boston would seem difficult, but she made it happen all so flawlessly. We started working with her about a year and a half before our wedding date. It was a big plus that we paid Tina via Venmo, and she would allocate the payments to the vendors ensuring that our experience was as stress free as possible.
My husband and I were unsure exactly where to start with the planning, but during our first conversation with Tina, she helped guide us to our vision for our wedding. Each step of the way, she would set to-do items for us, and send us comprehensive lists of vendors to pick from. She has so much experience that she can give great feedback about the vendors in the area. Tina was able to coordinate every aspect of the wedding, making us feel so comfortable even though we were thousands of miles away. We never worried about a thing!
On the day of, Tina had everything handled so flawlessly that it took so much pressure off us. Everything was set up EXACTLY how we pictured it mentally and described to her over the phone in the months leading up to the date. She was there the entire time and I mean it when I say that we could not have asked for a single thing more.
The food also turned out incredible. Our appetizers, the ahi tar tar and the Hawaiian pizza were TO DIE FOR. We received so many compliments on them. The were only upstaged by the main courses, macadamia nut mahi mahi and the filet with a twice baked potato (seriously need that potato recipe). Everything was perfectly cooked, and special instructions for dietary restrictions were taken care of. The service and bar staff were so pleasant and professional, it brought an added element of elegance to the wedding.
It sounds so cliché, but we could not have made our wedding happen without Tina and Rob. Please do yourself a favor and work with them, you cannot regret it.
Reviewed On 1/03/2020 by Crystal H
I just have to say how thankful I am for Tina and her services to help my husband and I achieve the wedding of our dreams. Tina went above and beyond to not only deal with all vendors and frankly EVERYONE, she also helped me navigate each of m...
y best options financially, my indecision, and my many last minute changes. Tina was a DREAM to work with. She was calming and kind and extremely attentive and responsive to all my emails and questions and concerns. She never made me feel bad for my many questions, and gave utmost care to every single detail. Even down to the wedding day when I could tell she was feeling very under the weather, she still arranged everything perfectly and calmed my bridal nerves. All I can say is thank you. thank you. thank you. Tina is the best of the best at what she does and I would HIGHLY recommend her for handling your big day!
Reviewed On 1/03/2020 by Ashley M
I cannot say enough good things about Food for the Soul! First off they are reasonably priced, which is rare in the over inflated market of weddings. Tina is an amazing coordinator, you get every penny you pay for and more! She is kind, enthusi...
astic and was very conscious of our budget. She is highly organized as well. Our day literally went off without a hitch! It was perfect and that cannot be said for most weddings. She worked so hard and every tiny detail was looked after. I watched her adjust things as she walked buy and really work so hard for us. The small little details must be noted as well! Tina made sure to pull us away for 15 mins during our cocktail hour into an air conditioned room with a small version of our cheese and fruit platters we had for the guests, then her bartender came in with 2 of our signature drinks for us to have. She told us to take a moment together and come out again when ready before she softly closed the door. This was just one on the manly small things she did and it really allowed us to enjoy our day and take in every moment and talk about our ceremony or look out the window at our guests and we had a few mins alone, which is hard to get. Then for dinner they served us at our table full plates of food with a bit of everything on it from the buffet. Again another moment to actually eat (rare!) and enjoy. Her staff was also highly trained and very friendly! The bartender was amazing and so funny and happy. He was a real joy! As well as the servers who were diligent on checking on us all through out the night. Now for the food...OMG! UNREAL! Not only us but every single guest at our wedding said it was the best wedding food they have ever had! Half the wedding went for seconds, even though completely stuffed already because it was that good! Rob is an amazing chef! This husband and wife team has this perfected and you will not be disappointed. I always feel wedding coordinators are so over priced but these two provide a very high level of service for normal people with normal budgets. And they actually cared about us and our day. Also the fact that tables, decor etc can be taken care of through her or one of her listed vendors was awesome! I was able to book and arrange what I wanted and Tina made sure they arrived on time and had timelines. She does offer more packages that include much more (she will do everything if you want) but I chose the lowest cost one and honestly would have paid triple for the quality and level of service we received! Our wedding went perfectly because of Food for the Soul and their professional experience. Every one of my guests stated it was the most beautiful and perfect wedding they had ever attended. I highly recommend them to anyone!
Reviewed On 11/17/2019 by Caitlin M
Tina, Rob, and the Food for the Soul team are amazing!! At the start of our engagement, my fiancé said that one of the most important parts of a wedding is the food. He isn’t wrong, so I put him in charge of finding the caterer. We planned our ...
wedding from Sydney, Australia; so tastings weren’t an option for us. However, this company speaks for itself. It’s truly Food for the Soul. My fiancé did his research, read all the reviews, and knew that FFTS were our people. The cherry on top? Tina Digman. Tina not only runs and coordinates the catering side of FFTS, she also plans & coordinates weddings & events. My fiancé and I had all these visions, dreams, and questions bouncing around in our heads. After our first call with Tina, happy tears were shed (mainly by the bride). Tina instantly put us at ease, answered all our questions, and we knew she was the planner for us. Our planning journey was smooth sailings. Tina kept us on track, provided info and reviews of all vendors, and helped us think outside the typical wedding box. They say your wedding day happens in a flash, and it did, but it went off without a hitch with Tina & team by our side. What about the food? Oh yeah. THE. FOOD. WAS. KILLER! Chef Rob and team dish out some awesome food. We went with the Pacific Rim Buffet option, served family style, and boy it didn’t disappoint. The flavors of all dishes were divine, people with all taste buds were satisfied. From the wasabi mash to the sesame pork loin with hoisin sauce, out of this world! We loved hearing all our guest compliment the food. During our wedding, after our wedding and we know for years to come. We’re so thankful for all the Food for the Soul team members. Beyond thankful for Tina and Rob. We’ll sing their praises forever. So what are you waiting for?! Stop looking! Food for the Soul is who you want!
Reviewed On 11/16/2019 by Haley L
Such an amazing experience working with Food for the Soul! Tina coordinated our wedding and was such a pleasure to work with. She gave advice on every single vendor we selected and was such a help with every detail of our wedding. On our weddin...
g day, she took care of every single thing! It was such a great help to have Tina to help plan and execute our wedding dreams! I am a very detail oriented person and I ask a ton of questions, all of which Tina was willing to take the time to answer. She was with me every step of the way while planning our wedding which was such an amazing help! And the food- wow the food was amazing! Our guests said the food was the best food they have eaten at a wedding! It was incredible. Food for the Soul made our wedding an amazing experience! Book Food for the Soul for your wedding, you will not regret it!
Reviewed On 11/02/2019 by Danica L
Tina & Rob ! Mahalo from the bottom of our hearts !
We could not have chosen a better team to plan THE wedding of our dreams ....
We used food for the soul for full wedding coordination and catering for our wedding on September 2019, and it...
worked out seamlessly. Tina is lovely and very professional. We were planning our wedding in Maui from Las Vegas, and Tina was very knowledgeable of vendors and conditions in Maui and she always suggested things with our budget in mind ; unlike other planners that are not as cost effective . I have been planning the wedding of my dreams for years and I had alot of details that I wanted incorporated . On my wedding day I could not hold back the tears because it was even better than what I had imagined. Every single detail was executed so gracefully. And when I wanted certain things changed last minute, Tina would arrange it with no hesitation , she also had no problems getting our decor sent to her home from las vegas . Tina and your team you guys are amazing . My wedding day was stress free and our wedding group of 60 people all appreciated how attentive and organized Tina was throughout our wedding and our wedding rehearsal. Tina we love you !!
Rob is her husband and the main chef of food for the soul and we saw from the reviews that people rave about their food . And I can say the reviews don’t lie !! The food was AMAZING !! My husband and I are big foodies and really good food at our wedding was the most important thing. Once we had our tasting when we visited Maui before the wedding , we knew we made the absolute right choice .
Our guests could not stop talking to this day about how delicious everything was from our cocktail hour to our full buffet dinner . Tina also made sure that my husband and I had the full selection of apps during our cocktail hour that we enjoyed before going out to mingle with our guests which we thoroughly devoured. The only regret My guests had was being too full to eat more of the food, because it was that good ! Our favorites from our food selection are coconut shrimp which was soooo good! , crab cakes were phenomenal and really packed with yummy crab, The roast pig- lechon stole the show!! , the wasabi mashed potatoes - so creamy and flavorful , the mango glazed mahi-mahi , and the filet mignon. Basically everything that came out of Rob’s kitchen was to die for.
There are a lot of choices out there in Maui but I can truly say Rob and Tina of Food for the soul are truly genuine people and care about you and your needs for your wedding day . They exceeded our expectations at all levels and the quality of the food and service was top notch. A million thanks food for the soul, we had the wedding of the year and memories of a lifetime . THANK YOU !!
Reviewed On 9/27/2019 by Jodrianne L
Hiring Tina and Rob was one of the best decisions I made throughout the wedding planning process. We hired them 14 months before our wedding and Tina did an excellent job keeping me on track with everything. All the decision making and planning...
was so spaced out that I was never overwhelmed throughout the entire process. Friends and family members have come up to me after the wedding complimenting how amazing Tina was for being on top of everything on the wedding day and also about how delicious the food was. Mahalo Tina and Rob for helping us have the most perfect wedding day, it was even better than I could have imagined.
Reviewed On 7/08/2019 by Lucy M
Tina and her team are the absolute BEST. When I started planning my wedding I was overwhelmed and didn’t even know where to begin but as soon as I got on the phone with Tina I felt so comfortable and on that very FIRST phone conversation I kne...
w I made the right choice. Tina made everything so easy and when the big day came and saw everything together we were ecstatic. Everything was exactly how my husband and I pictured it we had our dream wedding and we owe it all to Tina and her team!
Reviewed On 6/08/2019 by Allie F
We planned our Maui wedding from North Carolina and had never been to Hawaii before. Needless to say we were a little overwhelmed and out of our element. From the first time we spoke with Tina, she got right down to business and really had grea...
t ideas and went over all of the options for us. Through all of the planning calls, Tina really simplified the process and eased my anxiety. She kept us on budget and always had ideas to cut cost. Once the big day came, everything came out exactly how I dreamed it. My flowers were exactly how I wanted, the decor was perfect, and everything was timed so well.
I really got to enjoy every moment and didn't have to worry about anything all thanks to Tina. She was amazing from start to finish and really gave me the greatest day that I will never forget!
Reviewed On 4/22/2019 by Alex P
We planned our Maui wedding from Nashville, which made it a bit tricky since we couldn't be there in person to make decisions. Tina made it so easy for us though so in the end the long distance didn't even matter. She was so knowledgable and he...
lped us every step of the way. We couldn't have done it without her! Everything was beyond our expectations-- the food was incredible and the day-of coordination and planning was flawless. We highly recommend her services.
Reviewed On 4/01/2019 by Lynne F
Tina made planning my daughter’s Maui wed from No easier than I ever imagined. Tina kept everyone focused and on track. She provided recommendations for music, photography and florist, as well as hair and makeup. She communicated the bride and...
groom’s wedding day vision so clearly that everything met or exceeded expectation. I highly recommend Tina’s plannin services.
Rob and the Food For the Soul Catering team were great. The food was delicious, the service was outstanding and we couldn’t have been happier.
Reviewed On 2/11/2019 by Sarah B
Food for the Soul is such and amazing team! Tina was incredible. She helped us plan our beautiful Maui wedding from Alaska in just four short months. She went above and beyond to make our day perfect while keeping our budget in mind. Our fo...
od was absolutely delicious and the staff was so attentive and kind. Thank you Tina and Food for the Soul for making the planning process and our wedding day seamlessly perfect! Mahalo!
Reviewed On 12/19/2018 by Melissa G
Food for the Soul was absolutely AMAZING! I knew from my first call with Tina that she would be great to work with. We couldn't have wished for a better experience, and many of our guests commented that it was the best wedding they had ever b...
een to and had BY FAR the best food they had ever eaten at a wedding - this was in no small part due Food for the Soul. Planning a destination can be stressful, but this experience was easy and I can't recommend them highly enough.
Reviewed On 11/11/2018 by James A
Food for the Soul did an incredible job at our wedding. All of the staff were friendly, fun, and professional. They were easy to work with and had no problem fulfilling our special requests. Our wedding had to gluten free to accommodate Celi...
ac disease, and they made it incredibly easy. They worked with us and found a vendor that could provide our gluten-free dessert: creme brulee. They also helped us make a spiked blueberry lemonade drink that our guests raved about. Their food is delicious and the service during the wedding impeccable. Thanks Food for the Soul!
Reviewed On 11/02/2018 by K P
Food for Soul was amazing. The food was delicious and the staff they had was incredible kind and generous with a great attitude. It helped make our night incredible special. Thank you for being such a wonderful pivotal part of our special day!
Reviewed On 10/12/2018 by Emily B
Tina and Food for the Soul were absolutely amazing! We used Food for the Soul for almost all our wedding needs - day of planning, catering, bar service, and rentals. Living in California, we were nervous about planning a destination wedding, b...
ut Tina made the whole process easy and enjoyable. From the very beginning, Tina went above and beyond to ensure we that were comfortable throughout the entire process. She took the time to understand our tastes and vision and gave us recommendations that accommodated our budget. She had the entire planning process down to a science. Tina helped us stay on track with our planning by scheduling regular phone calls to check in on our progress and answer all of our questions. The wedding was absolutely stress free and seamless which is a testament to Tina's planning and experience. Not only was Tina wonderful, but Rob and his team did an equally amazing job with the food. The stuffed dates and poke station were huge hits, not to mention the island buffet! Food for the Soul has been working with their staff for years and it definitely showed. They were all very professional and made the entire event a huge success. We feel so lucky to have found Tina and Food for the Soul and would recommend them to anyone planning a Hawaii wedding. Mahalo!
Reviewed On 6/26/2018 by Heather G
Hands down best vendor choice made! Anyone you talk to on the island, vendor or local, will tell you how AMAZING Tina and Food For The Soul is. They are highly respected and it is well deserved. My husband and I feel very lucky to have even be...
en able to book them. We came to the island about 18 months in advance and were struggling with finding a venue and vendor that we could fully trust (they all seemed to push upsells to make more commission). As we started asking around, vendor after vendor recommended Tina and FFTS. We originally did not think that we would be able to afford a wedding vendor for our intimate wedding, but we inquired and were pleasantly surprised. Making that phone call and securing FFTH was the the BEST decision (besides getting married) that we made!
Tina and her team, hands down made our wedding! The entire process was stress free. She kept me on track during our monthly check-ins and was never a minute late on a phone call. She is well connected on the island and made recommendations that fit our taste and budget. When in doubt of a decision, we just asked Tina her opinion and trusted her judgment (we highly recommend this route, she knows what she is doing—when in doubt just trust her).
The week of our wedding we were blessed with the bad news that it was going to rain and rain a lot. That is the one thing when planning an outdoor wedding we couldn’t control. Tina, however, had a back of plan. She checked the rain radar several times a day to make sure we were prepared. And prepared we were. Despite, the rain the day went seamlessly. Tina and her team are top notch!!! My husband and I did not have to worry about anything that day. The tent was brought in, she rearranged the seating and it ended up even better than initially planned. Her origization and management allowed for my husband and to focus on being present with one another and with our friends and family. The team truly thinks of every detail, down to a glass of water after your vows, to saved appetizers, to keeping all the timing on track. Our guests raved about Tina and her team. They were so much fun!
Now for the food! Yummy-o! My husbands and my main requirement for the wedding were: ocean front, great music, good drinks, and superior food. And FFTH did not disappoint on the food! We were unable to do a tasting prior to making our selections, so went based off of reviews and Tina’s recommendations. We had a plated sit down dinner, in which they made accommodations to in order to meet ours and our guests’ requests. The food was amazing!! The filet was so tender you could cut it with a fork. The prawns were large and perfectly cooked. The appetizers were scrumptious and the sides were also great. This was not your typical wedding food, but was instead high quality 5 Star restaurant food. Our guests are still raving about it to this day.
Overall, if you cannot tell by now. We HIGHLY recommend Tina and FFTS. They run a down-to-earth, professional, highly respected, top quality, yet affordable, company that you can trust. You will not be disappointed!!!
Reviewed On 4/06/2018 by Julie T
Food For the Soul Catering and Events made our wedding day absolutely perfect! Do not hesitate to book Tina and her team!! I was nervous about planning a destination wedding and not being able to visit venues or vendors as part of the planning...
process. I am so grateful that I found Tina and Food for the Soul online because she was so easy to work with and very affordable. We had conversations about once a month (and many emails) throughout the wedding planning process and Tina was so friendly and easy to talk to. She answered all of my questions, gave great advice, and made sure to ask me about any little detail that I hadn't thought of. I was given options for all of the other vendors, but also great advice about which vendors would be best for my vision. Even though we had a very small, private ceremony and reception in Maui she paid attention to every detail and made everything exactly as I had envisioned. The day was even better than I imagined thanks to Tina and her team's expertise and hard work. The table and decor were executed beautifully, the food was delicious (especially the pesto mashed potatoes!!), the service was amazing, and the day went so smoothly. I would give Food For the Soul more than 5 stars if I could! They did an amazing job and I definitely recommend them to plan your perfect wedding day.
Reviewed On 3/21/2018 by Chelsea K
Working with Tina and her team was a dream. She created a perfect menu, incorporating all the dietary restrictions we asked, and the food was incredible. Her team was great, and made sure that our day was extra special. We are so glad we chose...
Reviewed On 10/28/2017 by Lauren M
I would not hesitate to recommend Tina and Food for the Soul, they made sure our day was personal, intimate, and beautiful! I can honestly say that our wedding blew us away and we owe that in part to Tina, Rob, and their team. We got married ea...
rly October at the Olowalu Plantation House in Maui. I knew once I talked to Tina on the phone that we clicked. She is very personable and easy going and she gave me excellent guidance when planning our wedding for 35 guests. She is easy to reach via email and will set up monthly phone calls to plan. She also really knows the venue and has great relationships with the vendors which made the whole process very smooth. We were planning the wedding from California and had never been to Hawaii, but that was never an issue. On the day of the wedding, we knew we had nothing to worry about because Tina and her team were on top of it. Everything went very smoothly and turned out to be better than we could have ever imagined. The food and crepes were truly delicious! Additionally, we couldn’t have asked for better service staff to work during our wedding. I had numerous guests tell me how amazing the food was and how nice every single staff member was. It made us feel so happy to know our guests were taken care of. My recommendation would be to give Tina a call, I talked to 3 or so wedding planners before choosing Food for the Soul. If you do choose to work with them, you will not regret it!
Reviewed On 11/25/2016 by Lika S
I truly can't put into words how amazing Tina and her team was at Food for the Soul. They truly went about and above to help us plan a destination wedding to be effortless. The food, service, and staff was AMAZING! We would highly recommend the...
m over and over again!
If you are looking for a planner who TRULY pays attention to details- you will not regret working with Tina. She had our wedding down to the seconds! What we really appreciate most about working with Tina was that she was always respectable to our wedding budget as well as letting us know when we could cut corners and when we really needed certain things to help make sure everything was flawless. Planning a wedding when you are not from the place was hard but with Tina's guidance it was truly effortless. She's just that damn good! Thank you again Tina and Food for the Soul Catering!!!!
Reviewed On 10/30/2016 by Maya P
Look no further, you have found your event caterer for your Maui event! Tina worked with me from San Francisco to plan our reception dinner buffet for 45 in Kihei, and she did a phenomenal job!
The team (Rob & Koa) showed up right on time and ...
whipped through cooking all of the tasty dishes we ordered. Everyone remarked on how professional, quick and awesome the chefs were, and as a bride, I was utterly thrilled by how quick on the draw they were. I barely knew they were there, that's how little direction they needed.
Tina had worked with me on the menu to help me come up with a decent amount of food for our guests, plus a little extra for the big eaters. She was right on the money. Everyone had plenty to eat, and at the end there was hardly any leftover food. That's serious event planning skills right there!
The food was incredibly delicious, and pretty much every person at the wedding pulled me aside to exclaim how impressed they were. I wish we all lived on the island so we could throw more parties for Food for the Soul to cater: they were amazingly efficient, very reasonably priced, and completely delectable to eat!
PS: You need to try their cupcakes, if you love a truly fabulous buttercream and a delightfully flavorful and fluffy cake, you will eat five of your own wedding/birthday/event cupcakes like I did. :)
Reviewed On 6/17/2016 by Jade R
Everything was so delicious!! I couldn't have been happier with their service. Extremely professional and very attentive. Highly recommend to anyone in search of the best catering company in Maui.
Reviewed On 5/29/2016 by France C
We used Food For The Soul to plan and cater our wedding day and they were amazing. Tina was everything you could ask for in a wedding coordinator. She was 100% transparent about prices, gave us great recommendations, and was extremely knowledg...
eable and experienced. Because of her, we were able to enjoy our day stress free! Rob and the catering staff were also great, the food was delicious and all of our guests were going up for seconds and thirds! Food for the soul also did the bar service at our wedding and made many delicious drinks! All of guests had nothing but positive things to say about the staff. Our wedding was amazing thanks to this great company. Thanks! F&G
Reviewed On 5/06/2016 by Kim N
Being an international wedding photographer for over 12 years and now a bride, needless to say I was extremely picky when it came to choosing vendors for our wedding. Tina and Rob with Food For The Soul totally delivered! Planning our wedding...
from L.A. and moving to a new home 2.5 weeks before our destination wedding would have been a complete nightmare without them! Tina went way beyond the call of duty to make sure everything little detail was perfect! We had an absolutely AMAZING time! I get to see all my couples weeks after their wedding and everyone of them have always had things they wish they had done differently. We don't. And that's all because of Tina and Rob. I can't recommend them highly enough! We were able to enjoy our day without a worry in the world.
Reviewed On 3/20/2016 by Chris A
We had an incredible and beautiful wedding in February thanks to Tina and Food For The Soul! We decided on a destination wedding with three months to plan. I had never been to Maui and really needed someone I could trust. Tina and Food For The ...
Soul are all you need!! From the first conversation with Tina we knew we wanted her to help us plan our wedding and she exceeded our expectations. Tina was transparent, friendly and made each decision so easy with her expertise. She was so accommodating and on top of every detail from the first day to the last. Even on the day of the wedding, we chose to re-arrange the schedule to accommodate some of our guests. Tina responded very flexibly and she guided us through it flawlessly.
We are so pleased with how everything turned out! Our guests also commented on how delicious the food was and how beautiful everything looked. Food For The Soul is the perfect package for your wedding!
Reviewed On 2/06/2016 by Seyyoung B
We simply cannot describe how happy we are with our experience with Food for The Soul.
We worked with Tina for about a year leading up to our wedding day - we didn't have strong opinions about what we wanted specifically, so Tina went throug...
h the pros and cons of various scenarios and recommendations on vendors that she thought would work well for us. I must mention that we interviewed many coordinators and Tina's honesty and transparency is what made us choose Food for the Soul.
It's hard to visualize how the day will unfold - but we were blown away and after arriving to the site (Olowalu) and seeing how Tina had control of everything, we were actually able to relax and enjoy the day.
Rob and his team cooked the most amazing meal. Over 1/3 of our guests commented that the dinner was the best they had ever eaten! Highly recommend the Filet Mignon and Macadmia Nut Mahi Mahi.
All the Food for the Soul staff took excellent care of us and pay special attention to the Bride and Groom, our families, and our elderly guests.
Food for the Soul is world class and I would recommend everyone use them for the coordination and catering of their Maui wedding.
Drew & Ellie
Reviewed On 1/24/2016 by Kristina C
Tina and Rob are all you need for your wedding! From day one, Tina was incredibly helpful, informative, and genuine. And our tasting with Rob was perfect and we knew their menu was a perfect fit for our day. They are very flexible and come up w...
ith lots of great options to meet your needs. Their prices are very reasonable and they both made sure we were sticking to our budget. They truly care about you and your day. Our guests were very happy with the quality and quantity of food served. Everyone was full and happy! Over the past year and a half, we were able to establish a strong working an personal relationship which was so important to my partner and I. It was easy to communicate with Tina and she was very communicative, easy to talk to, and gave us honest and real expectations to help us in decision making. I am so happy that Tina was a part of our day and that Rob was our caterer! You really don't need to look any further for a caterer/coordinator, Rob and Tina and THE BEST!!!
Reviewed On 1/20/2016 by Emily W
Food for the Soul Maui was the best decision we could have made! The whole team was incredibly talented and attentive. When we couldn't find the perfect menu, they created one for us! The food was delicious!!!! I can't say enough how wonder...
ful every single person on their staff was!
We also used Tina with Food For the Soul as our wedding planner. She was beyond amazing. I visited Maui a year before the wedding and she went out of her way to set up a tasting, bring florists to me to interview, and then spent several mornings taking my mom and I to venues and sharing all of their knowledge with us! I then spent a year planning over the phone with Tina and by the end it felt like I planned a huge party with my friend! At the event, they were so incredibly attentive and on top of EVERYTHING! When small a couple of small snafus happened (nothing on their end), they did everything in their power to fix it, and they did!
They were even wonderful with follow up!! If you are planning to get married on Maui, Food for the Soul is the best! Don't look anywhere else!!!
Reviewed On 1/15/2016 by caroline H
Oh my goodness!! I don't even know where to start with this fabulous group of people! We had our destination wedding in Maui, Hawaii and used Food For The Soul for our wedding planner and caterer. We had previously met Tina, Rob, and the whole...
crew a year before at our close friends wedding and knew the moment we got engaged who we wanted to work with for our special day. It's a little harder to plan a wedding 3,000 miles away and to trust someone with all the details....but Tina made it SO, SO easy!! She is very friendly, professional, down to earth, and knows what she is doing! She helped me decide every last detail. From the colors of napkins, to the fire dance performance, to transportation for our guests. I never had to worry about a thing. The food is absolutely AMAZING! Our guests still talk about how awesome it was and my mom is still dying to re create the gorgonzola and bacon wrapped dates....so yummy!!! Seriously, if you are looking for the best, you've found it!!
Reviewed On 12/07/2015 by Lindsey G
Words cannot describe how amazed I was with them!!!! AMAZING!!!! If your planner doesn't allow you to pick a catering company, you need to find a new planner because these guys are the absolute BEST. We didn't do any taste testings before, and ...
the food was to die for! Tina and Susanne were the sweetest to work with, and they paid attention and made note of all the decor styles I was going for, and everything surpassed what I had imagined. They set up all the tables and chairs, linens, everything. We chose to do a buffet with 2 entrees - prime rib and mahi mahi, absolutely delicious!!! They also do full service wedding coordinating - I didn't use them for that but with the way they worked with me, I'm absolutely sure they would be awesome for that as well.
Lindsey & Adam
Reviewed On 11/02/2015 by Maureen J
Our destination wedding was definitely the best day of our lives thanks to Tina and the team at Food for the Soul catering! Tina and her husband-chef Rob are the owners of Food for the Soul, and what an amazing team they are along with their s...
taff. We wanted to have a memorable wedding reception and Food for the Soul made that happen! They are an all-round company providing catering and bar tending services, and coordination services with rentals, vendor recommendations etc. I contacted FFTS after taking a look at the delicious menu on their website and after reading numerous positive reviews on various wedding websites including Yelp. We went with their Island Buffet menu as we wanted our guests to experience the Aloha flavor and spirit. Being foodies ourselves, our guests couldn’t stop raving about how delicious the appetizers and all of the courses were! All of the food options can be customized to your liking. They were even able to accommodate a few of my guests who were vegetarian, and cooked them a special entree for them.
From day one of planning our wedding day, Tina has guided us throughout the process with her kind and friendly spirit. She would set-up regular phone chats to keep us on track until the big day came. Tina always called us on the dot and never missed a phone chat even with the difference in time zones. She truly cared about us and wanted our wedding day to go as smooth and stress free as possible, this includes watching the island weather reports up until the day of the wedding. Thank you Tina and the FFTS team for braving the rain blessings on our special day! Mahalo ~ Maureen & Benjamin
Reviewed On 10/14/2015 by Knottie1444867007
My wife and I recently celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary in Kaanapali with a sunset dinner party on the lanai of our rented condo. Food for the Soul helped us plan and execute a very memorable and intimate exper...
ience for family and friends. All arrangements were made via email and telephone with Tina and staff with pricing and terms being very transparent (no hidden charges). The food was amazing and was, along with the Maui sunset, the highlight of the evening. Can't wait to plan our 20 year anniversary party in Maui with Food for the Soul handling our food needs! Thanks Food for the Soul for a great night.
Reviewed On 7/05/2015 by Knottie07384129
Food for the Soul did such an amazing job, it was really a one-stop-shop for us! Tina helped us plan the day from top to bottom. She is extremely knowledgeable about all the surrounding venues and gave us truly unbiased advice. Once we made the...
big decisions she helped us get down to the nitty gritty - she nailed down our timeline and helped coordinate any vendors outside of her amazing team. In addition to the catering, FFTS provides all the rentals you may need from lighting to tall-boys, so that made our set-up super easy! Everything looked fantastic on the big day and they made it easy for our florist to get in there and collaborate. The food was such a hit with our guests, it was delicious! It was such a pleasure to work with Tina and the whole team was very gracious. Highly reccommend!
Reviewed On 7/01/2015 by Melissa M
OMG - We loved working with FFTS. The food was ah-mazing! One of our uncle's is a rancher and said his filet was one of the best steak's he has ever had. It was melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
We did a food tasting with FFTS prior to going wit...
h them and were thoroughly impressed with everything we tried. And we ate A LOT.
During the wedding, I never was able to grab any appetizers and was a bit bummed. FFTS left a small tray of appetizers on the table in front of my spot so I could enjoy that portion of the meal (which was so tasty - pineapple beef sliders, coconut shrimp and ahi rolls). This was such a nice touch that the servers didn't have to do, but it just went above and beyond our expectations.
We did a plated dinner since our wedding was on the smaller side and served the filet mignon and macadamia nut mahi mahi.
We loved working with FFTS and our family is still talking about how amazing the food was!
Reviewed On 5/24/2015 by Andrea H
There were a few elements of our wedding that we weren’t willing to compromise on, the venue and food were two of our highest priorities. We were lucky enough to visit Maui prior to our wedding and complete tastings from a couple different cate...
rers. Food for the Soul far surpassed the others, the tasting was amazing. Rob had a small team that helped with the tasting and we were able to sample a ton of their appetizers, main courses and desserts. We had some hard choices to make because everything was delicious.
Leading up to the wedding we had the pleasure of working with Tina on the details of the menu. She was very organized, took all of our feedback and input and provided recommendations based on their extensive experience. They were able to accommodate different changes and requests throughout the planning process, it was comforting to know we had flexibility to adjust based on our guests and preferences.
The evening of our wedding their team was more than we could have asked for. They were attentive to every detail, service was impeccable and more importantly the food was delicious and beautifully presented. We were taking photos while appetizers were being served, as soon as we were done Rob personally delivered our plates to us and ensured we had a little sample of everything. Our guests still talk about how good the food was.
Tina and Rob are both amazing, extremely organized and very attentive to every detail and element of the food and experience.
Reviewed On 5/06/2015 by Nicole K
Strongly recommend. The appetizers were incredible. The Kalbi short rib and Ahi poke cups are definite must-haves at a wedding.
The service was also impeccable. I don't think any of our guests were holding an empty appetizer skewer for mo...
re than 5 seconds before staff was there to dispose of it.
The entrees were also excellent. Five stars all the way.
Reviewed On 4/15/2015 by Kimberly W
I cannot speak highly enough about Food For The Soul! They catered our wedding and the food was AMAZING! Everyone commented on how wonderful the food and service was. My husband said his Filet was the best he has ever had (and the fish was a...
lso incredible)! Everything was cooked perfectly and was so fresh. The appetizers were fabulous; we especially loved the coconut shrimp and sliders. The staff was so friendly and helpful and the bartender was great. We also had Food For The Soul help with coordinating our wedding and this was one of the best decisions we ever made. Tina made excellent recommendations but was open to us having as much input as we wanted. It was a great balance. She made sure everything was covered before the wedding and always responded quickly to any questions or concerns that we had. We live overseas and I was a bit nervous about planning a destination wedding, but Tina made it so I could really enjoy the planning process. Tina was so great to work with and on the day, her and Suzanne made sure everything ran smoothly. They were so friendly and made us feel so comfortable. We had an absolutely fantastic time and it couldn’t have been more perfect. I don’t think we would feel the same if we had chosen to go with anyone else. We thank Food For The Soul’s entire team for making our day so wonderful!
Reviewed On 3/27/2015 by Sarah V
Food For The Soul catering was fantastic to work with. My husband and I planned our wedding in Maui from Alaska and the entire process was seamless. Tina was lovely to work with and truly dedicated herself to our event; I cannot say enough to p...
ossibly thank her for helping us coordinate our special day. She was kind, professional, thorough, and all of her estimates were transparent (something I value as my husband and I were planning long-distance). Even more impressive is that she handled a torrential downpour on our wedding day and managed to ensure that our reception was still beautiful. All of our guests had a great time. The entire staff is dedicated to quality- not only in terms of the service, but for the food as well. Our custom family-style dinner was a crowd-pleaser and our guests are still talking about how impressed they were! I would recommend Tina and the Food For The Soul team at a moment’s notice and feel blessed to have met them.
Reviewed On 3/27/2015 by Karrina G
Our wedding planner referred us to Tina at FFTS for the catering for our wedding (3/12/15). We were definitely nervous about not being able to see or taste the food prior to the wedding, but ended up being absolutely blown away by every aspect ...
of working with FFTS. Our guests had so much to say about how delicious everything was, as well as how beautiful the set-up was! We would definitely recommend Tina and FFTS to others.
Reviewed On 3/23/2015 by Tammy S
Food for the Soul was our catering, bar service and Tina was our wedding coordinator. Wow! They were amazing! From the planning 6 months prior to the catering service, amazing food and phenomenal staff. We couldn't have had a better wedding day...
without all of their services. Not only do we as the bride and groom say thank you for all that you did, but our guests were raving about the amazing food and staff. The staff were like friends and family and truly worked so hard. We would recommend Food for the Soul for ANY wedding in Maui!! Mahalo to every part of your team Tina! Each one of you made our day spectacular! Dustin and Tammy March 2015
Reviewed On 1/31/2015 by Knottie24245875
They are not only professional but absolutely brilliant at their job, friendly and offering super ideas. They helped us out at the last minute when we had problems with a not so good wedding planner (different company!) - they turned up trumps ...
and made the day fantastic in the end.
I can completely recommend them and the food was superb too.
Reviewed On 1/27/2015 by Moni B
Tina and the rest of her team are great! They are personal, friendly, and professional. We had to plan our wedding from long-distance because we live in Oregon. My mother-in-laws and I have been communicating with Tina through three-way phone c...
alls and emails throughout the year. Tina has helped us make the long-distance preparation process easy and stress-free. She was very patient, walked us through the processes and timeline from the ceremony to reception dinner, step by step.
And the FOOD for our reception dinner and the cocktail-hour appetizers were amazing. It was better than an upscale restaurant food, all of our guests' tummies were very happy! Truly food for the soul.
Highly recommend Food for the Soul!
Reviewed On 12/09/2014 by Mengjia L
We tried to use FFTS for our wedding next year but did not succeed. This review only reflects our experience in working with them in the planning process.
FFTS is not very flexible and they are unwilling to work around our budget (e.g. for ...
the plated sit-down menu, we asked if we could drop the salad, and their response is that they can reduce the price by $2???!!! For your reference, the package price is $70+ including salad, one main course, vegetable and bread). We feel that their biggest interest is to make the max amount of money. And it seems that they don't care about us that much.
The worst part is that today we received an email saying they are no longer available for us because another client that already booked and deposited with them changed their wedding date to the same date as ours.
If you are a bride trying to customize your reception menu, or just trying to work on a budget, find someone else. Because of all the good reviews on yelp, knot, weddingwire.. FFTS has become so popular that they come off as arrogant and don't care about their clients.
Reviewed On 11/04/2014 by heidi p
I always dreamed of an amazing Hawaii wedding. When it came time for planning and finding vendors I started researching online. After much research and reviews I came accross FFTS and in particular Tina. What an amazing find this was, not only ...
for our wedding day but for the entire planning process.
Tina is so easy to work with, she was always keeping me on track in terms of the planning process, I still say to this day I could not of done the wedding without her. She was very efficent in responding to any emails, and set up frequent phone meetings throughtout the year we were planning. I live in Canada so being able to put the trust in her for all the vendors was a great relief. Tina's realtionships with the vendors brought such great quality to my wedding. She also put together the wedding timeline and kept us all on track the day of. I put all my trust in her and she worked really hard to ensure that our wedding was everything we dreamed of.
Tina does not stand alone, her team is also amazing. On my wedding day I watched them all work to put our vision together with such ease and professionalism. Suzanne did such a great job with the decorating touches, I couldn't of been happier.
Then there was the special touches. The wedding day goes fast, she organized a intimate table for two for appetizers away from the guests just for the two us to take in the moment. I would never of thought of this and it was such a perfect memory.
Tina's expertise goes beyond just the planning. She is also a part of the catering team at FFTS. The food was exceptional. The staff were so professional and friendly. They were very flexible with adapting a menu to suit our desires. Guests raved about the food saying it was the best wedding food they had ever eaten. My wife and I love food so this was a top priority for our wedding day.
Its crazy that its all over but I wouldnt change a thing. It was a perfect day and to that I owe a huge Thanks to Tina and her Team! If you are looking for exceptional service, I would recommend Tina and FFTS.
Reviewed On 8/11/2014 by Brenda W
We chose Food For The Soul Maui to cater our 30th Anniversary Vow Renewal based on other reviews we had read. We were not disappointed! They were simply the best! Not only did they cater our event, but Tina and her assistant, Susanne, also serv...
ed as our event planners. From the first inquiry email through the final stages of planning, they were attentive to every detail! I didn't have to worry about anything! The day ran so smoothly with Tina in charge, and everything turned out great! The food was absolutely delicious and the catering service was excellent! Food For The Soul Maui far exceeded my expectations and I would recommend them to anyone having an event in Maui!
Reviewed On 8/07/2014 by Caitlin H
Our wedding day was absolutely wonderful and Food For The Soul definitely had a big part in it! All of the food looked gorgeous and tasted wonderful! Our guests raved about the pork sliders, the Brie, and the coconut shrimp! Also, I heard wond...
erful things about the rasp ice tea and the tropical juice. ( I forget what the second one was, and sadly I didn't get a chance to try it, but everyone said it was awesome!!) The wedding party missed the majority of the cocktail hour because we were taking pictures, but the servers did save a few for us to try though which I really appreciate!
The strawberry salads were delish, my salmon was awesome and my husband said the filet was very good. I loved how the champagne glasses were presented with orchids like I wanted:) The linens were perfect with the hot pink napkins, leaves and wood chargers looked awesome, and bamboo chairs were definitely the way to go! Thank you FFTS for all of your guidance with this!
We really appreciated all the attention to detail and how FFTS made our night so special.
Reviewed On 8/05/2014 by Autumn E
AMAZING!!!! Tina, Susanne and the entire Food for the Soul team are amazing!
During the beginning stages of planning our destination wedding, we were overwhelmed. However, once we found and started working with Food for the Soul, our worrie...
s went away. We had 100% confidence in them at achieving our dream wedding and they completely exceeded our expectations!
During the whole process they were very professional and quick to respond with our many questions. They were very attentive to all our needs and details and everything turned out better than what we could have ever imagined.
The food was fantastic! We got so many raves about how delicious it was. We even witnessed proof seeing guests go up for seconds and thirds!
It has only been 15 days since our wedding but we already miss the entire team! We highly recommend using Food for the Soul...you will not regret it!!!
Reviewed On 5/26/2014 by Whitney H
The food really turned out delicious! Beforehand, FFTS was wonderful to work with and so willing to work with our crazy ideas for food that would meet our global guests expectations. Not only did the food turn out exactly as we had hoped, but...
the service from the servers/bartenders was stellar! They were attentive while being subtle so as not to interrupt. The attention to make sure we (bride and groom) were taken care of during dinner was also very nice, and much appreciated :) The highlight of the food for everyone was the Crab Legs that were in the seafood display appetizer. Everyone mentioned them, before we even asked them how the food was! I am very pleased with them, and so happy that we chose to work with FFTS.
Reviewed On 3/18/2014 by maria+richard
Planning a wedding is not easy. One thing we do know we did correctly is making the decision of hiring Tina and her crew to do our reception. Hands down this is by far "THE BEST" catering company I have ever worked with. Tina and her crew did...
not only make sure the dining arrangement was perfect but they also helped put together our centerpiece, sign in table and favors. They were professional, kind, helpful and caring.
Days after our wedding, our guest couldn't stop talking about how beautiful everything looked and how perfect the food tasted. Appetizers were served hot, salad tasted perfect with just the right amount of fruits in it and the steak and lobster was hmmm hmmm tasty. What else can you ask for???
My husband and I was satisfied with their service!! We highly recommend Food For the Soul Maui for any event you may have especially on your wedding day.
Tina we thank you again for doing such a fantastic job with our wedding!! Looking forward to rebooking with you in the future..
Mr. & Mrs. Balagasay
Reviewed On 2/17/2014 by Joanne M
Food for the Soul was amazing - absolutely nothing but great things to say about Tina, Rob & their staff. We loved their 'all-inclusive' service: we could get tables, plateware, decor items etc in addition to their catering service - so conveni...
ent & much easier than contacting all the various rental companies. We also secured Tina's services as a 'day of' coordinator - which was great - she was the perfect balance of letting me book what I wanted (I did want to do most things myself) but was always there to assist, suggest & support us if needed. Her response time was impeccable (so appreciated for long distance planning) and she definitely went 'the extra mile' with some of our requests such as getting decor items shipped over to Hawaii from Canada.
On the day itself - Tina, Rob & their staff ensured everything went smoothly - we had no issues at all as far as I know (thats how well they took care of things). The decor items, table & plate ware looked great & were set up as we wanted, the service was great and most importantly - the food was amazing! All the items we ordered looked beautiful & tasted great - everyone enjoyed their meals & my only regret was not being able to eat more of my food (although Tina was nice enough to set aside some appetizers for us to eat when we had a little break).
Overall - highly, highly recommended for the great food, excellent service & very helpful coordination assistance!
Reviewed On 12/17/2013 by Bakker S
Food For the Soul provided excellent food and service for our wedding. Tina was a joy to work with and provided great suggestions to us throughout. She worked with our budget and we were very happy with the way everything turned out. Their food...
, servers, bartenders, and setup, was perfect. All of our guests provided great feedback on them. Mahalo!
Reviewed On 11/14/2013 by Em S
I can't say THANK YOU enough .. TINA AND ROB and all the staff at food for the soul catering.. You absolutely mAde my wedding day all i imagined and more. All my guests raved about the food " this was the best food we have ever had at a wedding...
" is what we heard all night. We are european so that means a lot, we go to a wedding a month it seems..lol. The filet was like butter..highly recommended ,,, we had crab cakes, beef satay, coconut prawns and bacon wrapped dates...i usually do not like dates but OMG. They were the best i have ever tasted, macadamia crusted mAhi mahi wAs sooo yummy......not only is the food , the best on the island but tina and rob went out of their way to fix any issue i had from decor to just issues small or big. She stepped up and fixed it no questions asked. Made my day stress free """
I came to Tina very upset 6 months before my wedding after having to let go of my first wedding planner, she stepped up answered every question, concern very quickly. It was absolutely a pleasure to deal with food for the soul catering. If i could give 10 Starr's. I would. After speaking with i think almost every wedding planner and vendor on the island tina and rob were recommended over and over. They truly love what they do and put their heart and souls in everything they do, it shows in the quality of their work. Their team came in And took over and just went to work, no questions or issues, they just did it.
Very personable staff, easy to get along with. Special thanks to the staff who ensured the we the bride and groom had something to eat during pictures, ive been to a lot of weddings where the bride and groom barley eat, but not here, they make sure you are fed as well as your guests.
To sum up...
PlEASE STOP LOOKING FOR CATERER!! YOU JUST FOUND THE BEST !!
MAHALO TINA AND ROB !!
YOU WERE AMAZING!!!
Reviewed On 11/04/2013 by kristin S
The food and the service was fantastic. My guests told me that the streak served at our wedding was the best streak they've ever eaten.
Tina made it easy to coordinate the catering from thousands of miles away. She was flexible and accommo...
Reviewed On 10/30/2013 by Rebecca H
We had a wonderful experience with FFTS who hosted our small Maui wedding reception off a private property in Kihei last month. Their excellent food (both in taste & presentation), warm hospitality, true professionalism are exactly as described...
by many of the fellow Yelpers. Our guests commented how great the food was - particulary the luau pork which beat the Grand Wailea Luau by a mile.
I was primarily communicating with Susanne, who's an absolute sweetheart: she kept me on track with the rental company and set the table beautifully (and fixed my silly presentation errors :), she kept the night running smoothly and dealt with the unexpected tiki-on-fire calmly.
These are just a few reasons you should go with FFTS for your event - no matter big or small, they will take care of you. :)
Reviewed On 10/28/2013 by melissa d
WEDDING PLANNER – Tina @ Food for the Soul
I read a lot of reviews online (it’s a theme) and talked to quite a few wedding planners. First, I was astonished that some charged 20% of the final bill plus a
day-of fee to show up for the weddi...
ng! That concept was crazy to me. My husband and I are both doers and really wanted to be involved in the process and make decisions on vendors, design, food, etc.
Enter Tina!!!! Tina gets great reviews for a GREAT reason! She was AMAZING to work with. We met in person when we visited Maui in October and just felt so at ease. Immediately, she had great advice for us and answered all of our questions.
Throughout the planning process, Tina booked whatever we asked for her help with but also suggested different vendors for us to research. She also encouraged us to research others, outside of her suggestions. For example, Tina booked the transportation from the hotel for our guests – we had zero to do with getting bids—but, she gave us a list of suggested officiants to research and ultimately, we chose one of the people on her list. Other times, like when we found the photographers, we didn’t ask for suggestions and found them on our own.
Tina confirmed all the details ahead of time with each vendor and was so thorough and calm during the planning. If we were having a difficult time making a decision, she’d offer the pros and cons of both sides but never pushed us one way or the other. It was important to her that this was our day.
On the day of the wedding, Tina made everything run SUPER smoothly. Her team was professional and everything looked beautiful!
CATERING – Food for the Soul
Food for the Soul is the company that Tina and her husband have. At the same time we decided to work with Tina, we decided Food for the Soul was the caterer for us! The prices were reasonable and the food got great reviews.
We didn’t do a tasting beforehand and on the night of the wedding, we weren’t disappointed! It was delicious. Everything was so fresh and the whole menu had an authentic Hawaiian twist to it. (If the menu is the same, it’s the first option on the catering list)
We went with a buffet bc it was more economical for us and our guests were really happy. Tina really worked with us to keep the cost per head under control and we moved things around—taking items from the dinner buffet (like the fresh fruit) and making it an appetizer for cocktail hour.
ALCOHOL-- Tina brought the bar staff and gave us a list of bottles to buy.
We bought the alcohol at Costco near the airport. I would say the wine selection was smaller than what I was used to on the mainland but totally sufficient. We had a little bit of difficulty in finding a midpriced champagne and ended up getting a less expensive brand for welcome cocktails and mixed champagne drinks, and we saved Moet for the toasts and I think our guests really enjoyed it!!! I know I did.
Now that I think about it, this was another big reason we chose not to have our reception at a hotel. The bar tab would have been out of control -- our guests sure do like a glass of vino. Being able to purchase it ourselves was a massive help to the pocketbook .
As for alcohol, we got married in August so the afternoon started out hot. Gin was more popular than I thought and so was lighter beer. Surprisingly, guests still really enjoyed a good deal of red wine.
Reviewed On 10/27/2013 by tanya&garrett
Tina and her wonderful team made our wedding day so special. The food was absolutely gorgeous-one month later and my friends and family are still talking about it! What really stood out for us though was Tina and her staff. Everyone was so warm...
and welcoming, instantly we felt like we had met new friends, which only enhanced our special day. Immaculate detail, professional, lovely. And I can't say enough about the food! We will definitely be calling on Food For the Soul the next time we are in Maui!
Reviewed On 10/24/2013 by Desiree C
I used Food for the Soul as a one-stop-shop for my wedding at the Olowalu Plantation House. Tina was all that I could have asked for and more as a coordinator--she was knowledgeable, kind, honest, and extremely responsive. She gave me several r...
ecommendations for vendors that she often worked with, but always encouraged me to look around to find one that I was comfortable with. I did a little research on various wedding forums, and found that her recommendations were highly rated and affordable. She helped me book them and coordinated with them, while only passing along their standard rate (i.e. no commission for her), which streamlined the entire planning process and made things extremely easy for me.
In addition to securing all of the vendors and services, she worked with me early on to establish a vision for the event, and as the date got closer, she followed up with me regularly to make sure that we had all of our bases covered. The actual wedding day was completely stress free for me. From the moment I stepped foot onto Olowalu, I could see that she had executed all of the details exactly as we had discussed, and she and her assistant Suzanne made sure that we stayed on schedule and that we actually had time to enjoy our day.
Food for the Soul's catering service was also top notch. Tina's husband, Rob, provided us with delicious appetizers and a seamless plated dinner service for 60 guests. Their price for catering was extremely reasonable and transparent, as it included food, chairs, tables, linens, and service charge. The bar was also very affordable--Tina provided me a list of what to get at Costco, and we were only charged for the bartender and cups/ice.
Overall, FFTS provided top quality service at rock bottom prices. Going with them for both coordination and catering services was the best decision, and it made both the planning process and the actual wedding day an absolute breeze. I cannot thank Tina and her team enough.
Reviewed On 8/25/2013 by Krista M
FFS was SO WONDERFUL!!!! I can't even begin to say how many compliments we got on the food, the service, and the entire atmosphere your company helped create! Rob was fantastic as was Debbie and the entire crew! Having worked in events myself,...
I know the food can make or break an event and FFS blew it out of the water!
Many of my guests told me the wedding was the best meal they had on the island all week!
I sincerely appreciate the professionalism, enthusiasm, and all around hospitality FFS extended to us. There aren't enough great words I can give for what you were able to provide on my wedding day. From start to finish, FFS helped put a Type A bride at ease and completely delivered on the day of our wedding~
Reviewed On 7/13/2013 by Ingrid M
We planned to have a very small destination wedding in Maui Hawaii and were very fortunate to have found Food for the Soul. Tina, Rob and team were amazing!! Tina helped us plan our entire event from florist, fotographers, minister, music, hair...
/makeup...every detail was taken care of with the best talent possible. The food was delicious and we are a group of well traveled foodies :) The appetizers were incredible and as a main we had the Macademian encrusted Mahi Mahi -- everyone wanted to have seconds!
We cant say enough about our experience. It was better than we hoped for. Thank you Food for the Soul for making our event magical!!
Ingrid & David from Chicago
Reviewed On 6/27/2013 by Ashley S
So, food is obviously one of the hardest choices to make when planning a destination wedding. You and your guests are traveling potentially thousands of miles for your special day. The food has to be good, but how can you know? We tried to just...
find a vendor who had great ratings and hoped for the best. This worked out very well. We couldn't find a bad review about Food for the Soul and you're not going to find one here, either. The food wasn't just good for wedding food. It was good food period. We had the buffet-style luau; dinner was great and the desserts were top shelf. Tina was very pleasant to work with and we honestly wish that we had chosen her to be our coordinator (for purposes of securing an estate), as well. Our actual coordinator, Sandra Wagner of a Maui wedding day, turned out to be the biggest mistake of our wedding. The only thing I think could be improved - and you could suggest this - is that if you're furnishing your own alcohol, but hiring a bartender through Tina, make sure that a menu is available at the bar so guests are aware of drink options (specialty drinks, etc). We had a lot of drinks and mixers go to waste and I think a big part of that was people not really being aware of the options. For the price conscious out there, we did a lot of shopping around and Food for the Soul's pricing was on par with anyone's on Maui. You get the quality, but you're not going to be stuck with a larger bill as a result.
Reviewed On 6/24/2013 by Jessica S
When deciding on wether or not we could actually afford to have our wedding on Maui, I googled caterers and Tina was the first name that popped up. I contacted her told her what I was looking for and she explained that she was full service, mea...
ning not only food but tables, chairs, linens, and coordinating service on top of that. She made my whole wedding planning experience a breeze with her monthly phone calls, helpful suggestions and vendor connections. My wedding turned out better than I could have imagined and Tina and her staff are truly the reason why!! BTW the food was amazing, authentic local flavor, and Rob's salad dressing is to die for (maybe one day they will bottle it for sale ;)
Reviewed On 4/01/2013 by Kate B
AH-MAZ-ING! They did such a great job. Based on other reviews, I knew that I wanted them to cater my wedding from the start. The staff was friendly and super professional and my guests were blown away by their meal (we had a combo of filet an...
d macadamia nut mahi mahi). Tina was so great to work with and she was also my day of coordinator. She and her assistant made the day run very smoothly. The power went out at my venue and it was not a problem for the team; they found a place to cook the food and had it all done and ready right on schedule! Tina made sure that the power going out didn’t affect me as much as it could and even arranged to have a back up generator delivered. She spent a lot of time on the phone with me before the wedding to make sure I had all the details in place. I had done a ton of research and had picked most of my vendors already, but it is really worth it to have someone make sure you have all your bases covered and to make sure everything runs smoothly day of the wedding. Don’t hesitate and have Food for the Soul cater your wedding and have Tina as a coordinator.
Reviewed On 2/05/2013 by Angela L
Tina comes highly recommended to me by a bride who lives in Maui. After 2 telephone conversations with other companies, I was ready to give up on my Maui dream wedding. After 10 minutes on the phone with Tina, I knew she was going to make it ha...
ppen for me. She is realistic and is mindful of your budget. She is so understanding and mindful of your vision and ideas. I used Tina as my caterer and Wedding Coordinator!
Reviewed On 1/05/2013 by Diana Lyn M
My wedding day was stress-free! I knew I had an amazing group of vendors and Food For The Soul Maui was one of them. I loved the fact that Tina takes care of all the rentals as well as the food. I felt as if I didn't have to go to several vendo...
rs to get everything I needed, instead she was there to take care of it all. Prior to the wedding, we had a tasting and we absolutely loved the food. For our wedding we served 2 appetizers: salmon mousse in a puff pastry and brie en croute. Our guests loved it! For dinner we had surf and turn (filet and mahi mahi) which came with rice, pesto mashed potatoes, and veggies. Our family and friends still talk about the amazing food (and wedding!) we had. Some even said that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. We were so happy with our choice to hire Tina and Rob. They did an amazing job and I would recommend them to anyone!
Reviewed On 12/20/2012 by Jen J
One word. WOW! I thought our tasting with FFTS was good but man the apps/dinner/drinks served at our wedding was over the top. Tina and Rob are the sweetest people and they put their hearts and souls into their service. My guests raved and are ...
still talking about the food. People were chasing down the wait staff because they could not get enough of the appetizers. Feeding my guests a really good meal was at the top of my list because I wanted them to be treated nicely for coming all the way for our wedding.
Tina and her team delivered above and beyond. Tina also does some coordinating on the side so she was like a second coordinator for me. She has a good relationship with other vendors on the island and can recommend or hire others for you. FFTS is a one stop shop because all your rentals come with the price (Chairs, tables, linens, etc.) She can also order lighting for you. We also were able to just went the bartender/bar setup and purchased our own alcohol from Costco...so much cheaper and our guests had a fantastic time with the open bar all night long!
For the price, service and quality, you will not find a better bet than going with FFTS. I hope to have my 1 year anniversary dinner catered by them when we return to the island. I have been crazing their Creamy Asian Salad dressing for weeks now… Tina’s husband Rob makes their sauces from scratch. Simply delicious!!!
Reviewed On 11/18/2012 by Stephanie F
We booked Food Fornthe Soul after reading so many great reviews and at the recommendation of our wedding coordinator. We were not disappointed! There are so many great things to say about them. First, the service is just incredible. I dealt wit...
h Tina throughout the process and she was so wonderful- patient, thorough and kind. She really wants you to be happy with everything. The food was excellent. Our appetizers were such a hit, people were talking about them after the wedding. The buffet was also amazing, so many wonderful choices. I just wish I ate more! Tina was really helpful with our budget, she saved us a lot of money! Also, all of their services include all the rentals, bar etc., so there is just one vendor handing all of that which makes everything easier. The staff that was there for the wedding was so nice and fun. They really seem to enjoy what they're doing. We had a death of a very close family member 2 weeks before the wedding. I will never forget the grace Tina showed our family, she went above and beyond for us including refunding us for the family who had passed on- she didn't have to do that. With Tina, I always felt like I was her only bride- no question was stupid, she was excellent with communication and truly cared about our happiness throughout the process. I can't imagine a better wedding caterer!!
Reviewed On 11/07/2012 by Joy H
During my 6 month engagement...
Friends/family members: You must be so stressed planning for your wedding! It's coming up so soon!
Me: No, not really. Wanna grab breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner this weekend?
Friends/family members: ...
*Look of shock* Wow, you're really calm about this! When I was planning my wedding....(enter story about a wedding planning debacle or two).....
Now, I can firmly say that the only reason I was so incredibly calm about my wedding was because of Tina from Food for the Soul. I'm the type to take on too many tasks because I want them all to turn out a specific way. However, you have to let go of some of your control tendencies when planning a destination wedding. Thankfully, having someone as professional, thorough, and prompt as Tina makes letting go very easy. Not only was she our coordinator and caterer, she hooked us up with amazing vendors, keeping our tight budget in mind. She put us into contact with Valerie Stevens for our flowers, and Valerie was so wonderful to us, truly going above and beyond! She also put us into contact with Wilmont Kahaialii for our music and entertainment, and he delivered such a fun party laced with Hawaiian history and traditions! Seriously, Tina was so awesome that we really only had 3 vendors to work with....a dream when you think about all the communication needed in planning such an event! Tina was very accessible even though being on Maui means she was constantly juggling many weddings at the same time.
As for the food, it was amazing! Tina's husband, Rob, is a chef and takes care of all the food and catering. The food was so good, guests went up for seconds and thirds. Our guests raved about various menu items, from the beef satay and stuffed mushroom appetizers to the chicken and shredded pork entrees. The poke was so delicious and different from other poke we have tried, and the fruit was not only decorative but very delicious, perfect for our many fruit lovers! We had a number of guests who are very discerning when it comes to food, and even their palates were pleased! Kudos to Food for the Soul!
The staff was very hospitable and professional, very top notch! We really could not have asked for a better coordinator and caterer. Truly, we are so happy to have found Tina and Food for the Soul. We got incredible service at a very reasonable price (especially compared to some other vendors on Maui who will try to gouge your wallet!). Without doubt, going with Food for the Soul was the BEST investment we made for our wedding. :)
Thank you so much, Tina, Rob, and staff, for handling our most memorable night for us! We really were able to enjoy every moment because of you!!! :)
Joy and George
Reviewed On 9/18/2012 by a member
My husband and I hired Food for the Soul Catering for our August 2012 wedding. Tina, Rob and their team were AMAZING!!!
About a year prior to the wedding my husband and I went to Maui on a scouting trip to meet with vendors. Food for the Sou...
l was the first Catering company we meet with. The food was SO GOOD and Tina and Rob were so wonderful that we hired them on the spot. It was an easy decision to have them as our wedding caterer. And there were no regrets as the year progressed to the wedding.
Since we lived thousands of miles away and there was still a year to go until the wedding day, Tina and I communicated via email. Not only did she answer the millions of questions, concerns and requests I had she responded to them quickly. Definitely not on island time.
The day before the wedding we had a few changes and Tina had no problems changing them for us. On the day of the wedding Tina and her staff did an Amazing job. It was perfect! From the hor'dourves, to the cocktails, to the salad, to the main course, the dessert and coffee station. Everything was simply delicious. My husband and I had the lamb and it's to die for. The food was not only delicious but was beautifully presented and her team was very professional and kind.
With Food for the Soul catering our wedding I was very confident that everything in regards to food and set up would run smoothly. And it did! Tina, Rob and their team go above and beyond their services. We absolutely appreciate and couldn't have been more pleased with this catering company. If I had to plan our wedding all over again they would definitely be our caterers.
Reviewed On 8/15/2012 by Chloe F
One wouldn't think that planning a destination wedding from San Francisco would be easy. However, with Tina's help, this task proved to be more manageable and I dare say painless. After settling on the Olowalu Plantation House, we were in the...
market for vendors. Realizing that this task would be nightmareish, my best friend Nicole came upon the Food For The Soul website. As I clicked through the pictures and we discussed the menu, we realized that this amazing catering company was a one stop shop. Perfect! Not only was it very apparent that they paid very close attention to detail, but they handled the day of coordination, rentals and food.
From the second I spoke to Tina- she WAS my wedding coordinator. She was always available to answer any questions, assist with the budget, and share some great words of wisdom. I really could not have asked for anything more. Tina is phenomenal at what she does.
Although I did not get to spend as much time savoring every bite of food as I would have liked, I can say that what I did have was amazing. All I heard was great things from our guests. Everything looked so beautiful. Food For The Soul even offered dessert through their menu. We went with a cake and 2 different types of cupcakes to share with our guests. That cake may have been the best red velvet cake I had ever had! Tina was even able to take a cake design I found on Pinterest and have the baker recreate it perfectly in our colors. It was just perfect.
As for the bar- (I think this really set Food For the Soul apart) Tina provided us a list of what we would need to have enough booze for 75 people. We then went to Costco and purchased the alcohol ourselves. This was so unbelievably cost effective. One of the bartenders told my dad at the end of the night that he had never seen so much alcohol consumed and had such a well behaved crowd. Overall Food For The Soul had the most bang for your buck. Tina had some very creative ideas of making sure we stayed within budget. She also never told us we needed something if we didn't. I really appreciated that honesty.
From the second we arrived to Olowalu Food For The Soul ran the show. They only came to me to gather up the decorations and party favors I had flown with from California. I do believe that Tina's coordinating skills were put to the test when our shuttle was 45 mins late to pick up our guests. This meant that the schedule that Tina and I worked so hard on would not happen. Tina did a great job of making the wedding appear that our plan B was the way things were always supposed to go. All our guests thought it ran smoothly.
I honestly cannot say enough good things about this company. I would highly recommend them if you are planning your wedding on Maui. Tina and her staff are warm, welcoming and extremely professional.
Thanks to FFTS for making our day so special!!
Reviewed On 7/05/2012 by Lyn P
Let start off by saying I am not a bride that exerts a lot of control over what my wedding should look like. I had heard so many great things about Tina and Rob from other Maui brides and from my own wedding coordinator. From the moment that ...
I was conversing with Tina I knew I was in good hands. Tina was very prompt with answering emails and setting up phone appt. to talk over the final details. She listened to all of ideas and suggested some herself. The appetizers, dinner and dessert was delicious, all of my guests came up to me later and raved about how they loved the food.
What was best is that FFtS offers table, chair, tableware and glassware in their packages so I did not need to worry about finding other vendors. I would recommend Tina and Rob to any bride and groom looking for a caterer. If I could get my hands on some more baked brie or ahi tuna cups I would be so happy.
Reviewed On 6/19/2012 by Karise M
I was so impressed by the quality and professionalism of Food for the Soul Catering. If you are planning a destination wedding from afar, the best decision you will make is hiring Tina & FFTS. I did extensive research, and no other vendor...
of similar quality on Maui could beat them on price. Also, since rentals are included, you don't have to worry about coordinating with multiple vendors. The all in one service allowed me to hire a day of wedding coordinator rather than a full service coordinator...saving so much $. Tina also spent a lot of time on the phone with me, going through every detail. She accommodated many last minute changes in guest count and menu. She was a lifesaver - when I called her at 5pm on Sunday, a day before my wedding to arrange additional rentals, she took care of it in a flash, and with a smile. On the day of, Tina and her team took care of everything, and truly allowed me to focus on myself, my husband, and our guests rather than the logistics of wedding set up. The icing on the cake was that my guests raved about how tasty the food was!
Reviewed On 6/18/2012 by Janet K
Tina with Food For The Soul - Caterer and Wedding coordinator
Gosh where do I begin with Tina? She was just so amazingly patient with us (she was dealing with emails from me, my now-husband, and mom sometimes!) She was quick to respond to em...
ails (no "Island time" here) and she actually answered all the questions I asked. She was really organized and we had monthly conference calls too. She allowed us to have things shipped to her in advance as well which really helped us out. She is really busy and is becoming very popular now but she never made you feel rushed or unimportant and she got my budgetary retrictions and dealt with them accordingly.
The food with Food For The Soul was amazing. My favourite appies were the Ahi Tar Tar, Brie and Crab cakes. The mahi mahi with lilikoi sauce was delicious and I heard from guests that the steak was amazing. This was probably my favourite meal the entire time I was on the island!
Overall, the day went off without a hitch and I know this was largely due to Tina and her assistant Suzanne who kept things running smoothly.
Reviewed On 5/14/2012 by Melissa P
As many destination brides know, it can be extremely overwhelming to plan a wedding from across an ocean. The first time I spoke with Tina on the phone, I knew this just had to be my caterer. She assured me that my wedding would be everything...
I dreamed it would be.
She coordinated with my event planner, leaving no detail forgotten or unfinished. She suggested solutions for beverage service (our site did not require liquor licenses), linens, etc. I felt I had 2 event planners at my side, striving to make the day beautiful!
Additionally, I had members of my guest list on vegan and gluten-free diets. Tina and Rob accomodated them well with substitutions.
Service was attentive, friendly, but not obtrusive. The food (luau menu) was excellent, a high compliment from a Native Hawaiian bride!
Great value, excellent food, above and beyond service!
Reviewed On 4/23/2012 by Dana J
Food was excellent....the best wedding food i have ever tasted and I am not just saying that. Tina was wonderful in not only assisting me with the catering, but acted as an unofficial wedding planner giving me advice on things for my wedding. ...
You will not be disappointed with this caterer!!
Reviewed On 4/23/2012 by W V
You can't go wrong with this talented and wonderful couple.
I arranged a private catered dinner to surprise and propose to my (now) fiancee. I worked with Tina via email and phone to set up something unique. We worked out a menu with some sp...
ecial requests related to moments my fiancee and I have had. Everything was to be arranged so we could just show up and have it all taken care of.
Rob and two assistants had everything ready when we arrived. The food was exceptional. Rob really knows how to prepare a special meal. We had multiple small courses (per my request). My fiancee and I agreed that the Fillet Mignon was the best we had ever had- perfect medium rare, tender and tasty. The rest of the meal (a mix of Thai and local 'flair') was also very good.
These are very nice people- both are easy to work with, and Rob was a pleasure to have as a caterer at the meal. All of the service was friendly and attentive.
Reviewed On 4/13/2012 by Laura D
My husband and I live in San Diego and fell in love with the Olowalu Plantation House. After talking with Tina, from Food For The Soul; we decided to go with their company. Brian and I couldnt have been more pleased with everything they did for...
us. Tina helped me with every detail of my wedding and I got all my vendors through her. Myself and my guests were so happy with all of them. The food was amazing and she turned my visions into reality. It truly was the best day of my life. I had a couple of nervous breakdowns and Tina remained completly calm through the whole process. Herself and staff really know their stuff. I can't rave enough about this company and will reccommend them to everyone!! They made everything perfect!!!!
Reviewed On 2/18/2012 by Aleessa E
There is a reason why our wedding planner recommended Tina and her team at Food for the Soul. The food was AMAZING!! With no taste tests like you would have at a wedding at home, we just prayed and hoped that the food would be great! We were bl...
own away and Food for the Soul exceeded our expectations! Everyone is still raving about the food!! All the appies were to die for ( beef satays, tuna wontons, baked brie, stuffed mushrooms), as were our mains ( the macadamia crusted mahi mahi and teriyaki chicken and sides). The red velvet cheesecake was a big hit and our guests loved the chocolate covered strawberries that were handed out during dancing!!
We would not hesitate recommending Food for the Soul to anyone planning an event in Maui, from the food, to service this company is exceptional in every way!!
Reviewed On 2/12/2012 by Tanya W
Wow, am I ever glad I made sure that I sat down to eat because the food was amazing. As we were busy with photos and guests during cocktail hour, Tina made sure to sit us down with a plate of appetizers (coconut shrimp, sushi, bocconccini and t...
omato skewers, and chicken satay) and they were delicious. For the sit down dinner there were bacon wrapped scallops and lamb cutlets for entree and Ahi and fillet minon for mains and everything was perfectly cooked. I am still in awe how they could sent out over 80 dishes and everything was perfectly cooked! This was restaurant quality food. Some of our guests said it was the best meal they had in Maui, and I would have to agree.
Aside from the fabulous food, the staff were efficient and polite, the tables looked great, and the bar kept the drinks flowing. Food for the Soul obviously take pride in their craft and they really do deliver.
Reviewed On 12/04/2011 by Robin W
Food for the soul came highly reccommended and they did not dissapoint! From the get go Tina was so accomodatingand friendly I couldnt wait to meet her and taste the food it sounded so good! I was able to customize our luau style buffet to be...
tter suit our guests and they were able to accomodate some allergies and picky eaters with no problems! All of our guests raved about their food and said it was one of the best meals they had had on their vacation. All of the rentals came included in the price and that was definitely the way to go for us as we held our wedding at our beach house vacation rental. I highly reccomend Food for the soul, you wont regret it!
Reviewed On 11/17/2011 by David W
On a personal recommendation, Catie and I hired Food For The Soul for our wedding on 25 Oct 2011. From the very start, unlike all other catering venders that we'd been potentially interested in, Tina immediately engaged with us, answering ques...
tions very promptly and providing carefully thought out advice. Indeed, we were so pleased and reassured, that, having been very disappointed with the work of our co-ordinator and getting somewhat frustrated, we asked Tina to step into that role too.
Tina was very careful about not exceeding our budget, making suggestions as she went and gaining approval at each stage so we never felt anything was out of control.
Most importantly...and unlike our original co-ordinator - she listened very carefully to what style we were after and did not push us into how she wanted it or her own vision; rather she ensured we did have the wedding and wedding breakfast we wanted.
The result was an outstanding, elegant and wonderful occasion with food and service that was simply divine with Tina taking care of everything from dealing with the flower vendor to the lighting/decorations.
All the guests commented on how slick but friendly her staff were and how amazing the day was.
In particular, all noted the exceptionally high quality of the delicious food - noting a number of the guests have eaten in some of the finest restaurants in the world.
Overall: give Food For The Soul a chance - talk to Tina - then make your own mind up but I promise you will not be disappointed!! And a very big thank you to Tina and all her team for making our day "ours" and so very special!!
Reviewed On 10/20/2011 by Ale M
With a recommendation from our Wedding Coordinator, we chose Food For The Soul to cater our special day. For our needs we decided on a buffet style service. The presentation, food, and staff are of the highest quality. Before the event, Tina to...
ok care of every detail and request in a very timely manor. The friendly staff added to the warm, humorous atmosphere of the event. The food was our best meal of the week! Our guests are still raving about the wasabi mashed potatoes!
Reviewed On 9/01/2011 by Natasha C
Food For The Soul catered my 30 person wedding on Aug 1, 2011. I was extremely impressed by Tina and her team and I highly recommend them! Tina is very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. I began working with her 9 months before the w...
edding. She was informative, quick to respond to all of my many inquiries (within 12 hours), frequently changing requests, and even panic moments. She was very flexible with our very specific diet restrictions (allergies, gluten-free, general dislikes) and was quick to offer good alternatives. The food was styled beautifully, delicious, and never ran out.
I was surprised by the level of service that we recieved. Although Food For The Soul is a catering company I felt like they were my actual coordinators. Tina knows everyone on the island and she referred me to my stylist, my officiant, and the licensor. I already had my florist (Valerie Spalding), but when I asked Valerie for a referral she immediately said Food for the Soul!! Tina was on site three hours prior to the wedding and managed all of the on-site needs, Including: furniture set-up, flowers, food, decorations, placement, and overall ambiance. She handed me my bouquet before I walked down the aisle and helped to organize the little things (I was in no state to remember anything at that point!) My only issue with this is that I wished I would have know how much she would have done before and during the event so then I would have definitly relaxed in the months and days leading up to the wedding!
The only weird thing I noticed was that she required a 10% deposit at booking (normal) and the full cost of the event 30 days prior to the event (weird, maybe not for Hawaii though.) This did eliminate the awkward end-of-the-wedding final payment, though.
Tina is brilliant and I loved her at my wedding! Highly recommended!
Reviewed On 7/21/2011 by Stephen P
Tina was really helpful from the start. She basically acted as the wedding planner and caterer yet she only charged us as our caterer. Since we were not on Maui to plan the wedding, she acted as our eyes and ears and everything happened exact...
ly as she promised. The food she catered was delicious and her staff was very friendly and professional. The baked brie cheese appetizers were da kine! We had 60 guests and it was absolutely no problem for her. We got the Luau Buffet and our guests still talk about it. She also made a great looking cupcake tower that was such a nice change up from a typical cake. All of this was planned in a matter of 3 phone calls at about 2 hours each..... Amazing! The best part was that she set up and broke everything down so we didn't have to worry about cleaning up anything after our wedding. We got far more than just food through her. We reserved our lighting, tables, chairs, wedding arch, sound system, and ottomans through her and she didn't up charge anything. I would highly recommend her since we didn't stress about the food or setup once! She took care of everything.
Reviewed On 6/15/2011 by Maria G
We used "Food for the Soul" to cater our wedding for a sit down dinner for 60 people. People are still talking about the food. The service was bespoke and flawless. The baked brie was delicious and the filet of beef was so tender you did not...
need a knife. Plus Tina is an absolute joy to work with.
Reviewed On 5/09/2011 by Geia C
Food for the Soul Catering was one of the best choices I made when planning my wedding. Doing a destination wedding and not having a wedding "coordinator" made it a little stressful when deciding on vendors. Food for the Soul was at least 3 v...
endors rolled into one. A MUST if you're doing a destination wedding. Not only was the food taken care of, so was all of the event rentals and event-day coordination.
Tina was helpful from start to finish of my planning and was always available to give advice, answer questions or help with budgeting. Tina WAS my wedding coordinator and I couldn't be more grateful.
I was thrown off guard on my wedding day a little. I am a planner by nature and had it in my mind that I would be available to help get my place cards and favors in place, signs hung, guest book set out and all those other little details that happen the day-of. But wait, I'm closed in a room getting ready and can't be out there! Ah! Even though I did not have those things organized well for Tina, she, without me even knowing, got everything set up perfectly and I never even thought about it all day. It was a like an angel was there taking care of me. On top of everything else, when all the guests had arrived and I was ready to walk down the aisle, there was Tina, directing the whole procession. It was something I wasn't expecting and is just one more way she went above and beyond what any other caterer would do. Again, I am beyond grateful.
As for the food, AMAZING! Everything was so delicious and I bet that every person at the wedding complimented my husband and I for choosing such a great caterer. The staff was amazing as well. Everything went off without a hitch which allowed me to have an amazing wedding. It was the best day of my life and a lot of the event's success should be credited to Tina and her team.
Last but certainly not least, I did a lot of research before deciding on Food for the Soul and compared pricing on at least 6 different catering options. Food for the Soul by far offered the MOST and cost the LEAST. That is not an exaggeration. One thing that Tina will tell you up front is that she doesn't mark up the pricing on her event rentals and this is 100% true. I compared her prices directly with the event rental companies and there was no difference. I really don't see why anyone would choose another catering company, honestly.
THANK YOU Tina & Food for the Soul!!!
Reviewed On 3/25/2011 by k b
Amazing. Delicious and beautiful. Go for it ladies!
Reviewed On 3/06/2011 by Julia P
We planned our wedding from the UK and therefore was unable to do what normal couples do when it comes to choosing catering for the wedding. We were unable to try the food, and therefore totally relied on trust, and we were absolutely right to ...
trust Food For The Soul Maui. They worked on a menu for us that suited our tastes, but also included some traditional Hawaiian food which we wanted also. We were not disappointed, the food and the service was absolutely outstanding. They also made our wedding cake which was absolutely gorgeous to look at and to taste. The whole family loved the food, and Tina and co were such a warm and friendly team. We would totally recommend them to cater for your wedding.
Reviewed On 12/11/2010 by Kristina W
It was a pleasure to work with Tina and Rob at Food for the Soul. For our wedding, our goal was to have a delicious meal to serve our guests at a reasonable price. We had a small wedding catered at a private plantation estate and so everythin...
g had to be brought in. I wanted something easy to arrange and not have to go through a million vendors to get the tables, chairs, place settings, etc. set up. Food for the Soul has an all-inclusive price for set-up, gratuity, etc. so you know the price you're paying per guest up-front. Everything was delicious - from the appetizers to the dessert. My husband had the filet mignon and it was a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth steak. I almost wish I would have ordered it! The only complaint from our guests was that they wished there was more!
Reviewed On 11/21/2010 by Hallie D
Our wedding in Maui was a destination wedding and from the very beginning we had an absolutely wonderful experience with Food for the Soul. Tina was a tremendous blessing. Throughout the entire process she was easy to work with, very straightf...
orward (which was much appreciated for budgeting purposes), and incredibly accommodating. There wasn't anything that I asked for that Tina wasn't able to make happen. In my planning process, I learned that most vendors are on "island time", which meant that sometimes I wouldn't get a response to an emaik or a call back right away. Not Food for the Soul though! Tina ALWAYS promptly and throughly responded to any questions I had...which is so important when you're planning from afar. Also, my mom was very involved in the planning process and Tina was always willing to speak with my mom about any questions that my mom had...even if I already had the answer from Tina and my mom wanted to just confirm it. Tina was incredibly patient in balancing the different mother/daughter dynamics of a wedding too.
As for the food, Rob does a fantastic job! We received so many compliments from our guests and we were very pleased with the food ourselves. Rob is also a wizard with presentation. And the cake - it was the best wedding cake I have ever had! The lilikoi filling was absolutely delicious. We had a full bar at our wedding and the servers (supplied by FFTS) were wonderful and extremely attentive. They even customized a drink for us so that the color of the drink (teal) matched the wedding colors. The guests loved that detail.
One of the best things about FFTS is that your experience will be stress free. Throughout the wedding planning, I never once felt stressed out about anything regarding the catering. To the contrary, Rob and Tina were so on top of things that the catering was the "easy" part of the wedding process...which, from what I understand, can often times be very stressful with other caterers.
I truly have only good things to say about Food for the Soul. They are a wonderful company to work with and you will be incredibly happy with the food and service that they provide. I highly recommend them.
Reviewed On 9/10/2010 by a member
I was nervous when looking for caterers for my wedding as I'd never hired a caterer before in my life. Therefore I was exceptionally meticulous when interviewing potential caterers. I wanted someone that was extremely detail oriented, had fabul...
ous food, great presentation, communicative throughout the process, and budget-friendly. A tall order, yes- but I found all of this (and much more!) with Food For The Soul.
I can't begin to explain how wonderful the owners of this company are. It is so obvious that they truly love what they do and go above and beyond to make sure everything is perfect. The communication with Tina was unprecedented. She answered all (my millions of) questions promptly and walked me through the process so that I felt very comfortable. She made sure every aspect of the catering was covered and pointed out many things that I would have never even thought of.
Because I lived in NC, I wasn't able to do a tasting prior to the wedding- but this was not an issue. All of my guests said that it was the BEST food they'd ever had (wedding or not). From the cocktail hors d'oeuvres, to the salad, the the main course- everything was simply delicious! They even set aside a special package of food for my husband and I because we were too busy taking pictures to eat during cocktail hour. And the bar service was amazing! Their fresh-juice Mai Tais are certainly something to write home about! I still dream of them actually.
From setup, to breakdown- everything was flawless. They didn't need any direction from me on the day of our wedding and they happily implemented a few last minute 'special requests'. Another thing that sets this company apart from the rest is table/chair/linen rentals are included in the price. Since I had my wedding at a private estate, this meant that I did not have to hire (yet another) vendor. I was also able to order our scrumptious wedding cake through them.
All of this, and their prices amazing! Tina was able to come up with some creative ideas to keep us within budget. No other caterer on the island could match them on price and at first I thought that it was too good to be true. But now that the wedding is over, I do know that all of this is possible for a great price.
I cannot sing enough praises for this company. I honestly feel that everything was perfectly executed and our wedding was that much more special because Food For The Soul was there.
Reviewed On 8/16/2010 by Christy L
My husband and I got married in Napili Bay, Maui, just last week and Food for the Soul catering played a huge part in the most perfect wedding day we could have asked for. I struggled to find a caterer that I could trust but after talking to Ti...
na, my search was over. She was interested in what I wanted for my wedding rather than trying to give me a standard package that I felt was offered everywhere else. Tina kept in contact with me, answered all of my questions, and worked with my budget. She even handled the party rentals and made recommendations for an officiant!
On the day of the wedding, I didn’t have to worry about the catering at all. They set up a beautiful buffet, bar, tables, and a cupcake stand including linens and ribbons matching my wedding colors with fresh flowers adorning the tables and even the cupcakes. My friends and family could not get over the incredible food, especially the chicken skewers with peanut sauce and the most AMAZING baked brie that I’ve ever tasted not to mention the sushi and sliders. Every detail about Food for the Soul exceeded my expectations!
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