Last week our company held yet again an onolicious luncheon, celebrating safety in the workplace and a great effort raising funds for an important local charity.
Da’ onolicious catered grindz this time was provided by Cooking Fresh for You, which you regular readers of this blog may recall I recently reviewed their lunch truck.
At the helm is owner and Chef Michi, who takes pride in — as advertised — using only the freshest ingredients, along with lots of love and pride in the dishes she creates.
Here are the catered dishes we chose for our luncheon from the Cooking Fresh for You catering menu:
• Indonesian Coconut Lime Chicken
• Giant Turkey Meatballs with Asian BBQ Glaze
• Duo of sliders: Seared Steak with basil pesto sauce & Roasted Veggies with cheese
• Michi’s Waldorf salad with romaine, watercress, cranberries, caramelized walnuts, fuji apple, gorgonzola cheese and our creamy balsamic vinaigrette dressing
• Fresh fruit platter
• Genji Mai brown rice
• Roasted red potatoes with rosemary & garlic
• Michi’s signature upside down pineapple cake
Let’s check ’em out…
As usual, let’s now take a look at some plates served up by our team members, and you decide on how each person’s selection of food and style that they arrange it on their plate might reflect their personality. How fun!
Cooking Fresh sample plate E
Cooking Fresh sample plate F
Cooking Fresh sample plate G
And here’s my plate, where, as always, I’ve cut things apart so you can get a better look…
The Waldorf Salad was very crisp ‘n fresh, with with lots of exciting contrasting ingredients, however as many of us thought, the Bleu Cheese was a bit over-the-top, giving it bit to much “musty edge”. Still, I enjoyed it.
Everything on the Fresh Fruit Platter was wonderfully sweet and perfectly ripe, right on on up to the fresh Hawaii Pineapple.
The Giant Turkey Meatballs with Asian BBQ Sauce were tasty, however a bit dry. I think it’s good practice when you serve catered dishes, that meats especially have some sort of sauce or broth that it can sit in, not just glazed on top as is with this BBQ Sauce. Especially if the meat is lean turkey, which is inherently dry. I would have at the least, floated simple chicken stock in the pan it was served in to keep the Turkey meatballs nice ‘n moist. I would have certainly welcomed these giant Turkey Meatballs in some marinara with Spaghetti!
While I’m talking about meatballs, might as well chime-in on its classic companion, the Rosemary Potatoes, which were FANTASTIC. Love them Yukon Golds, and the flavor of the Rosemary and garlic were well-penetrated into the flesh of the potato, with the help of EVOO. I’d go as far as saying, next to the Indonesian Chicken, these rosemary and garlic potatoes were my favorite dish in the spread.
The Sliders had great tasty fillings, with the Pesto Steak and grilled veggies ‘n cheese, however the hearty and very fresh bun was just way too much, well, bun. It was more like eating a dinner roll that happened to have “something” in it, then the other way around, if you know what I mean. What Diner E did, was take several of them later (we had choke leftovers) and combine like 3 slider’s worth of steak and veggies into one bun, and he said it was WAY better. Good call!
Saving my favorite main entree of the day for last, we have the Indonesian Coconut Lime Chicken. As you know, I’m not a huge chicken fan, however this dish was rockin’ it, with its velvety, slightly creamy, slightly spicy coconut curry style sauce it was cooked in and panned with, making it sexy tender. Yes I said, SEXY TENDER. Use that one on your lover tonight. Ha ha!
Seriously though, this was some of the yummiest chicken I’ve had in a while. If you go to Cooking Fresh for You and they have this dish, definitely order it!
Finally, for dessert we have Michi’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and let me just say, this is fah’riggin’ AWESOME! Super moist and super fresh, in fact using fresh-cut Hawaii Pineapple, with a deep molasses ‘n light cinnamon flavor goin’ on. Think pineapple bread pudding, and that’s pretty much what it’s all about on the palate. Winnahz!
Summing it up, there were some hits, and some misses, with the hits more than making up for the misses, where I give Cooking Fresh for You’s catered lunch they provided us 3 SPAM Musubi!
Cooking Fresh for You
Kona Bean Cafe @ Hilo Hattie
700 N. Nimitz Hwy.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Tel. (808) 286-6484
The Tasty Island rating:
(3) Very good.
• Cooking Fresh for You Lunch Truck – The Tasty Island
P.S. Here’s a video I recorded last Saturday of the incredible Tavana, jamming his original, super funky, super awesome rockin’ blues tune, “Slip into a Coma”, the electric version, live with his band at Kelley O’Neil’s in Waikiki…