Tiny Tips: Holiday Cheers!

Written by Wednesday, 03 December 2014
Holiday Cheers!

December is the month for parties and enjoying family and friends. Use these ideas to make your holiday party extra special!

Vanilla Panna Cotta Cups

Perfect for a winter/holiday event.


Mini Shooters

Mini milkshake shooters or mini hot coco shooters are perfect for holiday parties! Add even more flavor and fun with melted chocolate and sprinkles on the glasses. Top off your drink with a colorful straw.


Holiday Drink Recipe


Peppermint White Russian 

2 oz Peppermint Mocha Kahlua

1 oz vodka

2 oz milk or cream  

1 serving


Pearled Cherries...


Cherries dipped in white chocolate and edible pearls are not only gorgeous but also delectably delicious!

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Tiny Tips: Gratitude Edition

Written by Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Gratitude Edition
Today is our nationally-celebrated day of thanks.  This edition of "Tiny
Tips" features quick and easy ways to express gratitude to the the
people you love and appreciate.
Public Praise
Do you really want to show someone special the love?  Praise them in PUBLIC.  This
could be in the form of a toast or prayer or speech.  A specific mention
by name in a public setting will be particularly heartwarming for the recipient.
Handwritten Notes


Forget the email or the text. Sit down and write a thoughtful and
heartfelt note of thanks. Stamp it and pop it in the mail. "Good mail"
is a special treat particularly these days when the traditional thank-you
note is almost extinct.


Special Delivery
Surprise your loved and appreciated ones with a surprise delivery. 
When they get a knock at their door and open it up to receive flowers, a plant,
an edible arrangement, home-baked goods, or even a nice bottle of wine,
they will definitely feel the love!
Make a donation in your loved one's name to a charity that is meaningful
to them.  When you share with them what you have done on their behalf,
also verbally share with them how grateful you are to have them in your life.
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Tiny Tips: MORE Holiday Cheer!

Written by Thursday, 20 November 2014
MORE Holiday Cheer! 
Perrier Magic Mocktail
We are SO excited about this fun, festive, holiday drink for all ages, that we had to share it via video so you can have the full experience.  Perrier is mixed with cotton candy to create a deliciously-interactive drink experience. Click the link below for the full experience!
Perrier Cocktail
Sugared Cranberry Accents
Sparkling sugared cranberries are perfect little garnishes for the holiday season. They are delicious on their own and can be the perfect companion to champagne and cakes.
Pommes Frites 
Turn a classic comfort food  into a sophisticated appetizer. Pommes Frites (that's French fries for all you non-francophiles) tossed with fried parsley and truffle oil gives this deliciously fried favorite a grown-up twist for your holiday gathering.
Wooden Slab Chargers
Wooden slabs add an organic and natural feel to your event table. For corporate events and wedding celebrations, you can even brand the wood for additional effect. Natural greenery accents lend a warm holiday feel to settings as well.
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Tiny Tips: Holiday Cheer!

Written by Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Holiday Cheer!
It's time already... get ready lots for fabulous holiday tips in the weeks ahead!
Cosmopolitan Champagne Cocktail
There is nothing like "holiday cheer" to start the season off with a bang!

1 1/4 cups Cointreau or Grand Marnier

1 1/4 cups cranberry juice cocktail

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

3 tablespoons superfine granulated sugar

4 cups chilled Champagne or other sparkling wine

Serves 10


Holiday-inspired Macarons
Macarons are fitting for EVERY season, but you can customize the color and flavor to fit the time of year. These blackberry and raspberry macarons with ginger and lime buttercream are served in festive champagne glasses with a spring of holly.  Definitely berry-licious!
3-D Invitations
When planning an event, the first impression is actually the invitation.  A 3-D invitation lets your guests know they are in for some serious WOW!
 (WOW ideas courtesy of bizbash.com)
Slinky Placeholder
Start a fun and lavish event by welcoming your guests to their seats with one-of-a-kind place holders. Gold slinkys can be used to support guests' name cards and are a fun favor for guests to remember your fabulous event! 
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Tiny Tips: MORE Personal Touches!

Written by Thursday, 06 November 2014
MORE Personal Touches!
We recently shared tips about customizing your events with personal touches.
Here's a couple more personal touches to consider...

Custom Wrapping Paper
Have a party favor for your guests?  Wrap them in custom wrapping paper!
Custom Table Numbers

Get inspired with table numbers and tell a story with them.  This bride and groom shared their love story by using special moments in their history as table number inspiration.  You can do the same for your wedding or even corporate event... remember linear order not required.

Balloon Picture Hangers
Attach pictures (or other interesting objects that fit your event theme) to helium-filled balloons.  Have table assignments at your soiree?  Consider attaching table cards to balloons in the reception area and invite guests to find theirs upon arrival. 
Island-inspired Cookie
We love this coconut-inspired cookie design by Pinch Food Design in New York.  It's a chocolate brownie-cookie filled with vanilla panna cotta.  Should we take it one step further and make it a haupia-infused panna cotta?
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At Your Service!

Written by Saturday, 01 November 2014
GEH at Your Service!
GEH Holiday wait staff

This year, lighten the load of putting on a thanksgiving dinner or a holiday party with Gourmet Events Hawaii — At Your Service!

(Wait Staff, Bartenders, Bussers, etc.) will:
  • Arrive promptly at your designated time
  • Assist you with food prep, as requested
  • Set your table or buffet table
  • Serve your guests beverages
  • Serve as your attendants for the evening
  • Refill waters and refreshments throughout the evening
  • Clear plates during appetizer hour or dinner
  • Clean and wash dishes & glasses
  • Leave the kitchen spotless

Contact us with the date and time of your scheduled event and the number of guests in your party. It's that simple!


If you are not completely satisfied with your GEH holiday party experience, we will provide you with a 100% refund.


U.S.-Japan Council Culinary Diplomacy Experience

October was an exciting month for us as we had the honor and privilege of being involved in a brand new event, sponsored by the U.S.-Japan Council, "Celebrating Connections: A U.S.-Japan Culinary Festival."

Sharing a meal is one of the oldest diplomatic tools and promotes cross-cultural dialogue and understanding. Inspired by the catalytic role of food, the U.S.- Japan Council has launched Culinary Diplomacy Programs throughout the United States and Tokyo over 2014 and 2015.

Honolulu's event, which took place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on October 10, featured the partnering of the following chefs from the U.S. and Japan, who each presented their own individual dishes enhanced by the insights and perspective of their partner chef from across the ocean:

  • Kenji Chiba
    CHIBAKIYA - Japan
  • Vikram Garg
    HALEKULANI - Hawaii
  • Chris Kajioka
    RESTAURANT CK - Hawaii
  • Michelle Karr-Ueoka
    MW RESTAURANT - Hawaii
  • Toshiya Konno
    UKAI - Japan
  • Yasuhiro Sasajima
    IL GHIOTTONE - Japan
  • Sun Noodle
  • Alan Takasaki
    LE BISTRO - Hawaii
  • Keigo Tamura
  • Toru Totoki
    GINZA TOTOKI - Japan
  • Roy Yamaguchi
    ROY’S - Hawaii
  • Alan Wong
    ALAN WONG’S - Hawaii

This event brought us back to our own roots as a company, which began as Gourmet Cooking Hawaii, putting on hands-on culinary parties. While we've grown a lot over last ten years, our core belief in the inextricable link between food and fellowship remains. Watching culinary masters embrace the concept, create amazing art, and forge relationships in the process was a very meaningful experience for us.


Arigato, Thank You, Mahalo...

As we look back on the special U.S.-Japan Council event experience, on the 2014 year and on the nine years before that, we are ever more grateful for you, our clients and supporters, who give us the opportunity to do what we love...

Thank you for trusting us with your events.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Festively yours,
Kat Lin-Hurtubise

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