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Chef Natalie Shares Christmas Cookie Tips

Posted on: December 15, 2014 Special Events

Sugar Beach Events had a special Christmas cookie decorating event this past Saturday, December 13th, where Chef Natalie shared many of her Christmas cookie tips, from baking to decorating. Everyone had such a wonderful time decorating their own cookies. It was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and everyone that came thanked Chef Natalie for equipping them with some good decorating knowledge. For those of you who were not able to attend, here are some of the top tips:


Tip #1: Make sure to read your recipe! Read the whole recipe from beginning to end so you know what you need to do, and to make sure you have all the ingredients and tools!

Tip #2: Set a timer. There is nothing worse than burnt cookies! Once you do your first batch of successful little delights, write the time down. That way, all your cookies should turn out to be cooked exactly the same.

Tip #3: Most cookie doughs will hold in the fridge for several days or the freezer for several months! Don’t be afraid to make the dough ahead of time so it is ready when you are.


Tip #1: Most important tip to successful cookie decorating is to have fun.

Tip #2: Make sure your frosting is thick enough to dry. You can always add powered sugar if you find it is too thin. If it’s too thick, just add a little bit of water.

Tip #3: Sprinkles make excellent accent decoration. You can use them to create buttons, eyes, clothing, or even a mouth.

Chef Natalie says, “Frosting is your friend, and decorating should be fun!”

Chef Natalie Cookie Recipe:
Delicious Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe


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Delicious Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Posted on: December 4, 2014 Recipes, Special Events

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe Gluten Free

What evokes a holiday feeling like the scent of baking peanut butter cookies? This treat contains all the coziness and warmth of a crackling fireplace and makes for the perfect Christmas cookie for all the upcoming holiday parties and festivities. They are easy to make, and the best part is that they are delicious… and gluten-free.

peanut butterGluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup mix-ins: chocolate chips, peanuts, etc. (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.
Cream together peanut butter, brown sugar and baking soda until well combined (30 sec to 1 min).
Beat in the egg and vanilla. If you are using add-ins now is the time to fold them in gently.
Scoop onto baking sheets and bake for 5 to 10 minutes (depending on the size) or until the edges are just starting to brown. Take the cookies out of the oven and let them sit on the hot cookie sheet for 5 minutes.*
Transfer to wire rack to cool.

* Very critical step and should not be skipped! Unless you want cookie pieces instead of cookies!

I hope you give this recipe a try. It’s one of my favorites! Also, don’t forget to join us next week on December 13th for our Cookies and Canapes event. I will be giving out some of my best secret cookie decorating tips. Hope to see you there!

— Chef Natalie

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Cookies and Canapés at Sugar Beach Events on December 13

Posted on: November 26, 2014 Interactive Chef's Dinner

cookies and canapes event at sugar beach maui

Explore the Fine Art of Cookie Decorating at a Champagne and Canapé Reception

Sugar Beach Events presents COOKIES AND CANAPES
Saturday, December 13
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Reservations Requested, $50 a Person (inclusive)
Champagne and Wine Reception, Canapés, S’mores, Gourmet Cookies
(Cash Bar for Additional Specialty Cocktails)

On Saturday, December 13 join us oceanfront at Sugar Beach Events for “Cookies and Canapés.” Enjoy wine, champagne, heavy hors d’oevres, s’mores under the stars, and the fine art of holiday cookie making! Natalie O’Brien, Sugar Beach Events Executive Pastry Chef, will be guiding guests in best practices for cookie decoration. Chef Lee Anderson will be judging a cookie decorating contest with fabulous prizes! Each guest takes home six decorated gourmet cookies. A fun and festive environment will have you singing to all the holiday favorites!

reindeerThe cost is $50 a person (inclusive) including wine, champagne, canapés, s’mores, and half a dozen gourmet cookies. Cash bar will be available, serving a selection of seasonal holiday themed cocktails with recipes that you can take and try at home! The Cookie Decorating Contest Winner will receive a Sugar Beach Events Signature Holiday Pie for twelve.

“Come ready to get the best tips for fun Christmas cookie decoration!” says Chef Natalie, Sugar Beach Events pastry chef. “You can also use this time to ask any general baking questions to help get through the holidays.”

For more info and to make your reservations, please call 808-856-6151, or order your tickets ONLINE.

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Wedding Industry Holiday Party

Posted on: November 12, 2014 Special Events

wedding-industry-holiday-partyThe wedding industry knows how to throw a party! And in honor of the best party experts on Maui, we are throwing a holiday party for you. Join us on Tuesday, December 2 at Sugar Beach Events for the Wedding Industry Holiday Party, hosted by Chef Lee Anderson of Sugar Beach Events and Darren Keala and Shane Canada of Bliss Wedding Design and Spectacular Events.

Groove to the tunes of Shea Derrick and Full Flavor and enjoy gourmet food and beverages! Mingle oceanside under a starlit sky in the light of a fire in our fire pit. Don’t miss the excellent Bamboo Shootz photo booth.

$5 Tacky Secret Santa gift exchange and a raffle with door prizes!

Dress to impress. $50 includes heavy pupu and champagne. Cash bar for additional beverages.

For reservations please call us at 808-856-6151, or order tickets ONLINE.

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Interactive Chef’s Dinner Series Premiere

Posted on: November 3, 2014 Interactive Chef's Dinner

Autumn Wine Dinner on November 20 Premieres Series of Intimate Events Highlighting Interaction with Chef Lee Anderson

On Thursday, November 20, Chef Lee Anderson will kick off the Sugar Beach Events “Interactive Chef’s Dinner Series” with an Autumn Wine Dinner. An intimate group will be treated to a champagne sunset reception and an eight-course tasting menu paired with fine wines by Johnson Brothers. In line with the theme of interaction, Chef Lee will discuss food and wine pairings and also invite guests to make their own specialty salts to take home. The cost is $150 a person (inclusive) including champagne and wine pairings.

Wine Dinner posterSugar Beach Events looks forward to welcoming the community to one of their first on site public events, where Chef Lee will be able to step out of the kitchen and into a more personal role with the locals in our community. Each event in the “Interactive Chef’s Dinner Series” will have a different theme. Guests will also take part in every event in the series, taking home a memento from the night’s event. The Autumn Wine Dinner features the heartier foods of the Fall- comfort foods that highlight fresh, local produce of our bountiful island of Maui. Enjoy a beautiful Sugar Beach sunset, oceanfront dining, and dynamic food and wine pairings.

“This first dinner I am introducing my new caprese carving station and gourmet salt bar. At the end of the meal, I’ll send each guest with a selection of salt for them to use at home,” says Chef Lee. “You don’t realize the distinctive taste difference each salt has until you taste it side by side. This will give you a chance to try them next to each other and decide your favorite…combining and being creative as you see fit!”


Thursday, November 20
5:30 – 9:00 pm
Reservations Required, $150 a Person (inclusive)
Champagne Reception, Eight-Course Menu Paired with Fine Wines,
“Make and Take” Your Own Specialty Salt Home!
Wines Paired by Johnson Brothers, Presented by Gabe Harvey
5:30 – 6:00 pm Sunset Champagne Reception and Cocktails
(Cash Bar for Additional Liquor)
6:00 pm – Seating for Dinner

Caprese Salad Carving Station and Salt Bar
Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand
Truffle Deviled Egg | Fennel Flower
Gruet Blanc De Noir, New Mexico
Garlic Miso Prawn
Cusumano Insolia, Sicily, Italy
Spicy Beef Sashimi | Sriracha | White Radish | Ponzu
Shimizu No Mai Pure Dawn, Junmai Ginjo
Crab Bisque | Sherry
Chanson Vire-Clesse, Burgundy France
Seared Miso Walu | Sweet Soy | Sticky Rice
Milbrandt Traditions Riesling, Columbia Valley Washington
Marinated Lamb Chop | Molasses | Garlic
Gaja Ca’Marcanda Promis, Tuscany, Italy
Bananas Foster | Florentine Cookie | Buttermilk Vanilla Cream
Kracher Cuvee Auslese, Burgenland, Austria

To make your reservations, please call 808-856-6151 or order tickets ONLINE.

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Moonlit Movies On Sugar Beach – November 15, 2014

Posted on: October 23, 2014 Moonlit Movies



Saturday, November 15
5:30 – 9:00 pm
Reservations Required, $50 a Person
Make Reservations: EventBrite
Cocktail Reception, Upscale Picnic Dinner, Showing of Charade
A Benefit for Imua Family Services

5:30 – 6:30 pm Sunset Reception and Cocktails (Cash Bar)
6:15 Dinner is Served
6:45 Movie Starts


Caesar Salad
Choice of Three Entrees:
Pasta Primavera with Portabella Mushrooms and Truffle Butter
Herbed Chicken Breast with Rice Pilaf and Fresh Roasted Vegetables
Asian Braised Short Ribs with Rice Pilaf
Dessert: Mini French Macaroons (2 per person)
Water and Gourmet Coffee Station
Fresh Popped Popcorn and Cotton Candy


On Saturday, November 15, Chef Lee Anderson of Sugar Beach Events invites you to enjoy a beautiful Sugar Beach sunset, upscale gourmet picnic dinner, and a movie showing under the stars of 1963 classic Charade. A portion of the proceeds from this special event benefit Imua Family Services.

Moonlit Movies On the Beach - CharadeIn the first event of the “Moonlit Movies on Sugar Beach” series, guests will enjoy the upscale indoor/outdoor amenities of Sugar Beach Events, cocktails by the sea, a gourmet three-course picnic dinner, cotton candy, and fresh popped popcorn. Relax on the expansive oceanfront lawn while enjoying the headlining act for the evening – Audrey Hepburn and Carey Grant starring in Charade.

Tickets are $50 per person (inclusive) and a cash bar will be offered.

“I wanted to be able to do something to give back to this island that has given me so much. Who doesn’t love a great classic movie?” says Chef Anderson. “I thought this was a perfect way for my neighbors and kama’aina to be able to come and experience Sugar Beach Events.”

Come early to claim your seats, enjoy the beachfront, and take pictures of the sunset!

Bring your own beach chair or blanket. Blankets will also be offered for use. Outdoor theatre setup provided by Home Theatre Masters. No children under 21 please.

For more info and to make your reservations, please call 808-856-6151 or visit EventBrite to order tickets online.

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Top Insider’s Wedding Tips From Sugar Beach Events Maui

Posted on: October 9, 2014 Sugar Beach Wedding Club

Top wedding tips from Sugar Beach Events Maui

Ideally, how far in advance should brides look to book for your services?
6 months to a year is typical. If it’s a date that you know is going to be very popular, you need to book a year out. For example May, 5, 2015 is a big day due to 5-15-15 and the Chinese numerology significance.

What is your top insider’s tip?
Trust your vendors. We are professionals and we know what we are doing.

Are there any trends that you are noticing a lot right now?
Here in Hawaii we tend to get trends slower…when a trend hits the mainland markets, it likely will hit Hawaii several months later. For example, the naked cake trend that started the end of 2013 is still popular here. Trends I’m noticing: people are doing more with color (more bold color schemes), more creative props for photo booth, live feeding from weddings on social media outlets like instagram and hashtags, fun handcrafted cocktails.

When researching a wedding vendor, what should brides/grooms look for?
Different for every type of wedding vendor. Talk to the person, see if they share your vision for your day, and then go with your gut instinct. Don’t go with someone because they are the most inexpensive, go with someone who understands your vision and will be an advocate for you. When choosing a photographer, look at the portfolios and see whose style best fits yours.

Have you noticed any common mistakes brides make when planning their big day that they should avoid?
Trying to do it on their own! This is specifically true with destination weddings. Don’t be fooled into thinking that once you have booked the vendors the hardest part is done. That’s actually the easiest part. Setting the design, the flow, the concept, and managing all of the details and timelines. To me, the worst thing in the world is to see a bride or bride’s mom tying chair sashes the day of the wedding. Another mistake is a bride not relaxing on her big day and instead micro-managing all the details. At that point, let all of the details happen and just relax and have fun. I’m not saying to overlook major mistakes, just let the little details go. This goes back to trusting your vendors.

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Maui Wedding of Love and Transformation

Posted on: September 21, 2014 Maui Weddings

Wedding of Yanet and Steve at Sugar Beach Events

On This Day We Two Shall Wed…
On August 11, 2014 we celebrated the marriage of Yanet and Steve

Mother Nature couldn’t stand in the way of this wedding. Yanet and Steve were determined to get married, come rain, shine, or hurricane. Two storm systems, Iselle and Julio, (which were at first hurricanes then lowered to tropical storms), were aimed to impact Hawaii, but fortunately our venue hardly saw any rain. Looking at the gorgeous pictures from PhotoHawaii, Inc., no one would ever guess what had been in the forecast!

wedding details including plumeria bouquet by Maui Floral

wedding flowers with an emphasis on plumerias by Maui Floral

Yanet's son escorts her down the aisle

Maui bride and groom

Sugar Beach Events wedding ceremony

This wedding united not only the bride and groom, but family as well. Reverend Alapaki did a wonderful job of incorporating Yanet’s and Steve’s sons into the ceremony. Bride Yanet says, “He truly made us feel like we all became one! I still get teary eyed!”

blending of two families

blending of two families

blending of two families

Each guest received an individually wrapped box which delicately contained a butterfly. When Steve and Yanet were pronounced husband and wife, they kissed and everyone released their butterflies. It was a wonder to see the butterflies flutter gently around Yanet and Steve and the guests during this special moment. Butterflies symbolize life’s beautiful enfolding, and meeting transformations with lightness and joy. The butterflies continued to grace us with their presence throughout the night.

Maui wedding butterfly release

butterflies fly as newlyweds kiss

Just Maui'd

enjoying a newlywed moment on the beach

Maui newlyweds stroll on the sand

Maui wedding sunset

Instead of the traditional guestbook, Yanet and Steve opted for something entirely unique and totally Maui. Wedding guests signed a personalized 4-foot surfboard. It was a fun way for the guests to leave a special message for the bride and groom, and it will be a fabulous momento from their special day.

For favors, guests received bride and groom wine stoppers. Another very special detail and something useful for guests to use and remember Yanet and Steve’s special wedding day in Maui.

surfboard guest book

bride and groom wine stopper favors

catering by Sugar Beach Events; flowers by Maui Floral

Maui sweetheart table

Sugar Beach Events Maui wedding cake

cake cutting

cake smash

bouquet toss

removal of the garter

garter toss

Maui wedding joined two families into one

Congratulations, Steve and Yanet! Thank you for choosing Sugar Beach Events to mark the start of your journey as a family. May love, happiness, and good weather be with you always.

Special thanks to all the vendors involved:
Photographer: PhotoHawaii, Inc.
Videographer: CKCinema
Wedding Coordinator: Jessica Clark of Sugar Beach Events
Florist: Maui Floral
Rentals: Island Rents
Hair and Makeup: Dan Sanchez and Kymberly Marr
Officiant: Rev. Alapaki
Ceremony Musician: Louise Alborano
DJ: Maui Beats
Photo Booth: Bamboo Shootz Photo Booth

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Classy Island Wedding of Krystle and Michael

Posted on: September 9, 2014 Maui Weddings

Classy Island Wedding of Krystle and Michael

On This Day We Two Shall Wed…
On July 12, 2014 we celebrated the marriage of Krystle and Michael

The moment we caught a glimpse of the detailed invitations we knew this was a wedding you should see. Pops of royal blue and apple green accented the celebration, which was beautifully planned by Leslie from Simple Maui Wedding and expertly photographed by Karma Hill. Leslie shared some of her favorite memories of Krystle and Michael’s wedding day at Sugar Beach Events.

Royal blue and apple green Maui wedding invitation

Wedding envelope

Royal blue bridal shoes

Getting ready shots of Maui bride

Maui bride with bridesmaids

The ceremony music was traditional and pretty on the ukulele, played by David Wolf: ‘Canon in D’ followed by ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ for the bridal party processional and ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri for the bridal entrance.

Maui ceremony with David Wolf singing

Maui groom escorted down the aisle

Grand reveal of Bride at Sugar Beach Events, Maui

Groom and FOB embrace

Beautiful Maui wedding ceremony

lei exchange matching wedding colors

Sugar Beach Events wedding

Just Maui'd

Group shot of Maui wedding guests

Maui bridal party

Bridesmaids in different royal blue dresses

Maui bride and groom

Holding hands as husband and wife

Romance on Sugar Beach

Hawaii bride and groom

Shoyu poke ~ wonton confetti
Smoked mozzarella ~ truffle honey and fig
Crab cakes ~ avocado coulis
Lobster crème brulee ~ hollandaise and caviar
Macadamia nut crusted prawns ~ papaya chili sauce

Upcountry greens ~ white truffle vinaigrette, bleu cheese stuffed lychees
Sesame crusted catch with a diver scallops ~ ginger lime beurre blanc
Broiled lamb chops ~ mint basil pesto

Crab cakes with avocado coulis

Macadamia nut crusted prawns with papaya chili sauce

Shoyu poke with wonton confetti

Maui wedding reception with royal blue

Mr and Mrs chair signs

centerpieces were vases placed on monstera leaves with submerged orchids and floating candles | custom cake topper

Sugar Beach Events made a 6” cake for cutting as well as special cupcakes with these yummy flavors:

Lilikoi with tropical cream of mango and roasted pineapple
Chocolate cake with Tiramisu mascarpone cream with amaretto

Special cupcakes: Lilikoi with tropical cream of mango and roasted pineapple & Chocolate cake with Tiramisu mascarpone cream with amaretto

First dance

Money dance

One favorite fun moment was the choreographed family dance hip hop number featuring two cousins, their niece and the groom’s brother.

Also, especially touching was the bride’s father’s toast. He was so happy for the couple and so proud of his daughter who worked so hard in school and recently got her license as a registered nurse.

Special dance number done by family

Special dance number done by family

Liam Grist was the DJ and he did a great job of keeping the party going all night with current music and popular dance hits.

Dancing at Maui wedding reception

Bride dancing with bridesmaids

Group shot from Sugar Beach Events balcony

Photo booth guest book

The bride and groom had a custom made cake topper of them laying on the sand.

We used Strike a Pose for the photo booth with lots of fun props and they asked their guests to put the photo booth photos directly into the guest book and write their well wishes alongside.

They had a hand painted surfboard by Miss B Calligraphy to show the guests their seating assignments.

The last main event of the night was a special private hula show put on by Manutea Nui E with a live musician, two hula dancers and a fire knife performer. The hula dancers had some audience participation and pulled guests out of their seat to teach them soma hula moves and the fire knife dancer invited everyone out onto the lawn and gave a dramatic finale.

Hula dancer for Maui wedding entertainment

Hula dancer for Maui wedding entertainment

Fire knife dancer as Maui wedding entertainment

Fire knife dancer as Maui wedding entertainment

Fire knife dancer as Maui wedding entertainment

Besh wishes to Michael and Krystle! May your wedding day at Sugar Beach Events be just the beginning of a long lifetime of happiness together.

Special thanks to all the vendors involved:

Photography: Karma Hill
Videographer: All Time Media
Coordinator: Simple Maui Wedding
Floral Design: Dellables
Event Rentals: Pacific Isle Rentals
Hair & Makeup: Salon 253

Officiant: Reverend Kimo Kirkman
Musician: David Wolf

Photo Booth: Strike a Pose Maui

DJ & MC: Liam Grist
Polynesian Entertainment: Manutea Nui E

Enjoying being Just Maui'd

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