Retirement Banquet

Saturday night my husband and I were invited to a retirement party at the Ala Moana Hotel for one of his tennis friends. It was a huge party with about 250 guests and after being cooped up all day with the tsunami scare, everyone was ready for a good party!

The meal was Chinese banquet style, with platters of food served on lazy susans. We started off with Spring Rolls and Hot and Sour Soup.

Then Stir Fried Shrimp with Walnuts and Crispy Taro Duck. The Duck was so delicious.

Sweet and Sour Pork, Chicken with Ginger and Green Onion Sauce, and Tenderloin of Beef with Mushrooms.

Lastly, dessert was a slice of cake.

We had a blast! In true local style, there was a hosted bar, a live band, a slide show of course, and even a photo booth where they printed out photos on the spot as souvenirs. I absolutely LOVE attending weddings and banquets. As a former catering manager, it is so much fun for me to experience the food and service at various venues and observe every little detail that went into the party planning. And with every life celebration, it’s all about showing appreciation for and being with the friends and family who’ve supported you along the way. Congratulations to the guest of honor!

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