about us gourmet catering, event planning and rentals

Rene, Kylie and Alicia posing in a photo booth at The Wedding Cafe Workshop.

Beaches & Backyards Catering is located on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Oahu but we serve the entire island chain and even the mainland United States. We love what we do and so will you.

In addition to preparing delicious food for your event, we also offer wedding and event planning, tent and accessory rentals, bar  and beverage service, coffee service and more.

Beaches and Backyards Catering is a member of The National Association of Catering Executives (NACE), The Oahu Wedding Association (OWA), and The Wedding Cafe, as well as, The Knot and Wedding Wire.

our Services


  • Full Planning & Coordination
  • Partial Planning & Coordination
  • Day of Coordination


  • Tents, Tables & Chairs
  • Tableware – Linens, Dishware, Glassware
  • Event Accessories – Archway, Dance Floor, Stage
  • Lounge & Outdoor Furniture


  • Full Bar Service
  • Hand Passed Cocktails
  • Signature Drinks


  • Pre-Ceremony Drinks
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Coffee & Tea Service

View Event Photos

get to know us

Vanessa Hollinger

Owner & Chef

What got you here? I discovered my love of cooking while running a café in Costa Rica. I then came back to Hawaii to attend Gros Bonnet Culinary Academy and become a chef.

What do you love about your job? Building relationships with my clients and being creative

Favorite thing to do on a day off? Play with my keikis

Guiltiest pleasure? Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!

I really enjoy… Surf! Surf! Surf!

What the crew loves about Vanessa? Her delicious food of course! And she’s a pretty cool boss

Alicia Hollinger

Wedding & Event Specialist

What got you here? My attention to detail, communication skills, creativeness, and 12 years in the hospitality industry led me to become an event planner.

What do you love about your job? At the end of the night when the Bride & Groom are on the dance floor with smiles on their faces. And my pink notebooks!

Favorite thing to do on a day off? I love taking in the beauty of Hawaii. And watching football!

Guiltiest pleasure? Cherry Coke and shopping for office supplies!

I really enjoy… Picking my nieces up from school and hearing about their day. And working with my sis!

What the crew loves about Alicia? Her humor, spunk and obsessive organization keeps us all in line.

Rene Rausch

Director of Catering

What got you here? Planning social events in college exposed me to this industry, bringing out my love for planning and organizing events, especially on the catering side.

What do you love about your job? I love seeing everything come together on the day of the event whether it be a wedding or a baby luau. It’s such a rewarding feeling to see it all come to life.

Favorite thing to do on a day off? Bask in the sun at the beach!

Guiltiest pleasure? Chocolate and my bed.

I really enjoy… Laughing and dancing!

What the crew loves about Rene?

Alicia, our wedding planner, with one of our many happy couples!
A few of our lovely waitstaff ladies; (From left to right) Mackenzie, Rene, Gentry and Jennifer.
Our amazing kitchen crew; (From left to right) Caitlin, Jason and Kylie.