A Catered Luncheon by CPK

Photo courtesy of CPK.com

Twas that time again to throw yet another office party, this time with the festivities for our tummies provided by California Pizza Kitchen. Really, CPK does catering? Well now they do, as according to their website, this is being badged as a NEW service.

Their catering menu includes a wide variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, pastas, desserts and other house specialties to choose from.

Despite CPK being obviously known for their pizzas, we decided to try something different and went with their catered sandwich combos instead, as we’ve already done numerous pizza parties in the past. Rounding out our lunch was CPK’s BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad and their Assorted Sweets Platter, plus a few other goodies provided by the friendly neighborhood Costco.

Let’s check out the spread, starting with the salad..

California Pizza Kitchen catering – BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad: Chopped lettuce, black beans, sweet corn, jicama, cilantro, basil, crispy tortilla chips, Monterey jack cheese, topped with BBQ chicken breast, fresh diced roma tomatoes and fresh green onions

A side angle…

Now for the sandwiches…

California Pizza Kitchen catering – Grilled Dijon Chicken sandwich: Marinated grilled chicken breast, sliced fresh roma tomatoes, shredded lettuce and dijon honey mustard on garlic cheese focaccia bread

A closer look…

Club Gobble-gobble…

California Pizza Kitchen – California Club: Oven roasted turkey breast with applewood smoked bacon, sliced fresh roma tomatoes, fresh avocado, shredded lettuce and mayo on garlic cheese focaccia bread

A closer look inside the club…

Yo’ Tony, yo’ Bobby…

California Pizza Kitchen catering – Italian sandwich: Spicy Capicola ham, salami and pepperoni topped with Mozzarella and Fontina cheeses, basil and shredded lettuce tossed with herb-mustard Parmesan vinaigrette on herb onion focaccia bread

A closer look…

As part of CPK’s catering package, they provides their signature salad dressings and BBQ sauce in these handy-dandy squeeze bottles…

CPK’s price also includes plastic utensils and napkins based on the head-count of your order.

Alternating sources, adding some “crunch with serious kick” to the bunch, we have Stonemill Kitchens Spinach & Artichoke Parmesan Dip and Tortilla Chips from Costco…

Stonemill Kitchens Spinach & Artichoke Parmesan Dip and Tortilla Chips from Costco

What the heck, a closer look at this dip, because well, I could just as well fill up a Jacuzzi with the stuff and lounge in it, it’s that good!

Stonemill Kitchens Spinach & Artichoke Parmesan Dip

For dessert, we have several platters of assorted sweets from CPK…

California Pizza Kitchen – Assorted Sweets Platter (cut-up into small single-serving portions): Toffee Blondie Bar, Brownie, Pecan Bar, Chocolate Chunk Cookie, Snickerdoodle, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

The cookies, before being cut into quarters…

Finally, a Red Velvet Cake from Costco…

As always, let’s have a look at a few plates that just rolled off the “assembly line”…

Looking at that generous dollop of melted, ooey-gooey, rich ‘n cheesy Spinach & Artichoke Parmesan on there, in retrospect, I should have put some of it inside my CPK sandwich, which would have REALLY kicked it a few notches!

Finally, a look at the sandwiches without all that darned paper wrapping covering it…

So how was it? Big thumbs-up for CPK’s very fresh-tasting focaccia bread, which had a nice, glutenous texture without being too chewy. It was also generously laced with herbs and you could really taste the grated parmesan cheese baked onto the crust. I could just as well take CPK’s focaccia bread plain by itself and be a happy camper, or perhaps make some Bruschetta out of it. Hey, there’s an idea!

I’m not particularly a fan of fowl, so the chicken dijon and turkey club didn’t win me over, but the more “meaty” Italian sure did (that didn’t sound right lol), with its generous layerings of spicy Capicola ham, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella and fontina cheeses.

Across the board, the combination of fresh, quality ingredients in every sandwich all complimented each other very well, where once again, their excellent Focaccia bread wrapped it up and tied everything together and sealed the deal, where I’d give CPK’s catered sandwich combos a very satisfying 3-SPAM Musubi.

CPK’s BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad was also a pleasant medley of flavors and textures, where especially noteworthy were the black beans, corn and jicama in the mix. I used the Herb Ranch dressing, which had a pleasant balance of acidity and creaminess, along with a zesty kick of complex herbs in it. Very nice. 3 SPAM Musubi.

Finally, CPK’s cookies and sweets were, should I say, “interesting”. Meaning, the cookies in particular had this “doughyness” about them, yet in a good way. They also weren’t too sweet, which I always note that I appreciate. And I do, as nothing can be a deal-breaker more than sweets that are TOO sweet. Being nuts about nuts, my favorite of them all was of course the Pecan Bar.3 SPAM Musubi.

I might also note, everything was neatly and carefully packed in high quality plastic trays and bowls for the salad for that professional touch.

So next time you’re looking for a caterer that does things differently than everyone else, consider CPK for your party. Winner!

California Pizza Kitchen
Catering Service
Various locations (this review is based on service from the Ala Moana Center location)

The Tasty Island rating:

(3) Very Good. Considerable of another visit or purchase.

P.S. Sorry, I didn’t try Costco’s Red Velvet Cake, so have nothing to say about it.


9 thoughts on “A Catered Luncheon by CPK

  1. Pomai, this one business that offer many type ways in selling food. Not just pizzas but catering too. That more revenue for the business.

  2. costco has a red velvet cake? that’s crazy talk–i might have to see if my local costco here has it…. ๐Ÿ˜€ CPK has always been tasty…might have to visit ’em again ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. How dare you not try the red velvet cake? I demand you back and re-taste everything, including the cake! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’d never tried CPK’s sandwiches before so it’s good to know about them. My favorite item from their menu is the pear gargonzola pizza, with the fresh greens on top. At least I HOPE they still have it — It’s been a while.

  4. How dare you not try the red velvet cake? I demand you go back and re-taste everything, including the cake! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’d never tried CPK’s sandwiches before so it’s good to know about them. My favorite item from their menu is the pear gargonzola pizza, with the fresh greens on top. At least I HOPE they still have it — It’s been a while.

  5. The sandwiches are making my mouth water. their bread is one of the best. I especially enjoy eating the bruschetta everytime i go as the foccacia bread compliments the tangy dip quite well.

  6. Nate, I’ll get back to you on that when I get the specifics from Diner AA (formerly known as Diner AC), our official office party planner.

    Dan, you gotta’ try my twist on Bruschetta with Mango topping it. The best!

    Jenny, Raph’ and DJMitcho, honestly I’m SO not a cake fan in just about every form (unless it’s Kamaboko fish cake!), but pies? Bring it on! Banana Cream Pie being one of my faves! Holy’s Apple Pie from the Big Island is also A-MA-ZING!

    Kelike, some restaurants are just as lucrative, if not more, with their catering services as they are with their regular restaurant operations. Kahai Street Kitchen, Poke Stop and Alan Wong’s are several that come to mind.

  7. +1 for pies!!! haha but i don’t discriminate…..and my belly shows!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ apple pie sounds fantastic……have you ever tried baking one pomai? it’s rather cold here now…mid to low 50’s at night….i may start baking again….. ๐Ÿ™‚

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