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Current Flavor Trends

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Just like fashionable clothing, foods and flavors go through trends. A few years ago we saw bacon popping up in everything, followed by cupcakes taking over the treat space, then all kinds of pretzels, craft beers, and nitrogen-frozen ice creams. Are you wondering what kinds of flavors you’ll see this year? Here are some trend clues, so you can keep up with the Joneses.

 

  • Passionfruit
    A timeless favorite in many parts of the world (especially Australia) – fresh passionfruit is widely unavailable in the United States, which makes it an exotic taste for the American palate. Passionfruit’s bright color, flavor, and textured seeds help this fruit stand out from the crowd.
  • Za’atar
    A whole host of Middle Eastern spices, mixed with sea salt, sesame seeds, and sumac are a perfect crunchy seasoning for meats, bread, hummus, or vegetables.
  • Harissa
    This hot chili pepper paste has many culinary applications, including flavoring burger meat, chicken wings, salad dressings, and pasta.
  • Sorghum
    Ancient grains have been in vogue for a while, with quinoa being the star of the show for quite some time. Now it’s sorghum’s time to shine! It’s naturally gluten free, and tastes most like wheat – giving new options for those with gluten sensitivities.

 

At Catering Central, we do everything from event catering in Redwood City (94602), to all kinds of catering services in Palo Alto (94303). Find out how our catering services are set apart from our competition, by seeing first hand, what we do best. Expect fresh, healthy food coupled with staff committed to excellence. Call us today on (650) 961-3300!

Effects of Tech Office Catering

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The Bay Area is an international hub of technology startups, and as a result, many large companies form and grow here. As companies expand, they tend to provide meals to their employees to keep productivity – and employee morale – high. Local businesses, however, are seeing the impact of these in-house office lunches on their sales, as patrons stay at their desks.

While many local caterers have more of an opportunity to provide services to offices (often through third party companies, for better or worse) cafes, restaurants, and local lunch spots are seeing a vast decline in weekday lunch business. Not much can be done about this trend, but keep up with the demand in other ways – such as brick and mortar restaurants offering catering services as well. For those who work in offices without catering, or with an option of eating in or out, you can keep your local businesses in mind by helping them out with your patronage every now and again. Many of your city’s lunch spots have been around for a long time, and it would be a shame to see them close on account of the changing times.

We believe food plays a vital role in not only physical, but emotional health. Our social lives strengthen by building relationships over food, leading to a greater level of connectedness with the world around us. If you’re interested in having your next San Francisco Bay Area (94110, 94024) private or corporate event catered by a company working from this philosophy, call us today on (650) 961-3300. We can’t wait for your call!

Food Startups and the Little Guys

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Gone are the days where people connected directly with the caterer as the sole means of gathering business. Over the past few years many food startups have begun to corral a pool of catering services and help companies decide what kinds of food they serve their staff on a daily basis, which in and of itself is a solution to a problem. Yet, bigger picture, these online alternatives are severely affecting their offline counterparts.

With online accessibility ruling how people find vendors, it’s easy to forget the “little guys” and our dwindling margins when going through a third party system. One way you can help small businesses stay afloat is to cut the middle man and contact us directly when you need catering services. We’re ready to hear your vision for your event and match your budget with the highest quality foods and services from Catering Central. When you come directly to your caterer, more of your money makes it back to our business and we can keep bringing our best to the Northern California catering scene.

At Catering Central, we highly value food as a means of connection with others, and aim to give all of our clients a positive and satisfying experience with our services. We are passionate about supporting small businesses and keeping food fresh, seasonal, and local. If you’re looking for corporate catering in the San Francisco Bay (94111), private party catering in Sunnyvale (94086), or general catering in Mountain View (94040) – call us today on (650) 961-3300!

Seasonal Salads

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Since we explored the fresh local produce of Spring last week, this week we will be thinking about some ways to make your daily salad seasonal. By adding a few of these ingredients to your bowl or plate, you’ll be making the best of what Mother Nature provides at its most delicious time.

 

  • Peas
    Who doesn’t love the ‘pop’ of a fresh pea in their salad? Whether it’s sugar snap, english or snow peas, these fresh green orbs don’t only taste great, but also help protect you from stomach cancer, help prevent Alzheimer’s, and assist in weight management.

  • Baby Carrots
    You might think of these as a year-round snack, but boy do they taste better when they’re in season! Dip them in hummus, ranch, or spinach dip for an afternoon snack.

  • Edible Flowers
    You may never have eaten flowers before, but edible ones like nasturtiums aren’t only beautiful, but they pack a nutritional punch too. Forage for them where you know they’re safe (and double check they’re definitely nasturtiums) or find them at your local farmer’s market.

Here at Catering Central, we love making food taste great. We’d be happy to hear about the vision you have for your party, and work with you to make it happen. We do Private Party catering in the San Francisco Bay Area, Corporate Catering in Silicon Valley, and events all the way from Mountain View to San Francisco. If you’re looking for catering when it comes to parties, events and gatherings – call us today on (650) 961-3300.

April Menu Planning

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Embrace the season, by celebrating in the kitchen with spring produce! While pomegranates, citrus, and all types of winter vegetables are gone for the year – it’s time to enjoy something fresh. Avocadoes will hopefully come down in price, and we should see some other greens – particularly all things peas! Eat them straight from the pod, inside the pod, or try one of these pea recipes from The Kitchn.

When it comes to fruits, you may not be super familiar with rhubarb, though it’s undoubtedly best served in delicious baked desserts. All recipes have a number of delicious ways to use rhubarb, and you can find them by clicking here. Remember, with rhubarb, the redder the stalk the sweeter the taste. Take a look through Pacific Produce’s complete report for April/Early Spring season and be inspired by the freshest local eats.

At Catering Central, we highly value food as a means of connection with others, and aim to give all of our clients a positive and satisfying experience with our services. If you’re looking for corporate catering in the San Francisco Bay (94111), private party catering in Sunnyvale (94086), or general catering in Mountain View (94040) – call us today on (650) 961-3300!

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Passover Recipes

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Although the first night of Passover has already happened, there are still plenty more days to observe the holiday through food. You can find many everyday passover recipes online, and we’d like to bring some of them to you through this blog.

  1. Everyday Passover Recipes – by All Recipes
    These meals will help those struggling to find interesting things to eat within the holiday’s specific kosher guidelines. There’s even pizza made on matza!

  2. Passover Recipes – by Rachael Ray
    So many inventive ways to use matzo! Try it instead of dinner rolls, and crusted atop salmon. There’s a different meal idea for every night!

  3. Delicious Passover Recipes for Tots – by Pop Sugar
    Getting kids to eat unleavened food can sometimes be difficult – that’s why Pop Sugar came up with a list of kid-friendly meals that your little ones will love this Passover.

At Catering Central, we do everything from event catering in Redwood City (94602), to all kinds of catering services in Palo Alto (94303). Find out how our catering services are set apart from our competition, by seeing first hand, what we do best. Expect fresh, healthy food coupled with staff committed to excellence. Call us today on (650) 961-3300!

Easter Party Recipes

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Whether you’re planning a get-together for a few friends, or hosting the whole family we have some Easter recipes to suit your party. Instead of reinventing the wheel, we’ve scoured the internet to find some Easter appetizer, dinner, and dessert ideas.

  1. 55 Most Delish Easter Dinner Ideas – by Delish
    From the Spinach and Artichoke Crown of Roast Lamb and Dr. Pepper Pineapple Glazed Ham, to the Corn Pudding and Wild Salmon Casserole – you’re sure to find your Easter dinner in this list!

  2. 30 Easter Brunch Recipes That Don’t Take All Day – Bon Appetit
    Who wants Quiche Lorraine? You do! Turns out Bon Appetit has one on their BA’s Best List. It’s up there with the Ultimate Sticky Buns and Dark Chocolate Waffles – as you can see, this list is as decadent as it is delicious!

  3. Easter Ideas 2017 – by Country Living
    More than just food, Country Living offers a number of decor ideas in addition to tasty treats and hearty holiday meals. There are easy crafts (even edible crafts), and basically everything you need to make your Easter gathering a hit.

If you’d like to know more about the springtime recipes we prepare at Catering Central, call us today on (650) 961-3300. Your first step towards planning an event starts here – discussing budgets, numbers, and the vision you have for the event. Let’s work together on creating professional corporate catering in Silicon Valley (94301), and memorable private party catering in San Mateo (94402).

Saporito Pasta Company

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Catering Central began with the idea of creating and producing a service that revolves around the fresh, local products found right here in the Bay Area. Using our many years of experience in the food industry, and the wealth of knowledge that comes with having made many contacts over the years, we take advantage of this to create and customize menus for our clients. A prime example is our very close relationship with Saporito Pasta Company located in Redwood City, California.

Saporito was started back in 1994, and I Marcos Belfiore (chef/owner of Catering Central), met John Simi owner of Saporito back in the early 2000’s. We have been great friends ever since; he’s been a mentor and helped our company grow by providing us with high quality pasta that is made locally. You can find Saporito Pasta under many other labels that are sold locally at many farmers markets, Whole Foods Markets, Dragers Markets, Local Restaurants and even many large tech and biotech companies in the Bay Area. They have a vast menu of fresh or frozen pastas made by them, right here in the Bay Area.

One of our more notable and favorite menu items our customers enjoy are the Spinach and Ricotta Cheese Ravioli, served with a light tomato sauce and a touch of cream and fresh basil. Also we offer a Butternut Squash Ravioli with Roasted Tomato sauce with fresh herbs and Parmesan Cheese. If you’d like to know more about Saporito Pasta, visit their Facebook page by clicking this link:  https://www.facebook.com/saporitopasta/.  

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5 Vegetarian Dinners

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Vegetarian food is often shunned by meat-eaters as lacking in taste and substance. While some vegetarian meals leave a lot to be desired, other meatless meals are deliciously hearty and fit for any hungry omnivore. Here are five such recipes, that will keep you sustained and coming back for more:

  1. Roast Butternut Squash, Spinach, and Barley Risotto from Delicious Everyday
    Nothing fills you up quite like a comforting risotto! While quite carb-heavy, barley boasts several health benefits including high levels of manganese, selenium, copper, magnesium, and even 7g of protein per serving!

  2. Most Things from The Vegan Stoner Blog
    Taking vegetarianism one step further to veganism, this blog is a collection of a whole host of healthful, adorably illustrated, hearty recipes. Try the lentil loaf and zucchini bean balls!

  3. Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata from Real Simple
    This is a quick weekend brunch item that will impress your guests, or charm your regular household. You can serve it with bacon on the side if you’re having trouble with a meatless meal!

  4. Grillable Veggie Burger by the Minimalist Baker
    Anyone who has ever made a veggie burger or two knows that one of the biggest obstacles to burger-greatness is making sure they don’t fall apart! This one promises to be grillable, so why not give it a shot.

  5. 10 Minute Black Bean Tacos from the Kitchn
    If you’re looking for some easy Mexican meals to whip up at home, don’t let black bean tacos fall by the wayside. Packed with fiber, black beans and corn make a complete protein that will keep you going all day.

To find out what kind of vegetarian recipes we make at Catering Central, take a look at the menus on our website – or call us today on (650) 961-3300. We cater parties in Santa Clara, provide Catering Services in Palo Alto and do all kinds of Private Event Catering in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Interesting Packed Lunches

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If you’ve resolved to start 2017 on a more healthy note, start by taking your own packed lunch to work. Instead of the usual unhealthy options available when eating out daily, you can control your nutritional intake by packing it yourself. Sure, it takes longer to prepare, but the cost and health benefits are worth it.

 

  • Wraps
    Because of the flat bread, wraps travel better than a regular sandwich. Using some lavash bread, you can even spread cream cheese across the surface as a barrier for some of the wetter ingredients. Try chicken, deli meat, or tuna with basic salad ingredients.
  • Thermos Food Jar
    If you’re not into cold or room temperature lunch options, a food thermos will keep your food warm until lunch. There’s no limit to the types of food you can put in one of these jars, but popular lunch ideas include; soups, rice dishes, pasta, and even oatmeal for on-the-go breakfasts.
  • Salads
    With a good reusable salad container, you can take your own salad wherever you go. It doesn’t matter if your greens are kale, romaine, spring mix, or arugula – you can be as creative as you like with salad. You don’t even need greens if you use grains like cous cous or quinoa as a base!
  • Leftovers
    If there’s a microwave available, you can pack all kinds of leftovers in a glass container with a plastic lid. Make your packed lunch deliciously easy by eating what you’ve already made the night before.

At Catering Central we highly value health and whole foods. We believe food plays a vital role in not only physical, but emotional health. Our social lives strengthen by building relationships over food, leading to a greater level of connectedness with the world around us. If you’re interested in having your next San Francisco Bay Area (94110, 94024) private or corporate event catered by a company working from this philosophy, call us today on (650) 961-3300. We can’t wait for your call!