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Rosh Hashana

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The Jewish high holiday season is upon us, with Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, and Hanukkah all coming up within the next few months. Rosh Hashana begins at sunset today, and is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. Here are recipes of the traditional foods served at the Rosh Hashana table:

(1) Round Challah
This Jewish bread, usually served as a braided loaf, is made in a round spiral to symbolize a prosperous new year ahead. Other interpretations of the significance of a round challah include; representation of a crown/the sovereignty of God, and the never ending opportunity to return to God. 

(2) Apples and Honey
Two of the sweetest foods combined represent the wish for a sweet new year.

(3) Brisket

This cut of meat may represent hardship – something that Jewish people have experienced throughout the centuries. Also, it has become a traditional meal so close to the heart of high holidays that many families have their own recipes that so heavily remind them of the holiday table.

If you need a little extra help this holiday season, call us today at Catering Central on (650) 961-3300. We can’t wait to consult with you on your event preferences – from plates, to hors d’oeuvres, tablecloths to dessert – we have you covered! We do corporate catering in Palo Alto ( 94304), private party catering in San Jose (95154), and we cater all kinds of parties around the Bay Area. Let us know what kind of event you’re looking to cater, and we’ll do the rest!

Catering Checklist

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If you have an upcoming event and require catering services, there are a few things to get in order before making the call. This blog post serves to educate you on the information you should have on hand when you seek out a catering company, so that you can have the best experience possible.

 

  • Numbers
    First things first: How many people will be at your event? In order to get a handle on what the caterers will do, we need to know how many mouths will be in attendance. Let’s avoid that awkward moment where there’s not enough food at an event!
  • Services
    Do you want hors d’oeuvres, brunch, lunch, casual, or fine dining? Do you need tables, chairs, linens, a buffet, or a sit-down meal? If you’re not sure about what you need, explain the nature of the event to us, and we can help you prepare accordingly through our experienced suggestions.  
  • Budget
    Have an idea of what you’d like to spend, but be flexible and realistic. At Catering Central we provide value for money, balanced with quality service, so keep that in mind when planning your budget. You may also need help with factoring in peripheral costs that you haven’t considered – give us a call so we can help you know what kind of funds are necessary for your event!

  • Location
    Knowing the location helps us give you an accurate quote. Also, a map/layout of the venue helps our team plan the flow of the event, and stay efficient with service.

 

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!

International Day of Charity

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Tuesday September 5th was the International Day of Charity, and as we’d all agree, a relevant cause in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and the impending arrival of Irma. You might be wondering how to help those affected, especially if you live in the Bay Area like us. Being a catering company, we’d obviously love to help feed the masses, but that can be difficult from a distance. In the spirit of the International Day of Charity, here are three major ways you can help those affected in the South:

  1. Give Money to Food Banks
    Instead of physical food donations, you can give funds directly to the food bank. Alternatively, if you know someone in South Texas, transfer money via Venmo or your bank, and ask them to buy food to donate on your behalf.

  2. Texas Diaper Bank
    People with young children can’t do without diapers, and your donations will help a family be able to function just that bit more regularly. You can give by mailing diapers to 5415 Bandera Rd., Suite 504, San Antonio, TX 78238. Alternatively, you can buy them on Amazon and send them directly to the given address.

  3. Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
    The Mayor of Houston has set up an all-encompassing fund for relief, with information of what needs money and assistance. If you’re unsure about how to help, try this website.

At Catering Central we are dedicated to responsible ways to use leftovers and helping those in need. We hope that your friends and relatives who may be affected by the storms and floods are safe, and experiencing kindness of those around them.

Boost Your Veggie Intake

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Parents have been hiding vegetables in their children’s food for decades, but you’ve probably never considered hiding veggies in your own food – right? Even though you know they’re there, vegetables can be “hidden” in all kinds of foods that would be otherwise nutritionally challenged. Even if the food you’re cramming with vegetables isn’t technically healthy, boosting the nutrient level is still worth something. Here are some ways to get your five a day!

 

  • Black Bean Brownies – by Chocolate Covered Katie
    You might be skeptical about the texture of black beans inside of something as decadent as a brownie, but these fiber-filled beans eliminate your need for flour and you can’t even taste them. These are something you need to make to believe!
  • Frittata/Omelette
    Do you have leftover veggies from the night before, or some vegetables hanging out in the fridge closing in on their expiration date? Mix them into some eggs and bake. Alternatively, use them as stuffing in an omelette. Yes, you’ll be able to taste these vegetables, but you’ll also pack in far more vegetables than you would in any other breakfast.
  • Pasta Sauce
    A grate way to boost pasta and meatballs is to grate a ton of vegetables then add them to the sauce. Onions, zucchini, red bell pepper, and carrots can all be sauteed in some olive oil a few minutes before pouring a jar of sauce on top. Use spaghetti squash instead of pasta for even MORE vegetables.
  • Muffins
    Again with the grater – you can add all kinds of things to a muffin recipe.

 

You can enjoy all foods in moderation, as long as they’re part of a balanced diet. 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!

Kids in the Kitchen!

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Whenever you see pictures of children cooking in the kitchen with adults, the pictures manage to make the whole process look charming and stress-free. If you’ve actually ever cooked or baked with children in the kitchen, you know that it’s usually anything but calm. So how can you teach your children about food while staying sane?

 

  • Make a plan
    Before you get into the kitchen, know what you are going to cook and have ingredients at the ready. If you haven’t got what you need, consider waiting until you’re prepared rather than winging it.
  • Try 1:1
    Where possible, try to cook with one child at a time. Since some “jobs” in the kitchen are more exciting than others, you’ll avoid constant bickering by being able to give your full attention to one child.
  • Have boundaries
    Yes, you can mix the batter. No, you can not use the stove by yourself. You need to keep kids safe, first and foremost, in the kitchen. If it’s hot, heavy, or sharp – insist that you’ll be responsible for those tasks until the child is developmentally ready.

Even the best home cooks need help catering parties. 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.  We’d love to help you see your next event’s vision become a reality! Call us today on (650) 961-3300.

Easy Dinners To Impress Guests

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You don’t need to be a culinary genius to impress a few dinner guests! The links below are to countless recipes that look complicated, taste amazing, and are actually a cinch to make.

  1. 19 Easy Dinners That Will Impress The Heck Out Of Your Date by Buzzfeed
    This list kicks off with coconut-crusted tilapia adorned in pomegranate salsa, so you can see that these recipes aren’t messing around. Make the seared scallops in brown butter, dream of the cosy chicken piccata, or try your hand at a perfectly cooked steak.

  2. Simple Dinner Party Ideas That Will Impress Guests by Business Insider
    Antipasto and proscuitto-wrapped anything tend to impress people. Sometimes minimalist ingredients used well pack a bigger punch than all the complicated recipes in the world.

  3. 10 Gourmet Recipes to Impress (Plus 10 Easy Shortcuts for Weeknights) by Real Simple
    Who doesn’t love a good shortcut – especially when you’re ending up with a similar product! Cutting corners doesn’t have to mean cutting taste. Check out the Salt-Baked Leg of Lamb and potatoes!

If you’re planning an upcoming event, let Catering Central take care of the food. We believe that food can transcend simple nourishment, harnessing the power to connect people. We provide corporate catering in San Mateo, private party catering in Mountain View, the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond! Call us today on (650) 961-3300.

DIY Salad Dressing

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Modified corn starch, monosodium glutamate, and xanthan gum are just a short list of additives in commercial salad dressings that really don’t need to be there. With a few simple pantry ingredients, you can make your own salad dressings that taste great and cut out the junk.

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette
If you read nothing else today, remember this recipe! You need only five ingredients – ½ cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Shake it up in a mason jar and suddenly your salad is awesome.

50 DIY Salad Dressings by
Food Network
Any salad dressing you can buy, you can make. Use this list as inspiration, or a guide when you’re needing some dressing.

8 Easy DIY Salad Dressings by Greatist
Check out this infographic – anything from almond, miso-orange, and smoky tahihi can be made from this list!

While there’s no such thing as “good” and “bad” food, let’s work together on spending the majority of our lives filling our bodies with nutritious fuel instead of unnecessary additives. If you’re looking for event catering in Redwood City (94604), private party catering in San Jose (95117), or general catering in the San Francisco Bay Area – call us today on (650) 961-3300. We thrive on healthy food – and so can you!

Safe Table Scraps for Dogs

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To many pet owners, the addition of a dog to the family means there’s a very welcoming mouth to feed with expired leftovers. But are table scraps really that safe for dogs? We have had a look around to see which human foods work for dogs, and which should just be composted. The American Kennel Club has an exhaustive list, and we have a short summary below.

Human Food Dogs Can Eat
-A small amount of plain bread is okay, but don’t go overboard
-Coconut is actually super healthy for dogs
-Fish is fine, but watch for bones
-Peanut butter is allowed, but make sure it doesn’t contain Xylitol
-Tuna is fine in moderation, as long as it’s plain
(See the AKC website for more!)

Please Don’t Feed Your Dog These Things…
-chocolate
-avocado
-garlic
-onion
-grapes
(Again, these are just a few at a glance – see Food Beast for another great list)

At Catering Central we highly value health and whole foods – for humans. Just as the right food nourishes dogs to live their best life, we believe food plays a vital role in a person’s physical, and 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!

National Hot Dog Day

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Did you know that there are more than forty ways to make a hot dog? July is national hot dog month, though the official “hot dog day” changes every year. This year it was on the 17th, just a couple of weeks after the day hot dogs seem to shine their brightest – the fourth of July. So, what makes a good hot dog?

(1) A good sausage
Technically, any sausage will do the trick – but which ones are the best? For nostalgia’s sake, basic packaged hot dogs from the supermarket have your number, but going gourmet is probably what you’re looking for as an adult.

(2) The right bun
You can top load, side load, or even poke a big ‘ole hole down the middle of your hot dog bun. White, wheat, or brioche – your bun sets the stage for your dog.

(3) Toppings
This is where things get real! There are so many variations of toppings, from as basic as relish and onions, to as crazy as mac n’ cheese. Google “Types of Hot Dogs” and you’ll be amazed at the results.

(4) Condiments
Ketchup and mustard will always be classic hot dog condiments, but remember to always ‘dress the dog – not the bun.’

At Catering Central we know that hosting a party requires much more than just preparing food. We prepare, transport, heat, serve, and clean up after food. We’re sure you’d agree that your role as the host of an event would be better utilized mingling and directing, rather than worrying about the food. Let us take care of that for you! 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 – call us today on (650) 961-3300.

Bastille Day

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This Friday is Bastille Day, the French national holiday. A time of celebration and culture, Bastille Day traditionally includes parades, dances, fireworks, and meals shared with others. As a nod to the delicious cuisine of France, we’re sharing some French recipes on the blog today.

  1. Our Favorite French Onion Soup Recipe by Epicurious
    What’s not to love about a piping hot bowl of French Onion Soup, covered in toasted, bubbly Gruyere? If you’re invested enough to make your own, check out this recipe. If you’d rather leave it to others, go to Chez Maman in San Francisco.

  2. 22 Easy French-Inspired Recipes That Anyone Can Make by Delish
    Nutella crepes – need we say more? Well how do Chicken Cordon Bleu roll ups sound? Delicious! Check it out.

  3. French Recipes by Kidspot
    French cuisine isn’t just for the adult palate! French Toast and Chocolate Eclairs cater to a child’s sweet tooth, while providing some excellent lessons in culinary arts. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not make some macarons while you’re at it!

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!