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Holiday Party Ideas

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Whatever you celebrate, there’s probably a party coming up! December is prime holiday party season, if for no other reason than appreciating the end of another year’s work. So, if you’re responsible for planning a family, friends, or corporate function – we have some ideas for you!

(1) Afternoon Appetizers
Talk to us about what kinds of hors d’oeuvres to serve for your casual afternoon holiday events. We can help you match the right bites to the perfect beverages, whether they’re for friends or coworkers. 

(2) Brunch
Brunch parties are really underrated! We serve all kinds of mid-morning fare – a perfectly unconventional holiday party for those looking to avoid a late night event.

(3) Cocktail Parties
For something a little more high end, but less formal than sitting down to a meal, why not host a cocktail party this year? If you like to keep things simple, choose a signature cocktail or two.

(4) Sit Down Meals
Call us today to find out more about the menus and meals we serve, including equipment for hire. Let us know your vision, and we will work with you to create something within your budget.

This holiday season, don’t stress – call us! At Catering Central, we cover all kinds of event catering, including but not limited to; private event catering in San Mateo (94497), private party catering in Sunnyvale (94088), and corporate catering in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pick up the phone and call us on (650) 961-3300.

Happy Thanksgiving from Catering Central

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and we couldn’t be more thankful for you, our clients. It sounds cliche, but without you we wouldn’t be able to do what we love, which is bringing food to your table. At Catering Central, we aren’t just about feeding people. Our goal is to provide food that serves as a means of connection between friends and family, coworkers, and hosts with their guests. Our food is of a high standard so you can host events knowing that your guests will be satisfied, as you receive excellent value for money. We know you have a very wide variety of companies from which to choose, so thank you for choosing Catering Central.

Your holiday season is likely full of parties – some of which you may be hosting. The beauty of hiring a catering company like ours is that you can enjoy the party with your guests, without so much as lifting a finger. If you’re seeking corporate catering in Mountain View (94043), general catering services in Palo Alto (94306), or any kind of private event Catering in the San Francisco Bay Area, call us today on (650) 961-3300.

Holiday Party Catering

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It’s that time of year again – holiday party time! After Halloween, it seems like every weekend is packed with parties, some of which you may be hosting. If you’re holding an event for more people than you’re comfortable catering for, or would just prefer to outsource so you can be part of the festivities – call us! We’ve got you covered.

When you’re looking for a holiday party quote, make sure you know some specifics about the kind of event you’re hosting, so that we can give you the most accurate quote possible. Is it a corporate or private party? Hors d’oeuvres or ala carte? Formal or informal? Do you need food dropped off, or full service? We will work with you to make your vision come alive, with utmost professionalism and attention to detail.

If you need catering for an upcoming party, corporate event or special occasion, we would love to help you 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.

Halloween Party Ideas

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Halloween is less than a week away – so if you’re looking for ways to celebrate in style… it’s time to get your Pinterest on! There are plenty of tried and tested recipes and costumes for the spookiest time of year, but we wanted to bring you some trending pop-culture-themed recipes that are specific to 2017.

 

  • Game of Thrones
    Thrillist’s list of Game of Thrones recipes will have you in stitches! Highlights include; A Corn Dog Has No Name, Jon Snow Cones, and … Bran. Just Bran.
  • Handmaid’s Tale
    Blessed be the fruit! Cupcakes with bonnets and scarlet robes will be an hilarious addition to the food table this Halloween.
  • Westworld
    Seeing as though Westworld is a show for grownups only, we bring to you Paste’s list of Westworld themed cocktails. The ‘Man in Black’ will bring you fresh, fruity, and chocolatey notes, wrapped up in a warm whiskey package.
  • Wonderwoman
    Attractive to kids and adults alike, there are countless ways to use the shield and star on food and drink. There are too many to choose a single favorite – just type “Wonderwoman Themed Food” into Google or Pinterest and enjoy!

If you’d like to know more about the holiday 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.

Fall Food and Wine Pairings

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While the fall season may have you wanting to snuggle up with a pumpkin spice latte, there are still opportunities to pair a good wine with your meal… or dessert. Find out which wines do best with certain fall favorites:

 

  • Pumpkin Pie
    The Wine Enthusiast offers an extensive list of wines that would pair well with this tasty dessert – click here to find out their suggestions. Predictably, sweet wines are highly recommended!
  • Roasted Pears
    Why not eat your pears with cheese, then pair the two with some Sauvignon Blanc? Crisp and sweet, this wine will complement your pears best with goat’s cheese. Delish!
  • Wild Game
    Wide Open Spaces teach us how to pair game with wine in this article here. Like the article says – why go to all the trouble of hunting game, and then not go the extra mile and pair it well with wine?

Here at Catering Central, we love pairing wine with food to help bring out flavor and enhance your dining experience. 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.

Artichoke Recipes

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Apples and pumpkins are obvious crowd favorites for fall produce, so today we’re shining some light on the humble artichoke. You can find locally grown artichokes right here in the Bay Area, with farms as close as Gilroy. Here are some fresh ways to use an often unfamiliar vegetable:

 

  • Roasted
    When a recipe starts with, “It’s so simple, it’s hard to call it a recipe!” you know it’s got to be good! Try All Recipes Simply Roasted Artichoke – you won’t be sorry!
  • Stuffed
    Starter or side, you’ll want to stuff an artichoke this fall. Here’s a recipe from Simply Recipes – a lovely balance of the creaminess of cheese, with the brightness of lemon.
  • In Pasta
    The Spruce posted a penne recipe with fresh artichokes (you can find it here) that is so tasty, but at the same time, so simple. This recipe is full of whole foods and clean flavors, topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano.  
  • Dip
    Classic artichoke dip takes on a whole new meaning when you use fresh artichokes rather than canned. My Recipes have paired artichoke with kale, and it’s fure to be a party favorite.

The holiday season is fast approaching! The beauty of hiring a catering company like ours is that you can enjoy the party with your guests, without so much as lifting a finger. If you’re seeking corporate, private, or wedding catering this summer (or beyond) – call us today on (650) 961-3300. We’re experts in corporate catering in San Mateo (94402), private party catering in the San Francisco Bay Area (94117) and everywhere in between!

Alternative Flours

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Whether you’ve got food allergies, intolerances, or you’re just looking for something new, alternative flours are a great way to vary your diet. Many people rely on non-wheat flours to continue to be able to eat baked goods, and we’ve never before had so many options from which to choose! With gluten free flour, you’ll need more moisture to keep your food from becoming dense, so make sure you use a recipe rather than just Here are a few ways to use just a few alternative flours:

(1) Almond Flour – macarons, “breading” in place of panko, general baked goods
(2) Rice Flour – mochi, thickening agent in soups, bread
(3) Chickpea Flour – bind burgers, pizza dough
(4) Potato Flour – bread making, muffins
(5) Buckwheat Flour – waffles, soba, crepes
(6) Oat Flour – cookies, quick breads, pancakes

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!

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!

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!