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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!

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!

Try Some New Hot Drinks!

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Are you looking for a new way to warm yourself this winter? Whether you’re wanting to stay caffeinated, or wind down at the end of your day, we have some recipes for you.

Chai
You don’t need any special recipes to enjoy a warm cup of chai – simply purchase some chai tea bags from the grocery store. You can make chai like any other cup of tea, or you can develop the flavors more by making an extra milky version in a saucepan. Boil milk, or a milk alternative with a chai tea bag, some honey, and cinnamon. It’s delicious.

Homemade Tea
Did you know that you can make your own “tea” by adding fruits, herbs, and spices to a cup of boiling water? For easy mint tea, steep some crushed mint in boiling water. If you’re feeling under the weather, thinly slicing fresh ginger and lemon, with a small squeeze of honey, will help you feel better in no time.

Mexican Hot Chocolate
Taza Organic Chocolate is perfect for creating Mexican Hot Chocolate at home.

Spiked Cider

Add some light rum to your hot apple cider, and feel the sweet spice warm you from the inside out. 

Irish Coffee

Mix some hot coffee, whisky, and top with heavy cream for a decadent winter warming experience!

Enjoy all foods and drinks in moderation, as 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!