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Thanksgiving Trends 2017

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Are you stuck for ideas on something to bring to your friends or family Thanksgiving celebration? You can be fairly certain someone else will have the turkey, stuffing, and green bean casserole covered… so what else can you make? We have scoured the internet to find obscure, on trend recipes to wow your fellow guests.

  1. Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Salad
    This delicious spin on regular sweet potato recipes is from Country Living, and is ready to set your side-dish tastebuds alight. With all the heavy comfort food of the season, this salad will lighten your plate without sacrificing taste.

  2. Hasselback Butternut Squash with Bay Leaves
    There can never be too many hasselback vegetables, right? Bon Apetit brings us this recipe with a bit of sweet, a bit of heat, and a whole lot of flavor.

  3. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Balls
    Are you looking for the world’s easiest dessert to make? Chelette’s Decor and More has a recipe for three ingredient cheesecake balls. Warning: they aren’t healthy, but they look delicious.

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!

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!

Fall Season Produce

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While all seasons boast their specific produce bounty, we are undoubtedly upon the most plentiful! Fall is the season of the harvest, bursting with apples and pumpkins – and of course, pumpkin spice. The California Cookbook shows which produce is ready, what has been, and what is to come – you can find the guide here. What do we have to look forward to this Fall: 

 

  • Apples – time to bake!
  • Artichokes – bright side to a roasted chicken
  • Asian Pears – sweet afternoon snack with some nuts
  • Bell Peppers – raw with hummus, or cooked in a stir fry
  • Herbs – roasted vegetables with olive oil, sea salt, and rosemary, anyone? YES!
  • So much more! Check out the list, and don’t forget to go to You-Pick farms while you can.

This fall 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.

 

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!

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!

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.