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Preserving Fresh Herbs

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Most of us buy fresh herbs for specific recipes, using a couple of leaves or sprigs, then allowing the remainder wither in the fridge. To eliminate waste, and to save money on your grocery bills, you can preserve fresh herbs in the freezer, using a simple ice cube tray

  • Water Method
    For minimal damage, tender herbs like mint, parsley, and cilantro are great to freeze in water. Simply thaw and strain for later use, or keep some mint for tea.
  • Broth Method
    Herbs that you may use in soups and risottos can be frozen in broth. Anywhere you’d normally use broth and herbs are suitable for this method – you can even throw some frozen herb/broth ice cubes directly into your rice cooker along with your rice and liquid of choice.
  • Oil Method
    For sautes, stews, and roasts, freeze those herbs in olive oil. This is perhaps the most versatile of all the methods – you can capture the fresh taste of seasonal herbs and enjoy them all year long!

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!

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!

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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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).

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!

DIY Freezer Meals

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There’s no hiding the fact that supermarket freezer meals leave a lot to be desired. For a start, they rarely look like the picture on the box, and they’re also usually such tiny portions that they leave you feeling unsatisfied. With some glass or aluminum containers, you can pack your freezer with healthier, homemade freezer meals that you can heat and eat when you’re in a hurry. Here are some classic food ideas for your freezer stockpile:

 

  • Lasagne
    Make your own lasagne using regular beef, or lighten it up with turkey. Assemble the lasagne according to your favorite recipe, but don’t bake it just yet. For best results, thaw the lasagne on the day you’ll be eating it, and bake it fresh.
  • Enchiladas
    Just like the lasagne idea, make your favorite enchilada recipe up until the point of baking. Freeze in an ovenproof dish, covered with a lid or foil, and bake on the day. You’ll love the results, and be impressed with how much better it tastes compared to frozen enchiladas from the store.
  • Pizza
    Why suffer through thin, sparsely topped frozen pizzas that taste like cardboard? You can make your own from scratch, or hack a store bought frozen pizza by adding a whole host of extra ingredients. Make your pizza your way!

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!

Weeknight Chicken Dinners

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Chicken Breasts are inexpensive to buy in bulk, and extremely useful for a variety of dinner applications. These dinner recipes are easy to make, and winners the whole family will enjoy.

  1. Creamy Chicken Broccoli Quinoa Casserole from Pinch of Yum
    For extra flavor, try adding a generous dollop of basil pesto to the sauce in lieu of, or in addition to, the seasonings.

  2. Homemade Kung Pao Chicken from Epicurious
    While this recipe requires a quite a few ingredients from the pantry, once you’ve stocked the cupboard with these items, you can make Kung Pao multiple times before needing to restock.

  3. Roman Chicken from Heather Cristo
    Baked chicken thighs and a flavorful tomato sauce develop this meal into a delicious weeknight meal. This tasty dish is easy to make, and serves well on top of whole wheat spaghetti.

  4. Queso Chicken from Pinch of Yum
    Perfect for making in advance, this crock pot dinner combines and develops all the familiar flavors of Tex Mex food. For extra crunch, try it with some tortilla chips.

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.

Survey Monkey “Favorite Foods” Menu

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Our good friends at SurveyMonkey decided to curate a small recipe book of foods that their employees have enjoyed from across the globe. We decided to give it a go and for the company’s first lunch of the New Year (2017) we served them a customized menu using their ideas at the new office building in San Mateo, California. Thanks again to Zander Lurie, Tim Mally, Kelly Brehmer, Terry McCarthy, Rebecca Cantieri, Megan Kavanaugh, Greg Nguyen, and Janine Yalun for the support that fostered a wonderful relationship that started back in 2014.

If you’re looking for a flexible, customizable menu, 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!

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Catering Central Lunch Wraps

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Searching for a “lighter” lunch for your next company luncheon? We have menus dedicated to this lighter affair. Take a look at some of the wraps that we make (see below);

Wraps Selection
-Carved “Beef Roast” Wrap: Roast Beef, Caramelized Onions, Jack Cheese and Spring Mix. Horseradish Aioli

-California Turkey Wrap: Oven Roasted Turkey, Baby Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Shredded Carrots and Cabbage, Sun Dried Cranberries. Herb Dressing

-Grilled Veggie Wrap: Asparagus Spears, Grilled Zucchini, Eggplant, Spring Mix, Herb Dressing

-Mediterranean Tuna Wrap: Albacore Tuna, Mayonnaise, Red Onions, Celery, Tomatoes, Lemon Juice

We offer sides with the wraps also;

-Fresh Pasta Rotini with Cucumbers, Pesto, Cucumbers, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese

-Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

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