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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!

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!

Catering Central Salad Bars

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There’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a big, loaded salad for lunch on a hot summer’s day. At Catering Central, we love setting up fresh, quality salad bars for our clients – giving your event’s guests the chance to customize their own meal. That’s right – salad isn’t just a side! A well made salad can be a meal in and of itself. Consider a salad bar for your next private or corporate event, catered by our team.

We’re all about themes, so salad bars can be inspired by the flavors of Asia, Latin America, the Mediterranean – or beyond! The first step towards any salad is the foundation of greens – and we provide a whole host of leaves on which to build your meal.  Whether you’re into spinach, kale, romaine, butter lettuce, or arugula – we’ve got you covered.

Depending on your theme, your salad bar will consist of a wide variety of colorful, fresh produce and dressings to suit. Fruits, nuts, seeds, and breads also pump up any salad – sending it from side to main in an instant. The number one way to make a salad that will sustain your guests, is by providing lean proteins. Chicken, beef, fish, eggs, and tofu are just a few examples of protein that will provide fuel through the afternoon.

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!

Why Choose Catering Central?

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Out of all the catering companies available in the San Francisco Bay Area, you’ve found yourself reading our blog. It means a lot to us that you have landed on our site, and now it’s our job to convince you that you need to choose Catering Central for your upcoming event. Why? Because we excel at what we do best – catering.

  • We’re about more than just food
    While a caterer’s number one job is to provide a meal, Catering Central also provides an experience. We believe that food is a vehicle for making memories, so we strive to set the stage for a seamless event where moments will be remembered for life.
  • You’re guaranteed fresh, seasonal food
    We love food, and will serve you nothing less than the best. At Catering Central, we strive to serve local food in synergy with the seasons, which means more flavor and health benefits for you.
  • Your ideas are valued
    You are an integral part of our preparation process. Your input guides the flow of the night, as well as the food. You can choose from all kinds of services and meal plans – all customized to give you the event you’re looking for.

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 (94404), private party catering in Mountain View, the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond! Call us today on (650) 961-3300.

The Catering Central Meal Plan Method

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Here at Catering Central we pride ourselves on providing well-planned meals for our clients. Today we feature four ways in which we excel at creating meal plans that blow our competition out of the water.

 

  • Theme
    Each part of the meal has been selected to compliment the others, with all elements working in one accord. Themed meals are a symphony of flavors dictated by a particular ethnic cuisine, giving your guests a meal they won’t forget.
  • Inclusivity
    We diligently provide choices for all types of dietary needs and preferences. For example; vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, and dairy free guests will always have something delicious to eat.
  • Seasonal
    We serve what nature makes available during the season – giving you the best produce that can be obtained.
  • Incredible Salads
    Salads are easily the most overlooked part of a menu, and our salads are anything but boring. Specially selected to fit the mains to which they have been paired, our salads offer distinct flavor profiles. For example, our California menus have salads with avocado and quinoa, and our BBQ menus boast a wide range of fresh veggies to suit your plate.

To find out what kind of meals Catering Central can plan for you, take a look at the menus on our website – or call us today on (650) 961-3300. We cater parties in Santa Clara (95053), provide Catering Services in Palo Alto and do all kinds of Private Event Catering in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Catered Company Lunches

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The days of randomly catered corporate lunches seem to be behind us, as more and more companies opt for themed menus. The benefits of serving food with a theme far outweigh menus with no through line, as people experience a variety of complimentary flavor profiles in one sitting.

Themed menus offer a meticulously chosen selection of flavors dictated by a particular ethnic cuisine. Nothing is out of place, and all ingredients are there to add value. When you choose a themed meal from Catering Central, you are guaranteed a quality product that is sure to enhance your corporate function. Your staff will remember the meal, and build memories together – which is everything you could want in a company event.

If you’re looking to cater an upcoming corporate event, we would love to work with you to make it happen. We do Private Party catering in the San Francisco Bay Area, Corporate Catering in Silicon Valley (94027), 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.

Market Update for May

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Pacific Produce regularly releases an overview pertaining to which produce is in season, as well as market updates relates to prices and availability of crops. This week on the blog we’ll give you a quick rundown of what kinds of changes you’ll see in stores and markets near you. For full details, see the documents posted below.

What’s abundant:
Now is the time to grab some cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, green bells, green onions, eggplant and tomatoes. They’re in abundance and the prices are low! Melons are also getting sweeter and are at a great price point.

What’s struggling:
Organic greens – insect activity has ruined many crops. Brussels sprouts are also in low supply and will get very expensive. Chinese garlic and bush berries are also having a hard time.

What’s seasonal:
Green almonds, California avocados, California asparagus, green garlic, English peas, snap peas, fava beans,romano beans, local herbs, mini nasturtiums, baby leeks, ramps, fragrant rose petals, purple artichokes, fiddle head ferns, stinging nettles, green garlic, pea greens, spring onions, purple asparagus, black grapes, field grown rhubarb (WA).

To find out what kind of magic we work with produce at Catering Central, take a look at the menus on our website – or call us today on (650) 961-3300. We cater parties in Sunnyvale (94085), provide Catering Services in Mountain View and take care of all kinds of Private Event Catering in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Graduation Parties with Catering Central

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Celebrate the conclusion of your child’s school years by partying with Catering Central! Not only do we excel in Private Party Catering, we specialize in Graduation BBQs. Our menu is the perfect accompaniment to a warm summer’s day in the backyard, with everything you need to salute a completion of thirteen years in the classroom.

To kick off the BBQ, we have three different salad choices to complement your entree. From mixed greens with a citrus vinaigrette, a classic Caesar, to a veggie-packed pasta salad, we’ll have your guests coming back for more. Pair these with tender BBQ ribs and charred chicken quarters, and you’ve got something very, very good going on your plate.

Entree is undoubtedly the best part of the meal, given that we’re serving brisket. Slow cooked for four hours and flavored with our seasoning rub – our Beef Brisket is certainly something to rave about! In fact our customers really do rave about our brisket,  simply because it’s delicious. With garlic, paprika, chili and a little cayenne pepper, this brisket is brimming with aromatic flavor and the classic beefy texture that you’ve come to know and love.

If you’re planning a Graduation Party, let Catering Central take care of the food. We believe that food can transcend simple nourishment, harnessing the power to connect people and make lifelong memories. We provide corporate catering in San Jose (95101), private party catering in Santa Clara (95050), the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond! Call us today on (650) 961-3300.

3 Ways to Prepare Salmon

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Salmon is a powerhouse; high in lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12. Boasting a range of health benefits, salmon steaks make the perfect meal for taste and nutrition. Here are three ways to prepare this tasty fish:

  1. Spice Rub
    Sprinkle garlic salt and Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute on your salmon. Bake on a foil-covered tray at 400 degrees.

  1. Teriyaki Style
    Put salmon steaks in a ziplock bag, and simply pour teriyaki sauce over the top. Let the salmon marinate for at least four hours, before baking or frying. Serve with sesame seeds on top, with a side of rice and salad.

  1. Lemon and Dill
    Set each salmon steak on a piece of parchment paper large enough to wrap the entire piece of fish. Add zest on the top, as well as some juice. Season with salt, pepper and some fresh (or dried) dill. Bake at 375 degrees.

To find out what kind of salmon 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 (95051), provide Catering Services in Palo Alto and do all kinds of Private Event Catering in the San Francisco Bay Area.