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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!

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.

Top 5 Reusable Kitchen Items

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Your kitchen is a place where new inventions come pouring in, but there’s something so satisfying about getting back to basics. Many kitchen items perform one function only, yet these five things can be upcycled and reused day after day.

  1. Coffee Filter
    If you enjoy a steaming cup of pour over every morning, you’re likely to be using paper filters. For a little more than the cost of a box of paper filters, you can pick up a cloth filter that does the job day after day. Rinse, hang out to dry!

  1. Glass Jars
    Pasta sauce, peanut butter, olives and salsa all tend to come in glass jars. When you’re done with the product, remove the label (with the help of Goo Gone or Eucalyptus Oil) and reuse the clean jar.

  1. Bags from Grocery Stores
    Whether you’re finding uses for disposable bags at home (e.g. garbage liners, storage) or reusing cloth bags at the store, there are global benefits of being mindful of waste.

  1. Salt and Pepper Grinders
    When you purchase whole salt and pepper at the grocery store, they come in grinders that many throw in the trash after one use. Simply take off the lid, and refill.

  1. Food Storage Containers
    Bringing your own food to work or school is good for your wallet and waistline. In addition, you cut down on waste when you reuse the containers in which you store food.

If you need catering for an upcoming party, corporate event or special occasion, 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, and events all the way from Palo Alto (94301) to San Francisco. If you’re looking for catering when it comes to parties, events and gatherings – call us today on (650) 961-3300.

Donating Food

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This year 225,000 people will be nourished by the SF-Marin Food Bank. While so many people in the Bay Area are so financially comfortable, the uncomfortable economic divide still remains. People in the Bay Area are hungry, and we can help.

The effects of providing food to people in need have a ripple effect on society as a whole. Many families with young children rely on breakfast clubs at school for a healthy breakfast, which then enables them to learn with fewer distractions. With proper nutrition, children have an improved ability to focus and gain a more meaningful education.

Food Banks also provide home delivered groceries for senior citizens who find themselves unable to keep up with the cost of living. While the majority of food at a bank is non-perishable, the SF-Marin Food Bank incorporates Farmer’s Market-style pantries, helping those in need to eat more nutritionally dense meals.

We work very closely with InnVision Shelter Network (Maple Street Shelter), where we donate our leftover food. This website, Bay Area Hunger shows the location of all of the Food Banks in the Wider San Francisco Bay Area. For more information on how you can donate to the SF-Marin Food Bank, take a look here at their website. Together we can make a difference.

Baseball Burgers

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Baseball season just wouldn’t be complete without burgers and garlic fries. At Catering Central we take our burgers pretty seriously – making our own buns fresh from high protein bread flour. These buns are legit – crafted with organic milk and sugar.

Our beef patties are hand made from hormone-free Niman Ranch. For something a little extra, we mix in caramelized onions to seal the moisture in our patties. Served with quality cheese and handmade aioli, these burgers are just as much an experience as a meal.

Garlic fries are a Giants stadium staple, and can be easily made at home with just a few fresh ingredients. We found a San Francisco Garlic Fries recipe here at Bon Appetit. These are the perfect side to your peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

Baseball season is a celebration of summer, friendship, family and food – all through a shared enjoyment of the great American pastime. Call us today on (650) 961-3300 if you’d like to celebrate with our delicious food.

Quick Weeknight Meals

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By combining decent quality store bought items with homemade sides (or vice versa) you are cutting your nightly dinner prep time in half. For those days when you don’t want to spend an hour making dinner, try these mealtime hacks.

  1. Meatballs or Steak Pie with Mashed Potatoes
    Mashed potatoes are a cinch when they are the only item you need to prepare – easier still if you buy pre-made frozen mash. They’re also a hearty side for Swedish meatballs from Ikea, or a tavern inspired pie from Trader Joe’s.
  2. Fresh stir fry with frozen vegetables
    Sautee your protein, add your pack of pre-cut, snap-frozen veggies, squirt on some sauce – and voila! All you need now is to throw some rice in the rice cooker. Done.
  1. Pre-marinated fish
    Trader Joe’s has some excellent pre-marinated fish, with the absolute winner being Mojito Salmon. While you’re in the frozen aisle at TJ’s, check out what kinds of rice or quinoa sides are available.
  2. Pasta, pasta, pasta
    Mac and Cheese, marinara sauce, pesto with parmesan… the list goes on. For an unassumingly delicious meal, look no further than pasta. Keep some pasta and sauces in your pantry for a low-key, fast dinner.

The more homemade dinner hacks you collect, the less you’ll be eating out. Dinner at home promotes connection with others, not to mention the benefits for your wallet and waistline.

Middle Eastern Menu

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Middle Eastern food is marked by signature spices and tastes that ignite the senses. Today on the blog, we are featuring recipes for our Palak Paneer, Pulao Rice and Falafels – a flavorful meal that will make your mouth water.

Palak Paneer is made by sweating onions and tomatoes, then adding dry ingredients (Curry Leaves, Fennel Seeds, Garam Masala Powder, Chili Powder, Turmeric Powder, Coriander Powder, Fenugreek) to form a paste. It is really important that the paste stays moist during this process. Once the paste is ready, add a generous amount of fresh spinach leaves and water. Cook this for mixture for a good 45 minutes (or longer) until the spinach has become almost saucy. If you’re feeling it, add some garbanzo beans or peas. Add a touch of cream, salt and pepper to taste and… voila! It’s finished.

Now, for the perfect falafel! Start by soaking fresh garbanzos overnight. Puree the garbanzos, adding onion, garlic, parsley and cilantro – also pureed. Mix in the dry ingredients; cayenne, coriander, cumin, cardamom, baking powder, and all-purpose flour. With all ingredients combined, roll the mixture into a paste and coat with sesame seeds. Deep fry the falafel until they’re golden brown and cooked through.

Pulao Rice is a vegetarian side made with clarified butter (ghee) onions, saffron rice, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom seeds and golden raisins. Serve this rice beside the paneer and felafel – and you have a meal to impress. Call us today on (650) 961-3300 if you’re interested in having us make this feast for you!

Frozen Cocktails

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There’s nothing quite like a frozen drink on a hot summer’s day… especially if that frozen drink is alcoholic. Dust off your blender and make a shopping list for BevMo – we have some some frozen cocktail ideas to keep you as cool as a cucumber.

BuzzFeed is the ultimate collection of funny articles, lifehacks and interesting facts – also home to a list of 29 Frozen Drinks to Put on Your Bucket List. Check out #12 – The Peach and Honey Sangria Slushy – for a perfect seasonal fruit to blend into your cocktail.

For something creamy, make your espresso frappe a little more adult by adding Kahlua. For a full list of adult frappes, click here. We love the Chocolate Covered Cherry Frappe – talk about indulgent!

If you’re watching your waistline, or simply looking for less decadent options, take a look at this article about making your drinks healthier. We particularly love the tip about using honey to make simple syrup. While it’s still sugary, honey boasts some excellent health benefits like antioxidants and allergy support.

Enjoy the chill while you can!

Building Staff Culture with Food

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If you are looking for a way to build your staff team, look no further than sharing a meal. Many workplace leaders will occasionally provide food in the break room, without fully realizing that the act of breaking bread together is so much more powerful. There is a big difference between eating together vs. eating alone.

Having your team join for a meal will solidify their relationships simply because you are changing their routine, and hopefully making happy memories in the process. As their boss, showing appreciation through your actions speaks volumes to the value you place on your staff members. Morale is raised via appreciation, and you know that a happy team is a more productive team.

Where possible, make the meal during the regular time your staff would work. If your crew is unable to get together during the work day, try putting on a breakfast before the day begins or dinner when the work day is done. If you’re going for a time outside of work hours, limit “shop talk” so that your team has a chance to talk about other things. You also don’t want people to dread coming together, so keep it light.

Remember that celebrating the little things will mean a lot to your staff. Your effectiveness as a leader is marked by your willingness to go the extra mile for those helping to make the company’s vision work on a day-by-day level.