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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.

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!

Technology at the Table

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Most adults know that having your phone out at dinner is bad table manners – but what iPads? What if the restaurant puts them on the table right in front of you, and expects you to order from them? Now, that’s a completely different story.

It seems that restaurants are catching onto the idea that screens are absolutely irresistible to people these days, so if they can’t beat ‘em they might as well join ‘em. Restaurants are starting to use more iPads and tablets on the table, not only for ordering – but for payment as well. Splitting a check has never been so stress-free.

If you’re worried about machines taking people’s jobs, rest assured that restaurants using this system still employ wait staff and they seem to be making good tips… since a computer is suggesting the math for gratuities. Another plus side is that customers don’t have to wait for the server to return so they can pay. Seems that restaurants have a faster turnover of customers, meaning that wait staff can gather more tips that way, too.

Remember, if you’re looking for Corporate Catering in San Mateo, Private Party Catering in the San Francisco Bay – or any other catering needs – call us on (650) 961-3300 to see how we can use technology to get food onto your table. Almost all the information you need is on our website, after that, all you need to do is call!

It’s predicted that within the next few years, most restaurants will head towards tablets on tables. How do you feel about this? Comment below!

Restless Palate Syndrome

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Ever get the feeling that you’re looking for something new and different… all the time? Millennials tend to have a hard time with predictability and easily tire of the same ol’ same ol’. In fact, the same comfort that some get from getting consistently identical meals each time they visit a restaurant is the absolute disdain of those with a restless palate. They want something new – something they’ve never tried before.

Since adventurous choices are trending, the food industry must follow suit. The great advantage of catering to those with restless palate syndrome us that we can not get stuck in a food rut. While some restaurants go as far as Molecular Gastronomy, most are just looking for what’s popular right now.

Get ready to see vegetable flavored sorbets, herbal ice creams, insects served as a meal protein (not kidding!), fourth wave coffee, third wave beer, toast that costs as much as a meal, and teeny-tiny bite size desserts. Cover that toast in honey with sea salt sprinkled on top, serve that coffee over condensed milk and cinnamon, fry those insects and dip them in sriracha – that’s how you satisfy a restless palate. Whatever you do, keep the tastes changing.

It’s not hard to find places in San Francisco that think outside the box. Check out this list of the SF Chronicle’s Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants  and take your pick!

Football Season Classics

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It’s time to get some spicy wings in the oven and crack open a beer – football season is back! Whether you like to watch the games by yourself, or with your crew, we have some recipe ideas that will keep you focused on the game.

Nachos are a classic football game accompaniment. Recipe4Living gives us an Everyday Nacho recipe that you might like to try real soon. Served piping hot with the works, these nachos are as affordable as they are tasty. Alternatively, you could just go for the All-American Frito Pie.

Check out Chef Michael Symons’ recipes here at the Food & Wine blog. He showcases Spicy Sriracha wings and Pork Cheek and Black Eyed Pea chili as game day favorites.

Don’t forget the classic Reuben. Shown here at, the Reuben offers bready, cheesy, meaty, saurekrauty goodness. Also on the plus side, it’s really easy to make.

This season, spice things up and make your game day food yourself. Who knows? Your house might just become the place to be.

Green Lunchboxes

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If you pack lunch everyday, it might be time to invest in a few quality items that will easily pay for themselves before too long. Instead of the endless need for ziplock bags, paper bags, saran wrap and foil – we have a few lunchbox hacks just for you. These are excellent for school lunches, but they aren’t just for kids!

First, get yourself a freezable lunch bag like this. When your food is either hot or cold, you’re much more likely to eat it. Use small containers like these ridiculously good value containers from Ikea . Now you have all kinds of reusable containers that will eliminate your need to go through so many disposable bags.

For hot lunches like soups, rice dishes and noodles, you can’t go past a good old Thermos food jar . These things are sanity-savers when you can’t bear to eat another sandwich or salad.

If you regularly buy your coffee in a paper cup, think again. By making your morning brew in a travel mug, you can bring it with you to Starbucks for coffee two (…or three) later in the day. Bringing your own mug saves both a paper cup, and gives you a discount on your coffee price. Try the Contigo Autoseal or Stanley SS Adventure Pack Mug  for durable, well sealed, backpack-approved mugs. Just throw your coffee in your bag and go!

By making these small investments, you’re making a huge impact in the consumerism problems that we face in the USA. It’s so worth it.

Ala Carte vs. Set Menu

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This week we will be exploring the differences between Basic and A la Carte menus – giving you the ability to make a more informed choice about which kind of menu will suit your next event.

A set menu (also known as “basic”) is a menu without choices or substitutions. These menus are popular for weddings and other events that feed a wide variety of people. With a set menu, they appeal to larger audiences, and also may offer food that people wouldn’t otherwise choose to eat. Set menus are also typically priced lower than A la Carte.

A la Carte is where the customer chooses exactly what they would like to eat. It differs from a buffet, because you do not typically fill your own plate with A la Carte – rather – choosing from a menu. The price tag is higher, but so is the customization.

Choosing catering options for your event may seem overwhelming, so remember that we are here to help. If you have questions, and would like to discuss your catering options, give us a call today on (650) 961-3300.

New Trends in Catering

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Catering trends are as ever-changing as foods themselves, and we endeavor to keep you up to speed with what is going on in the culinary world. Today on the blog we will spotlight three recent trends in catering;

  1. Food Trucks
    These have a been around for a while, yet gained popularity a little while back with the introduction of SOMA Streat Food and Off the Grid. A perfect way to please a group of diverse friends, street food truck parks provide a myriad of options for the hard-to-please crowd. In addition, you can choose to eat a lot of small foods or one regular sized meal.

  1. Pre-Packaged DIY Meals
    Hello Fresh, Destination Dinners and Gobble are just a few dinner kit companies that provide boxes of fresh ingredients for customers to make their own meals. A hybrid between take out and home-cooked, dinner kits might just be the best new dinner solution for the time-crunched.

  1. Full Service Dining
    The pendulum is swinging from streamlined, fast restaurants to full service, wide variety, table service experiences. Real plates, real silverware and full dining adventures are where it’s at.

If you have any questions about up and coming catering trends, and how we can help, call us today on (650) 961-3300.

Homemade Salad Dressing

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Dressing a fresh salad with homemade dressing is a surefire way to impress your friends and family, also also just increase how much you’re loving your salad. From the simplest, everyday dressing to something a little fancier for guests, we have some ideas for you;

Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette
You can wing this recipe with 2 parts olive oil, 1 part Balsamic and a squeeze of lemon. If you’re looking for something more in depth, take a look at this.

Check out this recipe for a healthier version of your favorite ranch. Here’s a dairy-free version, too.

This dressing is a clear crowd-pleaser, why not try it today?

Making your own dressing will taste better, it’s healthier for your body and you can customize the ingredients to your special dietary requirements. You might decide to give up the store bought dressing altogether – but you’ll never know unless you try making your own.