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Happy Hanukkah from Catering Central

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Happy Hanukkah from Catering Central! As we come to the fifth night of the holiday, you may be winding down on the celebrations, but we hope you’ve enjoyed some dreidel, gelt, and sufganiyot. Just as Hanukkah commemorates a miracle, we head into the miracle of a new year—excited to uncover what 2017 has for Catering Central!

If you haven’t made latkes yet this year, it’s time to get on board. No matter which holidays you celebrate, Potato Latkes are delicious—especially when they’re covered in applesauce. Check out this recipe – Potato Latkes – from the Food Network. Rated five stars, and classified as an easy recipe, these little cakes are certainly something you can make with children (take care around hot oil, though). Food is even more tasty when it’s made with love!

As 2016 draws to a close, we want to thank you for taking the time to read our blog and support our business. We can’t wait to cater events for you in the new year! Happy holidays, and have a blessed 2017, from all of us here at Catering Central.

Merry Christmas from Catering Central

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This Christmas, we have many things for which to be thankful. As we said in our Thanksgiving post, without our clients we wouldn’t be in the position we are today, and we want you to know how much you mean to both our business, and to us personally. We hope you have time to spend with friends and family this Christmas, enjoying festivities and food together.

Christmas is a time for celebrating newness, and things to come; as the very meaning of the holiday comes from birth. As we gear up for 2017, we look forward to all of the events we will be catering, new clients we will be meeting, and fresh ventures that come our way. We hope that you will join us as we saddle up for the new year, and call us when you need event catering.

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Catering Central!

5 Holiday Treat You’ll Want to Make

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Are you looking for something cute to bring to a holiday-themed potluck? If you sign up to make dessert, you can not only bring deliciousness, but creativity as well. Check out these five treats!

  1. Melted Snowman Cookies from Crazy Domestic
    You may have seen these making their way around the internet—for a good reason! We’re sure you’ll have some guests instagramming these cookies before they munch, because they’re just so cute.

  2. Dreidel Surprise Cookies from Tablespoon
    Wow your friends with a cookie that’s part pinata! Not only are these cookies festive, they’re delicious and surprising.

  3. Candy Cane Fudge from All Recipes
    This fudge is a treat for all holiday parties, regardless of the holiday. Fresh, minty, and fudgy flavors will take you back to childhood—but with adult flair!

  4. Reindeer Treats from Rada Cutlery
    Who doesn’t love a sweet and salty treat? Dig into some pretzels and salted caramel rice cakes, covered in sweetness, and wrapped in festive cheer!

  5. Hot Cocoa Cupcakes from Food Network
    What? Cake in an actual cup? Yes! These are literally “cup” cakes, and they will warm your guests with their humor and creativity.

This holiday 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.

Multi-Holiday Parties

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There’s no need to feel uncomfortable this holiday season when it comes to inviting friends and family over to your house to celebrate the holidays. While some people are filled with Christmas cheer, others will be having a happy Hanukkah or maybe even celebrating Kwanzaa. The beauty of a generic holiday party is that everyone gets to try something new.

Traditional Hanukkah food includes latkes (potato pancakes) served with applesauce and sour cream, as well as deliciously sweet jelly donuts called Sufganiyot. Since Hanukkah is the celebration of the miracle of oil, the food reflects the holiday’s oil-filled beginnings.

Add a touch of Kwanzaa to your holiday party menu by serving sweet potatoes, collard greens and black-eyed peas. This holiday celebrates African heritage and the first fruits of the harvest.

For the addition of Christmas cheer, add peppermint, cinnamon and ginger to everything! The taste of Christmas is all about indulging the sweet tooth with spicy, decadent treats.

Go ahead and walk bravely into hosting a multi-holiday party!

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Are you looking for a Holiday Menu with a difference? Catering a party around this time of year is a great way to make memories for friends and family, while enjoying the party without having to fuss over the food. We have a Holiday Menu with a few options that are sure to spice up your season.

Starting off, we have salads boasting fresh, seasonal ingredients – bursting with pecans, beets, oranges, cucumbers, olives and more! Take a look at the menu for creative options that also involve quinoa – the ancient superfood.

You will notice that our entrees are turkey-free, just in case you overdid this poultry during Thanksgiving. We have wintry delights that will warm you up, such as; roast pork loin, grilled marinated teriyaki steak with green beans and some comforting vegetarian meals as well.

If you’re interested in more holiday menu goodness, contact us today for more details! We have desserts upon request, so call us today to satisfy your sweet tooth. Holiday Menu Options B-page-0

Thanksgiving on a Budget

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may be looking to cut some corners so this feast fits in your budget. Everything from table settings to turkeys can be made cheaper, without sacrificing beauty or taste.

When decorating for Thanksgiving dinner, think about what you can reuse or upcycle. If you’re looking for a centerpiece for your table, check out Pinterest for something you can make yourself. By adding your creative flair, you’ll save money on pre-made decorations.

Food wise, you can easily save some pennies by purchasing a basic turkey from the supermarket. Look out for sales and store your bird in the freezer until the night before Thanksgiving. For sides, create everything from scratch with items you find on sale. Around this time of year, there will be great deals on holiday-specific foods – just make sure you get to the store before they’re all sold out!

Lastly, for your sanity’s sake, don’t leave your Thanksgiving groceries until the last minute. The stores are full of people, and not full of all the things you need. To avoid making extra trips and having to pay extra money, try to get everything organized this weekend.

The Food Connection

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Lets be honest – food really sets the scene for a party. Whether you plate it, serve it on a platter or host a buffet, your guests will remember what they ate. At the most basic level, we eat to nourish our bodies – but we eat together to nourish our whole lives.

Food is the cornerstone of most holidays. What would Thanksgiving be without the turkey who gave his life for our dinner? Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Passover, Easter, Valentine’s Day – they all revolve around food! Like a fish needs water, birthdays and weddings absolutely need a cake. We celebrate with food!

The meal you serve, and the way you serve it, truly matters. It’s not about serving the fanciest feast, but instead, mindfully presenting the food you have in a way that matches the event and proves that you care about your guests. For inspiration, check out few of our most recent blog posts which have been devoted to taking your hospitality skills to the next level.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed because your guest list is as long as your arm, consider hiring Catering Central for your next party, so we can help make it a success! We can’t promise that your friends and family will behave, but we can confidently say our food is delicious. And that’s all that really matters, right?

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Happy Healthy Holidays

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The holidays are here, and with them come the temptation of a lot of delicious food. From latkes to lollipops, stuffing to sufganyiot, cornbread to candy canes – November and December are full of such (caloric) fun. So, for those of you on a diet, how can you keep your willpower while enjoying yourself this holiday season?

Firstly, we believe that healthy eating shouldn’t be a result of dieting. Healthy eating is a lifestyle that prioritizes fresh whole foods, limiting or eliminating processed food. Everything can be enjoyed in moderation – the key is moderation.

Here are a couple of practical tips to keep yourself healthy this season:

(1) Don’t stand next to the snack table! If you gravitate towards the snacks during awkward holiday moments, find another way to occupy your time. Awkward moments are aplenty at family gatherings, so Instagram some photos of a drunk uncle or something.

(2) If you’re hosting, provide a lot of fresh food options. If you’re bringing something to somebody else’s house, ditch the packaged foods and make something delicious out of real ingredients. If you’re in a time crunch, choose a store-bought item that isn’t laden with artificial flavors and colors.

(3) Eat until you’re satisfied – not until you’re bursting at the seams. Nobody wants to roll you out the door at the end of the night.

(4) If you’re hosting, give your guests some leftovers as they leave. You don’t want to be eating pecan pie for breakfast, lunch and dinner all week. Well, you might want to, but it’s not the most productive health choice.

Enjoy yourself, and be thankful!