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Holiday Party Catering

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It’s that time of year again – holiday party time! After Halloween, it seems like every weekend is packed with parties, some of which you may be hosting. If you’re holding an event for more people than you’re comfortable catering for, or would just prefer to outsource so you can be part of the festivities – call us! We’ve got you covered.

When you’re looking for a holiday party quote, make sure you know some specifics about the kind of event you’re hosting, so that we can give you the most accurate quote possible. Is it a corporate or private party? Hors d’oeuvres or ala carte? Formal or informal? Do you need food dropped off, or full service? We will work with you to make your vision come alive, with utmost professionalism and attention to detail.

If you need catering for an upcoming party, corporate event or special occasion, we would love to help you 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 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.

Passover Recipes

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Although the first night of Passover has already happened, there are still plenty more days to observe the holiday through food. You can find many everyday passover recipes online, and we’d like to bring some of them to you through this blog.

  1. Everyday Passover Recipes – by All Recipes
    These meals will help those struggling to find interesting things to eat within the holiday’s specific kosher guidelines. There’s even pizza made on matza!

  2. Passover Recipes – by Rachael Ray
    So many inventive ways to use matzo! Try it instead of dinner rolls, and crusted atop salmon. There’s a different meal idea for every night!

  3. Delicious Passover Recipes for Tots – by Pop Sugar
    Getting kids to eat unleavened food can sometimes be difficult – that’s why Pop Sugar came up with a list of kid-friendly meals that your little ones will love this Passover.

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!

Your Event’s Invitation

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Your event’s invitation is the initial expectation your guests will have about your party. You know what they say – you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. The invitation should be relevant to the event, capturing your personality as well as the vibe of the party. We have some tips for setting up your event, via your invitation.

Make the information clear and accurate
Are the right time, date, day, address, contact details and dress code made clear on the invitation? Have you specified if the event is brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert or hors d’oeuvres?

Have a limited color scheme
Unless it’s directly related to the event, steer clear of rainbow and willy-nilly color schemes. An aesthetically pleasing invitation uses color with purpose, visually providing mood for the event ahead of time.

Choose a sensible font
Comic Sans was made for comics. Helvetica is a widely used and completely appropriate font for conveying information on an invitation, though you might like to use something more decorative for the event title. Stick to two fonts – maximum.

Be clear about timing
What time does it start? Is it OK to be fashionably late, or would being late be frowned upon? From surprise party, to wedding, to milestone birthday – there are very different social expectations about timing. Also, when does it end? Being clear about this may prevent you from having a house full of people at 2am when you’d rather be sleeping.

We truly hope you enjoy your event. As always, if you’re looking for a caterer, we’ve got you covered. Call us today on (650) 961-3300 to talk about your vision for the party you’re planning.

Fourth of July Parties

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If you’re hosting a Fourth of July Party next weekend, get inspired by the myriad of decorative ideas that exist on the internet. Obviously Pinterest takes the cake for the most amazing collection of themed suggestions in one place, but we’ve also sourced some websites full of crafty goodness.

Family Now has a list of 101 Fourth of July Activities, Recipes and Crafts – featuring some truly unique ways to celebrate our country through food and color. Our favorite item was #68 – the Independence Punch.

Check out the Cake Pops over at Ellie Bean Design. Cake pop kits are available at most Safeway stores, so this impressive display of patriotism is easy as pie – you could even make them with kids!

If you’re looking for more than just sugary treats, there’s plenty of Americana meal inspiration at Mom’s Confession. Burgers, dogs and more for your independence event.

Have a wonderful 4th of July, and enjoy the relaxation of summer!

Interesting Cupcake Flavors

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There’s no doubt that cupcake fever has swept through the nation, and while we might be coming to the end of the mighty cupcake’s reign, we still think there’s reason enough to blog about this sweet treat. If you’re making a bunch of cupcakes for an upcoming event, or if you just enjoy baking for fun, we have some flavor ideas for you.

Because you’re an adult, you’re allowed to put whisky in your frosting. It doesn’t matter what kind of cupcake you’re icing, throw on some grown-up frosting (found here, at Yummly). While we’re talking about all things frosting, you should try Dulce De Leche atop your favorite cupcake (you’re welcome).

If you think that cupcake batter needs to be boring, think again. Red velvet, chocolate, French vanilla, butterscotch, rainbow and funfetti are just a few examples of ways to make the cake as delicious as the frosting. Also, cupcakes with filled centers will ignite a party in your mouth like no other. Since parties are our thing, we’ve attached our dessert menu here too.

Whatever the occasion, cupcakes will bring an element of whimsical fun to the table. Whether they’re understated, or completely over the top – try serving cupcakes without a smile on your face. We bet you can’t.


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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?


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!