Catering Central

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1558 Gladding Ct. Milpitas CA 95035Call Us: (650) 961-3300

Food Startups and the Little Guys

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Gone are the days where people connected directly with the caterer as the sole means of gathering business. Over the past few years many food startups have begun to corral a pool of catering services and help companies decide what kinds of food they serve their staff on a daily basis, which in and of itself is a solution to a problem. Yet, bigger picture, these online alternatives are severely affecting their offline counterparts.

With online accessibility ruling how people find vendors, it’s easy to forget the “little guys” and our dwindling margins when going through a third party system. One way you can help small businesses stay afloat is to cut the middle man and contact us directly when you need catering services. We’re ready to hear your vision for your event and match your budget with the highest quality foods and services from Catering Central. When you come directly to your caterer, more of your money makes it back to our business and we can keep bringing our best to the Northern California catering scene.

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. We are passionate about supporting small businesses and keeping food fresh, seasonal, and local. 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!

Novelty Cocktails

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When you’re out at a bar, do you get inspired by the big, ridiculous novelty cocktails you see? Many themed bars in the Bay Area (e.g. Trick Dog and Smuggler’s Cove) serve fun boozy mixes in kitchy vessels, and you can make your own novelty cocktails at home, too! Here are a couple of ideas to get your inspiration flowing:

  1. Watermelon Keg
    Keeping it green (literally) never tasted so good! The watermelon keg is made by hollowing a watermelon, adding a tap, liquidizing the watermelon chunks and mixing it with alcohol. Perfect novelty for a summer party.

  2. All Kinds of Bacon Cocktails
    You thought the bacon craze was done? Well, if you’re into all things salty/sweet, these boozy bacon shakes are for you.

  3. The Cotton Candy Martini
    There’s a guaranteed sugar rush in every sip! If your adult body can handle it, the cotton candy martini will take you back to childhood, while reminding you how old you are.

To find out what kind of cocktail recipes we shake 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 (95052), provide Catering Services in Palo Alto and do all kinds of Private Event Catering in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Snack Right

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Snacks have taken a bad wrap in the past, being viewed as a departure from regular healthy eating. Modern snacking trends have gone back to basics, with most people reaching for natural snacks when 4PM strikes. Here are a few snack trends we’ve seen this year:

  1. High Protein
    These snacks don’t mess around – protein bars, jerky, nut butter, cheese and seeds are all densely nutritious bites for serious snacking.

  1. Low Carb
    Matching the high protein trend, is a need for snacks that are low on carbs. Olives, celery with cream cheese, or low fat string cheese really hit the spot.

  1. Calorie Controlled
    Certain brands of snack food produce portion controlled packs of their product, clearly labeled with the amount of calories per pack.

  1. Fewer Ingredients
    Clean eating is about consuming food that is natural. With fewer, pronounceable ingredients, people feel more comfortable about reaching for these snacks.

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 (94035), the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond! Call us today on (650) 961-3300.

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!

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!

Summertime Salads

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Summer is a great time to get creative with your salads. If you’re lacking inspiration, think about the incredible selection available at local health food stores with salad bars, like you’d see at Whole Foods. Anything and everything you can put on a salad is right there, giving you a wide range of options for a salad perfectly customized to your mood.

If the salad is your meal, go heavy on the protein. Nuts, seeds, tofu, cheese and meat are delicious ways to keep you going for hours. Shying away from carbs might be better for your waistline, but it may cause you to be hungry soon after you eat. Try adding some complex carbs like quinoa, rye bread croutons or pita bread to your plate.

Dark, leafy greens are undoubtedly amazing for your health. Packing a punch of iron, calcium and fiber (to name a few) – kale and spinach are a smart choice for a salad base. Don’t underestimate Romaine lettuce just because it looks like it’s nutritionally void counterpart Iceberg lettuce. Romaine is a great source of chromium, which is a natural helper in the balancing of blood sugar.

Lastly – take risks! If you’ve never added berries, mango or dried fruits to your salad – today is the day. If you’ve only ever used one kind of dressing, try another variety. You’ll never know what works unless you try something new.

We have added our California Salad menu – a hit with companies who want to provide a healthy, yet fortified, lunch salad meal. Take a look!

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Impressing Clients with Food

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Feeding the hungry masses is one thing, but impressing your clients is something completely different. At Catering Central we provide our clients both food and professional service, offering tastes that become memories of an event. Whether it’s a corporate luncheon, wedding, conference or celebration, we have the right food for the occasion.

So, how do we aim to impress our clients with food? Firstly, we talk with each and every client about what they want from their caterer. Low carb, gluten free, vegan, paleo, low fat, themed – we have it all. Imagine how excited guests with special dietary requirements become when their needs are not only included in the menu, but also given balanced options that taste good too.

We also impress clients by serving their food with professionalism. Our team takes pride in their work, with sensitivity to the variety of atmospheric nuances we experience while catering events. You can guarantee our food is always fresh, with a high standard placed on sourcing our ingredients.
Next time you are looking for a caterer in the Bay Area, call us to discuss your event. Big or small, we have you covered.