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1558 Gladding Ct. Milpitas CA 95035Call Us: (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.

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.

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!

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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Fresh BBQ Ideas

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Are you tired of flipping the same old burgers every time you fire up the grill? Summer time is here, and you need some fresh ideas! Get excited, because our suggestions might just have you grilling every night of the week.

(1) Salmon steaks
Change your protein, change your BBQ. Salmon is a totally understated griller meat, full of healthy fats and ready to use on a burger or the plate.

(2) Marinated chicken breast
You thought BBQ sauce was only for ribs? Think again. Put some chicken breast in a freezer size ziplock bag, with an ample amount of your favorite BBQ sauce and let it sit overnight. The flavor will be locked in when seated on the grill.

(3) Cheese steak sandwiches
Looking for a touch of Philly in the Bay Area? Grill your steak, and cut it up finely. Add cheese, onions and your favorite sauce to a hotdog bun.

(4) Fajita it!
Grilled, sliced peppers and onions with garlic can make any BBQ protein delicious. Add the fajita veggies to your burger bun or plate – served beside a grilled cob of corn is even better.

Do you have some great ideas for the grill? Comment them below.

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!

Packing Food for the Beach

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Going to the beach is fun for the whole family, especially when you have a cooler packed with delicious food. Getting the food ‘right’ is part of the experience; gaining priceless new memories, while saving you time and money.

The most important part about beach food is making sure that it’s protected from sand (nobody wants a literal sandwich). Bring a big beach blanket to make a proper barrier between your food and the sandy world below. Ziplock bags are just right for packing your food, preventing sand intrusion with a tight seal.

Consider bringing parts of a meal (like salads, sandwiches or fruit parfaits) and assembling it at the beach. You’ll have a fresher meal, and you’re less likely to become enticed by the burger and fries being sold across the street. Also, make sure you think of everything – from the cups to the napkins, to the forks and plates – make a list and check it twice.

When you arrive home from your beach day, unpack your cooler straight away. Nothing says, “I’ll never pack my own food for the beach again,” quite like a cooler growing its own science experiments after food has spent months decomposing inside. Keep it clean, keep it fresh and enjoy packing food for adventures!

Packing Food for Road Trips

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Just because you’re on the road doesn’t mean you need to eat fast food! With a little preparation and packing, you can take delicious, nutritious food with you on the go. Since food tastes better when served hot or cold, you’ll need a few packaging resources to get the ball rolling. Firstly, you’ll never regret the purchase of a food thermos – keeping hot food hot for hours. Secondly, everybody knows a road trip is all about the cooler.

While you’re driving along the highway, instead of eating food from the gas station, munch on some pre-prepared healthy snacks. Throw some baby carrots, bell pepper strips, and baby cucumbers in a ziplock bag, and some dip in the cooler. You could also pack chips and salsa, or air popped popcorn for the drive.

Pre-made mini pizzas, freshly baked muffins, yogurt pretzels and trail mix are a few extra ideas catered especially towards your driver. Anything that can be eaten on-the-go will be helpful to the person at the wheel. Tea, coffee or smoothies in travel mugs will also keep your car full of happy campers.

If you’re planning some pit stops to eat home-packed food, why not prepare some salads for the cooler. Grain salads, like quinoa or barley, will help keep you fuller for longer. Leafy greens will be better if you pack the dressing separately and add it at the last minute. Some warm roasted chicken in a hot food thermos can be a perfect addition to your meal. Whatever you eat, we hope it satisfies your body – giving you energy for great adventures.

California Salad Bar Menu

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With Summer just around the corner, you’ll be glad to know that we have salad bar solutions for your next event. With all the nutrition of salad, combined with the sustenance of carbohydrates and proteins, a salad bar is the perfect way to cater for a summer luncheon.

As you can see from our menu attached below, our California themed salad bar is packed with all the deliciousness you’d expect from Catering Central. Butter lettuce, baby spinach, arugula or red leaf lettuce form the base of your salad, topped with proteins like grilled salmon, cajun chicken or marinated garlic and oregano chicken.

Since lettuce does not make a salad, we pair our greens with a whole host of sides. Make your choice of sweet corn, eggs, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, beans, bacon, berries, tofu and more! Any combination you choose can be topped with soy ginger, balsamic, caesar, herb or ranch dressing. We also offer pasta sides, featuring vegetarian alfredo and diced vegetables topped with parmesan.

We can set our salad bar up like a buffet, or as a delivery drop off – just like takeout. If you’re interested in having our California Salad Bar at your next event – call us today on (650) 961-3300.