These Dishes Will Make You Fall In Love With Vegetables Again

Vegetable dishes aren’t very exciting, especially when it comes to kids. Adults—we’re all guilty of pushing away our veggies or “forgetting” to make them with dinner, so start putting them in the dinner instead. These recipes will knock your socks off as they incorporate vegetables into some of the most delicious dishes you’ve ever had.

  1. Swiss Vegetable Medley

This dish is a little more straightforward and right to the point: vegetables can be amazingly delicious, so they should be the star of the dish. Apart from making veggies the star attraction here, this dish is inexpensive and rather quick to make. If you’re trying to make dinners healthy, but you’re also strapped for time (aren’t we all?) giving this a shot will be a surefire way to please the table, and feel good about what you’re serving up.

  1. Spinach Mashed Potatoes

When it’s done right, spinach can be one of the most delicious vegetables to include in any dish. If you’re looking to sneak in a healthy bit here and a touch of deliciousness there, super-packed and ultra good-for-you spinach is certainly the way to go. You can barely taste the greens through the onions and creamy mashed potato flavor, making this a table staple from this moment onward (we bet).

  1. Green Bean Casserole

This is a dish that’s become quite popular in recent years, and for good reason—it’s got crunch, it’s got munch, and it’s certainly filling without over spilling your budget. One pro tip to get the most out of this dish is to only use fresh green beans—nothing canned or frozen. Not only do fresh green beans keep more of their nutrients when they cook, but it keeps a great texture to the dish that’s sure to have your children asking for it again in the near future.

  1. Broccoli and Cheese Soup

When it’s homemade, this dish can be extremely healthy. Getting the consistency down pat can take a few passes at this recipe; it’s rare to see a child who doesn’t want this for dinner again. Pair it with some homemade multigrain croutons for added texture, and you’ve got a dish you can feel good about serving (and eating, too).

Better Health, Better You

We should all try to incorporate more veggies into our dishes when we can. The key is to make the vegetables the star, while including enough other ingredients that your kids (and your spouse) won’t think twice about digging in.

 

And this applies to our catering offerings also. We only use the freshest vegetables in our soups, salads, and sides and we make them look amazing. Check out our soup and salad catering menu.

 

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Three Events That Require Top-Notch Catering

If you’re not utilizing proper event planning and catering, you’re not fulfilling the potential of your event. There’s a lot to be said after the balloons come down, and the VIP list gets forgotten—people remember how an event  goes. You can’t spare any details, no matter how small they may seem. These are the three types of events that you might not be catering, but you definitely should be.

  1. Corporate Parties

The common mistake that people make here is getting “catering trays” from your local supermarket. It just doesn’t have the same effect. Those who will be paying close attention to how the event is going will be certain to comment on the lack of a proper catering presence, because it’s not just about the food—it’s about the people, the atmosphere, and the service. An exceptional spread is only half the battle.

  1. High School/College Graduation

This is a pretty big deal for the graduate(s) in question. They’ve entering the adult world, one way or another, and it’s a rite of passage to have a graduation party. The most common type of party is thrown in a hall where buffets are laid out, and the bar is serving up wine, beer, and not much of anything else. Newsflash: nobody is impressed with a buffet style spread when there’s nobody maintaining the area or bringing out food. Even if you’re going for a buffet style lineup, you’ll be paying out of the nose for large portions of food from local restaurants. It’s the same food they’re serving up in brown paper bags; only a true catering company knows what excites, and what makes your event unique.

  1. Retirement Parties

It’s sort of like a graduation—you’ve now left the working world and you’re heading into retirement. It’s a blessing in and of itself, and it should be celebrated justly. Common mistakes people make is “ordering out” and putting up a BYOB mass email the day before. You may not be networking at this event, you may have made all the connections you needed, but it’s still leaving an impression on your guest list. (Besides, you’re retiring—you should get to enjoy fantastic food.)

Your Bay Area Catering Needs

Hosting one of these event types in the Bay Area? Allow top-notch Bay Area caterer Handheld Catering to take care of your event planning and catering; we’re inline with top planning companies in the area, bringing you a full experience with minimal effort on your end. Take a seat and lean back—we’ve got this.

 

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Frigid Fun Winter Recipes to Enjoy In the Cold

There’s nothing better than cooking with your family; it builds bonding, it’s loads of fun, and allows you to foster creativity. However, having an awesome and tasty end product doesn’t hurt either—try these winter recipes for a fresh spin on chilled desserts.

  1. Coffee and Doughnuts Ice Cream

There’s never a bad time for coffee and doughnuts. This recipe is like converging the two reasons you visit a coffee shop—coffee for mom and dad, doughnuts for the kids, and the whole family is happy. This is the perfect treat to scoop over a hot brownie or chocolate chip cookie. Curl up on the couch and watch your family holiday classics after a nice dinner, and spend some quality time bonding over this frozen delicacy.

  1. Double Chocolate Frozen Fudge Pops

When is chocolate not a good thing? These are one of our favorites for more than one reason: they’re easy to make, fun to put together, and you get a crowd pleaser that just about everyone can agree on. Children and adults alike will be able to sink their teeth into these pops.

  1. Butter Brickle Frozen Delight

It’s a mouthful to say, and a mouthful that you won’t be able to resist. If you’re a fan of buttery, rich desserts, you’ll be able to sink your taste buds into one of the most decadent treats we’ve come across in a long time. Cream cheese, caramel sauce, whipped cream—it’s a sugar rush just thinking about it, and the flavors don’t disappoint. This is one of the best things to serve just after dinner.

  1. Frozen Margarita Pie

If you’re looking for a lighter, more palate cleansing type of dessert, you’ve just found it. With light layers of lime, buttery richness, and some crushed pretzels for amazing texture and flavor, you’ll have a dessert that your guests and family surely haven’t had before. Leave them wanting more, and reserve it for the holidays to build up anticipation for next winter.

Making up some sweet winter recipes are the best way to bond with family around the holiday season. Take some time to craft up some fun treats to share with the dinner table, or just for a night of relaxing around loved ones. Whichever way you slice it, food brings us together!

And if you need special event catering, Handheld Catering is who you want for pulling off a perfect event.

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Make the Corporate Christmas Party Stress-free This Year

Winter comes on quickly, but Christmas comes on like a bullet train. There never appears to be enough time—you have a business to run, decisions to make on behalf of your company, and it’s exhausting to plan a brilliant Christmas party in the meantime. Well, you don’t have to go it alone. Christmas catering can be the least stressful part of the holidays, especially when it’s done right.

You Don’t Need to Make Fifty Phone Calls

Handheld Catering is inline with a bunch of top party planning providers in the Bay Area. We’ve befriended the best in the business to help make your time less stressful. If you need to rent chairs and tables for the party, get decorations taken care of, or anything in between, there’s a good chance we have the exact solution to contour to your expectations. All you have to do is let us know.

Stress Ruins the Party

If you’re buzzing with stress, guests will feel constricted and won’t relax enough. That is, until the wine starts to flow. You should be able to sit back and enjoy the Christmas party as well. You paid for catering, for decorations, and you’ve got your own at-home Christmas agenda to worry about on top of all this mess—you don’t need to put yourself into a panic attack over getting the event going; you can just leave it to us.

Show Your Employees You Care

How many times in your life did you go to an obligatory Christmas party? A lot, we’d be willing to bet. Even if your employees come into the party expecting it to be a drag, you can still show them a good time by having everything taken care of and showcasing your dedication to your crew, all with some top-notch Christmas catering and a well put-together event. You want to ensure that next year, they look forward to another fantastic Christmas party, hosted by you, catered by Handheld Catering. Christmas is a tradition; awesome parties should be too.

Your Bay Area Christmas Catering Company

If you’re trying to squeeze in a last-minute Christmas party for the crew, have no fear. Give us a buzz and let us take care of the guesswork for you, and, of course, the excellent spread of fantastic food that’s certain to make it a memorable night. You don’t need to stress and worry about the party—it’s a party, after all, and you should be enjoying yourself right alongside your crew.

 

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Spice Up Your Meals When the Temperature Goes Down

Winter hits, and we’re just not looking forward to the same food we’ve been eating all summer and fall long. Our favorite restaurants are a safe haven for quality and consistency on our favorite dishes, but we need some spice, some zeal if you will. Spicy food actually helps your immune system, too, so you’re less likely to get sick during the chilly months. These are a few of our favorite restaurants in the Bay Area. There’s just nowhere better to get the best spicy food in San Francisco.

  1. Z & Y Restaurant

Voted as one of the top restaurants in 2016, Z & Y brings you the right spice in authentic Chinese dishes. Heat up your palette and your dish selection with Chef Han’s authentic Asian cuisine and inspired meals. You haven’t truly dined in the Bay Area until you’ve stopped in to Z & Y.

  1. Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

Hot pots are a load of fun that add spice to your dish (at your discretion). If you’re heading out on a double date, or as a group with your friends and colleagues, there’s nothing better than a spiced experience that’s sure to build a bond, and excite your usual diet.

  1. Eric’s Restaurant

Since 1991, Eric’s has been the spot to go for the perfect blend of Chinese food and fresh produce. Eric’s strongly believes in limited the number of non-organic ingredients, bringing you dishes that you can feel good about while adding a bit of flair to your usual dining routine.

  1. East Bay Spice Company

We’ve all gone to Indian restaurants that just don’t seem to bring authenticity to the table. That’s because you haven’t dined at East Bay Spice Company. If you’ve never tasted curry in your life, and you want the absolute best flavor train experience possible, it’s time to test your expectations on a safe bet. There’s no better curry in all of the San Francisco Bay Area.

  1. Sahn Maru Korean BBQ

This place should be a local landmark for certain. Authentic Korean food comes with spice and savory flavors, and Sahn Maru delivers the cultural experience in every single bite. If you’re been looking for the perfect spot to bring a date or have a zen lunch hour, your search has come to its end.

 

Handheld Catering can add a little extra spice to your next winter event. Give us a call at 408-692-4782 to talk about menu possibilities. We have been named one of the 15 best bay area catering companies and serve San Francisco, the Silicon Valley including Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and San Jose full service event catering.

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Cater Your Product Launch!

Business catering is hard enough on its own. You have to take a lot into account if you’re going about it properly. When you’re in the middle of launching your product, the last thing you have to think about is the actual product launch party’s little tidbits of information and detail. You are launching your idea into the minds of everyone attending, after all. You’ve got a lot on your mind, which is why you should put your trust in the hands of a business catering company that has done this before.

Business Catering Comes With High Expectations

If you’re going to cater an entire party, then you’re going to need two things: quantity, and quality. When you’re diving into the thick of it, there are a few things that attendees (not to mention investors and potential customers) associate with one another. If you’ve put little to no effort into your actual product launch event, then it’s going to reflect poorly on the rest of the affair. You need to hit the nail on the head from start to finish. Happy bellies, happy people.

You Don’t Have Time To Call Fifty Vendors

Okay, maybe not fifty, but you shouldn’t have to call a rental company to get the chairs, canopies, and tables—you need a one-stop shop for that, which is exactly what you get with Handheld Catering. Take the guesswork out of the little details. We’ll handle the food, and everything else associated with it. We leave the space the way we found it, so you’re not left dealing with semantics while you’re trying to network further.

Launches Demand Bartenders on Staff

One of the aspects that we all know goes into play during any party is the alcohol served. If you’re going to launch a large party with a purpose and premiere excellent food, your guests are going to expect wine and beer. It’s just part of the process. With full bartenders available on staff, you’re already on the good foot by providing full service to your guests.

Product Launches Are Remembered

When you’re propelling your product into the hands of an excited (and well-fed) guestlist, you’re making memories. They’ll remember your product launch, how it was conducted, and every little detail in between as time goes on. When someone brings up your product in conversation, they’ll be certain to verbally recall how excellent the party was: the food, the product, and the wrapped-up package that is your brand.

 

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Handheld Catering Named One of the 15 Best Bay Area Catering Companies

We’re absolutely thrilled to have been named in the 15 best bay area catering companies by McGuire. It took a lot of work to get our name seen in the eyes of the public, and even more to get our original recipes into their immediate tasting vicinity.

“In fact, the name “Handheld Catering” comes directly from their closeness to the food they serve: plucked from the earth by the hands of farmers, hand-checked for quality, and lovingly prepared by the hands of the chef.” – McGuire.com

Our Principles

As you can expect, it started with a love of food. One feature that we seriously wanted to implement—and we’ve done just that over the years—is the ability to tailor your own menu to the way you want it. We’ve seen dozens of catering companies that only offer specific packages or nothing at all. That’s not how we would want to order catering. We’re big on giving every little choice to the customer because after all is said and done, you’re going to be eating the food, and your guests are going to be enjoying it throughout the day. What’s on the plate matters.

One Step Beyond

When you’re looking to get a perfect party going, you don’t want to have to make a dozen phone calls to different agencies and institutions. We’re able to provide tables, chairs, canopies and more—we believe that it’s one aspect that sets apart from the rest. We focus on the quality of the food, but we also know that the rest of the occasion requires the same attention to detail and quality. You don’t have to lower your expectations based on local vendors you’ve seen—we can handle everything for you.

Same Staff for Cleaning

One of the worst horror stories of catering we’ve heard of is the catering company leaving the mess for the party planner to clean up. That’s not just uncool, but it’s also a horrible way to conduct yourself. You wouldn’t make a mess in someone else’s home and expect them to clean it—we’re all about ensuring that everything is setup properly and cleaned up properly. We leave the kitchen and other spaces we use looking the exact way we found it when we came into the venue.

Many Thanks to McGuire

You can read the full article by McGuire, showcasing us and the other 14 picked in their Best Bay Area Catering Companies article. Take a look at McGuire.com to find the best Bay Area events and community guides for San Francisco.

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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

Turkey day is the one day of the year, even above Christmas, that your entire family gets together. Food is love. When you spend long hours (sometimes days) getting the turkey just right and whipping all the sides into perfect shape, you want the absolute best reaction. Food brings people together—here are our favorite Thanksgiving day dishes to try out this year.

  1. Roasted Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Bring a little bit of southern flair to your dinner table. If your children or grandchildren are picky eaters, even on the biggest food day of the year, make like The Godfather and extend an offer that they can’t refuse. Everybody loves mac ‘n cheese, but who said you can’t toss in a bit of health? This dish is sure to hit home with your little ones, and the rest of the adults, too.

  1. Spinach and Artichoke Stuffing

If you’re sick and tired of the same old stuffing recipe every year, give this one a shot. It’s always a great idea to throw some vegetables into an old dish. If you’ve been using boxed stuffing all these years, get ready to roll your sleeves up and get your hands dirty. Children and adults alike go nuts over this, and they don’t even know how good it is for them.

  1. Creamy Cranberry Salad

For a sweet treat that will be gone in minutes and permanently anointed onto your yearly Thanksgiving staples list, give this decadent creamy salad a try. Some even serve this up as a desert after the meal, but one thing’s for certain: it hasn’t failed the family at the table yet.

  1. The Great Pumpkin Pie

This one is a crowd-pleaser. There are two crowds at Thanksgiving: apple pie, and pumpkin pie. Sorry, apple-lovers—this one will have you absolutely hooked on pumpkin for the rest of the season. It’s a twist on traditional pumpkin pie, giving you immense pumpkin flavor, flaky crust, and a whole new appreciation for Thanksgiving.

  1. Butter-Roasted Turkey Breasts

Whether you don’t have the time to fight with a big bird this year, or you’re getting a little sick of the same old turkey, you’ll find a reason to love this recipe. Save the money and the time by going with turkey breasts instead of the whole bird, and serve up a switch-up that your family will absolutely love.

Of course, catering is also always an option. Contact us to find out more about taking a break this Thanksgiving, and leaning back to relax.

 

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Corporate Lunch Catering For Every Affair

Full-service corporate lunch catering allows you to tell your employees how important they are without words. There’s nothing like corporate lunch catering to set the right vibe in the workplace and ride that upbeat demeanor all throughout the day. But it’s not as simple as all of that. Most corporate lunch catering services aren’t designed with you in mind. It has to start from the right source; caterers who want to see smiles on their guests’ faces.

 

The Right Approach

 

Anyone can design a corporate lunch catering event, but that doesn’t mean that the first thing on the agenda is quality. Without taking a one-size-fits-all approach, we’re able to communicate properly with our clients and customize our menu based on the guests’ needs and expectations. No two people eat the same; not everyone agrees on the same menu options, and that’s where we come in. With professionals who extend their experience each and every day, all lined-up to ensure that our guests are satisfied to the fullest extent, there’s no corporate lunch catering event that we can’t perfect.

 

Management That Understands Your Needs

 

It’s the epitome of a professional atmosphere, and that’s how it shall remain. There’s nothing better than knowing that your catering service has your best interest at heart. Our staff is specially trained to remain vigilant of guest needs while maintaining a sense of propriety and attentiveness, the likes of which are rarely experienced in this lifetime. Let us take all the stress and guesswork out of the equation with staff and chef management solutions that have stood the test of time. Our priorities remain in check so that you can enjoy your corporate lunch catering experience just as your employees are, all without a hint of worry.

 

Healthy Choices

 

It isn’t just about feeding your employees; it’s about feeding them well. With a streamlined approach and simplistic ways to order healthy, tantalizing entrées, your employees will be shocked and delighted at the healthy spread of expertly-prepared food awaiting them. It’s an experience that you’re certain to hear them talking about for some time after. Your dining experience is our expertise; our guests are our number one priority. Delivering a healthy, delicious array of delectable nutrition is the key to a successful corporate lunch.

Give us a call today to discuss your next Bay Area corporate lunch catering opportunity and we will make sure it is delicious and memorable.

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The Top Five Entertainment Ideas For This Season

There are certain aspects of large-scale get-togethers that stand the test of time, and remain fan favorites to this very day. No matter how hard your crowd may seem to please, they’ll have a soft spot for these nostalgic party ideas, and everlasting entertainment plans that you can incorporate into your bash today.

 

  1. Photo Booths

 

You see old-fashioned photo boots in romantic comedies, or your kids see them nestled somewhere into their cartoons on TV, and it’s for one reason: people can’t let these go, because they’re nostalgic and a blast for everyone. No matter what your age or how many funny faces you want to make, everybody wants to bring home that photo strip as their prime souvenir from any shindig.

 

  1. DJs

 

The majority of music that people listen to nowadays is Billboard top 40 hits, which any DJ is going to have in their arsenal. Even if they’re tossing their unique twist on it, guests can request songs, and DJs know how to keep a party moving, even when the vibe dips as the night goes on. Hiring a DJ with a stellar personality is a surefire way to keep your party going, no matter what.

 

  1. Renaissance-era Performers

 

You know what never gets old? The arts. Even with all of our digital media, people still sellout theaters for decades on end. We’re not saying to hire Idina Menzel to fly on a broomstick around the room, but live entertainment is always excitable. Professional firebreathers are surefire ways to tantalize your crowd, and even get some gasps, oohs, and ahhs to litter the airspace.

 

  1. Live Music

 

Completely different from DJs, live bands can really keep your guests engaged, and provide a personal touch to your party. They’ll be able to connect with the audience in a more personal way. Apart from that, who doesn’t want to see a local musician land a great solo? Stand in shock and awe. More often than not, local musicians are just looking to get their name and sound out there—bonus points for paying them in beer.

 

  1. Food That Everybody Loves

 

It’s hard to appease everyone’s palate, which is why you shouldn’t have to stress about it—catering keeps your guests fed, and keeps the ever-persistent joke of, “Is there free food?” alive and well. Even if some of your guests walked into the party just to grab some grub, they’ll be leaving with positive memories, and adding to the thickly settled set of party guests.

 

No matter what the occasion, these party ideas are certain to keep your guests happy, and the good vibes of the party moving forward. It takes you weeks, or months to plan an entertaining party, but it takes your guests years to stop talking about it. Make our amazing Bay Area event catering one of the things your guests won’t shut up about.

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