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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The Heart of Italian Food Comes From Central Italy

Certain menus have become Americanized over the years, losing that authentic Italian feel. One age-old theme, one of the most beloved party ideas of all time, is going for a fully authentic Italian dinner. For the true roots of Italian food, you have to look beyond the dishes—you have to look to where each ingredient comes from, ensuring quality over quantity, and utilizing authentic ingredients with no fillers or unnecessary components. Period.


The Common Misconception


A lot of businesses slap the word Italian on their signs, fliers, and business cards, but they seldom understand what true Italian food consists of. Common pizza joints are absolutely not at the forefront of Italian dining, though, through widespread distribution of a marketing ploy, they’ve become what the public assumes Italian food actually is. There’s an elegant superiority to authentic Italian dishes, and it shows in every single bite.


The Setup


There are various steps in the setup of a true Italian dinner that aren’t customary to how we indulge in America. For instance, did you know that the salad comes after the entrée, not before? There are loads of little quips and tricks of the trade that come into play when you’re mapping out the proper way to enjoy an authentic Italian meal. Many of them come as a total culture shock to us here in the states, despite believing that we’ve been wining and dining like they do in Rome.


Everlasting Party Ideas


There are few individuals who don’t enjoy some aspect of Italian food culture. It feels elegant, inspiring, and brings on a certain romance about it. It’s also been an age-old go-to for party ideas, and we’re not just talking about the food. Attire, décor, and everything in between—there’s nothing like attending an all-Italian themed bash, and living in another culture for just one night. Whether it inspires wedding receptions, birthday parties, anniversaries, or any other event you can Italianize, you’ll feel as if you’ve transpired continents in a single moment, that you’ve leapt back through time to a world of excellent company, and extravagant food.


Italians are passionate about their food; how it’s prepared, how it’s coupled with wines and other foods. You show someone how much you care about them with a homecooked meal that’s been slaved over, had love poured into it—dishes that relax your soul and ease your body. That’s exactly what we can do for you. 

Check out our menu page for delicious Italian cuisine examples we can prepare or give us a call to discuss your needs for a perfect Italian themed event

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Our Featured Partners For October 2017

Connections are everything, no matter what your business industry is. You befriend like minded individuals and organizations, and you build on each other, learn from one another, and grow stronger.

In conjunction with our premier Bay Area catering company, here are some of the best Bay Area vendors that we personally recommend, and work with every single day.


Too Much Fun Club

Am Party Rentals

Standard Party Rentals


Katie Abraham Designs

Patrick Florals

Silicon Valley Photo Booths


Archival Photo Booths

Bay Area Wedding Photos

Aloft Hotels

City Lights

Method 42


Putting together the right party isn’t just about a singular company. Any company who says that they can be a one-man army and handle the entire affair isn’t a team player. What does that say about how they’ll treat their clients? Setting up a proper party is more than just calling shots, it’s about calling the right ones. It starts with premier Bay Area vendors, the kind of people who critically care for their business, and their clients.


The Aspects of a Great Get Together


Each and every Bay Area vendor that we’ve selected, and continue to work with, are vital components to our success, and the success of the events that we cater to. Taking some of the stress off of your own shoulders with a company who has the connections necessary to bring your party into the realm of seamlessness—that’s invaluable.


Great parties require two vital components, and guests—each are dependent on the other. However, there’s one defining, binding factor that brings people together no matter what, and that’s great food, delivered on silver platters to your guests.


The Apex of Excellence


Our Bay Area vendors are the first choice in all of their defined industries. You only want the best for your events, and that’s what your guests deserve. Your impression—especially if it’s the very first event that you’ve hosted—is critical. People are going to remember your event, and they’re going to pay attention to who catered, who supplied décor and entertainment, and everything in between.


The top Bay Area vendors know how to identify every type of guest, and have their solutions at the ready. Set and forget—the rest is up to the professionals, just as it should be. All you need to know is how to scope them out; thankfully, we’ve done all the hard work for you.

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Best Seafood in the Bay

If you want to indulge in the freshest pearls of oysters, some steamed shrimp, and crabs, or succulent lobster, then we are the perfect choice for your dining needs in San Francisco. If you want to incorporate the best seafood recipes in your corporate events or private event catering, then Handheld Catering services will create a custom menu for you.

Seafood needs to be served fresh during meal times; you don’t want to have food that has been out in the cold for hours served to your guests or family members. When it’s time for a party, you need a catering service provider who can understand your schedule and prepare your food accordingly, to serve it when it’s fresh.

At Handheld Catering services, we live by the code of serving only fresh food that has been prepared by experienced chefs. Our company takes you to another level of service by taking the time to have our event coordinator understand your exact seafood delicacies that you prefer, to custom make the perfect service for you.

Our company prides itself on its unique mobile kitchen service that is unlike any other. With our mobile trucks that are never visible to your guests, we can setup our classic dining set with sections of hot seafood and cold seafood.

Our company has partnered with top seafood distributors to select only the best-harvested seafood to bring to your table. We follow all safety regulations that are required when it comes to seafood preparation, to present to you with an amazing dining experience of the best seafood in San Francisco.

Whether you have a formal function or a party, we take care of the whole process, leaving you to store an appetite for some delicious seafood to spark your event with life. We are only present to ensure that your experience will make you pin our company as the primary contact for all your catering needs.

We are also here to help shape up your environment before we serve our meals. We go even further to theme your seafood dining to blend in with your occasion; we are that good. From large events with 1,000 guests to private functions and small wedding, Handheld Catering knows how to cater to our specific needs. Call us today at 408-692-4782, or you can send us an email at

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How Lunch Catering for Your Business Helps Morale

Do you want to motivate your employees to be productive throughout the day? Do you want to increase the energy around your office? Well, lunch catering is one of the best ways to achieve these goals, and the best part about it is that the cost that might be lingering in your mind will be recovered multiple times over. We are going to look at some reasons as to why your company needs to offer your employees catered lunch on a regular basis. To add a sparkle to this plan, you need to select the right catering service for your needs.


The feeling of appreciation and love from your Employees

It goes a long way when your employees appreciate the value you have on them when you provide lunch that is sponsored by the company. This always leads to a successful company, because you have saved your employee’s expenses of budgeting for their lunch meals, and drifting their attention to becoming productive throughout the day.


There is a cohesion in a team that eats together

When your team gathers together for lunch in the company dining area or outside a catering dining shelter, your employees take time to talk, unwind and create an even stronger relationship in an atmosphere that is relaxed. Once you combine the ideal space with a great catering service, you will discover that your team will tackle work even more efficiently in the afternoon because they may compare notes on some work related tasks which will eventually boost employee performance.


Improving the health of your employees

When you improve the physical affairs of your employees by serving them with healthy meals, you will significantly improve their performance. When you have the right catering service, your staff will have the different meal options that will help them boost their energy, instead of eating heavy unprocessed meals that will make them feel lazy.


As we can all agree, a catered lunch for your employees goes a long way to motivate them to increase their productivity. You will even retain your employees and attract qualified employees who appreciate how you are treating your employees. At Handheld Catering, we have managed to provide office catering services to some of the most successful companies in Palo Alto. We understand the needs of businesses in the high-speed environments, and we provide the right meals to boost employee energy throughout the day.


We provide only fresh food to nourish the mind and body, and we extend our attention to detail, to dietary needs of your employees. We would like to help you boost your business performance by offering our catering services to you. Kindly call us at 408-692-4782 or email us at and we are ready to make you a great offer.

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Hiring a Caterer for Your Wedding

What to know

San Jose has some of the finest spots to host a wedding, and to blend the amazing venue with the best food you need the right wedding catering service to make your day memorable. It is not easy to select the right company to work with; if you are struggling in making this decision, we are going to give you a few tips on how to find the right wedding caterer.


Begin with your budget in mind

Don’t start emailing caters before knowing how much you are willing to spend. Not only does your budget help you in identifying the companies that you can afford, but it also helps the companies prepare the right quote for your budget.


Get several proposals

Compare and contrast the cost of services and menu options form different catering service companies. You need to inform the caterers on what you anticipate about your event, from the number of guests to the type of affair you are hosting; it is their job to propose meal courses, bartenders, chefs and other dining specifics to you. These details are very important because you wouldn’t want your guest waiting for 20 minutes for a drink.


Be attentive to their style of communication

Food is an important aspect of catering, but how the service is delivered to your clients takes the experience to a whole new level. If the catering service company you are selecting takes time to respond to your emails or fails at getting your details correctly, it is wise to cross them off your short list. The level of attention to detail is important in this line of business, especially when it comes to events as special as the wedding day.


Your honest Catering Service, Handheld Catering

At handheld Catering Services, we have a highly experienced team of friendly event coordinators, who engage with you from the start. They are present to get the exact idea of what you need when it comes to your wedding and then present to you with a quotation that captures all the right details with a very cost effective price that is in-line with your budget.


Before the D-day comes, we make sure that you have a visual concept of what our catering will look like and we never disappoint, our word is our bond, and we will make sure that your guests enjoy the day with you.


We Would like to extend our services to you on your memorable day, kindly contact us by sending us an email at or call us at 408-692-4782 and we are happy to book an appointment with you.

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Where in San Francisco to Host Your Next Event

Imagine your boss appoints you to find the best place to hold a cocktail party for your new clients, and he asks you for the details about the venue where the event is supposed to be hosted in San Fransisco within the next hour, what would you do? The minute your boss leaves to handle other duties, you start thinking about a good budget, the places that you might know; it is an uphill task if you don’t have someone who can help with planning.

On top of that, you can’t plan for a boring party; you need to impress your boss and make it a killer event for the company’s new clients. We are here to provide you with a list of the best places that you can host your next corporate event. Handheld Catering has managed to short-list these three venues  that shine brighter than the rest. These venues are not only perfect for corporate events, but also for tech conferences and weddings. Now let’s dive into the list.

The Westin St Francis Union Square

This facility has a timeless yet modern style that makes it an iconic venue in San Francisco. If you are looking for a venue right on Union Square, this is the ideal place. It has 32 rooms where meetings can be held and large ballrooms that are equipped with the latest tech accessories. The Westin is your ideal location, whether you’re hosting 20 of your closest friends or thousands of money hungry techies looking for a new way to change the world.

The Nine Studios

If you want to rent the largest daylight studio in San Francisco that will amaze your guests, The Nine is the right venue. Located in SOMA, it’s the ideal place for hosting private events, the best part being that it is located on the top floor. The room is punctuated with natural light from its ceiling windows which illuminate the wooden floor. It also makes your guests embrace the view of the city.

Conservatory of Flowers

If you’re looking for a venue to host a cocktail party, a wedding or a corporate event in San Francisco, then The Conservatory is the ideal site for you. The most outstanding thing about this venue is that it’s a historical site that will bring a spark to your event like no other venue; there is no place like this in the whole of the Bay Area.

At Handheld Catering, we have good relations with the management of these venues, and we are more than happy to offer our catering services to your guests when hosting an event in these fantastic locations. Let us lift the worry of the meals from your end, and we let you focus on showing up to the event all smiles, as we cater to you with delightful meals. To make this happen, book appointment with us by calling 408-692-4782 or emailing, we are always happy to help!

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Best Wedding Venues in the Bay Area

When it comes to weddings, no one captures “the moment” better than the San Francisco Bay area, with all of its spectacular venues. As popular Bay Area wedding caterers, Handheld Catering has seen them all and wanted to mention a few for the benefit of your upcoming wedding:


Nestldown – located just minutes away from the Silicon Valley, the Nestldown has unbelievable views combined with a rustic elegance. Built on a 180-acre property that was originally designed for the owners and their families, the ponds, flower gardens, waterfalls and redwood trees create a scene that only serves to add luxury and style to any wedding event.


Palace Hotel, –  from the Grand Ballroom to the Gold Ballroom to the Ralston Ballroom, each ballroom accommodates 300-plus guests. Built in 1875, the Palace Hotel in San Francisco claims to be, “A romantic legacy that transcends time,” with, “personal, genuine, attentive service that promises a flawless event.”


Ritz-Carlton – This sprawling luxurious resort is set upon a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with some of the best views around. The décor makes this place ideal for a never-to-forget wedding. Located in Half Moon Bay, whether you desire an intimate setting or one that accommodates up to 300 guests, the Ritz Carlton guarantees to give you the ultimate wedding of your dreams.


The Bridges Golf Club – As their website states, “Perched on a gentle rise in the foothills of Mt. Diablo, the Bridges Golf Clubhouse looks every bit the Mediterranean villa, with its tiled roof, white walls and Moorish turrets.” This exclusive county club has views of acres of velvety fairways from every window. A clean-cut, naturistic setting. Many catering events take place here, including weddings.


The Julia Morgan Ballroom – located in the Merchants Exchange, this spectacular venue is every architect’s dream. As their website states, “For more than a century, the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange has hosted the City’s most important special events, from Presidential visits to product launches and everything in between.”


The St. Regis San Francisco Hotel

Located in the SoMa district, with magnificent views of the San Francisco cityscape, the St. Regis is “pure elegance in an extraordinary setting.” Offering a modern interpretation of the St. Regis legacy, combined, “with the prestigious landmark of the Williams Building with a contemporary 40-story tower,” this popular place is an incredible venue for any wedding.


Thomas Fogarty Winery – Surrounded by beautiful vineyards and gorgeously manicured lawns, this winery accommodates up to 216 guests, and is the perfect intimate, elegant and relaxing setting for exchanging nuptials. The reception center flows down the mountainside, offering stunning views of the bay area from all three levels and is the perfect place for any catering event, including weddings.

Let Handheld Catering help you find the perfect place for your wedding. Call us today at (408) 465-0466.

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How to Make Your Corporate Event Stand Out

You’ve just been asked to plan a corporate event and are both excited and nervous. You hope this event will be so spectacular that it will stand out as one that will be talked about long after it’s over. All you need now is to figure out how to accomplish this.

Look no further.

At Handheld Catering, we’ve participated in countless successful events and have made our list of best practices when it comes to making sure your corporate event stands out as far different from the rest:

Prepare, prepare, prepare – and prepare way ahead of time. Successful corporate events do not just happen and are not “overnight successes.” They take months, and some take even years, to plan, including every single detail, so nothing gets missed in the process and the execution of the event is incredible.

List all major tasks that need to be completed – this list includes, date/time/place, budget, goals, theme, catering needs, entertainment, decorations, mailing list, contracts and photographer, to name just a few. Make sure to have this list approved to make sure you are on the right track.

Make a to-do list and timeline – from the above list, create a list of all the to-do items that need to be accomplished within each major task. Then, enter all task onto a calendar to create deadlines. For instance, under the catering category, list, “Call caterer,” then “select menu,” and so forth. Detail out this list, as much as possible, to avoid overlooking something. Mentally walk through your corporate event, from beginning, middle and end to make sure you haven’t missed anything.  Make sure you allow plenty of time, just in case an emergency arises. A good idea is to establish all dates, and then move them forward one week.

Budget – Know what your budget is, and then stick to it. Go through your list and attach a price to each item, as to what each major task may, or may not, cost. Gather quotes. When you have completed your financial outline, seek approval, to make sure you are in line with what is expected.

Recruit a committee – no one person can carry out a successful event alone, and the beauty of a corporate event is participating in a successful team effort. Get the word out, recruit, hold regular meetings often to update, send out a follow-up email to make sure everyone understands the progress made and what remains to be done. Make sure you are always on schedule for all deadlines, including checking in with the catering service, entertainment, florist and venue. Make sure close communication is always present to orchestrate the event. Your job is to make sure everyone else does their job. Be a resource to them and thank them, often, for their efforts.

Enjoy – through proper organization, your corporate event should be as enjoyable to you as it is to everyone else. Never be so stressed that joy of the experience gets lost. There is always help available for those who show appreciation and teamwork.

Let us help you execute your next corporate event; call Handheld Catering today.

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