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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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 info@handheldcatering.com.

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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 info@handheldcatering.com and we are ready to make you a great offer.

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