2019 Wedding Food Trends Everyone Will Love

Our San Jose Catering Team Talks Wedding Catering Trends for This Year

Planning to walk down the aisle soon? Wedding fare has changed a lot since last year, so check out some of the latest and greatest trends that are currently a hit at weddings, receptions, and venues widely. Talk to your San Jose wedding catering team about 2019 wedding food trends and menu options for your big day: It’s All About the Sweets Create something magical for your desserts and sweets station. It is very 2019 to go all out with sweet treats using inventive ideas and contemporary presentation concepts. Consider opting for a custom s’mores bar!...

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Why Catered Lunches are Great for Team Building

5 Benefits of San Jose Office Catering

Could your team benefit from some motivation and team building exercises? Start with something simple: a catered office lunch! Believe it or not, a catered lunch can be the perfect platform to forge relationships, build solidarity, and increase progress toward common goals in the workplace. Consider hiring a local and full-service event catering company, with experience in corporate event catering, that will handle everything from the planning of the menu, to decor and flowers, to serving the food and other event details--so you can focus on engaging your team.


Feeding your team farm-to-fork food right in the office can greatly improve productivity. Studies show that creating an engaging and casual environment for your staff to interact can increase how productive they are on the job. Consider San Jose office catering as an investment in a strong bottom-line....

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How to Get Attendees Engaged at a Corporate Event (Hint: It’s the Food)

What’s the most important part of an event? Is it the venue? The décor? Actually, it’s the food – especially at a corporate event, where getting employees and guests engaged is no easy task. Here are just a few catering food ideas to show you how food can keep your corporate events exciting for your attendees.

Hire a caterer

You don’t have to have a fancy party to hire a caterer. For example, if you’re going to plan an employee appreciation day or an in-office Christmas party, chances are your employees will look forward to it if they know the food is catered. An experienced corporate event caterer should give you a comprehensive menu that can be customized to suit your event needs. The best in the business provide in-house staff with their services....

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5 Party Trends for 2019

With your help, 2019 can be the year of great parties. No matter the occasion—a birthday party, a corporate event, or a fundraiser—your party will be a huge hit with these party trends. For even more help making your event a success, reach out to a private event planner in San Jose, CA. Finger Appetizers One of the most important parts of any gathering is the food. People go to events anticipating the food, and what you serve can easily make or break the occasion. Make sure your guests aren’t distracted and anxiously waiting for the food to be served by offering delicious appetizers right at the start of the party. Many hosts are opting for more finger and handheld foods because these options are easy to eat and don’t require much cleanup. Custom Signage Avoid the tacky streamers and opt for more personal decor with custom signs. This is a trend that will continue for a while, because custom signage elevates the evening and immediately pumps up guests as soon as they arrive. Neon signs are a big hit, but you can also make custom paper lanterns, spray paint the walls, or hang classy banners. You can even follow the trend of dessert...

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4 Awesome Ideas for Organizing a Perfect Private Event

No matter what occasion you're planning an event for -- birthday, anniversary, graduation, corporate party, conference, fundraiser, or something else -- you know the food and drinks you serve are important elements. That's why you want the best catering in San Jose, CA. Creating a memorable experience takes a lot of planning, preparation, and attention to detail. If you're charged with organizing an event, here are a few suggestions that may help. Brand Your Event To make your event stand out, choose a compelling theme and name it. Develop a catchy tagline and logo you can use for the invitations and for promotion. In other words, brand your event. A memorable, attention-catching brand is an invaluable tool for printed materials, media relations, and social media. Good branding increases value and visibility. It helps you create buzz. A Good Plan, the Right Tools, and an Event Team It's imperative that you create a good plan and track your tasks, timelines, and budget, as well as any other elements that may be involved, such as guest lists, speakers, registrations, or donations. Software and online tools are readily available that make it easier to create and manage all of these details, but nothing takes the place of good planning,...

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5 Great Purposes for Table Numbers in Event Planning

When it comes to corporate event planning in San Jose, CA, tabletop numbers can take the stress out of seating arrangements as well as help your caterer organize meals. Keep reading to learn more from the professionals at Handheld Catering. Seating Arrangements While table numbers have several purposes, primarily they’re used to help event planners make seating arrangements. Once you have a layout of your event room, you can assign numbers to each table and then assign seats to each guest. For corporate events, use table numbers and seating arrangements to encourage networking and teamwork. In the event of a cancellation, you can easily change your seating charts to accommodate vacancies at company events. Dining and Catering Most venues use table numbers to help their wait staff and chefs plan and execute meal services. Just like in a traditional restaurant, table numbers help the hosts organize their patrons and help the wait staff remember orders. Even if you don’t use a decorative tabletop number, the venue staff will probably ask for some kind of seating chart and meal planning system to ensure that your guests get the food they requested. Table numbers are also useful if dining is buffet-style. To start a buffet line, you...

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Tips to Boost Attendance at Your Event

There's nothing more disheartening than spending hours of hard work planning an event, only to have no one show up. Though it’s likely they have their reasons, it’s hard not to take something like this personally. No matter if it’s a wedding, a business meeting, a fundraiser, or another event, you want your attendance to be high. To avoid this kind of embarrassment at your next event, use the tips below. Select the Right Date Think carefully about the date and time of the event you are planning. Certain seasons, days of the week, and times of day can be better suited for some types of events. For seminars, mornings are the best. Employee appreciation and networking events are best on weekday nights right after work. Weddings and parties are great on Friday nights and the weekends. If you are not sure about which date to select, ask some potential attendees about their availability. Choose the Best Location The venue where you host the event will also impact the attendance. Select a central location that will be easy for people to get to. And, of course, make sure the venue fits in your budget, too. Mail Invites Early The earlier you can send out save the...

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Things to Think about as You Plan Your Corporate Event

One of the tougher aspects of corporate event planning for the customer is deciding what to include at the event. Do you want a cocktail party or dinner? Open bar or cash? Seating or no? Even if you are planning on looking at corporate event planning companies in San Jose, CA, for your event, there are still many things you need to decide on in coordination with your corporate event planner. Here are a few of them.   Booze or No, Open or Cash Only This is a difficult question because virtually everyone knows someone at a corporate event who “had a little too much.” The first question you have to answer is about your corporate culture. Are cocktails expected? Are they expected to be free to employees and a guest? What controls need to be in place to make sure everyone has fun, but not too much fun? All these questions come down to your corporate culture, what your employees expect and what your budget is.   Food – Finger or Dinner or Something in Between Cocktail events with finger-style food are popular because of price and convenience. They also allow for mingling of guests that a more formal affair does not easily. Your corporate...

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What Should Be on the Menus of Your Corporate Event?

Before you can order from a company that provides full-service catering in San Jose, CA, you need to know what you want to serve. Your menu will be dictated by the time of day, how you sell your event, and what you want to get out of it. Catering breakfast provides incentive for people to arrive on time and stay for the entire meeting. Catering lunch keeps people from drifting away from a meeting. Dinner and early breakfast meals are a good time to connect with customers and supporters. Mid-meeting snacks keep the energy level up and provide a respite, in which people can process information from the meeting.   At Breakfast Time Breakfast may be the easiest meal to decide on a menu for. Eggs can be scrambled, fried, or boiled. Pancakes, waffles, and French toast are always a hit. Granola and yogurt are good together in a parfait or separate, especially if you need to cover those who are vegetarian. Don't neglect the drinks; coffee and tea should always be on the menu, but it is equally important to include fresh fruit juice, preferably orange if they are in season. Add cereal and milk to help people feel like kids again!   At...

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Fun Fun Fun in the San Jose Sun: Where to Go

Several festivals are still coming our way with food, fun and more. So let’s get right to it so that you can mark your calendars for these great local activities.   Italian Family Festa August 25th & 26th at History Park is the 38th annual Italian Family Festa. Each year the Festa adds new activities to keep the Festa fun and relaxing while providing a truly cultural experience to the community. This year’s addition is the Galbani Cooking Stage, sponsored by Galbani Cheese, with celebrity Chef Marco sharing his recipes and cooking tips. With Italian music, entertainment, cultural exhibits and presentations, cooking demonstrations, grape stomps, wine tasting, bocce and more, this is a weekend filled with fun that shouldn’t be missed.   Viva Frida! September 9th marks a festive tribute in honor of renowned Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo! Head over to Mexican Heritage Plaza to enjoy food, art, music, culture, tequila, and margaritas. Listen to live Mariachi as you admire paintings from local Chicano and Mexican artists and there be a variety of food vendors plus Mexican antojitos, Frida themed photo booths and a festive atmosphere to celebrate one of Mexico's most renowned artists. The event is kid friendly so the whole family can enjoy this...

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