Check Out These Great San Jose Wedding Venues

Weddings are fun! Nerve-wracking, but fun. And a huge part of that fun is planning the entire thing but trying to find the perfect location around San Jose can be a little overwhelming at times. So today we thought we’d shine the light on a few of the more ‘top-of-the-line’ venues.   Corinthian Grand Ballroom Located in Downtown San Jose, the Corinthian Grand Ballroom is the premier location for your wedding ceremony & reception. The Corinthian Grand Ballroom is “Silicon Valley’s most elegant and historic private venue” and can accommodate up to 350 guests!   Wedgewood Weddings | Boulder Ridge Located in Boulder Ridge, high above the Santa Clara Valley in San Jose, Wedgewood Weddings offers panoramic views of the entire Silicon Valley and features a stunning backdrop of the Santa Cruz Mountain Range. 360-degree views of the lush valley make the perfect backdrop for your weddings photos and this venue can handle up to 200 guests. The average wedding cost at Wedgewood Weddings, Boulder Ridge is estimated at between $13,657 and $17,522 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.   The Ranch Golf Club, South Bay Offering more than just an 18-hole golf course, The Ranch Golf Club in the South San Jose hills offers a unique...

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Handheld Catering On Location At Stanford University

                                Recently we were honored to be a part of a two-day event at the University’s Center on Global Poverty and Development. This research center works to improve the lives of the world’s poor and is working diligently to turn path-breaking research into real-world results. From research and awarding student fellowships to convening conferences and events, the Center strives to improve policies that will make people’s lives better. What Was On The Menu With 2 full days of breakfast, lunch, and snacks, Handheld Catering worked up an impressive menu for all four meals. Of course, as a Certified Green Business, we used all biodegradable products for all plating and utensils, as well as napkins the cups for beverages and coffee. Day 1 Menu Breakfast Fruit salad Egg, potato, spinach, bacon, mushroom, onion, tomato and cheddar cheese frittatas. Vegetarian option with egg, potato, spinach, red pepper onions and Swiss. Build your own bagel bar with assorted sliced bagels, sliced cheddar, and Swiss, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado. Assorted juices, tea and of course plenty of coffee. AM Snack Assorted mini muffins & mini scones with jam and butter. Assorted soft drinks, mineral water and lemon and mint-infused water. Buffet Lunch Baby arugula salad with...

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Handheld Catering Certified As Green Business

You likely know that at Handheld Catering we strive to use the freshest ingredients from local growers and farmers and that we practice the farm-to-fork approach. However, we are proud to announce that we are now the first caterer in Silicon Valley to be Certified as a Green Business and only the 36th in the entire state of California to receive such a distinguished honor. This is a milestone that we are extremely delighted to achieve and we couldn’t wait to share this news with you.   So What Does ‘Certified’ Mean? Becoming a Certified Green Business is reserved for those companies that are verified to be complying with environmental regulations in the areas of pollution prevention, business waste, energy, water and air quality and that show they truly care about sustainability. Handheld Catering is committed to taking action to conserve resources and prevent pollution and this Certification lets the rest of the state know exactly how committed we are.   What Differences Do Green Businesses Make? As of 2018, there have been 3,108 California businesses Certified Green and the overall savings has been huge. Take a look at some of these savings from the past year. Greenhouse Gas Emission - With the equivalent of planting...

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Summer Might Be Winding Down, But You Don’t Have To!

There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful weather in the Bay Area. As Summer winds down and Spring starts to peek its gorgeous head out at us, we wanted to point out a few great festivals that are on the horizon.   The San Jose Jazz Fest helps wrap up the Summer August 10-12. With over 100 artists scheduled to perform and almost a dozen stages, the weekend is destined to be fantastic. Visit their website for a complete list of performers but there will be headliners including Jane Monheit, Yissy & Bandancha, Johnny Gill, Sarah McKenzie, Kool & The Gang and more, this is one festival in San Jose that you don’t want to miss.   August 18 & 19 you can visit the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Yosip Parish, located at 680 Minnesota Avenue in San Jose to enjoy the 26th Annual Assyrian Food Festival. Admission is free and the festival showcases Assyrian food, traditions and educating the community about Assyrian heritage, as well as preserving and passing on Assyrian cultural traditions to the next generation. Make plans to attend the festival and enjoy authentic food, music, and dance.   The Italian Family Festa takes place August 25 & 26...

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Get Outside this Summer! 3 Great Activities in the Bay Area

Summer means sun and that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy some of the Beauty around the Bay Area. There are a lot of great places to go hiking this summer but we’ve put together 3 area selections and paired them with a great place nearby to dine afterwards. Encased by Mountain View and East Palo Alto, the Baylands Nature Preserve is a 1,940 acre undisturbed marshland. With 15 miles of multi-use trails you can hike, run, or bike your way around as well as enjoy wind surfing, sailing, canoeing, and a variety of nature walks and programs on ecology and natural history. Dogs are welcome but must remain on a leash and as it’s a preserve, there’s no collecting of plants or animals allowed. One your hiking adventure is complete, stop by the Kali Greek Kitchen for a fantastic local organic menu. With a great selection of light meals and filling plates along with a variety of beer and wine, this is a perfect stop on the way back home. Also nearby there is the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, a 3,436-acre preserve that is rich in wildlife and ecosystem diversity. Monte Bello is Italian for ‘Beautiful Mountain’ and...

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3 Reasons to Have Your Summer Vacation in San Jose

Deciding where to make a Summer getaway? Beautiful San Jose is the largest city within the Bay Area and a popular vacation destination throughout the year, but Summers in San Jose are a sight to behold. Be sure to visit our Blog for inside information on festivals and other fun adventures in and around the area, but here are 3 fantastic reasons to plan your Summer vacation in San Jose. Island Reggae Fest starts at 11am on July 14th at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. The Island Reggae Festival is an area tradition that is celebrating its 7th anniversary this year. There will be lots of live music, a Polynesian Dance Showcase, plenty of food & merchandise vendors, arts & crafts, a tattoo showcase, & unlimited carnival rides for kids 12 & under. This is a full day of fun in San Jose that you won’t want to miss so be sure to take along your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy some time in the sun. The Paper Plane in downtown San Jose is the perfect spot for a taste of signature crafted cocktails and delicious food while enjoying a late night happy hour that even includes discounts on food. They...

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Best of the Bay: Where to Catch the 4th of July Fireworks

Nothing says Summer in America quite like a traditional Independence Day fireworks celebration. The Bay Area has some of the best choices around and while it may be hard to choose from, we’ve put together a list of some of the area choices you have this year.   San Jose - The Rotary Club of San Jose is celebrating their 104th year and they are inviting everyone to Discovery Meadow in beautiful downtown San Jose starting at 6:00 pm. Enjoy family-friendly events, restaurants, and popular hot-spots and at 9:30 enjoy the world-class fireworks display.   Santa Clara - You can celebrate the 4th every night July 1 - 4th at California’s Great America with nightly fireworks displays. There will be live music, military members both current and veteran will receive free park entry, and there’s even a VIP options available that includes dinner and some of the best seats in the park to view the fantastic fireworks display.   Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center - Morgan Hill Freedom Fest: Parade & Fireworks on the Green will have a parade at 10 am, live music starting at 6 pm, and an awesome fireworks show after dark. You can take your own picnic or select from a nice...

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Handheld Catering Profile on San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

All That Jazz! The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is this August 10th through 12th and this is the 18th year for the event. This is an extremely affordable event with Adult All Stages tickets averaging only $30-$40 and VIP passes for all 3 days is less than $400 when purchased in advance.   What started out with a single stage in 1990, has blossomed into one of the most important music festivals in the nation with over 100 performances from the best in jazz, R&B, blues, funk, zydeco, and much more. With both indoor and outdoor stages, the San Jose Summer Fest has something for everyone. International and Latin artists, a Main Stage located in the Plaza de Cesar Chavez park, a ‘Jazz Beyond’ stage that has young jazz artists pushing the limits of the art form, a Blues/Big Easy stage, a Salsa stage an more - there’s so much music that your dancing shoes might get a few holes worn through them before the weekend is over.   More Than Just Music! Of course there’s more than just music! The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest has been described as ‘the perfect summer experience’ - complete with untouchable weather, fantastic food, music-related community events, wine...

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Wine! Wine! Wine!

Wine Events in San Jose Women, Wealth, & Wine! The first Thursday of every month at Thrivent Financial, Tammie Mark is holding an event for the ladies. A perfect opportunity of women in the San Jose area to meet, have a glass of wine, & network. Wine & cheese will be served and the event is free, just visit this page for contact information.   Wine, Cheese, & Yoga! On Saturday June 24th you can spend the morning enjoying the outdoors while participating in an all-levels yoga class overlooking the beautiful Wrights Station Winery & Vineyard in Los Gatos. After class you have the opportunity to taste a variety of wines and there will be cheese & crackers provided as well. Tickets are only $30 and the Yoga class starts at 10:30 with the free wine tasting to follow.   Wining & Dining Amongst the Vines 16 lucky guests are invited to the beautiful Aver Family Vineyard where you will be treated to a tour of the Vineyard’s grounds topped off with seasonal food selections paired with 4 of their delicious wines. A portion of the proceeds goes to Jake’s Wish Dog Rescue and you can visit their website to learn more about this fantastic Vineyard but don’t...

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Get Your Summer in Line with These San Jose Festivals!

Food & Music festivals during the beautiful Summers of San Jose go hand in hand. There are some fantastic festivals coming our way & while we can’t possibly cover them all, there are several that we wanted to make sure you are aware of.   SubZERO Festival June 1st & 2nd from 6pm to midnight the 11th annual SubZERO festival will take place in San Jose’s downtown SoFA district. This ‘artistically bent, hi/lo-techno mashup’ is where ‘street meets geek.’ Join the artists, performers, & musicians on multiple stages celebrating the indie creative spirit & you can also enjoy South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly art walk. There are dozens of artists & vendors already scheduled & you can click here for a complete breakdown of the musical guests & what time/stages they’ll be on.   Come Be Greek For A Day! Celebrating their 47th year, The San Jose Greek Festival will be held the entire weekend of June 1-3. Spotlighting the South Bay Area’s Greek community, this cultural festival includes traditional live music and dancing and of course delicious Greek food and drink, along with local-made and handcrafted items. This is a family friendly outdoor festival where you and the kids can experience authentic Greek cuisine and culture...

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