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What’s New in San Jose Food?

Summer is the time for food & fun around San Jose and we’ve found a few things we think you’ll really enjoy. From vegan pastries to delicious seafood, these San Jose food events are definitely kicking it up a notch.   Eat, Pray, Amore! On Saturday June 2 from 6 to 8:30 PM, a spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be hosted by the Advent Lutheran Church in Morgan Hill. Tickets are only $5-$7, proceeds go toward the church’s Texas youth trip planned at the end of the month, & the night will include live music as well as the spaghetti dinner, drinks, & dessert. Click here to purchase tickets & help a good cause.   Outdoor Seafood Boil! June 28th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM visit the Sunnyvale TAP’T location for a Summer Kickoff Seafood Boil. The price is only $25 & includes a “bag” of seafood including; crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, sausage, corn, & potatoes prepared with TAP’T’s house cajun spices. There will be open seating out on their patio along with 24 craft beers & other beverage selections for your enjoyment. Visit their website for directions & more info.   MILQ Tea Bar & Lounge Jackson Avenue recently welcomed newcomer MILQ & so far the buzz has...

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Fest Profile! The Sunnyvale Art Wine & Music Festival

Today we are profiling The Sunnyvale Art Wine & Music Festival Saturday, June 2 at 10 AM kicks off the 44th annual Sunnyvale Art, Wine & Music Festival. Just head down to historic Murphy Avenue in downtown Sunnyvale both Saturday and Sunday to enjoy live music and over 350 of the nation’s best artists. There is no admission fee and carnival rides are available for kids ages 3 - 8 years old, while the adults can enjoy the selection of margaritas, sangria, champagne, quality beer, and of course, plenty of fine wines courtesy of vendors such as the Artisan Wine Depot. Sponsored this year by the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce and the festival is set to take place come rain or shine. With a fantastic list of vendors on hand at the food court , no one in the family is going to go hungry that day. Of course there will be the festival-favorites such as roasted corn from Ear-Good Corn Roast, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and other guilty pleasures, but there will be some fantastic selections from Mediterranean Grill & Go, Capelo’s Barbecue, The Tamale Factory, Gaspachos, Elks Care, Roderick’s, Barrett’s, & Aroma Concessions. Local musical performers such as Aftershock, California Blues Machine,...

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Áo Dài Festival

The fifth annual Vietnamese-American art and culture celebration will be Saturday, May 12 at the Fairmont San Jose from 5 PM to 10:30 PM. The Ao Dai Festival is a multi-dimensional experience that celebrates Vietnamese culture and art where you can join internationally acclaimed designers and watch a wondrously colorful parade and pre-show ceremony complete with a tapestry of colored flags and red silk banners. There will be a festival ceremony featuring a Dragon Dance Troupe, dozens of drummers, horn players, and Ao Dai models. You will also see dancers and stilt walkers dressed in the astonishingly exquisite & traditional Vietnamese long gown known as Áo Dài.   Food and wine will be served by the chefs of the Fairmont and there will be an evening cocktail reception, designer’s walk, and topping it off with a “dinner-show extravaganza” known as “Hôi Trùng Dúóng” or “Confluence of the Rivers.”     There will be performances this year by the Vietnamese Lasallian Youth Troupe, a highly energetic drum concert, and renowned singers Hà Thanh Xuân and Dông Lan will be appearing as well. The Saigon Chamber Ensemble is also set to appear and there will be other renowned musicians providing the exotic sounds of Vietnamese traditional...

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Upcoming Summer Events for Food & Music Lovers in San Jose

Summer is almost here and that means plenty of fun music festivals around the Bay Area. And that means.. FOOD!   The 41st annual Nikkei Matsuri Festival is April 29 9:30 AM to 4 PM in San Jose. Live entertainment will be on 2 stages throughout the day with performances by Shamisen, San Jose Taiko, Bachido, The Wesley Jazz Ensemble, and more! There will be Japanese art, cultural showcases displaying Japanese traditional art and a whole day of celebrating Japanese-American heritage. And don’t miss out on plenty of authentic Japanese cuisine provided by 13 different vendors (so far and if you want to sign up just visit the site) with Tempura, Korokke, Vegetarian Curry, Iced Green Tea, Yaki Soba, Gyoza, and much more.   San Jose’s Japanese-American community started this festival in 1976 as part of America’s Bicentennial celebration and has been going strong ever since. You don’t want to miss it! The Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh is May 12th - 13th in downtown Mountain View. The Gaelic word ‘Fleadh’ is pronounced “Fla” and means ‘Festival.’ This is the 4th annual festival hosted by the Irish Bar & Restaurant St. Stephens Green and is only possible through the help of volunteers. So if you’d...

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Upcoming Food Festivals for Hungry Folks in San Jose!

Spring is in the air in & around San Jose & it’s the perfect time to get out & enjoy the festivals. Whether you’re looking for something new to do or eat, the Bay Area has it covered in April. Below are just a few of the many events we're lucky enough to experience in this fair city.   Visit the newest Dog Haus Biergarten in Belmont as they celebrate their grand opening from 11 AM to 10 PM on April 14 with a FREE food event giving away Haus Dogs all day long. Don’t miss out on “the absolute wurst” giveaway and help welcome them to town or visit their site for additional locations.   Saturday, April 14 from 830 to 11 AM join executive chef Daniel Grice at Maggiano’s Little Italy in San Jose for a kid’s cooking class. It’s $25 per child & each will receive their own chef hat, apron, recipe card, & be treated to a brunch buffet. Mom & dad you can enjoy the brunch for an additional $15.   Also on the 14th - at Cabrillo College is the Aptos Farmers Market from 8 AM to 12 PM. Get your hands on premium quality produce & specialty foods while mingling...

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Bay Area Brew Fest Is Back In Town

There is always something BREWING in the Bay Area, and the next memorable event is just around the corner. The Bay Area Brew Festival is back for its seventh year and it looks like it’s going to be bigger and better. The Fest will take place at Pier 35, San Francisco on March 24.   [embed]https://vimeo.com/106366169[/embed] If you have never been to The Bay Area Brew Festival, you are missing out. It is a day full of food trucks, djs, photo booths, breweries and of course BEER!. Admission includes unlimited beer samplings, with VIP attendees getting an extra hour of admission and some specialty beers poured during the first hour.   The Bay Area Brew Fest is put on my the very only, Drink Eat Play . They are a LA based event production company, producing entertaining and memorable experiences. They have events across the country such as  80s and 90s Prom, Tribute fests, food events and of course beer festivals.   This year, The Bay Area Brew Fest's proceeds will benefit Coppers Dream Animal Rescue whose aim is to rescue dogs from shelters and find permanent homes for rescued pets. Proceeds from the event will towards funding food, shelter, and veterinary bills for rescued pets.   General admission ($45) includes...

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A night at The Tech

We recently did an event for a large tech company here in the Silicon Valley, and what better place to host it, but our very own Tech Museum in San Jose. The Tech Museum of Innovation is a family-friendly interactive science and technology center located in the heart of downtown San Jose. It has become a landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most inventive place on Earth — Silicon Valley. Not only are we so lucky to have such an amazing resource in our area, but the fact that we can use it as a venue is AMAZING! Check out some of our highlights of the event. The Tech’s large floor plan is adaptable, providing space for everything from an intimate seated dinner to a large corporate reception. They have interactive exhibits providing an exciting, unique backdrop and built-in entertainment that will make your event an affair to remember. Bonus: The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater is also available as a one-of-a-kind addition. Give Handheld Catering a call and experience our full service catering services for your next corporate event. The Tech’s exhibits are never the same twice! So why not make it an annual event. Too far to drive? The Tech is within...

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Calling All Crab Lovers

We are in the middle of crab season which only means one thing. The Bay Area’s event calendar is full of all-you- can-eat, crab-feed fundraisers! Now that is a mouthful. These annual events are getting hotter and hotter. Traditionally, they start up in January, but now, they are running through March. This is good news for us seafood lovers! You have many to choose from, so you can make your choice by either what organization you would like to support, or by the type of entertainment you love. Are you in the mood for some seafood now? Wish you can have it delivered to your work? Seafood is meant to be served fresh, and we have the freshest catch in town. If you want to incorporate the best seafood recipes at your corporate event, then check out some of our crowd pleasers. Sesame Seed Crusted Ahi tuna with a Wasabi Buerre Blanc Local Rockfish (dusted in flour and pan seared and finished with a white wine butter sauce) Wild Salmon with a Provencal White Wine Sauce Grilled Salmon with a Meyer Lemon Gremolata Local or Alaskan Halibut with a Spring Herb Nage Chipotle, Honey and Lime Glazed Grilled Prawns Oysters on the ½ Shell and served with a Saffron Mignonette Cioppino (classic SF favorite, tomatoes, seafood, shellfish, white wine,...

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Bacon & Beer Taking Over The Bay

BACON BACON BACON!!!! We can already smell the Bacon sizzling for this weekend’s event at Levi Stadium. The Beer & Bacon Classic has been a hit for the last 2 years and this year, it looks like they are not going to disappoint. What is the Beer and Bacon Classic? You have 100+ beers from regional breweries, 30+ bacon-infused dishes from local chefs, a blind beer taste test, the Hormel® bacon eating contest, lawn games, music, and more. All here in the heart of the Bay Area, Santa Clara. This year, there will be big names like Psycho Doughnuts participating but what makes the Beer & Bacon Classic so amazing is that they use local spots that have killer menus. Places like this make the Bay Area a must-go-to destination for great eats! We are excited to try places like:  Cross Hatch Eatery A modern take on various comfort foods from all over the world. Influenced by various countries from Asia and many cultures found along the Mediterranean Sea. Blazin by the bay A competition BBQ team bringing you the best BBQ in the Bay Area! They bring their custom smoker to smoke the competition. But Bacon is not the only thing on the menu. Of course, there is all...

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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. 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. 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,...

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