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Three Events That Require Top-Notch Catering

If you’re not utilizing proper event planning and catering, you’re not fulfilling the potential of your event. There’s a lot to be said after the balloons come down, and the VIP list gets forgotten—people remember how an event  goes. You can’t spare any details, no matter how small they may seem. These are the three types of events that you might not be catering, but you definitely should be. Corporate Parties The common mistake that people make here is getting “catering trays” from your local supermarket. It just doesn’t have the same effect. Those who will be paying close attention to how the event is going will be certain to comment on the lack of a proper catering presence, because it’s not just about the food—it’s about the people, the atmosphere, and the service. An exceptional spread is only half the battle. High School/College Graduation This is a pretty big deal for the graduate(s) in question. They’ve entering the adult world, one way or another, and it’s a rite of passage to have a graduation party. The most common type of party is thrown in a hall where buffets are laid out, and the bar is serving up wine, beer,...

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Frigid Fun Winter Recipes to Enjoy In the Cold

There’s nothing better than cooking with your family; it builds bonding, it’s loads of fun, and allows you to foster creativity. However, having an awesome and tasty end product doesn’t hurt either—try these winter recipes for a fresh spin on chilled desserts. Coffee and Doughnuts Ice Cream There’s never a bad time for coffee and doughnuts. This recipe is like converging the two reasons you visit a coffee shop—coffee for mom and dad, doughnuts for the kids, and the whole family is happy. This is the perfect treat to scoop over a hot brownie or chocolate chip cookie. Curl up on the couch and watch your family holiday classics after a nice dinner, and spend some quality time bonding over this frozen delicacy. Double Chocolate Frozen Fudge Pops When is chocolate not a good thing? These are one of our favorites for more than one reason: they’re easy to make, fun to put together, and you get a crowd pleaser that just about everyone can agree on. Children and adults alike will be able to sink their teeth into these pops. Butter Brickle Frozen Delight It’s a mouthful to say, and a mouthful that you won’t be able to resist....

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Make the Corporate Christmas Party Stress-free This Year

Winter comes on quickly, but Christmas comes on like a bullet train. There never appears to be enough time—you have a business to run, decisions to make on behalf of your company, and it’s exhausting to plan a brilliant Christmas party in the meantime. Well, you don’t have to go it alone. Christmas catering can be the least stressful part of the holidays, especially when it’s done right. You Don’t Need to Make Fifty Phone Calls Handheld Catering is inline with a bunch of top party planning providers in the Bay Area. We’ve befriended the best in the business to help make your time less stressful. If you need to rent chairs and tables for the party, get decorations taken care of, or anything in between, there’s a good chance we have the exact solution to contour to your expectations. All you have to do is let us know. Stress Ruins the Party If you’re buzzing with stress, guests will feel constricted and won’t relax enough. That is, until the wine starts to flow. You should be able to sit back and enjoy the Christmas party as well. You paid for catering, for decorations, and you’ve got your own at-home Christmas agenda to worry...

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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. 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. 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...

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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...

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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...

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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. 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. 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...

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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...

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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.   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.   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.   Renaissance-era...

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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...

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