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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.   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...

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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...

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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...

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Hiring a Caterer for Your Wedding

What to know San Jose has some of the finest spots to host a wedding, and to blend the amazing venue with the best food you need the right wedding catering service to make your day memorable. It is not easy to select the right company to work with; if you are struggling in making this decision, we are going to give you a few tips on how to find the right wedding caterer.   Begin with your budget in mind Don't start emailing caters before knowing how much you are willing to spend. Not only does your budget help you in identifying the companies that you can afford, but it also helps the companies prepare the right quote for your budget.   Get several proposals Compare and contrast the cost of services and menu options form different catering service companies. You need to inform the caterers on what you anticipate about your event, from the number of guests to the type of affair you are hosting; it is their job to propose meal courses, bartenders, chefs and other dining specifics to you. These details are very important because you wouldn't want your guest waiting for 20 minutes for a drink.   Be attentive to their style of communication Food...

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Where in San Francisco to Host Your Next Event

Imagine your boss appoints you to find the best place to hold a cocktail party for your new clients, and he asks you for the details about the venue where the event is supposed to be hosted in San Fransisco within the next hour, what would you do? The minute your boss leaves to handle other duties, you start thinking about a good budget, the places that you might know; it is an uphill task if you don’t have someone who can help with planning. On top of that, you can’t plan for a boring party; you need to impress your boss and make it a killer event for the company’s new clients. We are here to provide you with a list of the best places that you can host your next corporate event. Handheld Catering has managed to short-list these three venues that shine brighter than the rest. These venues are not only perfect for corporate events, but also for tech conferences and weddings. Now let’s dive into the list. The Westin St Francis Union Square This facility has a timeless yet modern style that makes it an iconic venue in San Francisco. If you are looking for a venue right on...

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Best Wedding Venues in the Bay Area

When it comes to weddings, no one captures “the moment” better than the San Francisco Bay area, with all of its spectacular venues. As popular Bay Area wedding caterers, Handheld Catering has seen them all and wanted to mention a few for the benefit of your upcoming wedding:   Nestldown – located just minutes away from the Silicon Valley, the Nestldown has unbelievable views combined with a rustic elegance. Built on a 180-acre property that was originally designed for the owners and their families, the ponds, flower gardens, waterfalls and redwood trees create a scene that only serves to add luxury and style to any wedding event.   Palace Hotel, -  from the Grand Ballroom to the Gold Ballroom to the Ralston Ballroom, each ballroom accommodates 300-plus guests. Built in 1875, the Palace Hotel in San Francisco claims to be, “A romantic legacy that transcends time,” with, “personal, genuine, attentive service that promises a flawless event.”   Ritz-Carlton – This sprawling luxurious resort is set upon a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with some of the best views around. The décor makes this place ideal for a never-to-forget wedding. Located in Half Moon Bay, whether you desire an intimate setting or one that accommodates...

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How to Make Your Corporate Event Stand Out

You’ve just been asked to plan a corporate event and are both excited and nervous. You hope this event will be so spectacular that it will stand out as one that will be talked about long after it’s over. All you need now is to figure out how to accomplish this. Look no further. At Handheld Catering, we’ve participated in countless successful events and have made our list of best practices when it comes to making sure your corporate event stands out as far different from the rest: Prepare, prepare, prepare – and prepare way ahead of time. Successful corporate events do not just happen and are not "overnight successes.” They take months, and some take even years, to plan, including every single detail, so nothing gets missed in the process and the execution of the event is incredible. List all major tasks that need to be completed – this list includes, date/time/place, budget, goals, theme, catering needs, entertainment, decorations, mailing list, contracts and photographer, to name just a few. Make sure to have this list approved to make sure you are on the right track. Make a to-do list and timeline – from the above list, create a list of all...

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Best Hole-in-the-Wall Food in San Francisco

San Francisco is known for having some of the best foods in the world when it comes to endless fresh seafoods, unforgettable sourdough breads and everyone’s favorite: Ghirardelli chocolates. Also included on San Francisco best foods list should be some of the many unbelievable “hole-in-the-wall” eating establishments that also provide an incredible culinary experience. Our best picks, listed in alphabetical order, are: The Blue Plate – located in the outer Mission neighborhood, The Blue Plate was the winner of the 2016 Diner’s Choice Award. Serving their own, “American fare with a Mediterranean twist,” they also boast of using the best Northern California produce from local farms. Brenda’s French Soul Food – with a BFA in Painting and Drawing, owner and chef extraordinaire, Brenda, turned from her love and gift of art to providing customers with an incredible best San Francisco food experience. Continually excelling in the food and restaurant arena, she has received many accolades for her soul food fare. The Front Porch -  with so many great reviews regarding their culinary delights, their southern-style chicken meals are intended to provide a one-of-a-kind palate pleasure. Formerly a popular place for the rich and famous, there is no additional cost for rocking...

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Does Your Business Need Lunch Catering?

When it comes to the daily business environment, within the Silicon Valley or surrounding San Francisco Bay Area, the demands of each day can be so overwhelming. Too often employees are found perplexed about how and when to take a lunch break. Equally as challenging is the onsite unavailability of anything nutritious to eat. And then there are all those high-tech professionals that sometimes need to be impressed. Handheld Catering continually handles these dilemmas with our Silicon Valley catering services. Whether you have an important, upcoming corporate event or a simple lunchtime thank you for your employees, our catering services are here to help. A basic meal can easily become an unforgettable experience for both guests and colleagues, as well as a phenomenal addition to any necessary lunchtime brainstorming sessions, and these are the reasons why: Time efficient – whether you’re in need of a box lunch, buffet or even a sit-down meal, Handheld Catering is here to help. Our mobile kitchen is prepared to deliver food that is hot off the grill or cold and fresh from the fridge. And we make sure to park our culinary trailer completely out of sight. Leaving lunch to us, allows time for you to continue...

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San Francisco Summer Festivals

When it comes to Summer Festivals, no one puts on greater, more festive events than San Francisco. And what’s even better is that most of these festivals are free. With this list, the opportunity is there for you to enjoy more of your Summer days and nights: Stern Grove Festival – “For the Community, Building the Community,” and “By the Community” is the mantra for this nearly 100% donation-funded festival series. Taking place each Sunday throughout the Summer, this admission-free concert series is in its 80th season, with a line-up that includes: Ximena Sarinana (a Summer Classic from San Francisco Ballet); Cross-cultural funk (War, Global Electronica, Brazilian Girls, Moon Hooch); and Sunday Soul Jam (Mavis Stables). Gilroy Garlic Festival – Touted as “Summer’s Ultimate Food Fair,” this popular San Francisco Summer festival began in 1978 when Dr. Rudy Melone decided Gilroy grew more garlic than anywhere else in the world, so he decided to celebrate this fact. And, he has, for 39 years. This year, from July 28th – 30th, you can celebrate the wonderful world of garlic with great entertainment, cooking contests, wine-tastings, arts & crafts and a kid’s area. Then, top this all off with some unforgettable garlicky foods,...

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