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Top Ten Places to Throw a Party in the Bay Area

Getting ready to throw a party in the San Francisco Bay Area? Consider yourself lucky — you’re playing host in one of the most vibrant and exciting places in the country. The central challenge of Bay Area event planning isn’t finding a venue, it’s choosing a venue. Make the most of all your surroundings have to offer by booking one of these top ten event venues in the Bay Area.     The Box SF. For effortless cool, look no further than The Box. The Box is an event center located in a gorgeous historic building in San Francisco, and its intimate vibe makes it perfect for smaller gatherings. If you don’t believe it, ask SF Weekly — they named The Box the best venue for small parties in San Francisco. The Pearl. Just look at this place. Really. This all-inclusive venue has something for every guest: it’s sophisticated yet laid-back, and trendy without being cloying. The reclaimed cedar ceiling, theatrical lighting capabilities and built-in cranes holding indoor living gardens put The Pearl on a whole new level.   Avenue. A beautiful modern studio in San Francisco, Avenue offers an airy, inspiring and fully customizable space so you can match your...

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Does Your Business Need Lunch Catering?

It’s another busy day at the office, and you’re dropping coins into the vending machine to pay for a healthy lunch of Peanut M&Ms. Save your quarters for laundry and step away from the vending machine. You and your grumbling stomach have options! When work gets too busy to take a full luxurious hour to head home, make a sandwich and let the dog out, corporate lunch catering is the way to go. (Your dog is on their own.)   Here are some reasons to hop on the Mountain View corporate catering train:   Convenience. Plain and simple, corporate catering makes lunchtime more convenient. No long lists of dietary preferences handed off to questionably-competent interns, no slow drive-thru lines and no running late to your meeting with ketchup on your shirt. On-site corporate catering means you don’t have to rush — you can enjoy your meal at your own pace in the few minutes you have away from your desk, or you can eat while you work.   Quality. On-site corporate catering means you don’t have to sacrifice quality for convenience (see above). An excellent Mountain View corporate catering company won’t just whip up your meal, they’ll make it with love. If you get...

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Bay Area Event Planning Tips

  What’s not to love about the Bay Area? Okay, traffic. Smog. We get it. But really — you couldn’t pick a better place to live, and you couldn’t pick a better place to throw a party. If real estate agents throughout the ages have contributed anything to our collective societal wisdom, it’s that it’s all about location. Read on for some tips on how to harness the spirit of the bay in your Bay Area event planning process.   Go green. Support Bay Area green initiatives and impress your in-laws from Berkeley by finding an event planner with creative ideas about how to reduce your event’s waste and environmental impact. Make sure your food is as kind to the earth as it is to your tastebuds, so you can feel good during and after your meal.   Keep it local. What better way to support the Bay Area than to source from the Bay Area? Local catering and event planning company Handheld Catering does it right: produce sourced from Northern California farmers wherever possible and ingredients carefully selected from local farmers’ markets. Choose locally-owned vendors to ensure your event has that personal touch.   Variety means inclusivity. If you’re planning an event in...

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Seasonal Ideas for Corporate Events

The prospect of corporate events might bring to mind endless to-do lists and long waits on hold with vendors. But if you have the right event planner in your corner, corporate event planning can be a breeze! Take advantage of the year-round beauty of the Bay Area by choosing an event planner who will help you devise your event aesthetic and menu around the season or traditional holidays.     Creativity means inclusivity. Planning a seasonal corporate event requires a delicate dance between convention and creativity. Not only will out-of-the-box planning make your event stand out, it’ll also make your event more inclusive for guests who might not necessarily be celebrating the holiday your event is… well, celebrating. Not everybody might be into Easter, but everyone can get behind quirky seasonal floral arrangements and a beautifully-presented meal.   Put a twist on traditional seasonal favorites. Choose a catering company that knows what classic dishes guests expect during the holidays so they can subvert and surpass expectations. Traditional dishes with a modern flair means old-school investor and start-up innovator alike will finish their meal satisfied — and hopefully talking. Harness the creative spirit of the Bay Area by reaching out to local corporate event planning company...

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When to Hire a Catering Company

Who doesn’t love food? Formal occasions, wild celebrations and casual social gatherings alike are often centered around a delicious meal, which puts pressure on event hosts to provide an exceptional dining experience. Food preparation, presentation and service can be some of the most labor-intensive and time-consuming aspects of event planning, so it’s important to ensure your guests’ dining experience is in the right hands. Make sure every bite is the highlight of the evening by hiring a catering company you trust, with a creative and personalized approach to San Jose catering and event planning.     A caterer can come in handy if you’re planning:   A corporate event. To put it plainly, networking can be weird. A great meal is an excellent conversation-starter, and it can help take the edge off of forming new business relationships. Aside from facilitating networking opportunities, a corporate event also serves as a representation of your business or organization, so you’ll want to make sure everything is running smoothly. A competent and experienced catering company will help you make the best impression possible on potential investors and associates alike.     A formal event. If your guests have gone to the trouble of getting all dressed up, you’d better...

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Corporate Event Checklist

A corporate event can make or break your company or organization’s public image, so it’s important to ensure every aspect of the event is planned to a tee. Consult this handy checklist to make sure you’re covering all of your bases throughout the corporate event catering and planning process.   Set a date. This is your first real commitment, so make it count! Set a date that accommodates for the needs of your VIP guests and fellow staff members. If you have a specific location in mind, make sure you choose a date when your chosen venue is available. Pick a place. It’s all about atmosphere! Choose a venue that will help you cultivate the desired atmosphere for your corporate event. Lighting is key, so make sure you check out your venue at about the time of day when you plan to host the event.   Grab your calendar or grab a planner. Lay out key deadlines ahead of time — when to send out invitations, when to nail down guest speakers, when to finalize your  corporate event catering plans. Even better, reach out to an event planner in your area to offer guidance and support and lessen the...

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Alternatives to Traditional Recipes

Old Food, New Spin Previously well-known for our super-sized meal portions, the United States has been picking up the slack on health and fitness. Thanks to an ever-increasing public interest in personal wellness, yoga and spin class enrollment are off the charts, kale is making a long-awaited appearance as a grocery staple, and more and more individuals are exploring gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets. Sure, it can seem hard to give up your favorite comfort foods, but here’s the good news — you don’t have to! Take care of your body and your tastebuds by whipping up these delicious and healthy alternatives to traditional recipes.   Macaroni and cheese is a comfort food classic. For a healthier twist, swap out traditional macaroni noodles for gluten free brown rice pasta, quinoa pasta or legume pasta. In addition to being gluten free, these options also offer more fiber than traditional pasta noodles, making them good for your heart and your digestive system. If you want to take it to the next level, give vegan cheese a whirl! Boil cauliflower, carrots and onions and stick them in the blender until they’re smooth. Some cashews, water, lemon juice and seasoning and you’re good to go!...

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Doggie Bag Ideas for Your Next Event!

We all know food is the way to a party guest’s heart, but how can you make excellent dining a longer-term affair? If a delicious meal has left your guests satisfied but wanting more, a doggie bag can be a fun and creative option to keep the party going long after the event has ended. What’s more, they’re a great way to thank your guests for coming and make sure they have a reminder of the evening to take with them. As you can probably imagine, it’s important to be selective about what foods you choose to send off in a doggie bag. As a general rule, stick to relatively solid food that doesn’t have to be refrigerated, and try to avoid foods with a particularly strong smell. If you’re looking to indulge your guests’ sweet tooth, try caramel candy, toffee, brittle or fudge. Or give your treats a seasonal flair — chocolate or white chocolate bark, handmade marshmallows and peppermint candies are excellent options around the holidays. Add a decorative element by using colored wax paper and tying off the ends of the wrappers with string or thin ribbon. For a parting gift that keeps on giving, consider making a...

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2017 Trends for Events & Catering

What Catering Trends Can we Expect in 2017? New Years might be over, but that doesn’t mean the party has to be. Even if your 2017 resolutions already seem like a distant memory, there are still plenty of exciting changes to look forward to in the events and catering industry. Read on to learn what to expect this year and how you can get ahead of the latest trends! In the coming year, expect catering to take on an especially artistic flair. Creative plating, decorative garnish and meals incorporating a wide array of colors and textures will make your meal look every bit as good as it tastes. With the ever-increasing popularity of social media outlets such as Instagram and Twitter, photo-worthy meals and treats can give your event, organization or cause an extra media boost. The more people share pictures of their gorgeous meal, the more exposure you’ll get — you might even increase the attendance at your next big event. Next on the menu: interactive dining. More and more, event guests want more than just a meal; they want an experience. Fondue is a known crowd favorite, but if you want to get ahead of the curve, try ordering...

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When To Use a Corporate Caterer

If you’re planning a big business function, you’ve probably got a lot on the line. From putting together an impressive meal to making sure your VIP guests are attended to, every detail counts. And if there’s any merit to the old and oft-repeated adage, food might just be the way to a person’s heart — and maybe even their investment. Food can be the key ingredient to the perfect corporate gathering, and it’s important that your meal is delicious and impeccably served. Meal preparation and presentation requires time, hard work, and attention to detail. When should you leave catering to the professionals? Read on to find out when and why you might want to consider hiring a corporate caterer. [caption id="attachment_22698" align="alignright" width="300"] Corporate Luncheons Are The Best![/caption] An excellent corporate caterer has the experience to know what works and what doesn’t. When you’re hosting an important corporate event, every aspect of the gathering reflects your company and what you stand for. Excellent food appeals to multiple senses: sight, smell, taste and even touch. Getting the meal just right contributes to an atmosphere of luxury, competence and warmth, and that’s something any investor or business partner will want to get behind. A...

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