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Handheld Catering is the best in the business, and so are our partners. We’re a happy purveyor of brain food for some of the most well-known and respected businesses in and around San Francisco Bay Area. Who hasn’t heard of Microsoft? If you’ve somehow missed the word on one of the world’s top consumer tech companies, check out their website at www.microsoft.com. We feel privileged to cheer on our partner’s continuing accomplishments in software and consumer electronics. We also proudly serve Nutanix, the two-time recipient of Gartner’s leadership award for their work on integrated systems. Read more about this rising star company and proud partner of Handheld Catering at www.nutanix.com. Speaking of rising stars — we partner with PureStorage, a company pioneering smart storage data technology that works so hard, you barely notice it. On their website, www.purestorage.com, they call their storage “effortless, efficient, and evergreen,” and we couldn’t agree more. We strive for the same in our catering work!  We hope to be half as cool as our partner VeloCloud, who recently received Gartner’s 2016 “Cool Vendor” award. Visit their website www.velocloud.com to learn more about the leaps and bounds VeloCloud is taking to make the internet work for you. BAE Systems is a...

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Holiday Catering

The holidays are here! We’ve all heard the carols about sleigh bells ringing, but how about those glasses clinking? ’Tis the season for holiday parties, which means most of us are about to eat and drink our weight in some seasonal indulgences. Whether you’re hosting the hottest party of the season or an intimate gathering for your closest friends, you’re probably searching for the perfect holiday catering company. Here are some tips on choosing the right catering team and planning a stand-out celebration. [caption id="attachment_22690" align="alignright" width="300"] Grilled Flank Steak With A Chili Glaze And An Avocado Salsa[/caption] Whether your gathering is big or small, go all out. Pay attention to the details — sometimes, it’s the little things that count. A few pomegranate seeds in a glass of prosecco can set the mood nicely, and an array of mini-plates lets you and your guests try tons of delicious entrees and feel like you’re feasting while still leaving room for dessert. That being said, the holidays are a great time to go big guilt-free. For a massive meal or for little treats, find a holiday catering company that can cook all their food on-site, so all your food looks and taste as...

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Corporate Catering Made Simple

If you’re organizing a critical corporate event, it might seem like your to-do list is endless. From ensuring sure each and every VIP guest feels like the most important person in the room to double-checking that the table is set, you might not even have time to enjoy the event you worked so hard to plan. Most corporate events have a specific business goal in mind, but even if your event is on the social side, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking advantage of networking opportunities and presenting yourself as a competent — and confident — professional. Attitude can make all the difference, but if you have too much on your plate, you’re likely to be in a stressful and even negative state of mind. This is where corporate catering can come in. [caption id="attachment_22684" align="alignright" width="300"] The Amazing Brenda Making Corporate Catering Perfection Happen Like She Always Does![/caption] Food is often a centerpiece of corporate events, and a great meal can make all the difference in securing that important investment or business partnership. But meal preparation and presentation are labor-intensive and time-consuming. A corporate catering service can take care of all the hard work a great meal requires, all while...

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Holiday Catering for Family Gatherings

There’s nothing nicer than being able to have a family gathering for the holidays and have that event catered. Time is precious and you want to be able to spend the bulk of your time with the people that you have invited. Whether your family gathering is fancy, formal – large or small, you can benefit from having your event catered.   I had never considered catering for a family event. I thought it would be too impersonal and too expensive. Boy was I wrong! I hired my first caterer for an extended family dinner of 17. What a relief it was to be able to go through the menu in advance, select items that I knew my family would want (grilled chicken and steak) as well as sides, rolls, salad and desserts. I didn’t have to reconfirm over and over that the food would be there on time. The caterer worked with me to set up all the appropriate items well in advance so that there was no hassle in picking up or serving my guests.   For once, I was able to get out of the kitchen and enjoy the evening with the family. Holiday catering for family events has now become...

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Benefits of Holiday Party Catering

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are right in front of us. People have started talking about their shopping lists, decorating and other plans. Corporate event planners booked the company party location months ago. There are so many benefits to having holiday party catering, whether you are looking for a small family event or a large corporate party. Help with event planning Some holiday party caterers will also provide you with a special events planner. This person is dedicated to helping your event be as smooth as possible. They can help organize the small details as well as be on site during the event for extra coordination and coverage. Isn’t it nice when someone else is in charge or worrying if there will be enough food or too much for the party? You never have to worry about that with a caterer. Help with menu planning Holiday party caterers have experience in knowing what types of food are not only tasty but a hit with your holiday guests. They can give you help and direction in crafting the perfect holiday party menu. Make the most of their experience. Save time From a personal standpoint, it’s easy to see why you should look at holiday...

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Our Favorite Bay Area Wedding Venues

Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your entire life! Nearly every bride has a vision of their perfect wedding from start to finish, and the right backdrop can make your wedding stand out as a magical, memorable day not just for you and your partner, but for all your guests as well. Whether your style is more traditional, romantic, or casual chic, here are some of Handheld Catering's favorite Bay area wedding venues for planning your special day. Hakone Gardens- Saratoga, CA [caption id="attachment_22642" align="alignright" width="300"] Hakone Gardens[/caption] Located at the base of the majestic Santa Cruz mountains, Hakone Gardens is a true nature lovers’ paradise. The exquisitely-manicured Japanese gardens and architecture make it seem as if you are truly getting married in Japan, rather than minutes away from the city. From the towering oak trees in the courtyard to the Japanese maples in the main room, your wedding will give off a romantic and dramatic enchanted forest vibe perfect for a picturesque ceremony and reception. [caption id="attachment_22643" align="alignleft" width="250"] Kirigin Cellars[/caption] Kirigin Cellars- Gilroy, CA If you and your intended are wine enthusiasts looking for a venue that says something about your personal style, look no further than Kirigin Cellars. You and...

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Tips for Having a Great Relationship with Your Event Caterer

The food that you serve can make or break an event. Even if you’re a seasoned host, there may come a time when you will need to work with a professional caterer. When the time comes for you to plan an event that needs catering, here are some tips to make sure that you have a great relationship with your event caterer: Know your budget. Be up front with your event caterer about how much you have to spend. Also, make sure that you’re budgeting in staffing costs, beverages, service and gratuities. Be in conversation with your event caterer to see if they cover these items or if you’ll have to add another line item to your budget. Know your caterer. Do your research before reaching out to a caterer. Keep in mind the size of your event, the location and the vibe you’re going for and find a caterer that is a good match. Facebook, Google and Yelp are all useful tools. [caption id="attachment_22574" align="alignright" width="300"] San Jose CA Event Caterer[/caption] Listen to your caterer. Be respectful of the recommendations your event caterer makes. Depending on the size of your event, there may be restrictions in terms of what makes...

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Make the Most of Your Event with a Caterer

What are you planning: a corporate event, wedding reception, birthday party, or a family reunion? The venue, the invitation list, and the activities are all important decisions to make but we all know what the keystone to any good event is: the food. Good food brings people together. Whatever your event in the Bay Area, hire a caterer to make it an event worth remembering. We can help you get there. Food guests will be talking about long after. Catering companies provide high-quality food fitted to your and your guests’ tastes. Take a look at the menus to decide which meals would be best suited for your event. Caterers can provide something for everyone so that each guest is left satisfied. Save money, time, and effort. Cooking is hard work! From preparation to presentation, planning the food, buying the ingredients, and cooking food for the masses is not only stressful but expensive, too. Leave it to a professional. Catering companies get their ingredients at wholesale prices to protect you from high grocery costs. They can take care of everything from set-up to take-down and let you spend your energy having fun. Customize your menu to keep each guest happy, not hungry. Talk with...

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The Benefits of Having a Corporate Caterer

Show your clients and employees your gratitude with the way to every person’s heart: delicious food. Corporate catering can make special events and get-togethers with clients enjoyable as you bond over a shared meal. When deciding if a caterer in the Bay Area is right for you, keep these benefits of corporate catering in mind. Catering maximizes guest satisfaction. The catering company should provide a staff to help with serving food, communicating with the guests, and making sure everyone enjoys their meal. If given information beforehand, they can provide a meal for guests that are vegetarian, have food allergies, follow a kosher or halal diet, or have any other dietary restrictions. Hiring a corporate caterer saves you time. Preparing a meal for the masses takes time and effort. Planning, preparing, set-up, presenting, and clean-up afterwards: it’s a lot of work! Instead of spending hours buying the ingredients and cooking, utilize company time and hire a professional to take care of it. It also saves you money. Food, drinks, decorations, and equipment are expensive. Catering companies have all of these on hand and eliminate costs while providing high-quality services. Catering companies take care of preparation, set-up, and clean up. These aspects of serving a meal are not only time-consuming...

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What to Look for in a Wedding Caterer

Choosing a wedding caterer in the Bay Area is not a task taken lightly. When planning for a wedding, who you choose as a caterer can affect how smoothly the refreshments go and (just as important) how delicious they taste. Here are a few of the qualities a good wedding caterer should have, for you to keep in mind. Is the caterer licensed? Are they experienced in catering weddings? Ask if the caterer is licensed. This means that they have met your local department health standards and also carry liability insurance. Also, make sure this isn't the caterer's first rodeo (or, in this case, wedding) before deciding to sign them on. Are their ingredients fresh, not frozen? Knowing where the caterer gets their ingredients can tell a lot about the food quality and the company itself. The more fresh and local the ingredients, the better. Additionally, ask if they are comfortable preparing the type of food you want for the reception. Find someone who shares your same taste in food to prevent misunderstandings or mishaps. Do they function well under stress or in unexpected circumstances? Can they handle things going wrong or at least not as planned? Make sure you hire a caterer with a cool...

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