5 Great Purposes for Table Numbers in Event Planning

When it comes to corporate event planning in San Jose, CA, tabletop numbers can take the stress out of seating arrangements as well as help your caterer organize meals. Keep reading to learn more from the professionals at Handheld Catering. Seating Arrangements While table numbers have several purposes, primarily they’re used to help event planners make seating arrangements. Once you have a layout of your event room, you can assign numbers to each table and then assign seats to each guest. For corporate events, use table numbers and seating arrangements to encourage networking and teamwork. In the event of a cancellation, you can easily change your seating charts to accommodate vacancies at company events. Dining and Catering Most venues use table numbers to help their wait staff and chefs plan and execute meal services. Just like in a traditional restaurant, table numbers help the hosts organize their patrons and help the wait staff remember orders. Even if you don’t use a decorative tabletop number, the venue staff will probably ask for some kind of seating chart and meal planning system to ensure that your guests get the food they requested. Table numbers are also useful if dining is buffet-style. To start a buffet line, you...

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Tips to Boost Attendance at Your Event

There's nothing more disheartening than spending hours of hard work planning an event, only to have no one show up. Though it’s likely they have their reasons, it’s hard not to take something like this personally. No matter if it’s a wedding, a business meeting, a fundraiser, or another event, you want your attendance to be high. To avoid this kind of embarrassment at your next event, use the tips below. Select the Right Date Think carefully about the date and time of the event you are planning. Certain seasons, days of the week, and times of day can be better suited for some types of events. For seminars, mornings are the best. Employee appreciation and networking events are best on weekday nights right after work. Weddings and parties are great on Friday nights and the weekends. If you are not sure about which date to select, ask some potential attendees about their availability. Choose the Best Location The venue where you host the event will also impact the attendance. Select a central location that will be easy for people to get to. And, of course, make sure the venue fits in your budget, too. Mail Invites Early The earlier you can send out save the...

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Things to Think about as You Plan Your Corporate Event

One of the tougher aspects of corporate event planning for the customer is deciding what to include at the event. Do you want a cocktail party or dinner? Open bar or cash? Seating or no? Even if you are planning on looking at corporate event planning companies in San Jose, CA, for your event, there are still many things you need to decide on in coordination with your corporate event planner. Here are a few of them.   Booze or No, Open or Cash Only This is a difficult question because virtually everyone knows someone at a corporate event who “had a little too much.” The first question you have to answer is about your corporate culture. Are cocktails expected? Are they expected to be free to employees and a guest? What controls need to be in place to make sure everyone has fun, but not too much fun? All these questions come down to your corporate culture, what your employees expect and what your budget is.   Food – Finger or Dinner or Something in Between Cocktail events with finger-style food are popular because of price and convenience. They also allow for mingling of guests that a more formal affair does not easily. Your corporate...

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What Should Be on the Menus of Your Corporate Event?

Before you can order from a company that provides full-service catering in San Jose, CA, you need to know what you want to serve. Your menu will be dictated by the time of day, how you sell your event, and what you want to get out of it. Catering breakfast provides incentive for people to arrive on time and stay for the entire meeting. Catering lunch keeps people from drifting away from a meeting. Dinner and early breakfast meals are a good time to connect with customers and supporters. Mid-meeting snacks keep the energy level up and provide a respite, in which people can process information from the meeting.   At Breakfast Time Breakfast may be the easiest meal to decide on a menu for. Eggs can be scrambled, fried, or boiled. Pancakes, waffles, and French toast are always a hit. Granola and yogurt are good together in a parfait or separate, especially if you need to cover those who are vegetarian. Don't neglect the drinks; coffee and tea should always be on the menu, but it is equally important to include fresh fruit juice, preferably orange if they are in season. Add cereal and milk to help people feel like kids again!   At...

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Fun Fun Fun in the San Jose Sun: Where to Go

Several festivals are still coming our way with food, fun and more. So let’s get right to it so that you can mark your calendars for these great local activities.   Italian Family Festa August 25th & 26th at History Park is the 38th annual Italian Family Festa. Each year the Festa adds new activities to keep the Festa fun and relaxing while providing a truly cultural experience to the community. This year’s addition is the Galbani Cooking Stage, sponsored by Galbani Cheese, with celebrity Chef Marco sharing his recipes and cooking tips. With Italian music, entertainment, cultural exhibits and presentations, cooking demonstrations, grape stomps, wine tasting, bocce and more, this is a weekend filled with fun that shouldn’t be missed.   Viva Frida! September 9th marks a festive tribute in honor of renowned Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo! Head over to Mexican Heritage Plaza to enjoy food, art, music, culture, tequila, and margaritas. Listen to live Mariachi as you admire paintings from local Chicano and Mexican artists and there be a variety of food vendors plus Mexican antojitos, Frida themed photo booths and a festive atmosphere to celebrate one of Mexico's most renowned artists. The event is kid friendly so the whole family can enjoy this...

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Handheld Catering On Location At Stanford University

                                Recently we were honored to be a part of a two-day event at the University’s Center on Global Poverty and Development. This research center works to improve the lives of the world’s poor and is working diligently to turn path-breaking research into real-world results. From research and awarding student fellowships to convening conferences and events, the Center strives to improve policies that will make people’s lives better. What Was On The Menu With 2 full days of breakfast, lunch, and snacks, Handheld Catering worked up an impressive menu for all four meals. Of course, as a Certified Green Business, we used all biodegradable products for all plating and utensils, as well as napkins the cups for beverages and coffee. Day 1 Menu Breakfast Fruit salad Egg, potato, spinach, bacon, mushroom, onion, tomato and cheddar cheese frittatas. Vegetarian option with egg, potato, spinach, red pepper onions and Swiss. Build your own bagel bar with assorted sliced bagels, sliced cheddar, and Swiss, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado. Assorted juices, tea and of course plenty of coffee. AM Snack Assorted mini muffins & mini scones with jam and butter. Assorted soft drinks, mineral water and lemon and mint-infused water. Buffet Lunch Baby arugula salad with...

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Handheld Catering Certified As Green Business

You likely know that at Handheld Catering we strive to use the freshest ingredients from local growers and farmers and that we practice the farm-to-fork approach. However, we are proud to announce that we are now the first caterer in Silicon Valley to be Certified as a Green Business and only the 36th in the entire state of California to receive such a distinguished honor. This is a milestone that we are extremely delighted to achieve and we couldn’t wait to share this news with you.   So What Does ‘Certified’ Mean? Becoming a Certified Green Business is reserved for those companies that are verified to be complying with environmental regulations in the areas of pollution prevention, business waste, energy, water and air quality and that show they truly care about sustainability. Handheld Catering is committed to taking action to conserve resources and prevent pollution and this Certification lets the rest of the state know exactly how committed we are.   What Differences Do Green Businesses Make? As of 2018, there have been 3,108 California businesses Certified Green and the overall savings has been huge. Take a look at some of these savings from the past year. Greenhouse Gas Emission - With the equivalent of planting...

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Get Outside this Summer! 3 Great Activities in the Bay Area

Summer means sun and that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy some of the Beauty around the Bay Area. There are a lot of great places to go hiking this summer but we’ve put together 3 area selections and paired them with a great place nearby to dine afterwards. Encased by Mountain View and East Palo Alto, the Baylands Nature Preserve is a 1,940 acre undisturbed marshland. With 15 miles of multi-use trails you can hike, run, or bike your way around as well as enjoy wind surfing, sailing, canoeing, and a variety of nature walks and programs on ecology and natural history. Dogs are welcome but must remain on a leash and as it’s a preserve, there’s no collecting of plants or animals allowed. One your hiking adventure is complete, stop by the Kali Greek Kitchen for a fantastic local organic menu. With a great selection of light meals and filling plates along with a variety of beer and wine, this is a perfect stop on the way back home. Also nearby there is the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, a 3,436-acre preserve that is rich in wildlife and ecosystem diversity. Monte Bello is Italian for ‘Beautiful Mountain’ and...

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Get Your Summer in Line with These San Jose Festivals!

Food & Music festivals during the beautiful Summers of San Jose go hand in hand. There are some fantastic festivals coming our way & while we can’t possibly cover them all, there are several that we wanted to make sure you are aware of.   SubZERO Festival June 1st & 2nd from 6pm to midnight the 11th annual SubZERO festival will take place in San Jose’s downtown SoFA district. This ‘artistically bent, hi/lo-techno mashup’ is where ‘street meets geek.’ Join the artists, performers, & musicians on multiple stages celebrating the indie creative spirit & you can also enjoy South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly art walk. There are dozens of artists & vendors already scheduled & you can click here for a complete breakdown of the musical guests & what time/stages they’ll be on.   Come Be Greek For A Day! Celebrating their 47th year, The San Jose Greek Festival will be held the entire weekend of June 1-3. Spotlighting the South Bay Area’s Greek community, this cultural festival includes traditional live music and dancing and of course delicious Greek food and drink, along with local-made and handcrafted items. This is a family friendly outdoor festival where you and the kids can experience authentic Greek cuisine and culture...

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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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