Handheld Catering is Hiring!

Searching for Experienced Catering Drivers and Servers in San Jose, CA

Handheld Catering is searching for driven individuals with serving and/or delivery experience to assist with catering delivery, set-up and serving for San Jose area catering jobs.

About Us:

Handheld Catering is a San Jose based full-service catering and event planning company that offers fresh, high-quality, and (most importantly) delicious food to the entire San Francisco Bay Area. The name Handheld Catering embodies our philosophy on food. We believe the food we eat should be plucked from the earth by the hands of farmers, hand-checked for quality by purveyors, and lovingly prepared into something unforgettable by the hands of the chef. That’s why at Handheld Catering we follow the Farm-to-Fork approach for our San Jose catering clients....

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2019 Wedding Food Trends Everyone Will Love

Our San Jose Catering Team Talks Wedding Catering Trends for This Year

Planning to walk down the aisle soon? Wedding fare has changed a lot since last year, so check out some of the latest and greatest trends that are currently a hit at weddings, receptions, and venues widely. Talk to your San Jose wedding catering team about 2019 wedding food trends and menu options for your big day: It’s All About the Sweets Create something magical for your desserts and sweets station. It is very 2019 to go all out with sweet treats using inventive ideas and contemporary presentation concepts. Consider opting for a custom s’mores bar!...

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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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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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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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Things to Know for a Summer Wedding in San Francisco

Whether you are a San Francisco Wedding Planner or simply planning a wedding in the San Francisco area, there are a few things you should know when you or your planner creates your Summer wedding, namely: Keep your eye on the sky – because weather is always unpredictable—in the San Francisco area as well, keep an eye on the forecast. Websites, like weather.com, can give you a broad idea of what the weather might be like through their long-range forecasts.   Have a plan B – if holding an outdoor event, make sure to have a backup plan in mind, just in case the weather decides not to cooperate.   Give a heads up – Summer is a busy time for most individuals, couples and families, so enough time should be given so your guests can plan accordingly. Sending a Save-the-Date card can also give your guests even more time to plan. Keep your cool – no one wants to ever see a guest hauled off on a stretcher because of heat stroke, which is why every effort must be given to this aspect of your wedding planning. You, or your wedding planner should make sure proper ventilation inside the venue...

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Spring Catering in the Bay

Ideas That Resonate Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, you can wear your sandals again without unwelcome judgment from passerby — spring is here! What better way to ring in the new season than by throwing a springtime celebration? Answer: there is no better way. It was a rhetorical question. Read on for some ideas to keep your next party as fresh as the new leaves.   Keep it green. This one seems pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how often it’s swept under the rug in the pursuit of an extravagant, up-to-trend party, even in the environmentally-conscious Bay Area. But there’s no need to sacrifice flavor, fun or creativity for the sake of environmental friendliness — find you a catering company that can do both! Handheld Catering is the perfect choice for sustainable, delicious and beautifully-prepared Palo Alto catering. Their farm-to-table approach to dining ensures your food this spring is as kind to the earth as the earth is to you.   Take advantage of re-opening farmers’ markets. Warmer weather means farmers’ markets are opening back up all across the country. Let your countrymen have their fun, and try your best not to brag about California’s unbeatable produce. Bay Area residents certainly know...

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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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Show your employees you care this holiday season

Unique Catered Company Holiday Party Ideas

Create an Event that your Employees will Remember for Years to Come [caption id="attachment_22180" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pink peppercorn crusted Halibut topped with a mango micro green salad over a coconut sticky rice cake, saffron cream sauce, & chive oil[/caption] [caption id="attachment_22181" align="alignright" width="300"] Pan-seared prime ribeye over a Kobacha squash puree, seasonal butter braised vegetables, roasted heirloom potatoes, Buerre Blanc sauce, & balsamic reduction[/caption] [caption id="attachment_22198" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Sous Vide farm fresh asparagus & egg yolk with black truffles & a micro green salad with fried leeks[/caption]   Hosting a company holiday party with the help of a Bay Area corporate catering company shows your staff how much you appreciate them. Here are three powerful and underutilized ideas to make your party memorable and fun, inspire better performance and get 2016 off to a winning start.  1. Set up a fun gift exchange. Get all of your employees involved in the festivities. Structure it like a Secret Santa, or make things even more interesting with a Yankee Swap/White Elephant exchange. Appoint one person to do the hard, unforgiving work of collecting everyone’s gift choices via email and pairing people off. Cater the gift exchange with Secret Santa themed noshes, like reindeer shaped cookies or peppermint chocolates. 2. Choose...

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Winter Holiday Party Ideas

Whether it’s Corporate Catering or a Potluck, Make Your People Feel Appreciated During the Winter Holidays

Here are a Few Different Ways You Can Bring your Company Together This Holiday Season The winter holidays are a perfect time to let your employees know how important they are to your company. Here are three tried and tested strategies to make your staff feel appreciated. Dinner or lunch catering. Show your appreciation to your employees by catering a meal close to the holiday. Be sure to choose a day when most people are working and will be able to take a long lunch. As you consider different caterers for the job, look for one that specializes in catering corporate events near the holidays. Potluck. If you cannot afford to hire an event catering company, host a potluck, instead. Each of your employees can bring a favorite dish, which keeps your cost and stress levels low. Meal sign-ups. If you want to host a lunch or dinner, but you'd rather not take on all of the responsibility, provide the main dish and ask your employees to sign up for different sides and desserts. This approach ensures that you will have everything you need for the meal without going over budget. Looking for more advice from a Professional Catering Company? Giving back to your team by honoring them can facilitate a...

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