Check Out These Great San Jose Wedding Venues

Weddings are fun! Nerve-wracking, but fun. And a huge part of that fun is planning the entire thing but trying to find the perfect location around San Jose can be a little overwhelming at times. So today we thought we’d shine the light on a few of the more ‘top-of-the-line’ venues.   Corinthian Grand Ballroom Located in Downtown San Jose, the Corinthian Grand Ballroom is the premier location for your wedding ceremony & reception. The Corinthian Grand Ballroom is “Silicon Valley’s most elegant and historic private venue” and can accommodate up to 350 guests!   Wedgewood Weddings | Boulder Ridge Located in Boulder Ridge, high above the Santa Clara Valley in San Jose, Wedgewood Weddings offers panoramic views of the entire Silicon Valley and features a stunning backdrop of the Santa Cruz Mountain Range. 360-degree views of the lush valley make the perfect backdrop for your weddings photos and this venue can handle up to 200 guests. The average wedding cost at Wedgewood Weddings, Boulder Ridge is estimated at between $13,657 and $17,522 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.   The Ranch Golf Club, South Bay Offering more than just an 18-hole golf course, The Ranch Golf Club in the South San Jose hills offers a unique...

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Upcoming Summer Events for Food & Music Lovers in San Jose

Summer is almost here and that means plenty of fun music festivals around the Bay Area. And that means.. FOOD!   The 41st annual Nikkei Matsuri Festival is April 29 9:30 AM to 4 PM in San Jose. Live entertainment will be on 2 stages throughout the day with performances by Shamisen, San Jose Taiko, Bachido, The Wesley Jazz Ensemble, and more! There will be Japanese art, cultural showcases displaying Japanese traditional art and a whole day of celebrating Japanese-American heritage. And don’t miss out on plenty of authentic Japanese cuisine provided by 13 different vendors (so far and if you want to sign up just visit the site) with Tempura, Korokke, Vegetarian Curry, Iced Green Tea, Yaki Soba, Gyoza, and much more.   San Jose’s Japanese-American community started this festival in 1976 as part of America’s Bicentennial celebration and has been going strong ever since. You don’t want to miss it! The Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh is May 12th - 13th in downtown Mountain View. The Gaelic word ‘Fleadh’ is pronounced “Fla” and means ‘Festival.’ This is the 4th annual festival hosted by the Irish Bar & Restaurant St. Stephens Green and is only possible through the help of volunteers. So if you’d...

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Upcoming Food Festivals for Hungry Folks in San Jose!

Spring is in the air in & around San Jose & it’s the perfect time to get out & enjoy the festivals. Whether you’re looking for something new to do or eat, the Bay Area has it covered in April. Below are just a few of the many events we're lucky enough to experience in this fair city.   Visit the newest Dog Haus Biergarten in Belmont as they celebrate their grand opening from 11 AM to 10 PM on April 14 with a FREE food event giving away Haus Dogs all day long. Don’t miss out on “the absolute wurst” giveaway and help welcome them to town or visit their site for additional locations.   Saturday, April 14 from 830 to 11 AM join executive chef Daniel Grice at Maggiano’s Little Italy in San Jose for a kid’s cooking class. It’s $25 per child & each will receive their own chef hat, apron, recipe card, & be treated to a brunch buffet. Mom & dad you can enjoy the brunch for an additional $15.   Also on the 14th - at Cabrillo College is the Aptos Farmers Market from 8 AM to 12 PM. Get your hands on premium quality produce & specialty foods while mingling...

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These Dishes Will Make You Fall In Love With Vegetables Again

Vegetable dishes aren’t very exciting, especially when it comes to kids. Adults—we’re all guilty of pushing away our veggies or “forgetting” to make them with dinner, so start putting them in the dinner instead. These recipes will knock your socks off as they incorporate vegetables into some of the most delicious dishes you’ve ever had. Swiss Vegetable Medley This dish is a little more straightforward and right to the point: vegetables can be amazingly delicious, so they should be the star of the dish. Apart from making veggies the star attraction here, this dish is inexpensive and rather quick to make. If you’re trying to make dinners healthy, but you’re also strapped for time (aren’t we all?) giving this a shot will be a surefire way to please the table, and feel good about what you’re serving up. Spinach Mashed Potatoes When it’s done right, spinach can be one of the most delicious vegetables to include in any dish. If you’re looking to sneak in a healthy bit here and a touch of deliciousness there, super-packed and ultra good-for-you spinach is certainly the way to go. You can barely taste the greens through the onions and creamy mashed potato flavor,...

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Three Events That Require Top-Notch Catering

If you’re not utilizing proper event planning and catering, you’re not fulfilling the potential of your event. There’s a lot to be said after the balloons come down, and the VIP list gets forgotten—people remember how an event  goes. You can’t spare any details, no matter how small they may seem. These are the three types of events that you might not be catering, but you definitely should be. Corporate Parties The common mistake that people make here is getting “catering trays” from your local supermarket. It just doesn’t have the same effect. Those who will be paying close attention to how the event is going will be certain to comment on the lack of a proper catering presence, because it’s not just about the food—it’s about the people, the atmosphere, and the service. An exceptional spread is only half the battle. High School/College Graduation This is a pretty big deal for the graduate(s) in question. They’ve entering the adult world, one way or another, and it’s a rite of passage to have a graduation party. The most common type of party is thrown in a hall where buffets are laid out, and the bar is serving up wine, beer,...

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Frigid Fun Winter Recipes to Enjoy In the Cold

There’s nothing better than cooking with your family; it builds bonding, it’s loads of fun, and allows you to foster creativity. However, having an awesome and tasty end product doesn’t hurt either—try these winter recipes for a fresh spin on chilled desserts. Coffee and Doughnuts Ice Cream There’s never a bad time for coffee and doughnuts. This recipe is like converging the two reasons you visit a coffee shop—coffee for mom and dad, doughnuts for the kids, and the whole family is happy. This is the perfect treat to scoop over a hot brownie or chocolate chip cookie. Curl up on the couch and watch your family holiday classics after a nice dinner, and spend some quality time bonding over this frozen delicacy. Double Chocolate Frozen Fudge Pops When is chocolate not a good thing? These are one of our favorites for more than one reason: they’re easy to make, fun to put together, and you get a crowd pleaser that just about everyone can agree on. Children and adults alike will be able to sink their teeth into these pops. Butter Brickle Frozen Delight It’s a mouthful to say, and a mouthful that you won’t be able to resist....

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Make the Corporate Christmas Party Stress-free This Year

Winter comes on quickly, but Christmas comes on like a bullet train. There never appears to be enough time—you have a business to run, decisions to make on behalf of your company, and it’s exhausting to plan a brilliant Christmas party in the meantime. Well, you don’t have to go it alone. Christmas catering can be the least stressful part of the holidays, especially when it’s done right. You Don’t Need to Make Fifty Phone Calls Handheld Catering is inline with a bunch of top party planning providers in the Bay Area. We’ve befriended the best in the business to help make your time less stressful. If you need to rent chairs and tables for the party, get decorations taken care of, or anything in between, there’s a good chance we have the exact solution to contour to your expectations. All you have to do is let us know. Stress Ruins the Party If you’re buzzing with stress, guests will feel constricted and won’t relax enough. That is, until the wine starts to flow. You should be able to sit back and enjoy the Christmas party as well. You paid for catering, for decorations, and you’ve got your own at-home Christmas agenda to worry...

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The Heart of Italian Food Comes From Central Italy

Certain menus have become Americanized over the years, losing that authentic Italian feel. One age-old theme, one of the most beloved party ideas of all time, is going for a fully authentic Italian dinner. For the true roots of Italian food, you have to look beyond the dishes—you have to look to where each ingredient comes from, ensuring quality over quantity, and utilizing authentic ingredients with no fillers or unnecessary components. Period.   The Common Misconception   A lot of businesses slap the word Italian on their signs, fliers, and business cards, but they seldom understand what true Italian food consists of. Common pizza joints are absolutely not at the forefront of Italian dining, though, through widespread distribution of a marketing ploy, they’ve become what the public assumes Italian food actually is. There’s an elegant superiority to authentic Italian dishes, and it shows in every single bite.   The Setup   There are various steps in the setup of a true Italian dinner that aren’t customary to how we indulge in America. For instance, did you know that the salad comes after the entrée, not before? There are loads of little quips and tricks of the trade that come into play when you’re mapping out the proper way...

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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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