Unique Menlo Park Corporate Catering Request

Water Tank Themed Bay Area Catering Dessert

Handheld Catering is delighted to have had the opportunity to provide corporate catering for Menlo Park events serving the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford (PIE), as we greatly appreciate the goals and efforts of the institute. For their event PIE presented us with an interesting goal, the client wanted a dessert constructed in such a way that it resembled the hot water tank housed at Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (SESI).

While considering many different ideas and trying to avoid a basic cupcake, as might be provided with typical event catering, we wanted to provide something special for the distinguished, plated event. We decided to go with a dark chocolate mousse with fresh strawberries, blueberries and garnished with mint. We were happy with the idea, but our problem still persisted.

How could we make our dessert idea evoke the handsome new water tank that serves as a symbol of the efforts made through SESI?

We needed to come up with a design that matched the industrial look of the new facility, but still maintained the architectural lines and modern, simple feel. Midori, Handheld’s Director of Operations, stepped up to the creative task and found the perfect vessel in which to serve our rich chocolate mousse and vibrantly colored berry trio. Midori researched, and was able to find, a glass with vertical lines that brilliantly captured the modern, industrial lines of the new efficient water tank.

With our finished dessert (above) we were able to successfully bring to mind the iconic water tower, without sacrificing class or flavor, and perfectly complement the night’s offerings. We were very thankful to be able to provide catering in the Bay Area for such a great group of influential people and we hope to have many more opportunities as further steps are made toward sustainable worldwide energy and fresh water consumption practices.

Handheld Catered: Appetizers, two-course dinner, and dessert for 65 guests.
The event menu follows…

Passed Appetizers:

Crostini with Cambozola and Honey Glazed Figs

Wild Caught Smoked Salmon on a Crispy Potato Pancake with Chive Crème

Braised Short Rib on a Polenta Square with Parsley and Lemon Gremolata

Cuban Chicken Tostaditas with Salsa and Avocado

First Course:

Caramelized Sweet Onion Frittata on a Bed of Shaved Fennel, Orange Wedges, Arugula and a Honey Lemon Dressing

Entree Offerings*:

Chicken Breast and Spinach a’ la’ Francaise, Stuffed with Prosciutto and Fontina with Brown Butter and

California Hand Line Caught Seared Halibut with Brentwood Corn, Heirloom Tomatoes and a Basil Beurre Blanc

Organic Marinated and Grilled Vegetable Napoleon with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

*Entrees served with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables


Chocolate Mousse “Tank” with Berries (pictured above)

Let Handheld Prove We’re the Best Catering in the Bay Area

At Handheld Catering, we strive to provide our clients with sustainable, healthy, and environmentally friendly catered options. From full service breakfast, lunch, and dinner, to wedding catering, to corporate event catering, to BBQ, Handheld has options to fit any event. Contact us to discuss the menu for your next catered event and we can help you choose sustainable, healthy, delicious options to fit any palate. Contact us from our website contact page or call (408) 692-4782!