Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Summer Might Be Winding Down, But You Don’t Have To!

There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful weather in the Bay Area. As Summer winds down and Spring starts to peek its gorgeous head out at us, we wanted to point out a few great festivals that are on the horizon.


The San Jose Jazz Fest helps wrap up the Summer August 10-12. With over 100 artists scheduled to perform and almost a dozen stages, the weekend is destined to be fantastic. Visit their website for a complete list of performers but there will be headliners including Jane Monheit, Yissy & Bandancha, Johnny Gill, Sarah McKenzie, Kool & The Gang and more, this is one festival in San Jose that you don’t want to miss.


August 18 & 19 you can visit the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Yosip Parish, located at 680 Minnesota Avenue in San Jose to enjoy the 26th Annual Assyrian Food Festival. Admission is free and the festival showcases Assyrian food, traditions and educating the community about Assyrian heritage, as well as preserving and passing on Assyrian cultural traditions to the next generation. Make plans to attend the festival and enjoy authentic food, music, and dance.


The Italian Family Festa takes place August 25 & 26 at History Park in San Jose. Admission is free and there will be Italian food, live music, wine, grape stomp, bocce, cultural seminars and historical/genealogical displays. Leave the animals at home for this one, only service animals are allowed, and Saturday night there will be a street dance. The music lineup is certain to please and vendors will be offering so much delicious Italian food, you might gain a few pounds.


The 2018 Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival will take place this year September 15 & 16 in Central Park. This festival will feature the talents of local and regional artists with nearly 175 booths to visit, 25 community groups serving international foods, four vintners pouring fine wines, micro-brewed beer, live entertainment on three stages, and the ever-popular Kids Kingdom.


There’s not much that can beat the sights, sounds, and tastes in and around the Bay Area. Take the time to enjoy your weekends outdoors with the festivals above and be sure to watch our Blog for regular updates on happenings in and around San Jose.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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 is surrounded by other open space preserves and parks, making trip options nearly limitless. There are multiple hiking trails available, from a self-guided 3 mile loop with an average 5% grade that will take you about 3 hours to complete, to the Canyon Trail that is popular with bicyclists, and trails that connect to other nearby open space preserves. Once you have completed your day of open space fun, stop in to get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant. Named in part after the Arlo Guthrie song, Alice’s has been around since the 1960’s, is family owned and operated, and they serve locally sourced ingredients served up in a casual atmosphere that is perfect after a day enjoying the outdoors.

The Windy Hill Preserve is a 1,335-acre preserve featuring open grassland ridges and forests of redwood, fir, and oak. There is a very popular 8 mile loop that goes through the forested ridges to the valley floor and back again that combines the use of 4 different trails popular among hikers and equestrians alike. Leashed dogs are allowed on most of the trails but you need to plan accordingly as there are a couple where they aren’t allowed. Once your workout is done for the day, stop by Nick’s Next Door for some great American Bistro Cuisine. With a fantastic menu, a great wine list, and plenty of spirits, you’ll be glad you made the stop.


Be sure to watch our Blog for other exciting happenings around the Bay Area and don’t forget to contact us for all your catering needs during both private and corporate events this summer.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

3 Reasons to Have Your Summer Vacation in San Jose

Deciding where to make a Summer getaway? Beautiful San Jose is the largest city within the Bay Area and a popular vacation destination throughout the year, but Summers in San Jose are a sight to behold. Be sure to visit our Blog for inside information on festivals and other fun adventures in and around the area, but here are 3 fantastic reasons to plan your Summer vacation in San Jose.

Island Reggae Fest starts at 11am on July 14th at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. The Island Reggae Festival is an area tradition that is celebrating its 7th anniversary this year. There will be lots of live music, a Polynesian Dance Showcase, plenty of food & merchandise vendors, arts & crafts, a tattoo showcase, & unlimited carnival rides for kids 12 & under. This is a full day of fun in San Jose that you won’t want to miss so be sure to take along your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy some time in the sun.

The Paper Plane in downtown San Jose is the perfect spot for a taste of signature crafted cocktails and delicious food while enjoying a late night happy hour that even includes discounts on food. They rotate out their menu every 6 months to match the seasons and feature 16 signature cocktails with 6 on tap, 5 ‘new school’ cocktails from around the world, and 5 classic cocktails. It is a fun, easy-going atmosphere that will make you wish you lived closer to San Jose.

Looking for something special for you and your significant other? Le Papillon is an upscale French restaurant and steakhouse that is the perfect choice for special occasions. Featuring more than 500 wines along with 3 & 4 course dining options, you’ll have your choice of elegant selections suited to any taste. Their menu changes seasonally with a focus on the freshest, local organic ingredients possible and is a great spot for a taste of San Jose.

Got friends and/or relatives coming to visit you in San Jose? Handheld Catering is available for private events and we will customize the perfect menu for your get together, no matter how large or small. At Handheld Catering, we follow the Farm-to-Fork approach, using fresh locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible, and serve gourmet meals that are unforgettable for private/special gatherings, weddings, and even corporate settings. Give your guests a taste of San Jose with catering you can be proud of.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Best of the Bay: Where to Catch the 4th of July Fireworks

Nothing says Summer in America quite like a traditional Independence Day fireworks celebration. The Bay Area has some of the best choices around and while it may be hard to choose from, we’ve put together a list of some of the area choices you have this year.


San Jose – The Rotary Club of San Jose is celebrating their 104th year and they are inviting everyone to Discovery Meadow in beautiful downtown San Jose starting at 6:00 pm. Enjoy family-friendly events, restaurants, and popular hot-spots and at 9:30 enjoy the world-class fireworks display.


Santa Clara – You can celebrate the 4th every night July 1 – 4th at California’s Great America with nightly fireworks displays. There will be live music, military members both current and veteran will receive free park entry, and there’s even a VIP options available that includes dinner and some of the best seats in the park to view the fantastic fireworks display.


Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center Morgan Hill Freedom Fest: Parade & Fireworks on the Green will have a parade at 10 am, live music starting at 6 pm, and an awesome fireworks show after dark. You can take your own picnic or select from a nice variety of vendors on hand and there will be beer and wine available as well.


Scotts Valley – Start your Independence Day celebration with a parade and flyover at 3 pm and enjoy live music, food, games and more throughout the day along with a fireworks display scheduled to start at 9:20.


Gilroy – At 9:30 pm the city of Gilroy will host their annual 4th of July Fireworks show at the Gilroy High School located on Tenth Street. In the past, the city has put on about a 20 minute display featuring around 400 different fireworks.


Alameda County Fair – The Fair runs for several weeks in both June and July but for the 4th celebrations they have a day packed full of fun events. Contests, horse racing, kid’s games and more await you and the family in Pleasanton throughout the holiday.


No matter where you decide to take the family this holiday, please stay safe and have a fantastic time. As you plan private events this Summer & Fall, whether a wedding, family reunion or just a night among close friends, remember that Handheld Catering will craft a menu that is perfect for you and your guests. Visit our site and call us today and we’ll do all the cooking.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

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 that’ll have you all saying “Yiamas” (to our health)!


You’ve Got a Date On Fridays.

Each and every Friday this Summer you can visit San Pedro Square for the Downtown San Jose Farmer’s Market from 10 AM – 2 PM. Live entertainment sets the atmosphere perfectly and with over 30 California-based growers, you have the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally grown produce along with handmade goods, arts & crafts, and lots of family-friendly activities. Get out and enjoy beautiful downtown San Jose and have a blast at this weekly food & music festival.


Get Your Reggae On.

July 14th at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds starting at 11am you can enjoy a fantastic day full of fun. The Island Reggae Festival is enjoying its 7th year & will have tons of live music, a Polynesian Dance Showcase, plenty of food & merchandise vendors, arts & crafts, a tattoo showcase, & unlimited carnival rides for kids 12 & under. This is a full day of fun in San Jose so be sure to take along your lawn chair or towel/blanket.


So much music, so much food… so little time.


The awesome music festivals around San Jose are really just getting started & we know that you want to stay up-to-date on the great options in the area. We also know that the beautiful weather of the Bay Area means that you likely have your own upcoming event this Summer or Fall. At Handheld Catering we can handle all of your San Jose catering food needs to ensure that your special occasion is just that: special. Reunions, corporate events, weddings, and any other social event is the perfect time to call Handheld Catering.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What’s New in San Jose Food?

Summer is the time for food & fun around San Jose and we’ve found a few things we think you’ll really enjoy. From vegan pastries to delicious seafood, these San Jose food events are definitely kicking it up a notch.


Eat, Pray, Amore!

On Saturday June 2 from 6 to 8:30 PM, a spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be hosted by the Advent Lutheran Church in Morgan Hill. Tickets are only $5-$7, proceeds go toward the church’s Texas youth trip planned at the end of the month, & the night will include live music as well as the spaghetti dinner, drinks, & dessert. Click here to purchase tickets & help a good cause.


Outdoor Seafood Boil!

June 28th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM visit the Sunnyvale TAP’T location for a Summer Kickoff Seafood Boil. The price is only $25 & includes a “bag” of seafood including; crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, sausage, corn, & potatoes prepared with TAP’T’s house cajun spices. There will be open seating out on their patio along with 24 craft beers & other beverage selections for your enjoyment. Visit their website for directions & more info.


MILQ Tea Bar & Lounge

Jackson Avenue recently welcomed newcomer MILQ & so far the buzz has been pretty, well, buzzing. Set with a unique decor complete with lighted tables with swirling water inside them, club-like lighting throughout, & even live music, MILQ brings a new flavor to San Jose. Whether you’re looking for some good boba or want to cool off with something new, MILQ looks set to not disappoint.



Been smelling something new & delicious on your way to work? Downtown San Jose has a new reason to look forward to lunch time & the aroma appears to be only half the delight. The desserts & pastries at Cinnaholic will leave you questioning your assumptions regarding vegan foods & selections & I suggest that if you desire to make it home with any to share, put them in the trunk. Although this is kind of genius on Cinnaholic’s end… I had to return & restock 3 times before I finally figured out the trunk trick.


Let Us Do The Cooking!

Of course Summer in San Jose also means lots of weddings, corporate events, reunions, and so much more and we know that you want the best when it comes to catering your special day. We love what we do here at Handheld Catering for Bay Area event catering and we’ll work with you to create a custom menu that will leave your guests impressed.. and ‘fully’ satisfied. Give us a call today and let us help you make this a day to remember.


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Friday, May 4, 2018

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, Third Sol, Sage, & Charged Particles will be on stage throughout both days and again, there’s bound to be something for everyone at this festival. This is a weekend full of gorgeous arts and crafts, local live bands, fantastic food, wine, and fun for the whole family.

The Sunnyvale Art, Wine & Music Festival is open from 10 AM to 6 PM both June 2 & 3 and if you’re interested in becoming a vendor you can contact the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce or find additional details and an application at http://www.caartists.com/schedule/Sunnyvale_application.pdf

Need catering in Sunnyvale? Give Handheld Catering a call for weddings, corporate event or office catering, and special events.

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