Pizarro: Catered Too! celebrates 25 years as the life of the party

Any business that can survive in Silicon Valley for 25 years deserves a celebration. And if that business happens to be a catering company, that party’s going to have some good food.

That might be part of the reason that hundreds of people swarmed to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Tuesday night to congratulate Greg Casella‘s Catered Too! on its silver anniversary. The party was a culinary showcase of everything the company does, from the Oktoberfest-themed BrewBus serving beer and bratwurst to the Vietnamese cold noodle salad with shrimp created by Executive Chef Ngoc Chau-Castaneda. In between, there was barbecued brisket, sous vide beef and a deconstructed antipasto station. In short, it was a bad week to be on a diet.

“On the ride here I started crying in my car thinking what an amazing achievement and all the people around me for 25 years that have made this happen. It’s not me,” Casella said. Inviting everybody was like going through all the people I touched over the past 25 years and who were there from the beginning.”

Catered Too has done parties for plenty of Silicon Valley corporations and nonprofits, including Google, Cisco, Kaiser Permanente and Facebook — Mark Zuckerberg is said to be a fan of the fried chicken slider — as well as the Happy Hollow Foundation, the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and the Preservation Action Council of San Jose.

YOU SAY TOMATO, I SAY WORLD RECORD: The World Tomato Society is trying to live up to its name Sunday by going for a Guinness World Record for the most tomato varieties in one place — they’re aiming for 175 — at the Heirloom Tomato Harvest Celebration on Sunday in Los Gatos.

The festivities will be at the Los Gatos Town Plaza from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the bluegrass band Dirty Cello providing the entertainment. There will be wine-and-tomato pairings, a Bloody Mary competition and some significant tomato celebs in attendance, including Cynthia Sandburg of Love Apple Farms and Gary Ibsen and Dagma Lacey of TomatoFest. Admission is free, but some of the activities aren’t. Check it out at www.worldtomatosociety.com.

BAD WEEK FOR A DIET, PART II: Adolfo Gomez of the Oaxacan restaurant Mezcal in downtown San Jose again gathered some of the best Mexican chefs in the South Bay for Gourmex SV on Tuesday night. The San Jose Museum of Art …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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