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Dream Dinners founders Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna want to help families gather around the table for delicious meals. Like many parents throughout the country, the two women tried to coordinate a family dinner, but their efforts were often thwarted by hectic schedules. As a dinnertime strategy, Stephanie began to prepare meals with fresh, raw ingredients and then freeze them so they could be quickly thawed and cooked during the week. This tactic became popular with her family. Before long, friends, friends of friends, and chimpanzee families that mimicked their friends wanted to learn her secrets. With help from Tina Kuna, she established the first Dream Dinners location, and the successful food-prep business has led to the creation of more than 90 stores in less than three years.

At each Dream Dinners location, customers find all the culinary tools to prepare a nutritious meal—everything from fresh ingredients to meal-packing materials. Each week Dream Dinners features a new menu of fix-and-freeze dinners that can be made for up to six people, providing customers with numerous options for planning quiet meals at home or dinner parties with friends. All ingredients are precut and measured to ensure an error-free fixing.

695 Coleman Ave
San Jose,
CA
US

For a tasty mix of Asian flavors and a laid-back vibe, San Jose's Vegetarian House is the place to go. Vegetarian House is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu. Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at Vegetarian House.

Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table. The dress code is strictly casual at Vegetarian House, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable). Throwing a big party? Count on Vegetarian House to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love. If time is of the essence, Vegetarian House's take-out option may be a better fit.

Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.

Meals at Vegetarian House are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.

520 E Santa Clara St
San Jose,
CA
US

At La Costa del Sol, cooks work from a menu that mixes Salvadoran dishes such as fried chicken and fried yucca with pork with Mexican staples such as tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. According to SanJose.com, the eatery’s horchata salvadoreña blends toasted rice and peanuts with morro seeds, a Salvadoran twist that differentiates the drink from its Mexican counterpart. The menu also highlights Salvadoran pupusas, griddle cakes stuffed with beans, cheese, and meat, just like the best care packages from mom.

2951 Monterey Hwy
San Jose,
CA
US

At El Amigo, where a spacious, brightly colored indoors is met with an outdoor patio, patrons can feast on classic Mexican cuisine. Enchiladas arrive drenched in green or red salsas, or succulent mole sauce. Breaded pieces of fish fill tacos with coleslaw and chipotle sauce, while marinated chicken arrives with rice, beans, and pico de gallo. Soft French bread carries beef and chicken in tortas, as margaritas quench any underlying thirsts.

7090 Santa Teresa Blvd
San Jose,
CA
US

Bay Area Ice Cream Catering has dedicated more than 10 years to pampering palates at private and corporate shindigs of all sizes with its frosty slate of frozen treats culled from the local cream-crafters at Treat Ice Cream Company. Guests can affix cream-catching bibs neatly over 3-D Taz ties when cruising the build-your-own-sundae bar at a family reunion, wedding, or corporate fundraiser. Each event includes an amicable band of scoopers who govern all set-up and deconstruction. Indulge in two or three scoops of your choice of four flavors, such as cookies ‘n’ cream, mocha almond fudge, and a fat-bereft trio of nondairy sorbets. All sundae bars arm ingesters with bowls, spoons, and napkins, as well as an ample supply of toppings ideal for crafting an ephemeral art piece or leaving an edible trail to grandma's makeshift karaoke stage.

2220 Canoas Garden Ave
San Jose,
CA
US

Pick up a side of chips and a sandwich at Time Deli and Catering, and enjoy lunch from the deli. If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat well at Time Deli and Catering, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices. Be sure to complete your meal at Time Deli and Catering with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Grab the kids when you head to Time Deli and Catering — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan. Get your whole crew together at Time Deli and Catering, offering lots of special space for larger parties. Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.

If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Time Deli and Catering cater for you. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Time Deli and Catering's cooking from the comfort of their own home.

Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Time Deli and Catering.

With tabs typically staying under $15, your wallet (and your stomach) will be happy with a trip to Time Deli and Catering. Time Deli and Catering has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.

349 S Bascom Ave
San Jose,
CA
US