Catering in San Anselmo

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Big Jim’s BBQ entrances diners with a menu of tempting contemporary and barbecue cuisine arranged by chef Jim Modesitt. Like the annual westward migration of wood-smoking grills, the sauce-slathered bill of fare unites gourmet California treats with rustic southern cooking traditions, pairing juicy pulled pork, chicken, ribs, and brisket with hearty risottos, traditional cornbreads and beans, assorted cheeses, and crostinis. As clients sup on the tasty bounty or enroll in courses to learn the dark arts of cookcraft from the kitchen’s professional chefs and caterers, rich flavors and aromas lavish the nose and palate with a sensory celebration of fine food.

454 Las Gallinas Ave
San Rafael,
CA
US

This 100% Latino-owned business uses 100% organic flour and 100% natural ingredients to assemble sweet and savory empanadas with a multilingual blend of Caribbean, Latin American, and Californian points of view. Herbivores and herbivoyeurs can delight their senses in the flavors of mushrooms with brie, onions, and spices ($45 per dozen), while their meat-minded brethren can tear into a savory, roasted chicken poblano with onion, poblano chile, red bell pepper, tomato, cilantro, and spices ($45 per dozen). To keep the taste buds on the other side of your tongue from rebelling and making everything taste like burnt hair, keep them happy with the apple-cinnamon-with-chocolate empanada infused with Turbinado sugar ($30 per dozen). These fresh and healthy treats come in both meal and cocktail size. As with square dancing, mixing and matching fillings is encouraged, as are odd-numbered orders.

60 Belvedere St
San Rafael,
CA
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The chefs at Falafel Hut man steaming pans to forge a wide range of pita-swaddled sandwiches and hearty entrees, which lead to contented sighs across the dining room and open patio. In lieu of water wings, diners strap beef and lamb shawarma ($8.95) to each arm and dabble in a pool of cucumber sauce. The restaurant's namesake falafel parades onto pita or lavash bread before donning hummus, hot sauce, and fistfuls of crisp veggies ($6.95), and diners drive up napkin demand with two chicken kebabs and rice ($14.95). Pistachio baklava ($2.50) washed down with dark Turkish coffee ($3.50) serves as a mealtime encore more pleasant than a dinner-bell rendition of "Freebird."

1109 4th St
San Rafael,
CA
US

For La Strada's owners, Martino and Adriano, food lies at the heart of their business and their friendship. They first met while working various Italian restaurants in North Beach and immediately hit it off. Through the years, they'd daydream about opening their own restaurant, until one day a vacant restaurant space changed everything. After taking a look inside, they decided to take the plunge?and the first La Strada location was on its way to opening.

Their first restaurant flourished and soon they opened a second location right next to City Hall. This time, they outfitted the new dining room with fireplace seating, Italian archways, and murals of rolling Tuscan countryside. But they didn't change the one thing that made their first restaurant successful: the food. At both locations, they continue to serve their classic Italian eats, such as skewers of salmon, scallops, and veggies in a white wine garlic sauce and tender veal stuffed with prosciutto, sage, olives, and mozzarella.

2215 Church Lane
San Pablo,
CA
US

Pacific Puffs: A User’s Guide

Artisanal Cream Puffs | Sweet and Savory Varieties | Local Ingredients | Puff Truck

Sample Puffs

  • The Classic—a choux pastry puff filled with Madagascar bourbon vanilla cream and topped with a thick chocolate glaze
  • The Chocolatier—the Classic filled with a light chocolate cream
  • Fruit Whip—filled with whipped cream and freshly cut strawberry, dusted with powdered sugar or topped with chocolate glaze

Catch the Puff Truck: Pacific Puffs’ mobile food truck makes stops at corporate events, private parties, and street corners throughout the city. It also regularly attends Off the Grid events throughout the Bay Area. Keep up with the online calendar and Twitter.

Inside Tips

  • Just hoping for a taste? Go with a mini puff, available in all flavors except Fruit Whip.
  • It’s not all about dessert here. Try a savory breakfast or lunch puff, such as the Balboa, with pulled pork, pickled slaw, and Carolina-style sauce.
  • All options are available by the dozen, in any combination.

Accolades

  • Serious Eats raved about the proportions of the Classic puff: “Like a spherical éclair, it has the perfect ratio of flaky pastry, creamy vanilla interior, and sugary chocolate icing.”
  • SFWeekly named the “irresistible” peanut-butter puff the Food Truck Bite of the Week in 2013, describing the filling as “simultaneously velvety, gooey, and peanut buttery without the eating-straight-from-the-jar intensity.”

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Enjoy a fine meal at Gamine French Bistro (2223 Union Street).

After: Grab your pals and a dozen puffs and head to Marina Green Park to nibble on them while watching the boats come in.

2201 Union St
San Francisco,
CA
US

San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures’ sparkling 1950's Mack Fire Engine carries passengers on themed adventures that combine the excitement of racing toward a fire with the fun of outwitting time. From the vantage point of the "Big Red Shiny Mack Fire Engine," guests catch views of the Bay Area while pretending to be important pieces of firefighting equipment. Tours run year round, and the crew outfits patrons with authentic fire gear to keep them warm while they explore the city on one of the themed tours. Winery tours cruise to Treasure Island, where guests enjoy tastes of signature varietals, while the Golden Gate bridge tour begins in Fisherman's Wharf before heading across the iconic bridge, through the village of Sausalito. Holiday-lights tours capture some of the city's most festive and decorated locations, and Halloween tours creep through Historic Presidio where ghosts are rumored to vacation.

301 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco,
CA
US