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  • Eat Healthier at Work in 2017

    eat healthier | healthy eating | new year's resolutions | tysons corner vaJust like that, it’s January again. And in January, two things happen: We recommence spending the majority of our time in our Tysons Corner VA offices, and making resolutions to eat healthier in 2017.

    You’re trading the cake for kale, the suds for seltzer, and the channel surfing on the couch for a daily dose of cardio; the year is not yet two weeks young, and you’ve got a long way to go to meet your goals, but you’re committed to making the right choices.

    At home, it’s easy to do, but at work, temptations are many: cookies in the break room, the catered corporate lunch, happy hour invitations. How can you say no? It’s not easy, but you can do it. N-O.

    Your office eating habits can have a profound impact on how well you do, or don’t keep up with those New Year’s resolutions. Resolve to eat healthier at work.

    Work the workday into your diet.

    The best thing about spending most of your day at work, on a set schedule, is the opportunity to make a plan. Block out ten minutes in the morning to have a healthy snack, and then take a break for lunch. Weight loss isn’t about eating less, but eating healthy. Planned snacks (Think almonds, or cheese, or fruit.) and a designated lunchtime should be priority items on your to-do list, every day.

    Pack your lunch.

    Plan, and then prepare. Fill your lunchbox with fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains; and make sure to keep a few more healthy options on hand in you’re desk for those days you’re just not feeling the brown bag. When you’re presented with multiple nutritious options, you’re less likely to give in when the lunching ladies come to call.

    Make appointments with your water.

    There’s eating right, and then there’s staying hydrated. We all know how important it is to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, but it’s just as easy to just… forget. Set a calendar reminder for once every half hour, and then drink up!

    Indulge, in moderation.

    A commitment to healthy office eating habits doesn’t mean you’ll never get to have another of Carol’s cupcakes. It doesn’t mean you’ll never get to gab over greasy cheeseburgers on Friday afternoons, and it doesn’t mean you won’t get to enjoy the southern fried chicken your boss always orders from Boulevard Cafe Catering for the company retreat. It just means you have one cupcake a month (not a week). It means that you opt for a salad instead of a burger, and for one piece of chicken instead of two. Go ahead: Indulge. It’s the spice of life, but just like any other, a little goes a long way.

  • Thank You for Choosing Boulevard for Your Corporate Catering!

    Many people throughout northern Virginia know Boulevard Cafe as the best place to grab a quick lunch in Tysons Corner, and our lunch customers are a big part of the reason we’ve achieved so much success for so long. But the truth is, we’d be remiss to forget to mention our wonderful corporate catering clients. Boulevard Cafe Catering has had the unique opportunity to visit and serve many great corporate offices and their employees throughout the region; it truly makes our jobs worth the time when those clients leave reviews, and their feedback online.

    Boulevard Cafe Catering feeds northern Virginia.

    “[The food I received from Boulevard Cafe Catering] tasted good every single time. Quality of food is great!”

    “Boulevard Cafe catered a corporate SEO Training my company hosted and they did a great job. Mr. Rafeedie was a pleasure to work with and his suggestions on food were spot on. If your company is looking for a corporate catering service, I would definitely call them.”

    “Best two over easy [eggs] I have ever had, and the owners are super nice.”

    “[My event was] catered to perfection! :)”

    Are you a satisfied Boulevard Cafe Catering client?

    Please consider leaving us a Google review. It’s simple and easy, and we’d greatly appreciate it. Simply follow these steps:

    1. Log into your personal Google account.
    2. Visit Boulevard Cafe Catering on Google+.
    3. Where prompted, assign us a rating (from 1–5 stars) and describe your experience.
    4. Press PUBLISH, and review the text you composed before pressing DONE to complete your review.
    5. You can then go to the ABOUT tab on our Google+ page to view or edit your review and view other reviews posted to the Boulevard Cafe Catering.

    Thank you for your continued patronage of Boulevard Cafe Catering!

  • Northern VA’s Corporate Event Caterer Debunks Four Food Safety Myths

    Did you know that September is National Food Safety Education Month?

    As such, the Partnership for Food Safety Education; the US Department of Agriculture; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Food and Drug Administration; and the northern Virginia catering industry want consumers to know one thing: Just because you’ve “always done it” — that is, stored or prepared your food — one way doesn’t mean that it’s good, or even safe to continue doing so.

    Consider the following debunked myths regarding food safety.

    MYTH: My refrigerator feels cold, so it’s surely cold enough. And if it’s not, I’ll just adjust the dial down a few notches.

    FACT: What feels cold to the human skin may very well not actually be cold enough to protect perishable foods. It’s important to use a thermometer to ensure that your refrigerator stays at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. You might be surprised to learn that nearly half of all home refrigerators operate at temperatures above this level, placing your food and your health in the danger zone.

    MYTH: Cross-contamination doesn’t happen in the refrigerator.

    FACT: Many people believe that it’s too cold inside a properly cooled refrigerator for harmful bacteria to survive, but the truth is Listeria can grow at temperatures well below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, a recent study showed that your refrigerator’s produce compartment was one of the ‘germiest’ places in the kitchen, containing both Salmonella and Listeria.

    Protect your food and your family:

    • Keep fresh fruits and vegetables separate from raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs.
    • Clean up food and beverage spills immediately.
    • Clean your refrigerator regularly with hot water and liquid soap.

    MYTH: Any bacteria that gather on food left out all day will be killed when I return it to the refrigerator.

    FACT: Well, as we’ve already addressed: Bacteria are present, even in the refrigerator. Though cooler temperatures do slow the growth of bacteria, they will not stop their growth entirely. The best way you can avoid the infection of harmful bacteria is to follow the two-hour rule: Refrigerate or freeze meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, cut fresh fruits and vegetables, and all cooked leftovers within 2 hours of cooking or purchasing. Cut that number in half if the temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

    MYTH: Rinsing my fruits and vegetables will ensure they’re fresh and clean, and free of bacteria. There’s no need to dry them, too.

    FACT: At Boulevard Café Catering, we’re glad that so many of our corporate catering customers recognize the importance of washing fruits and vegetables before eating or cooking, but too few understand the benefits of blotting dry. Research has indicated that drying fruits and vegetables after rinsing only further reduces the likelihood of contamination.

    Now you know. Keep your food and your family safe all month, and all year long. And remember: When you’re planning a corporate event in northern Virginia, and wondering who to call, it’s Boulevard Café Catering.

  • Start the Day Off Right: Let Boulevard Cater Breakfast for Your Next Corporate Event in Northern Virginia

    Everybody’s got to eat. But more so, everybody’s got to eat breakfast.

    Break the fast. Rise and dine.

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and without it, your employees and prospects will slug through the long day of meetings and conference events in northern Virginia with something less than productivity. Don’t let that happen. Let Boulevard cater breakfast.

    Start the day off right with a catered breakfast from Boulevard Cafe Catering!

    As a high-powered meeting planner in Tysons Corner, Virginia, you’ve got your hands full. Why not let us take care of making sure your bellies are full? From breakfast breads to casseroles, fruit to salad, savory dishes and sweet, we have the breakfast catering covered. The expert catering staff at Boulevard Cafe Catering will work with you to make the most of your breakfast and satisfy everyone’s early morning cravings.

    Breakfast Catering Services

    Breakfast Platter

    Breakfast Casserole For Catering Services

    Break the fast in scrumptious style, from the northern Virginia corporate catering experts, Boulevard Cafe Catering.

  • Boulevard Café Catering Offers Special February Menu for Your Next Corporate Event in Fairfax, Virginia

    February is a great month: The last full month of winter, the shortest month of the year, the month of love, the month of movies, the month of Lincoln’s birthday, the month to leap (Okay, not this year.), and the month of PARTIES: Oscar parties, corporate employee appreciation parties, parties for no reason at all.

    What’s that you said?

    You’re planning a corporate event in Fairfax?

    No way! Well, you came to the right place.

    With diverse menu selections to complement three decades of unparalleled service, Boulevard Café Catering is *the* preeminent local institution for corporate event and business catering. And thanks to the recent hire of new Executive Sous Chef Ruben Vasquez, Boulevard is excited to offer a new special menu each month, featuring entree, side, and dessert items concocted to sate the discriminating tastebuds of northern Virginia’s professional community.

    Egg Sandwich Package

    What do we get?

    Assorted English muffin egg sandwiches
    (Including cheese, bacon and/or sausage)
    French toast sticks & fruit salad

    Okay, how much will this cost?

    $9 per person

    Confetti Scrambled Eggs

    What do we get?

    Confetti scrambled eggs
    Breakfast country potatoes with bacon & sausage
    Mini bagels, muffins, coffee cakes & fruit salad

    Okay, how much will this cost?

    $11 per person

    Stir-Fried Medley

    What do we get?

    Stir-fried chicken with basil & chili sauce
    Beef & broccoli

    What’s on the side?

    Asian salad with sesame dressing
    Sautéed egg lo mein noodles
    Mix stir-fried vegetables

    And what about dessert?

    Assorted mini pastries

    Okay, how much will this cost?

    $18 per person

    Chicken & Salmon Duo

    What do we get?

    Chicken champagne
    Grilled salmon with pineapple salsa

    What’s on the side?

    Roasted mix vegetables
    Confetti orzo
    Sweet heart salad with cranberry vinaigrette
    Rolls & butter

    And what about dessert?

    Assorted cannoli

    Okay, how much will this cost?

    $18 per person

    Chicken & Beef Skewers

    What do we get?

    Jerk chicken breast topped with caramelized onion relish
    Pineapple beef skewers with tamarind mint sauce

    What’s on the side?

    Coconut rice
    Mixed roasted vegetables
    Tropical green salad with honey ginger dressing
    Rolls & butter

    And what about dessert?

    Assorted mini cupcakes

    Okay, how much will this cost?

    $18 per person

    Add an appetizer.

    What do we get?

    Beef and golden potato puff served with tamarind sauce
    Spicy bacon wrapped potato with tabasco aioli
    Mini fruit skewers with tropical dip

    Okay, how much will this cost?

    $1.25 per person (with a 25-person minimum)

  • From Sin City to Tysons Corner: Executive Sous Chef Ruben Vasquez Joins the Boulevard Café Catering Team

    Meet Ruben Vasquez, Boulevard Café Catering’s newest Executive Sous Chef.

    Ruben Vasquez | Executive Sous Chef | Corporate Catering | Tysons Corner, VA
    Hailing originally from Las Vegas, Ruben sat down with us last week to talk a little about his background and his aspirations, and let us in on a little secret: Before attending school at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Las Vegas, he dreamed of a career in the cockpit.

    Well, Ruben, we’re sure glad you landed here instead.

    Who inspired you to begin cooking?

    My father liked to cook, but he’s not a chef, not a culinary artist. And my mother, too. She liked to cook a lot. I learned from them. Eventually, I decided to go to culinary school, and then began working in Las Vegas, in casinos and in restaurants. That’s how I learned. It’s my passion. Cooking is my passion.

    Was there anything you thought you wanted to do before you started cooking?

    Actually, when I was little, my dream was to be a pilot in the Air Force, but that didn’t come true. So then I thought computer design, graphic design — that’s another passion I have.

    What ingredient do you love most of all?

    My favorite favorite ingredient: You know, we Spanish people like cilantro. I like cilantro, yes.

    Is there a food that you hate?

    One [food I really dislike] is Mexican. It’s too spicy. I’m not a very big fan of spicy food.

    What dishes or flavors come to mind when I mention the following ingredients:

    Pork?

    Garlic.

    Rhubarb?

    Caramalized red onions.

    Coffee?

    Yeah, I love coffee.

    (Editor’s note: Let’s be honest, who doesn’t?)

    I like veal with Kahlua and coffee.

    Brussels sprouts?

    I like to sauté Brussels sprouts with bacon, and salt and pepper.

    What do you hope to achieve while working for, and with Boulevard Café Catering?

    I want to help Boulevard grow; I want to help them become more competitive in the market by introducing new dishes; by combining different foods; by introducing more new menus; by delivering orders to our customers on time; by improving how we prepare, and present our food; and by doing more corporate catering in the Tysons Corner, VA area.

    Right now, we’re working on developing more corporate catering business, so that’s where my focus is: On cooking more food to suit the needs of the corporate businesspeople. They’re the people who want to eat fast and clean. They don’t want to leave a mess; they want to eat clean and fast, because they’re working. That’s my primary to focus: Taking care of our corporate customers.

    Welcome to the Boulevard Café Catering team, Ruben. And thank you for taking the time to chat with me.

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