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Why Windy City Pizza and BBQ is the Place to Watch the NBA Playoffs

There’s nothing like watching your favorite team in the NBA Playoffs while enjoying some of the best pizza in San Mateo. With five big screen TVs strategically positioned throughout our dining room, 10 beers on tap (plus wine and champagne), and a menu the whole family can agree on, Windy City Pizza and BBQ is the place to watch your favorite games. Continue reading Why Windy City Pizza and BBQ is the Place to Watch the NBA Playoffs

Give Thanks to Your Employees with Lunch Catering

The Holiday Season is a great time to show appreciation for your valued employees with lunch catering from Windy City Pizza and BBQ. If your business is in the San Mateo area, and within our pizza and BBQ delivery area, you don’t have to spend excess amounts of time and money on a company party to show your thanks. Simply providing an unexpected free meal is enough to make anyone feel appreciated and recognized.

The saying, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” also holds true for employees. With the best Chicago style deep dish pizza and Texas smokehouse BBQ, Windy City Pizza and BBQ is a great choice for winning over the hearts of your staff, and increasing productivity and loyalty. After all, happy employees are productive and loyal employees.

Our catering menu offers a wide variety of Texas BBQ options and housemade sides (available in a range of portion sizes), specialty Chicago-style deep dish pizzas, farm-fresh salads, and BBQ and Chicago-style sandwiches. If you’re unsure about ordering correct quantities, our staff is pleased to spend a few minutes on the phone with you, or check out our website’s “Catering Guidelines” for more information on serving portions.

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Research shows that employees who feel appreciated will demonstrate the following behaviors:

  • Take more pride and ownership in their work
  • Go above and beyond the status quo
  • Build relationships with peers and co-workers
  • Become more receptive to constructive criticism
  • Show increased loyalty (lower turnover rate)
  • Begin praising others
  • Be more content with their work/life balance

You don’t have to go all-out either! If the company budget is a little tight, consider opting for pizza delivery. It’s convenient, affordable and always a crowd-pleasing favorite. At Windy City Pizza and BBQ, we also offer delicious gluten free and vegan options, which makes it a great choice—regardless of any dietary constraints.

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During the Holiday season, a higher-end catering option is a great choice but don’t just go the ordinary lunch catering route. Choose something unconventional, yet delectable like knuckle-suckin’ good Texas BBQ–delivered straight to your office! Our tender, juicy, Texas Smokehouse Barbecue that is sure to become the office favorite.

For a variety of options, add a specialty deep dish pizza (or a few), which marries layers of savory sauce, meat (optional), crushed tomatoes, artisanal flour and premium Wisconsin cheese. With food this appetizing, your efforts to show appreciation to your employees will make a lasting impression.

Show Your Appreciation With Lunch Catering from Windy City Pizza and BBQ

We’re happy to discuss office catering options and take all the guesswork out of a menu that’s perfectly suited to a variety of employees’ tastes and dietary needs. Check out our catering menu here, then give us a call to plan your event! To place an order for the best pizza and BBQ delivery in the San Mateo Area, contact Windy City Pizza today at (650) 578-1942 or order your catering online through our contact form.

Cooking and Smoking Texas Smokehouse BBQ

Best BBQ Cooking Techniques

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When it comes to barbecue, “low and slow” is the best term used to describe the cooking process. Low and slow is important because meat such as brisket and pork butts are fairly large and should be cooked at low temperatures, for long periods of time. This is key since it ensures that the outside portion is not overcooked while waiting for the internal portion to reach its ideal temperature. Smoking large pieces of meat using lower temperatures results in longer cooking times, but produces juicy, delicious cuts of meat. Continue reading Cooking and Smoking Texas Smokehouse BBQ

5 Reasons Windy City Pizza and BBQ Gift Card Makes the Perfect Gift

Give the Gift of Pizza and BBQ this Holiday

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This is the time of the year when everyone is rushing to find the perfect gift. If you’re having a hard time deciding what to get those on your list that are hard to buy for, consider opting for a gift card to Windy City Pizza and BBQ. If they like pizza or BBQ, you’re gifting them the best pizza in San Mateo, and the best Texas BBQ west of the Lone Star State. Our farm-fresh ingredients, Italian sausage, Farmer’s Market tomatoes, Grande cheese and artisanal flour make our mouthwatering pizzas authentically delicious. Continue reading 5 Reasons Windy City Pizza and BBQ Gift Card Makes the Perfect Gift

Best Drinks to Pair with BBQ

Beer and BBQ Never Tasted So Good

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If you’re a lover of ribs, brisket, Texas ‘Q – or any meat that’s cooked using only the hot smoke from post-oak logs – you understand the importance of complementing your meal with the perfect drink. This is a complex process with lots of room for trial and error. Since we serve the best BBQ in San Mateo, we want to make it easy for you to enjoy barbecue to the fullest, every time you eat it. Skip the food pairing blunders and remember the following when you’re ready to order a drink with your rack of ribs.

3 Best Recommendations for Pairing Beverages with Barbecue:

Beer

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘Beer and BBQ’ — especially when discussing cookouts with friends or neighbors. With beer, think about the style of barbeque and the way it was seasoned and cooked. Mustard-based sauces for barbecue pair well with American IPA, while Texas slow-cooked beef brisket and pork ribs work great with a local brew or beers with malty and hoppy tones. If you’re indulging in some Kansas City style barbecue, try it with Belgian Dubbel or a beer with undertones of fruity sweetness.

Wine

Beth von Benz, wine consultant at mvbconsulting.com, explains food and wine tasting and pairing the best. “When pairing wines with barbecue, a good way to start is to match a dominant component in the sauce or style, keeping in mind what type of meat is used, and find a similar element in a particular wine.” For pairing Texas barbecue, keep the smoky beef flavor in mind and consider a plummy Italian red with high acidity. Sangiovese or Shiraz could compliment this style of bbq very well.

Soda

It can’t get much simpler than this. You can get soda at pretty much any restaurant you visit. Too simple? If you want to be more creative, try only drinking sodas that are specific to the region where the bbq was created. For example, if your grubbing on some Texan ‘Q, wash it down with a soda from Dublin Bottling Works, which is based out of that Lone Star state. You might discover a unique combination of flavors when you look at pairing from a geographical point of view.

[See Also: A Field Guide to Regional BBQ Styles in America]

Try These Pairings Today at Windy City Pizza and BBQ

Whether it’s beer and barbecue, or you prefer wine or something without alcohol, visit us today to try these pairings. We encourage you to give them a try and see how enjoyable your next BBQ experience can be. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area and looking for some tasty Texas smokehouse barbecue, visit Windy City Pizza and BBQ — the best of all San Mateo barbecue restaurants — or order BBQ delivery for a quick and easy meal. Give us a call today at (650) 578-1942 or order online!

A Field Guide to Regional BBQ Styles in America

The Four Main Styles of Barbecue

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Barbecue restaurants have long been an American favorite, but the best styles and cooking methods for BBQ are still up for debate and decided only by one’s personal preference. At Windy City Pizza and BBQ, we love Texas ‘Q and undergo a rigorous process to ensure that every bite is near perfection. Of course Texas BBQ is our favorite, but just in case you’re curious about the differences between other barbecue styles out there, we’ve compiled a quick summary of the main four barbecue styles. Continue reading A Field Guide to Regional BBQ Styles in America

BBQ Pit Master Tips: Top Wood Choices for Smoking Meat

Which Wood Should You Use for Smoking the Best BBQ?

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If you go out of your way for the best barbecue restaurant (meaning Windy City, of course), then chances are you like to barbecue at home as well. The aspiring barbecue master, particularly one wishing to brave the world of cooking over wood, shouldn’t be limited by one kind of timber. Experimenting with different types of woods will help you discover which meats and seasonings you prefer. Additionally, the learning process will make you a real expert. As background in that process, here are two wood basics: Continue reading BBQ Pit Master Tips: Top Wood Choices for Smoking Meat