The Western Wake Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority believes in service from the heart. Their vision states “To implement relevant and sustainable programs that help improve our Community and our Delta Legacy of Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service.” Although newly chartered in April of 2011, membership has tripled and their service to the community with innovative programs and support projects has been outstanding. This passionate group has sponsored voter registration drives, and have volunteered their time and efforts to help organizations such as Dress for Success, Raleigh Correctional Center for Women, and Operation Christmas Child. They also sponsor the EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) Program which awards scholarships to high school seniors in Wake County.
This wonderful group of ladies also sponsors The RED Shoe Affair Fashion Show and Silent Auction. This event is geared toward raising money for their scholarship opportunities. This year, the event was held at the modern and elegant Goels Plaza in Morrisville. It is the largest privately owned banquet facility in the eastern part of North Carolina. It is consistently rated among the Top 5 facilities and is centrally located in The Triangle. It is only a few minutes from RDU Airport, lots of hotels and business centers, major universities, and great shopping. Goels Plaza is very spacious, hosting roughly 38,000 SF and is versatile enough to accommodate business, personal, or other social events.
For the second year in a row, we were honored to provide the meal for this event. With over 500 people in attendance, we had all hands on deck to deliver smiles at each table. We’ve posted a few of our favorite images here, to see the entire gallery you’ll have to check us out on Pinterest.
Before all the guests arrived, we pre-set each table with a beautiful salad of Mixed Greens with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and finished with our homemade House Vinaigrette. For dinner, guests were butlered a beautiful plate featuring Roasted Chicken Breast Stuffed with Portobellos, Sundried Tomatoes and Vermont White Cheddar with Rosemary Red Potatoes, and a Saute’ Vegetable Medley. Bread Baskets of Assorted Rolls with Butter were supplied for every table.
Dessert was served family style at each table. Served were Assorted Miniature Desserts of Lemon Squares, Chocolate Bites, Éclairs, Crème Puffs and Cannolis.
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About 95% of all Americans will eat something with turkey in it this Thanksgiving, according to research by the National Turkey Federation. If you’re like most families, you’ll be falling into that percentile. If this is your first time preparing the Thanksgiving feast, you might have some questions on how to go about choosing a turkey. It can be confusing because there are actually a lot of different options. Don’t worry, with these tips from the best Raleigh holiday catering company – Catering By Design - you’ll find the best bird to gobble up this holiday season.
Natural, Organic or Free Range?
When it comes to buying a turkey for the holidays, these are the questions you will face. We’re going to break down each one.
Natural Turkey – These birds have been minimally processed. They don’t contain flavor agents, artificial ingredients, coloring or preservatives. Natural turkeys usually sell for between $1-$2 per pound. You’ll find these at your local supermarkets.
Organic Turkey – These birds are also considered to be in the free-range category. These turkeys are fed grains that are pesticide and chemical free, and are not given antibiotics. Organic turkeys typically cost more and have a stronger turkey flavor. These usually sell for around $3.50-4.50 per pound. You’ll find them at fancy grocery stores or you might have to buy them from a farm depending on your location.
Free-Range Turkey – These birds are raised outdoors, on a farm where they can roam around. They eat mostly bugs and grubs. They have a more robust flavor and texture and cost around $2.50-$5 per pound. You’ll find these at some supermarkets, natural food stores and farms.
Fresh or Frozen?
Both have advantages and disadvantages. Most prefer a fresh turkey. They are aged several days. This makes them more tender and less dry. You can purchase fresh turkeys two days before Thanksgiving. Be aware, you must cook it after two days to avoid food poisoning. Frozen turkeys are typically drier. This is why you see lots of people injecting brine or broth into the turkey. It helps add flavor and keeps them moist. Frozen birds are the cheapest for those shopping on a budget. The biggest drawback for these birds are that they take about 24 hours to defrost for each five pounds of weight. For instance, a 12-pound turkey will take two and a half days to thaw, whereas a 20-pound turkey will take four days to thaw out.
Do you want to relax and enjoy Thanksgiving this year? Call Catering By Design for the best in Raleigh holiday catering. We offer affordable holiday catering menus that can be customized to your needs. Give us a call today and take this year off.
Using Social Media Before Your Wedding Day Without Any Regrets
We live in a age of sharing, and social media. For some of us, these sites are as much a part of our days as eating and sleeping. When it comes to wanting to share your excitement, on or around your wedding, it’s only natural to turn to social media. You’ll want to update your status and post pictures on Facebook and you probably will have a lot of different Pinterest boards to help you with your planning, as well as everything in between. Every social media site is different. They have their own communities and networks to document your wedding activities. Each one also has their own privacy controls, and they operate differently. In part one of this post, we’re going to give you some tips on how to celebrate your big day in a socially responsible manner. Brides, when you’re ready to plan the meal for your wedding reception, please consider the best Raleigh wedding catering company – Catering By Design. We have been a Wedding Wire Award Winning Catering Company for the past three years!
Creating Facebook Lists
You’re probably an avid Facebook user, but do you know how to set up groups and lists on Facebook? Facebook lists are great because you can share certain things with certain people only, regarding your wedding season. By setting up lists for your bridesmaids, bridal party, family, and those not invited to the wedding, you’ll be able to control who gets to see what and you can skip the worry about the wrong person seeing something you don’t want them to. With these lists, you can set each status update to a custom filter. The best part, it’s easier to exclude those certain groups of people from updates, rather than picking the groups you do want to see the updates.
Creating Facebook lists is the only surefire way to ensure that you’re only sharing with the right people.
Remember the old saying – “Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should actually do it.” Even though your social media profiles are yours, you should not post info to the Public unless you want everyone to know what you are thinking, and you are willing to deal with the consequences. All too often my feed is bombarded with people complaining about their boyfriend, girlfriend, parents, friends, etc. Social media is not the correct place to share these feelings in my opinion. I know some will get upset by this statement, but think before you post something to social media. Ask yourself these questions – “Would I be interested in my post if someone else posted it?” And, “Will my hundreds of friends really appreciate what I’m about to post?” If the answer is no, don’t post it. You know how you shouldn’t play with fire? You shouldn’t post, tweet, or share when you’re feeling overly emotional – you might regret it later.
Halloween weddings are a lot more common than one might think. If done right, they can really be magical and unique. Unfortunately, all too often, they are overdone. Going overboard on a Halloween wedding can make the biggest day of your life look more like a college party instead of an autumn wedding celebration. There are several ways for brides to stay classy and still have the Halloween dream wedding they’ve always wanted. If you follow these tips, your Halloween wedding will be the talk of the town for months to come.
Your wedding invite sets the tone for your wedding. It is the first impression guests get of how you want your wedding to go. Guests will be able to tell if your wedding is themed, casual or formal. Make sure to pick an invitation that expresses your vision for your wedding and gives guests an idea of what to expect. Make sure to include all the correct details. These include dates, times and whether there will be food and alcohol provided.
Halloween Themed Wedding Attire And Decor
Here is where most couples make their biggest mistakes by going overboard. Try to take a subtle approach. After all, sometimes less is actually more. A classic white gown, with a black sash is perfect. Adding splashes of fall colors with your bridesmaids, groomsmen and decor is how you want to make your statement.
If you’re dead set on making an entrance, go with a nontraditional, black wedding gown with bridesmaids all wearing orange. If done correctly, this looks stunning against an autumn North Carolina back drop. And by the way … don’t limit yourself to just black and orange. You have a plethora of Halloween colors to choose from such as browns, creams, purples and all sorts of metallic colors.
Ghostly Wedding Cake
At most weddings, the stars of the show consist of the bride, groom, and wedding cake. Make sure your Halloween wedding cake fits the theme of your wedding. If you’re having a true, HalloWedding then your cake should represent your theme. If you just cannot veer from the traditional side of things in this aspect, try to take advantage of offering a unique, and spellbinding groom’s cake.
Fun Fall Activities
Autumns in North Carolina are very mild and you can have your HalloWedding outside in most cases. Regardless, the fall season is a great time of the year to offer some outdoor wedding activities. A sack race, bobbing for apples, ring toss, corn hole – maybe even hire a face painter for the kiddos. All are great outdoor activities that kids and adults can enjoy.
It is almost time for the biggest baseball game of the year – The World Series. Do you want to have a party to celebrate your team making it to the big game? Maybe your work crew are huge baseball fans and you want to treat them for doing a great job. No matter your reason for celebrating The World Series, for the best catering in Raleigh, NC look no further than Catering By Design. We’ve been serving smiles to the families of North Carolina for decades. Our affordable menus can be fully customized to meet your needs. Plus, the best part is that we do all the work so you can actually enjoy the game and your friends.
Throwing a baseball themed party is a great way to close out the season and celebrate the start of fall. You have so many options to make a fun party memorable for rookies and old-timers alike. If you decide against catering in Raleigh and want to do all the cooking yourself, hopefully these ideas will help you get your menu together. First, think about the foods they serve at the stadiums. This can be your road map for your menu. You can serve hot dogs, burgers, popcorn, peanuts, pretzels, ice cream, soda pop and beer. These are all great ideas that you can jazz up with little effort, time and money. For instance, you can grill your dogs and burgers and wrap them in foil like they do at the game. Have an interactive topping station set up with all the condiments of chili, cheese, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, onions, pickles, etc. This will keep the party goers movin’ and a groovin’. You can even serve popcorn snacks in individual red and white striped popcorn containers. Use candy dishes for small bags of Cracker Jacks, sunflower seeds or peanuts.
Home Field Advantage
Catering in Raleigh works great at your home, at your office, or the venue of your choice to celebrate your team making it to The World Series. By calling Catering By Design to serve your family and friends, you do not have to worry about going into those extra innings because we do all the heavy lifting for you. We take care of all the work so you can enjoy the game and cheer your team to victory. We set up all the food stations, tables and bar services as well as tearing it all down. We clean up behind your guests, bussing tables, taking care of the trash, as well as doing all the dishes. Just think about how nice it will be to have a party at your house where you can actually relax! How often does that happen? By requesting our catering in Raleigh, this dream can become a reality. Our holiday calendar is filling up, so if you would like to hit a home run with your party guests, call for your designated caterer, Catering By Design.
There is nothing like being outside, cooking over an open fire during the autumn season. Cooking outdoors is one of my favorite things to do. It’s not like cooking in a kitchen and can be really intimidating, but it does not have to be. Campfire cooking can be as easy, or as difficult, as you want to make it. In this post, we are going to focus on the easy side of campfire cooking. After all, going camping is about having some fun and getting some time to relax in nature without the hustle and bustle of the city to stress you out. So, whether you are cooking outside in your fire pit, or cooking for your family and friends during a campout, we hope these tips will help you plan the perfect meal.
Cooking with Tinfoil
Cooking over an open fire does not have to be hard, or scary. Some people freak out about having an open flame so close to them; I’ve seen friends think they were going to catch on fire trying to cook dinner. You don’t have to feel this way – campfire cooking can be really easy. One of the easiest methods that I use when camping is to cook as much as possible inside a tinfoil pouch. You can literally cook hundreds of different meals inside a tinfoil pouch. And talk about easy! Baked Potatoes might be the best and easiest things ever to cook in a fire. All you need to do is wash them first and then wrap them up in tinfoil. Your tinfoil sheets should be big enough that once you wrap your potatoes, you’ll have some extra foil to twist together and make handles. You’ll also want to use at least two layers of foil to keep your baked potatoes from burning. Next, all you do is just toss them into the fire. I let mine cook for about one hour and I turn the potatoes about once every 20 minutes to ensure the potatoes are cooked all the way through. Another good reason to use tinfoil for cooking is because you can make your meals early before you go on your trip. Some tin foil pouch meals can even be frozen ahead of time. These tips will save you a lot of time in prepping, cooking, and storing.
In continuing to talk about tinfoil cooking, nothing is better than the Hobo meal. You, your brother, husband, uncle, or friend might have spent some time in the Boy Scouts and during that time they likely ate many campfire hobo meals. These delicious meals are the epitome of tinfoil cooking. The variety of different hobo meals you can make is mind blowing. Just let your culinary imagination run wild. You can cook chicken, pork, beef or fish in tinfoil. Layer your veggies on both sides of the protein, add a little olive oil, wrap in lots of tinfoil and toss into the fire. Hobo meals can cook between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the meal you are making. Click here for some hobo meal inspiration.
At Catering By Design, we do more than just cater weddings. We cater holiday parties, special events like winter graduation celebrations, as well as social events such as networking events with the Chamber of Commerce. Call us today, we are the Raleigh special event catering experts and you will not regret it. We’re an award winning catering company that has been serving smiles to families across The Triangle for decades.
It is one of our most favorite times of the year. The air is getting cooler, the leaves are beginning to change colors and the autumn wedding season is full steam ahead. Having a country themed, fall wedding reception in a horse stable and barn is every country girl’s dream. We had the great pleasure of providing the wedding catering to these wonderful newlyweds recently who celebrated in style while they got down on the family farm.
We wanted to share some of our favorite pictures form this weekend’s event. As always, we have the entire gallery already up on our Pinterest page. This includes more pictures of the barn, horse stables and wedding cake. We would love you for you take a look and re-pin to your favorite boards.
The dinner buffet started the wedding guests out with a beautiful Autumn Salad using Seasonal Greens with Carrots, Cucumbers and Tomatoes finished off with our homemade House Vinaigrette. As they made their way down the buffet line, plates were filled with our Potato Salad, Country Style Green Beans and delicious Creamy Cole Slaw.
And what Southern Buffet would be complete without the Mac-n-Cheese? This Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese dish featured gooey White Cheese and toasted Bread Crumbs. The stars of our dinner show were the BBQ Chicken and Southern Styled Pulled Pork BBQ. They were served with Hush Puppies and Eastern NC BBQ Sauce, Western NC Style BBQ Sauce, and Hot Sauce. The fresh Rolls and Jalapeno Cornbread was served with butter on the side.
As night fell, the air got a little cooler so the guests got a great fire going. They all enjoyed sitting around the fire, getting toasty and sharing stories of the bride and groom until the firewood ran out. It was such a wonderful day for an autumn wedding in North Carolina.
For The Best Wedding Catering In Raleigh NC
Do you, or your soon to be bride need wedding catering in Raleigh NC? If so, please give us a call at Catering By Design. We’re a Wedding Wire award winning catering company three years in a row – 2102, 2013 and 2014. We have been serving families across North Carolina for decades and understand what it takes to make your big day a day to remember. We offer free tastings of our affordable wedding menus. Call us today, or just stop by our kitchen in Cary, NC to learn more.
Oh,we just love this time of year! The colors, the cool air, the State Fair and everything pumpkin. There is something about pumpkins and spice that just speaks to my soul. Here are some of my favorite, easy, pumpkin recipes that you and your family can try this fall. These recipes are also perfect for any of your plans for holiday catering in Raleigh this season. At Catering By Design we can customize your catering order so your experience is truly by your design. Enjoy!
Mix the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar together in a bowl. Then you’ll need to combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a different bowl. Now, stir in the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine. Lightly oil your griddle, or frying pan, and heat over the medium setting. Pour your pancake batter onto the griddle. You’ll need to use about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Brown the pancakes on both sides and be sure to serve them hot.
Down East Maine Pumpkin Bread
PREP – 15 mins COOK – 50 mins READY IN – 1 hr 5 mins
What you’ll need:
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
This batch makes 3 loafs in 7×3 pans. Before we get started you’ll need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Now take your 3 pans and grease and flour them. In your large bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar together until all the ingredients are good and blended. In a separate, smaller bowl you’ll need to whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger together until blended. Next, take the dry ingredients and stir them into the pumpkin mixture and blend. Pour this combined mixture into your three prepared pans. After your oven has preheated, you’ll need to bake the three pans for about 50 minutes total. Your loaves are done when you can stick a toothpick, or knife, in the center and it comes out clean.
Perfect Pumpkin Pie
PREP - 15 mins COOK - 55 mins READY IN – 1 hr 10 mins
What you’ll need:
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
First, you’ll need to preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Next, in a large bowl whisk the pumpkin, spices and salt until smooth. Now, take a medium pan and heat up the pumpkin mixture over medium heat. This will meld the spices together nicely and the flavor will be fantastic. After heating the mixture, place back into the bowl and allow to cool. Once cooled, take the sweetened condensed milk and eggs and mix in. Pour this mixture into your pie crusts and bake for 15 minutes. Now, reduce your oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes. You’ll know the pie is ready when you can insert a knife and retract it cleanly. Allow the pie to cool and garnish it as you wish. Serve warm or cold.
Holiday catering in Raleigh really gets no better than allowing Catering By Design to do all the work. Our holiday menus are affordable and you can customize to meet your catering needs. Call us today; we only have a few prime dates left.
The Power Plant Gallery, located in the heart of Durham’s American Tobacco Campus offers brides a rustic wedding reception venue with all the modern conveniences. The Power Plant Gallery at The American Tobacco Campus is a joint initiative. Thanks to the Center for Documentary Studies and the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, the Gallery acts as an off-site extension of the arts at Duke University. Its goal is to promote visual arts engagement with students, faculty and visitors from Durham, the Triangle, and beyond.
Your wedding guests will be amazed at how beautiful the lighting is as it shines down into the lobby. Much of the power plant’s historic structure is also still intact. This includes the four-story furnace, mammoth coal-fired boilers and adjoining boiler room. This gives the venue a real historic, rustic and industrial vibe. With renovations completed in 2012, the Power Plant still bears the traces of its remarkable history, making this landmark a truly unique wedding space.
We had a great time providing the Durham wedding catering for a lovely couple at The Power Plant. We hope you like these highlights that we wanted to share. To see the entire gallery, please visit us on Pinterest.
A great feature for any wedding with a country theme is to incorporate a Sweet Tea Bar. This beverage bar featured Water, Lemonade, Unsweetened and Sweet Tea served in Mason Jars. Guests could make their own with fresh fruits of strawberries, lemons, limes, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, and mint leaves.
A beautiful smoked BBQ Beef Brisket was sliced to perfection and served with all the fixin’s. There was Creamy Cole Slaw, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, Baked Beans, and Southern Style Green Beans. The Hush Puppies were fried on site to keep them fresh and crispy.
For late night, our Butlers served heavy appetizers of Miniature Chicken and Waffles. These Small Hand Breaded Chicken Bites were also hand fried on site. We served these on Small Waffles that were drizzled with locally produced Honey. Guests also enjoyed another southern comfort food favorite – Miniature Pimento Cheese Sandwiches on White Bread.
Brides, when you’re planning your big day we hope you’ll consider Catering By Design. We offer FREE menu tastings whereas some of our competitors in the Triangle charge for this service. We’re an award winning, full service Durham wedding catering company ready to serve your family and friends the meal of a lifetime. We can serve brides from the mountains to the coast. Our wedding menus are affordable and customizable. Call us today and ask about our specials.
Alternative Thanksgiving Ideas | Raleigh Holiday Catering
In part one of this exciting Thanksgiving series we talked about changing it up a little this year. We gave you a few ideas of a few different proteins to serve instead of the traditional turkey. In part two we’re going to discuss some nontraditional sides you can serve your guests and a few alternative family activities. Some will still want to watch the Macy’s parade, the NFL Thanksgiving Day games, play cards or sleep but we have some ideas that will help make this year’s celebration the best one yet. Want to enjoy the best Thanksgiving dinner without the worry? Call us about our Raleigh holiday catering services. We have been serving families for years and will make sure to leave smiles on the faces of all your guests. The best part, we do all the work so you don’t have to.
Alternative Side Items
An easy way to do something different this Thanksgiving is to simply change up the side dishes. Utilize the harvest season theme and use foods that you typically do not have during your family’s traditional holiday meal. There are a lot of foods besides green beans, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes. Here are a few of our favorite fall dishes:
You might be a transplant in a new city who cannot make it home this year. Bad weather could also be a contributing factor in keeping you and your family from seeing each other for Thanksgiving. Maybe you have friends that fall into this category even though you, personally, will be able to enjoy your family’s company. A great gesture is to invite those friends, that do not have anyone to celebrate the holidays with, to join you. The holidays can be a lonely time and inviting these friends will be something they will always remember. Maybe even organize a separate Thanksgiving dinner just for you and your friends.
Sleep and Watch TV Later
The holidays are a time to enjoy seeing your family. Here in the South, Thanksgiving is typically mild in temperature. Instead of staying indoors this Thanksgiving, do something fun outdoors. Go for a family walk, go fishing, play a game of tag football, organize some family games like a three-legged race. Have some fun kid crafts that the whole family can participate in. If you are really feeling generous, donate your time to your community. You can volunteer at a soup kitchen, retirement home, or help feed the homeless. All are better than watching TV.
The holidays are almost upon us and Catering By Design is ready to provide your family with the best Raleigh holiday catering. We have a menu to fit any budget. You can also customize your catering menu, truly making your event “catering by your design”. Give us a call soon, our holiday event calendar is filling up quick but we still have some nights and weekends left.