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More Holiday Gifts For Foodies

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Finding the perfect gifts for all the food lovers on your nice list is easy when you have the pros at Catering By Design helping out. We’ve put together a few of our favorite picks that we think will make for great holiday gifts for foodies of all ages. In our last holiday gifts post, we talked about coffee art gadgets, beer bread kits, chocolate subscriptions, and more. Take a look back when you get a chance. Today we’re going to list a few more of our favorite foodie gifts. Check them out below. If you’re searching for Raleigh catering companies to help with your next holiday event, give us a call. You’ll love our prices and customer service. Be sure to ask about our delivery options.

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More Great Holiday Gift Ideas For Food Lovers

Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

This Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup just sounds amazing. It can also be a great gift for men, women, or couples. We should tell you that each bottle will contain up to 2% alcohol, so that means you might want to save this syrup for a weekend brunch.

DIY Bacon Kit

Who doesn’t love bacon, right? In North Carolina, people are serious about it. This kit is great for all the bacon lovers in your life. They’ll get a real hands-on experience with curing their own slab. Kits start at $19.95, put can you really put a price on pure bacon bliss?

Loose-leaf Kale and Herb Stripper

This is a wonderful idea for any and all veggie lovers. This handy dandy tool is only $8, but the real value is in how much time it will save the user. This device strips hearty greens like kale and Swiss Chard, or stiff herbs like rosemary, in seconds.

Lunchskins

Start a new trend among your friends with these reusable lunch bags. This awesome gift is great for anyone that packs a lunch each day. Even kids love the bold and bright colors, so these can even be a great family gift. You’re friends will save a lot of money and time not having to replace plastic bags each month, and this type of recycling also helps in saving the planet.

Oxo Plastic Avocado Slicer

Avocados are awesome. This super-food not only tastes great, but also packs a real healthy punch. However, sometimes an avocado can be a pain to seed and slice. That’s why this gift will be loved and cherished for many years. You should be able to find it at your local Target store.

If you’ve got more awesome ideas on perfect foodie gifts we can list, please share them in the comments below. If you need great holiday catering at affordable prices, keep reading to see how we can help.

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All Raleigh catering companies are not the same, especially if you are looking for a company that specializes in great customer service, prices, and flavors. Don’t get all stressed out over cooking for your next holiday event, let Catering by Design help. We’ve got affordable menus to fit any budget. You can also customize your catering menu with any family recipes, or for dietary restrictions. Please give us a call soon if you have any questions or would like to discuss our catering services.

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The Best Holiday Gifts For Foodies

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Foodies are people who are crazy about the latest food fads. Whether it be cooking or eating, these friends of yours are mad about good food with lots of creativity. With the holidays upon us, it got us thinking about the best gifts for these flavor lovers.

So what should you give all the foodies in your life? Keep reading to find out! If you need affordable Raleigh catering for an upcoming holiday, business, or wedding event, don’t hesitate to call Catering by Design. You’ll love our menu selections, free wedding tastings, and unbeatable customer service.

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Awesome Holiday Gifts For Foodies

Cinnibird Spice Pen

How many friends do you have that loves coffee, lattes, or other hot drinks? Do any of them enjoy drawing as well? If so, you have to check out this awesome gift that can be used all year long. The Cinnibird Spice Pen is a nifty device that allows the user to easily draw on their food and drinks. All you do is fill the pen with cinnamon, cocoa, coffee grounds, and more, to start drawing in your coffee, eggnog, lattes, or use it to decorate pancakes, and it’s also great for garnishing glasses or mugs as well. Kids also love this, so it makes for a great family gift too.

Beer Bread Kit

Do you have a beer lover or home-brewer in your household? Is your dad, husband, or brother a big connoisseur of the small batch stuff? Then here’s an outside the box gift that they’re sure to love. All they have to do is follow the easy-to-understand directions and mix in a bottle of their most favorite beer for one incredible tasting loaf of bakery-quality, homemade bread. It even comes with it’s own baking dish.

CHOCOCURB

If you have a chocolate loving foodie on your nice list then a subscription box from CHOCOCURB will be a home-run gift. They’ll get a box of different small-batch fancy chocolates to sample. You can send one box or get a monthly subscription.

Be sure to check back with us real soon for the second part of this list of great gift ideas for foodies. Are you searching for an affordable Raleigh catering company for your holiday party? If so, please keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

Affordable Raleigh Event Catering For The Holidays

Catering by Design is the number one source when you need Raleigh event catering for holiday parties, business meals, weddings receptions, and much more. We make your event easy since we do all the work.

We also can handle university dinners, corporate events, luncheons, awards banquets, anniversary parties, social events and more. Catering by Design will ensure your food and fun is top shelf quality. Be sure to also ask about our specials and holiday delivery services. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. Please give us a call today to learn more about why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh event catering!

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Choosing a Holiday Event Caterer

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The holiday season has finally arrived. If you’re having a food filled event this year, have you thought about searching for Raleigh caterers? Hiring a catering company for your event can save you lots of time and energy so you can hang out with your family and friends.

However, how does one go about selecting the best company to work with? Most people choose their caterer through recommendations from friends and family and other referrals. Some will get suggestions from other vendors, event planners, service providers, and more. Some will even go on the internet and search for Raleigh caterers and read all of the reviews. All of these ideas are great, but there are also a few other things you should consider. Check them out below.

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How To Choose A Holiday Catering Company

When you’re looking for Raleigh caterers, or really any type of vendor, be sure to take into account the following the items we have listed below.

  • Have your budget and an approximate headcount planned out.
  • Make a list of everything you’ll need for your event.
  • If you’re renting a venue, find out if they have a pre-approved list of caterers. If they do, you may have to choose from that list only.
  • Consider whether you want the holiday catering company to coordinate full service, just deliver the food, or something in between.
  • Look at the catering company’s website and learn about the their specialties, services,
    menus, policies and other things.
  • Be sure the caterer is licensed and insured.
  • Make an appointment with the caterer to discuss all details, including dietary preferences or other special needs.
  • Ask them for any references and be sure to call them.
  • Be sure to ask about the contract, deposit amounts, cancellation fees, and more.
  • Make sure you feel confident about your choice before signing the contract.

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Do you want to relax and enjoy holiday season? If so, call the experts at Catering by Design for the best holiday catering packages. Just take a look at our holiday menus. We’re one of the highest rated Raleigh caterers for all of your holiday party needs.

We also offer the most affordable menus for events of any kind. If you do not require full catering service, be sure to ask about our delivery packages. Please call us today with any questions or to place an order. Please hurry, our holiday calendar is filling up fast!

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Choosing A Winter Wedding Caterer

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Are you getting married this winter? Do you still need to choose Raleigh wedding catering? Are you unsure of what to do or where to start?

Luckily the pros at Catering By Design can help guide you through making a big-time decision like this. Keep reading for more information.

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How To Choose A Caterer for Winter Weddings in Raleigh

Choosing a winter wedding caterer in Raleigh is easy when you use these tips. The most important idea is working with a cater who gives you the most confidence in their ability to meet your needs. You’ll want to know that can and will deliver the following:

  • Everything you asked for
  • On or under budget
  • On time
  • Attention to detail
  • Great customer service

After all, when it’s your wedding day you should be focusing on your celebration, family, friends, not worrying about if the vendors are doing their jobs. That’s why you can depend on Catering By Design to deliver a wedding reception meal that everyone will fondly remember.

Catering by Design is a full-service and award winning caterer company. We can handle your arrangements, bar staff, linens, and more. If you need something simple, ask us about our delivery service. All you have to do is just tell us your budget and what you’re hoping for and we’ll put together a package that you’ll love.

If you have any doubts, just ask around. Catering By Design comes highly recommended by friends, family members, colleagues, and more. You’ll be able to feel comfortable working with our staff of highly trained professionals and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that we are considered your local wedding catering experts. We’ll pay attention to what you want and asking for, and we will deliver on all the details. You won’t have to worry about any hidden costs and we’ll review all of the contract details with you ahead of time.

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Catering by Design is the best Raleigh catering company for fall weddings in the Triangle area. We have affordable menus that can be customized to meet any of your needs. Please click here to check out our Raleigh wedding menus.

We’re an award winning wedding caterer, and have been serving brides and their families for decades. If you do not need full service catering, ask us about our delivery services. When only the best will do, call Catering by Design to find out why we’re the top choice for Raleigh wedding catering services.

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How To Afford Raleigh Corporate Catering

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Catered meals comes in all shapes and sizes. Some companies just prefer to order out for pizza. But after a while, that can old. It’s also not a good option for when you hosting your business customers. A better choice would be calling Catering By Design for an attractive catered meal.

For a breakfast meeting, we can offer you something simple, yet elegant, like coffee and pastries; for a working lunch meeting, how about croissant sandwiches and gourmet cookies or your salads with French bread; if you need a evening options, how about hot and chilled hors d’oeuvres or a complete buffet.

We know that all of this sounds very expensive and you’re probably wondering how businesses can even afford catering in this economy? Keep reading to find out how. If you’re looking for the most affordable Raleigh corporate catering, look no further than Catering By Design. You’ll love our friendly service and great prices.

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Affording Raleigh Business Catering

Even though businesses are working with smaller budgets, using Catering By Design gives you the flexibility during the last quarter of the year to really do something special and serve amazing food. Feel free to call us today to discuss your budget. We can help you customize a menu that will fit within any sized budget.

Here are some of the alternatives that people are asking for.

  • Having the main part of the meal catered, while the employees bring desserts to share. (This is fine in one’s own business setting, but may not work in public venues)
  • Having employees set up the event, decorations, tables, chairs, table cloths and place settings. The caterer brings the food and displays it, and then employees help with serving.
  • Ordering less food.
  • Ordering less expensive food.
  • Not serving alcohol.

A nicely catered meal, with an attractive display, makes even a simple gathering an event to remember. It inspires people, lifts the mood, gets people excited and talking about it. When you want to make a good impression on your customers, trust Catering By Design to make it happen.

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Catering by Design is the number one source for all of your Raleigh corporate catering needs. We make your spring time event easy because we do all the work. Call us today and ask about our business specials and delivery service. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From university dinners, corporate events and awards banquets, to weddings, anniversary parties and Easter gatherings, Catering by Design will ensure your food and fun is top shelf quality. We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. Please give us a call today to learn more about why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh corporate catering services!

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More Thanksgiving Cooking Mistakes

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For some people, Thanksgiving is all about the food. Even though visiting with friends and family is great, getting a chance to enjoy a specialty dish that’s only served once a year is their favorite part. A great way to ruin that experience is by making some Thanksgiving cooking and meal mistakes.

In our last post, we discussed a few big mistakes some people make with Thanksgiving meals. These included not having a plan or being organized, waiting too long to buy a turkey and then not properly thawing it out, and why rushing the cooking process will only burn the bird.

Today we’re continuing with even more Thanksgiving cooking mistakes you should avoid making. If you’re in search of affordable Raleigh holiday catering for next big event, be sure to call Catering by Design. You’ll love our awesome prices, outstanding customer service, and amazing flavors.

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More Thanksgiving Cooking Mistakes to Avoid

Not Asking for Help

Trying to do everything for Thanksgiving by yourself is a huge mistake. You’re going to be so busy that you’ll eventually forget about something. That’s why it’s a great idea to ask your friends and family for help. Ask your guests to bring a dessert or side item. You can also ask your family for help getting all the decorations up and the table set.

Brining Mistakes

Most turkeys at today’s supermarkets come pre-brined, so don’t over do it. However, you can still add a dry rub to the outside of your turkey prior to roasting it if you want a crispier skin. Just make sure you read the label so you don’t make a mistake. Not brining the bird at all will leave it dry and flavorless.

Stuffing the Bird with Stuffing You’re Going to Eat

Getting all of your guests sick would be a huge mistake, wouldn’t you say? That’s why you should never stuff your holiday turkey with the stuffing you’re planning on serving and eating. Do everyone a favor and cook your stuffing in a separate casserole dish.

Bad Carving Skills

Don’t ruin a perfectly cooked turkey by butchering the carving part. This is like the big finale so you don’t want mess everything up right before it’s time to eat. Either use a carving guide to help or just relinquish these duties to someone with more experience.

We hope the last two posts will help you avoid making a drastic Thanksgiving cooking mistake. If you need help with planning the food for your next event, please keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help you.

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Cooking a Thanksgiving Meal? Avoid These Mistakes!

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Thanksgiving is almost here! If you’re cooking the turkey or a big meal this year then you better be sure to read our next two posts. We’re going to be talking about the mistakes you should avoid making if you want your Thanksgiving meal to be a success.

Today, we’re going to be focusing in on not planning and how to cook the bird. If you’re searching for the best holiday catering companies Raleigh NC has to offer, call Catering by Design. We offer big savings, awesome customer service, and great tasting food.

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Avoid These Thanksgiving Cooking Mistakes

Not Having a Plan

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not having a plan and not being organized. This mistake will leave you in all sorts of trouble. We suggest making your plan early so you’ll have plenty of time to get your recipes organized, grocery lists made, turkey bought and thawed, and more.

In your plan, be sure to include a list of people bringing a dish and what the dish consists of as well. That way, you’ll have a running inventory of what’s going to be on the menu in case anyone asks.

Buying and Thawing a Bird

Here are two more rookie mistakes some people can easily make; waiting too long to buy their turkey and not understanding how long it takes to thaw one out.

Please don’t wait until the last minute to buy your Thanksgiving turkey. If you do, you’re going to be stuck with a bird that’s either going to be too big or too small for your gathering. Do it now and save yourself some hassle. Furthermore, be sure you fully understand how long it takes to thaw out a frozen turkey. You should know that you need to reserve 1 full day (24 hours) of thaw time for every 5 pounds of turkey weight. If your frozen turkey weighs 12 pounds, you’re going to need about 55 hours of thaw time.

Oven Is Too Hot – Rushed Cooking Time

Leave yourself plenty of time to cook your turkey. This way you’ll avoid rushed cooking times and oven temperatures that will be too hot. Remember that low (heat) and slow (times) will give you the best results for cooking your Thanksgiving turkey.

If you do rush and crank up the temps, you’re only going to burn the outside of the bird. The insides will still be raw and not edible. If you want a crispy skin, preheat your oven to 475. Roast the turkey under this temp for about 25 minutes, and then reduce the temp to 400. Cook until your meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.

Don’t miss our next post on even more mistakes people make when trying to cook a Thanksgiving meal. If you need a great catering company for an upcoming event this holiday season, keep reading to see how we can help.

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More Tips for Deep Frying Turkeys

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Thanks for joining us for the second part in our series on how to safely deep fry your Thanksgiving turkey this year. If you missed our last post, be sure to go back and read it in your spare time. You’ll find a few really important safety tips for deep frying turkeys.

We’re going to round out our post today with a few more safety precautions we feel that you should be made aware of. Check them out below and if you think we missed one, please post it in the comments section. If you’re searching for Raleigh catering companies to help with your Thanksgiving party, give us a call today. Be sure to ask about our really affordable delivery services.

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More Deep Frying Turkey Safety Tips

It is important to understand the dangers and the safety precautions needed for deep frying your turkey.

Safety Gear You’ll Need

When you’re deep frying a turkey for Thanksgiving, you need to be sure to have the right safety gear for the job at hand. That means wearing long sleeves, long pants, closed toe shoes, eye protection, and oven gloves. Gloves are extremely important as the lid to the turkey fryer will be really hot. Also, be sure to have the proper tools for placing and removing the turkey from the deep fryer.

Don’t Leave – Stay with It

Never leave a frying turkey while it’s cooking. Be sure someone is watching it all times. A disaster can happen in an instant so having someone constantly manning this station is a great idea. Also be sure to keep the kids and pets away at safe distance. The oil is extremely hot and it can burn someone that’s even 4 – 6 feet away by spattering and popping out of the deep fryer.

Other Important Tips

Here are a few other safety tips that we feel are important for you to be aware of.

Overfilling

Don’t overfill the deep fryer. When you add the bird, it could displace the hot oil into the flames of the burner which could create a massive grease fire.

Overheating the Oil

Many outdoor deep fryers do not come with a temperature gauge, so be sure not to overheat the cooking oil. Overheating could also increase the risk of a grease fire.

From all of us here at Catering by Design, we wish you a safe holiday filled with delicious deep fried turkey, a whole lot of pie, and even more fun and relaxation.

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All Raleigh catering companies are not the same, especially if you are looking for a company that specializes in great customer service, prices, and flavors. Don’t get all stressed out over cooking for your Thanksgiving event this year, let Catering by Design help. We’ve got affordable menus to fit any budget. You can also customize your catering menu with any family recipes, or for dietary restrictions. Please give us a call soon if you have any questions or would like to discuss our catering services.

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How to Safely Deep Fry a Turkey

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We love Thanksgiving at Catering by Design. It’s a very special time of the year when family and friends gather to eat and enjoy the company. In North Carolina, one of the biggest trends for cooking Thanksgiving turkeys is to use a deep fryer. Even though this method turns out a juicy bird, it can be a little dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing!

That’s why in today’s post we’re going to give you a few tips to make this a safe and delicious experience for you and your family. If you’re searching for Raleigh caterers for a holiday event, call Catering by Design today for great prices and services.

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Turkey Tips for Safely Deep Frying

Buy a Fire Extinguisher

This is a great all around tip and we feel that every home should invest in a fire extinguisher. Having one could be the difference between losing only a few items compared to losing everything in a house fire. In the case of a grease fire, remember to never use water. Water will not extinguish a grease fire and will only make the fire worse.

Make Sure the Bird Has Completely Thawed Out

Do not try to deep fry a frozen or partially thawed out turkey. This can cause a grease explosion and fire and is one of the more common mistakes people make. The rule is to give your turkey 24 hours of thaw time per 5 pounds. So if you’re going to cook a 10 pound bird, it should thaw for 48 hours (2 days).

Only Deep Fry Turkeys Outside

To safely deep fry a Thanksgiving turkey, be sure you choose a location that is outside and away from any property that could be damaged or catch on fire. Do not put your deep fryer close to vehicles either. You should also choose a location that is level and has a flat surface. Before filling your deep fryer with oil, test its stability and movement where you want to cook the turkey. One of the most common turkey frying accidents occurs because the fryer tipped over while in operation. This can cause property damage and personal injury.

We hope these tips and precautions help you enjoy frying your turkey safely and responsibly. Check out our next post for even more great turkey frying tips. If you need Raleigh holiday catering, keep reading to see how we can help.

Searching for Top Rated Raleigh Caterers for Thanksgiving?

Do you want to relax and enjoy Thanksgiving? If so, call the experts at Catering by Design for the best holiday catering packages. Just take a look at our holiday menus. We’re one of the highest rated Raleigh caterers for all of your Thanksgiving needs.

We also offer the most affordable menus for events of any kind. If you do not require full catering service, be sure to ask about our delivery packages. Please call us today with any questions or to place an order. Please hurry, our holiday calendar is filling up fast!

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Leathers-Meachem Center Playground Build

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Recently, over 300 volunteers built a new playground for the Durham Head Start Leathers-Meachem Center. Volunteers from Delta, KaBOOM!, the Airport Authority, the Durham community, and students from surrounding universities got to work to give the children a safe place to play and enjoy the outdoors.
 
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This was Delta’s 17th KaBOOM! build since 2013 and is the first one in our area. KaBOOM! is a national non-profit. Their organization is dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve. KaBoom’s #PlayMatters program has built and improved thousands of playgrounds across the country. The new play area for the Durham Head Start Leathers-Meachem Center consisted of installing a new slide, rock climbing wall, balance beam, activity walking path, picnic tables, and more to replace equipment that was over 15 years old.

The weekend had lots of awesome activities planned for kids. There was a martial arts demonstration, music, and other activities like pick-up soccer games, tug-of-war, and much more.
 
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The Durham Head Start Leathers-Meachem Center’s goal is to engage, support and empower children and families in the community to be successful in school and life. They do this by providing services such as early childhood education, job assistance, parenting classes, job skills training, and health and wellness classes. The playground will help with this goal as it’s expected to serve over 1,000 kids in the Durham area.
 
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We were honored to cater to such an awesome and community inspiring event, and wanted to share a few of our favorite pictures from the playground build. If you want to see all the images, please visit our Pinterest gallery. If you need Raleigh event catering that you can trust for an upcoming fall event, don’t hesitate to call Catering by Design. You’ll love our menu selections, free wedding tastings, and unbeatable customer service.

Leathers-Meachem Center Playground Build

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We had two “Make Your Own Sliders” stations setup. The vegetarian option included Grilled Portobello, Lettuce, Tomato, Banana Peppers, and Sliced Marinated Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini.
 
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The other Slider Station included Pulled Pork, Pulled BBQ Chicken, Northern and Southern BBQ and Hot Sauces, with Cole Slaw and Slider Buns.
 
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Other items on the menu included Fruit Kebobs, a salad of Fresh Romaine with Fresh Strawberries, Candied Walnuts and Feta Cheese that was served with Apple Cider Vinaigrette and Citrus Vinaigrette, Baked Beans, Homemade Macaroni and Cheese with Bread Crumbs, and Assorted Cookies and Brownies for dessert. If you are searching for an affordable Raleigh catering company for your next event, please keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

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Catering by Design is the number one source when you need Raleigh event catering. We make your event easy since we do all the work. Call now and ask about our specials and delivery service. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs.

We can also handle university dinners, corporate events, luncheons, awards banquets, anniversary parties, social events and holiday gatherings. Catering by Design will ensure your food and fun is top shelf quality. We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. Please give us a call today to learn more about why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh event catering services!

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