Jasmin & Yamile’s Night at the Grand Marquis Ballroom | A Special NC Quinceanera Catering Roundup
The Grand Marquis Ballroom offers those looking for luxury a spectacular setting minutes from downtown Raleigh, NC.
This incredible venue hosts beauty with an exceptional ballroom facility. The grand entry parlor is decked out in gorgeous marble making a perfect first impression for all who enter. Inside, you’ll find marvelous decor of marble columns, ornate trim and coffer ceilings adorned with crystal chandeliers. The Grand Marquis Ballroom is large enough to host any social function and can accommodate up to 400 of your favorite guests.
The mezzanine balcony is breathtaking. It serves as our private bride and groom’s quarters. The grand iron staircase is the best backdrop for your magical moment. Additionally, they feature a large full-service kitchen and you can also choose your own caterer. We hope that when it comes time to make this choice you look no further than Catering By Design. Our staff is well seasoned for any event. We live to provide the best flavors and top notch service and our food is made with love. Call us today or simply stop by our kitchen located in Cary, NC.
The Grand Marquis Ballroom served as host for a once in a lifetime event this past weekend – Jasim and Yamile’s Quinceanera. The Quinceanera celebrates the transition from child to womanhood.
This celebration brings out friends, family and the entire community to help make wonderful memories that will last forever. We had the pleasure of providing the Garner, NC Quinceanera catering. We’re so honored this wonderful family chose us to help make their daughters’ big day a successful event. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite pictures from the event. To see the entire gallery please visit us on Pinterest.
The NC Quinceanera catering was served buffet style. The fiesta lasted for hours and many guests came at different times. This option worked perfectly to allow those attending a little freedom in arrival times and yet still be able to eat a wonderful meal. The buffet started off with a summertime Classic Caesar Salad. Fresh and beautiful greens … who would be able to pass this up?
The crisp salad was followed by a creamy Penne Alfredo Pasta dish and a Sauteed Vegetable Medley.
Anchoring the buffet was our cheesy Hand Breaded Chicken Parmesan with Rolls and Butter.
There was also a special kid’s buffet with a menu featuring Chicken Tenders and our world famous Macaroni and Cheese.
At Catering By Design, we love helping your family make these big days special. Whether you need wedding, corporate, social, or NC Quinceanera catering services, our menus will fit any budget. We are North Carolina’s catering experts. Call us today or just stop by the kitchen.
Fair Barn Wedding Highlights | Pinehurst Wedding Catering
The Fair Barn is the oldest surviving early twentieth-century fair exhibition hall in North Carolina. It was built in 1917 for use at the Sandhills Fair. This used to be one of the major country fairs in the Southeast from 1915 through 1925.
The Fair Barn has been recently restored and is now a multi-purpose community gathering place for exhibitions, receptions, private parties, auctions, educational clinics, business seminars, concerts, art and antique shows, and many other functions. It is located within the confines of the Pinehurst Harness Track. The original 56 acre track complex is the oldest continuously operating equine sports facility in North Carolina and provides a wonderful backdrop for a country wedding.
Catering by Design was honored to provide the Pinehurst wedding catering for the reception at a recent event. We wanted to share a few of our favorite pictures from this beautiful summer wedding. We took so many it was really hard to choose so to see the entire gallery, you’ll have to visit us on Pinterest.
For the reception, the wedding guests were greeted with colorful place settings and antique china. The adults were also gifted with koozies, that commemorated the wedding, to take home and enjoy for the rest of the summer.
To really play on the rustic feel of the barn, the bride and groom used a series of antique windows to list the Pinehurst wedding catering menu, as well as other aged windows for the seating chart.
The Butlered Hors d’ Oeuvres started out with a Pinehurst wedding catering favorite, our signature Fried Green Tomatoes with Roasted Sweet Pepper Aioli. Above, we featured a summertime classic, Caprese Skewers. These consist of delicious Skewered Mozzarella, Basil and Tomato with a Balsamic Drizzle.
Stationed Hors d’ Oeuvres were served outside for Cocktail Hour. The guests enjoyed an assortment of Imported and Domestic Cheeses with Gourmet Crackers. A Sliced Seasonal Fruit Tray was paired with the cheese and crackers.
After the wedding introductions, dinner was served in two courses, family style. The meal started off with a summer salad of Romaine with Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges, Pecans, and Feta Cheese finished with a light Basil Balsamic Dressing. The salad was paired with Corn Bread, Biscuits and Butter.
Featured above is course one. It consisted of Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Golden Brown Waffles and Maple Syrup. We paired these with Grilled Green Beans.
Course two featured Shrimp and Grits. We mixed them with Bacon and Shredded Cheese and sprinkled Fresh Scallions as a colorful topping. The shrimp and grits were served with Sautéed Squash, Onions and Zucchini.
For dessert, the guests were treated to a popular 2014 wedding trend, finger foods. The guests were able to enjoy an array of pie bites and miniature fruit tarts.
A chocolate cupcake tower was a huge hit with everyone. It was fun to watch the kids dash to be first. Everyone had their sweet tooth satisfied.
Probably the biggest hit of all was the photo booth. This wedding had a lot of children in attendance, so there needed to be something to entertain them and the adults. Along with the photo booth there was a dress up table full of silly hats and glasses, boas, wands and scepters, and other goofy accessories which created reception fun for everyone.
We love being able to serve such wonderful families and be a part of these big days and life changing events. If you need the very best in Pinehurst wedding catering, please consider Catering by Design. Our wedding menus can fit any budget and we offer free tastings. Call us today or just drop by our kitchen.
We’ve been surfing the web to find our favorite, and most unique alternatives to boring, traditional wedding cakes. Why have a cake at your wedding that is just like everyone else’s? Why not have something super fun instead? If you don’t want to commit the main wedding cake to something quirky, how about getting creative with the groom’s cake or having a funky centerpiece for your dessert table? Hopefully these tips will help you discover a few zany ideas we found while perusing the web.
1. Cheese Wheel Cake
With cheese, you literally have endless possibilities. Since this is a savory option, not sweet, you might want to speak with a baker about a traditional cake for the cake cutting ceremony. A selection of wine and wine-pairing notes for each type of cheese at the wedding would be something fun and different. Your guests would definitely remember this idea.
2. Rice Krispies Treat Cake
Want to take a trip back to childhood? Part guilty pleasure, part nostalgia – making your cake out of Rice Krispies will make your wedding reception a little more fun. The big kids will love this idea as much as the little ones. You can also layer a traditional cake with Rice Krispies in between.
3. Doughnut Cake
Similar to a cupcake wedding cake, and yet still so different. Honestly, I adore this alternative. I have never met a doughnut that I didn’t like. Cupcakes are getting a little old so this is a fresh remix on that idea. Paired with a gourmet coffee and hot chocolate station, it would be fabulous. Besides, doughnuts make for fantastic conversation foods for your Triangle Catering and wedding reception.
4. Croquembouche Cake
A Croquembouche is a traditional French wedding cake. Although this idea is new to me, and likely you, it’s not a new concept. This has been used for centuries. In France, they refer to this as the “piece montee,” or wedding centerpiece. It’s actually a tall cone of cream-filled pastries that’s first dipped in chocolate and locked into place with yummy, gooey caramel. Then, it’s decorated. It’s kind of like a French doughnut.
Hey brides, when it’s time to plan your big day, please consider Triangle catering by Catering By Design. We live to cook the best food and provide the best service. We offer free menu tastings whereas some of competitors charge for this service. Call us today or just stop by the kitchen!
Cary NC Special Event Catering Tips for a Great Tailgate
Football season is almost here and there couldn’t be a better time to plan the perfect game day party. For me, it’s one of my favorite times of the year. For months, I’ve been looking forward to getting together with all my college friends, enjoying the weather as it finally starts to cool down and getting ready for the beautiful fall foliage and football fever that ignites the Triangle! Tailgating outside one of our local stadiums will no doubt be a big part of lots of people’s weekends whether you’re headed to Carter Finley, Wallace Wade or Kenan Memorial. I always love walking around and checking out all the fun ideas that seasoned tailgaters come up with for their game day festivities.
Here are some of our favorite tips for creating an awesome tailgate party for your next team event.
Game Day Menu
At most tailgate parties, you’ll find pretty similar menus. You’ll find the standard chips and salsa, buffalo wings, chili, vegetables with dip, cookies, and brownies. All of these sound great, right? They are great on their own, but when served all at once … at the same time, it can be overwhelming.
You should approach tailgate menus just like any other occasion. Make sure all of your foods are seasonally appropriate. Your menu items should complement each other and leave your guests satisfied. Do not use flavors that do not mix very well together – don’t serve a hot buffalo sauce on your wings if you’re also serving a spicy salsa. Each item should be part of a whole and they should act to balance out the sweet, spicy and savory flavors. We recommend choosing one or the other — for example, you could use a sweeter wing sauce as a compromise. Your guests’ stomachs will thank you!
A great tip for planning your menu is to take advantage of the season. Incorporate fall favorites like caramel apples and pumpkin spice cookies to make it feel like autumn has finally arrived.
How much food to prepare
Trying to figure out how much food to serve at a tailgate can also be a little tricky. You really never know exactly how many people will stop by and bring their friends. You want to have enough food for both invited guests and walk ups, but you don’t want so much food that it has to be packed back up and taken home.
As one of the best Cary NC special event catering companies, we say plan for about a 25% increase in guests over those that had confirmed. If you’re expecting 20, plan for 25. A great tip to ensure you have enough food is to take a few unopened, or resealable packages of snacks. Extra chips or nuts can really get you out of a jam!
Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive: 1 hr
Yield: 8 to 12 servings
4 cups fresh lemon juice
3 cups sugar
1 bag frozen raspberries
Ice cubes, for serving
Squeeze the lemons and pour the juice into a pitcher. Mix together the sugar with 3 cups water and stir until dissolved to make a syrup. Add the syrup to the lemon juice and top it up with 8 cups water. Taste to make sure it’s sweet enough for you, and then add the raspberries. Mix the lemonade together and let chill in the fridge. (Keep in mind that the raspberries are tart, so be sure to sweeten it enough!)
Fill mason jars with ice cubes and top them off with the lemonade.
Cucumber Pineapple Tequila Cooler
Total Time: 10 min
Prep: 10 min
Yield: 4 servings
1 cup fresh pineapple cubes
2 limes, skin removed
1 seedless European cucumber, peeled, plus cucumber slices for garnish
4 ounces silver (blanco) tequila
1 1/2 cups ice cubes, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon agave nectar
Pinch kosher salt
Prepare a vegetable juicer (or blender if a juicer is not available.) Run the pineapple, limes and cucumber through the juicer, letting all the juices combine. Pour the tequila into a cocktail shaker or pitcher, and then add the juices, ice, agave and salt. Shake or stir vigorously until chilled. Line up 4 tall Tom Collins glasses filled with ice and pour the tequila cooler over. Serve with straws and cucumber slices for garnish.
Total Time: 10 min
Prep: 10 min
1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup orange liqueur
2 tablespoons sugar
2 sliced oranges
1 sliced green apple
1 1/2 cups seltzer
Mix the wine, liqueur and sugar in a pitcher, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then add the fruit. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day. Add the seltzer just before serving.
Catering by Design is your expert resource for all of your Raleigh special event catering needs. Whether you are having a neighborhood party, social gathering or tailgate event, we serve you just like a member of our very own family. We have menus to fit all budgets. You can check them out here. When you are ready to eat like a king or queen … call us or come by our kitchen in Cary!
Your Biggest Customers Deserves to be Treated to the Best Raleigh Corporate Catering
Regardless of the size of your company, your biggest clients deserve to be treated as such. For some occasions, bringing in a nice lunch is acceptable but what do you do about bigger groups? What about an important sales pitch to your biggest client or a big board meeting? Check out Raleigh corporate catering services offered by Catering by Design. We have over 10 years of experience serving The Triangle.
Our Raleigh corporate catering services also saves you time and effort in finding a venue or restaurant big enough to host your event as we can bring fresh food right to your office. You get the benefit of restaurant quality meals without all the fuss! We can come in early, before your clients arrive, and even set everything up. We can also provide your linens, china, tableware settings, and event planning services. Our expertise guarantees that your clients will be impressed.
Raleigh Corporate Catering Menu Options and Meals
When it comes to food and service, we’re experts. It’s what we love to do. That being said, using a corporate caterer is a great way to provide high quality meal options that everyone will love. With a buffet style breakfast, lunch or dinner meeting, you’re afforded tremendous options that should appeal to even the pickiest eaters.
Plus, as expert corporate caters we can use hot and cold stations, depending on your tastes. For breakfast, we can have hot stations for eggs and meats, while hosting an interactive waffle or pancake station. Other popular items would include mixed salads, and our various stuffed chicken breasts.
After you’ve tried our Raleigh corporate catering, you’ll never go back to those dull, boxed lunches or fast food catering again. From our years of experience, we’ve found that clients are more impressed with a fabulous food spread, complete with all the fixings, rather than opening their silverware out of a package and pulling their food out of a box. Hiring a corporate cater, like Catering by Design, just adds an element of class to the way your business operates.
Raleigh Corporate Catering for Meetings, Office Parties and Special Events
Having an onsite corporate caterer works great for all types of in-house meetings and events. Having a major training event? Show your employees how much you care by giving them an awesome lunch break. A buffet allows your trainees to mingle while they eat. This keeps the energy up by having everyone walking around, eating and talking.
If you’re having a holiday office party, call us today! Our calendar books up several months ahead. We can cater your holiday party onsite, or at your rented venue.
When choosing your Raleigh corporate catering company, we hope you consider using Catering by Design. We’re an award winning caterer that offers the freshest food, sourced locally. We’ve been serving The Triangle for over 10 years. Call us today or just stop by our kitchen to learn more.
The Best NC Quinceanera Catering for Your Daughter
The Quinceanera is one of the most joyous and anticipated times in your daughter’s life. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event and an important milestone in a young woman’s life. Next to her wedding, it is the most important moment for her. Celebrated by loved ones and the community, this tradition is full of meaning when a young girl is symbolically escorted into womanhood by her family. When it comes to your NC Quinceanera catering, we hope you consider using Catering by Design. We’ve been serving NC families for over 10 years. We also have a lot of experience with Quinceanera catering and understand how important this event is for your daughter.
The amount of guests at a typical Quinceanera rivals that of a wedding. Because of this, the NC Quinceanera catering company you choose is a big decision. We know you want everything to be just perfect so Catering By Design is here, by your side, to provide delicious NC Quinceanera catering options to meet the needs of your family’s tastes and budget.
We offer beef, pork and chicken menu options with prices for all types of budget needs. We will even work with you to incorporate your own family’s recipes to make sure that every one of your Quinceanera party guests will be pleased.
At Catering by Design, we have menus for any budget and also offer various levels of services. We can simply drop-off the food with full delivery or set up a full-service buffet where our trained staff will come to your venue and do all the work.
The highlight of any girl’s Quinceanera is the cake. We have relationships with the best, and most authentic, bakeries in The Triangle. We can help you find an amazing bakery that will wow your guests by providing a cake that will be beautiful and delicious.
We can also help your family with more than just the food. We can also provide the china, flatware, stemware and all the linens. We also have relationships with top venues and event planners for all your entertainment needs. Our long standing relationships, with the best vendors in North Carolina, allow you to plan your event and have the confidence that everything will go exactly as planned.
Catering by Design has over 10 years experience as the premier NC Quinceanera catering company. We encourage you to take a look at our menus and consider us for your next event. Not only do we serve food, but we serve you like a member of our family.
Summer is going to be coming to an end, sooner rather than later, and most people like to send the season off with a bang. Even though the days are becoming a little bit shorter, the days are still hot and humid, with lots of bugs. This being said, trying to plan an outdoor event can be a tad bit risky. Don’t let this stop you, Catering by Design can help you with all your Cary special event catering needs. We can help you prepare all the items that will help make your party a success.
We’ve also put together a list of things for the DIYer in you. This list will help you relax so you can enjoy your party and friends when the time comes.
Time – Try to have your party after 6:00pm, even on the weekend. Use this as your rule of thumb unless you’re having a pool party. During the week, this time allows your guests to freshen up between work and your event. The main reason is that the stifling heat of the day is over. You and your friends can enjoy the sunset as things cool off a bit.
Budget – Establish a budget and stick to it. Your budget will determine what kind of party you can have, where you can have it and how many guests you can invite.
Guests – Keep your guest list short as you can. This will keep your event manageable and affordable. You want to be able to enjoy yourself and your friends as well as have them enjoy you.
Shelter/Location – Other than food, your location will be the most expensive. Are you having this event at your home or are you renting a place? Make sure to stick to your budget here. If you spend too much on the food and décor you might have to skip having your event at your number one venue spot. If you’re having the event outside, make sure to have a backup plan in case it rains. If you have room for a tent, make sure to get one. They provide excellent shade from the sun, and protection from the rain. Everyone will be much more comfortable.
Cary Special Event Catering Time and Money Saving Tips: 10×10 popup tents are perfect for smaller yards and your friends and neighbors might even have one or two you could borrow!
Food – Keep it simple. Going overboard will cost you time and money. Make sure to avoid using foods that are common allergins like nuts and shellfish. You can also check out your local deli and re-plate the items you find there.
Cary Special Event Catering Time and Money Saving Tips: Shop your local farmer’s market to find your fresh ingredients and flowers!
Bugs – If you’re having this event outside, make sure to spray for bugs at least an hour prior. For extra protection, have plenty of citronella candles stationed at every table. Your guests will quickly leave if they keep getting bitten by mosquitoes.
Entertainment – Pretty much everyone has an iPod, or MP3 player of some sort these days. Develop a play list, plug your iPod into your stereo and have at it! This will save you plenty of budget room for other items. If you’d rather have some live musicians, check in with your local festivals, bars or the internet to find recommendations.
Call Catering by Design for all your Cary special event catering needs. We’ve been serving the Triangle for over a decade. Check out our menus and you’ll see we’ve get prices for every budget. We’d love an opportunity to serve your family – contact us today.
Planning a wedding menu can be a pretty overwhelming task. If you’re a vegetarian, or will be having several vegetarian guests at your wedding, deciding on a menu can be even more intimidating. Have no fear, brides – we spoke to Chef James, at Catering by Design to get some insight. Catering by Design offers the finest Cary wedding reception catering for brides with any budget. These tips will help you serve a satisfyingly delicious menu that all your wedding guests will love.
Have multi-use food stations for serving both vegetarian/non-vegetarian items at the same time
Food stations are great for your Cary wedding reception catering. They allow your wedding guests to choose what, and how much, food they want. People also have to get up from their tables to get their food. This allows them to mingle with the other guests and keeps the party moving.
Chef James says featuring something like a taco bar for your Cary wedding reception catering is a fantastic way to serve a variety of guests with different tastes. A taco bar allows for extreme versatility as you can serve tofu for your vegetarian friends and items like shredded chicken, beef, or fish for everyone else. Add all kinds of different vegetables, cheeses and sauces to cover all your bases.
Alter your favorite recipes to accommodate vegetarians
Most brides really want to serve their favorite dishes at their wedding reception. If you have several vegetarian friends attending, then you might be worried about them leaving feeling less than full. Top catering companies, like Catering by Design, are flexible and will work with you to accommodate any dietary restrictions that your guests may have.
We encourage you to bring in your favorite recipes. We’ll work with you to develop a meatless version that will be delicious for all your wedding guests. As a bride, we want you to get the meal you really want for your wedding. At the same time, we will make sure your vegetarian guests aren’t hungry when they leave.
Gain vegetarian inspiration from other cultures
Different cultures can be a huge source of inspiration for your Cary wedding reception catering menu. If you’re puzzled on ways to incorporate vegetarian items into your reception, take a look at Asian and Indian recipes. Asian and Indian cultures are known for creating outstanding vegetarian meals that even meat-eaters will enjoy.
Catering by Design has been the Cary wedding reception catering expert for over 10 years. We’re the Wedding Wire Award Winning Caterer for three years in a row – 2012,2013 and 2014. Brides, call us today to schedule your free menu tasting. We offer this for free whereas some of our competitors charge for this service. We have menus that fit any budget so contact us or just stop by our kitchen.
Raleigh Wedding Catering Highlights | Night at The Museum of History
The North Carolina Museum of History is a modern venue in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Brides and grooms will love its sweeping staircase, shiny marble columns, friendly and professional staff, and its very own replica of the Wright Brothers’ plane.
Catering by Design was honored to provide the Raleigh wedding catering for a recent bride and groom’s reception. We’re going to give you a taste of the highlights in this post. To see the entire gallery you’ll need to visit us on Pinterest.
The stationary hors d’ oeuvres were served buffet style, a hot wedding trend for 2014. These featured a tasty tray of Imported and Domestic Cheeses with a Fresh Fruit Garnish and all types of Assorted Crackers.
For the kids, and kids at heart, we had a wonderful selection of Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bites served with a sweet and spicy Apricot Mustard dipping sauce.
The dinner buffet started off with a summer favorite; Baby Greens with Fresh Strawberries, Candied Walnuts, Feta Cheese and a refreshing Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing.
Summers in the South are all about BBQ. Whether it’s BBQ pork, chicken or ribs … there is just something about that smokey flavor that keeps guests wanting more and more. For this beautiful reception, the guests enjoyed several southern delights. We served BBQ Chicken and BBQ Ribs with Mashed Potatoes, Country Green Beans and a Creamy White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget the Cornbread either!
Brides, when it’s time for your big day, we hope you consider Catering by Design. We have been serving the Triangle area for years and know exactly what it takes to make your Raleigh wedding catering an event to remember. We know you have several options to choose from; that’s why we offer free tastings whereas some of our competitors charge for this service. We let our food speak for itself, so come on in and let us win you over with service and flavors that you’ll remember forever.