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The Hall And Gardens At Landmark

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The Hall & Gardens at Landmark is located in Garner, NC, just minutes from downtown Raleigh. It’s the perfect space for your next event. Whether you’re in need of ballroom for an award ceremony, a private area for a corporate meeting, or even a beautiful wedding and reception venue, this is the place you want to be.

For brides and grooms, the Hall and Gardens offers a magical opportunity to start their new lives off with happy memories that will last a lifetime. The Marie Antoinette Grand Salon Ballroom features carved and gilded trim, 22 window seats, a separate buffet room apart from the main Ballroom, six opulent chandeliers set in faux-painted trey ceilings, and even a state-of-the-art sound system.

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You’ll even find a Cigar Lounge and Groom’s Den, as well as a beautiful Bride’s Parlor and Lounge located in the main building by the Ballroom.

We recently catered a luncheon at The Hall and Gardens at Landmark, and wanted to share a few of our favorite pictures from the event. If you want to see all the images, please visit our Pinterest gallery. If you’re searching for affordable Raleigh corporate catering, or wedding and reception catering, look no further than Catering by Design. Call us today with questions about service or delivery.

The Hall And Gardens At Landmark in Garner, NC

For today’s luncheon, we had an indoor cookout. We served up burgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings. We wanted everything to feel just like your own backyard BBQ.

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For the burgers and hot dogs, we had a fresh tray of Lettuce, Tomato, Onions and Cheese, with Ketchup, Mustard, and Mayonnaise on the side. And eating hot dogs in North Carolina isn’t complete without having Chili, Slaw, and Hot Sauce too.

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The sides featured homemade Red Skin Potato Salad and Baked Beans. For dessert, guests enjoyed a Fresh Fruit Salad, Fudge Brownies, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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The Beautiful Gardens

Since we’ve done most of the talking about the inside, let’s talk about a little about how gorgeous the outside of the property is.

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The picturesque and charming garden gives off an old-world feel. This is one of the Triangle’s hidden treasures for brides seeking elegance. The garden features a stone and wrought iron gazebo, waterfall, cobblestone walkways, and even a Koi pond.

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The outside area can also accommodate 400 guests for ceremony seating or 300  guests for reception seating all year round.

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The columned building pictured above contains a spacious women’s lounge, convenient men’s and women’s bathrooms and outdoor catering kitchen. Many convenient features for you and your guests.

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2016 Fall Wedding Trends: Food and Drink

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If you’ve been following along, then you know we’ve been covering many of the fall wedding trends you’re sure to see this year. We’ve covered fashion trends with wedding gowns, hot color palettes, and more. At the bottom of today’s post, we’ll provide links for you to go back and read over them.

Today we’re focusing on what types of food and drinks will be served this fall. If you need wedding event catering Raleigh NC services, Catering by Design can help. Call us today and ask about our free menu tastings.

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2016 Fall Wedding Food and Drink Trends

His and Hers Craft Cocktails

A lot of attention is always given to the food part of the wedding reception, but we’re going to refocus for a second on the drinks. Signature cocktails at weddings have been trendy for years now, however, his and hers craft cocktails can put a new twist on this popular idea. In addition to having the classic champagne, standard wines, and beer, personalities will be shining through with two custom mixed cocktails that represent the bride and groom’s tastes.

If you need some inspiration, check out this awesome list from TheKnot.com.

The Menu

The fall food trends will reflect more of the bride and groom’s personalities as well. Instead of the typical prime rib, steak, and common chicken options, newlyweds will be enjoying food that more fits them as a couple. It could be a childhood favorite, like BLT bites, or main courses that are inspired by the couples favorite foods, restaurants, and even travel locations.

Stand alone food stations are still a huge hit. These will also represent the couple’s favorites. Tacos, nachos, BBQ, and baked potato bars are just a few ideas we’ve seen recently seen. Coffee and hot chocolate full service bars, complete with baristas, is also a trend that will be very popular.

For more information about the hottest 2016 fall wedding trends, be sure to check out the other blogs in this series. You can find them linked below.

If you’re in need of affordable wedding catering for your big day, keep reading to see how Catering By Design can help.

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The Hottest Fall 2016 Wedding Colors

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Welcome back to our next installment on fall 2016 wedding trends. If you’re just now joining us, be sure to go back and read over our last two posts. They contain great information about what you can expect to see at weddings this fall. If you’re getting married soon, these tips might be able to help you with your planning.

The first piece was an introduction to the series. It gave you an overview of all the 2016 fall wedding trends. Our last post talked all about the hottest fall fashion trends with wedding gowns. Click the links to go back and read over them.

In today’s post, we are going to focus in on what color palettes will be in style. For the most affordable wedding catering Raleigh NC has to offer, look no further than Catering by Design. You’ll love our food, flavors, and prices.

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Fall 2016 Wedding Color Trends

Classic Fall Colors

When I think of the autumn season, zesty colors like spicy orange, yellow and gold, burgundy, and taupe come to mind. As the seasons change, so do the colors, and this palette represents all the beauty that comes along with it. This is a great choice for couples wanting to embrace the fall season with harvest like colors.

Rustic Fall Colors

Fall and rustic go hand-and-hand, that’s why this color palette is a big hit with brides this year. We really like the idea of pairing burgundy with hunter green, ivory, and custom browns. The deep jewel tones are great for the early part fall when the leaves are still somewhat green and are just starting to turn. The hunter green and burgundy foreshadows that upcoming holidays.

Royal Fall Colors

Purples seemingly never go out of style, and it’s your dream color, then you cannot go wrong with this royal color palette. Eggplant, classic gray, and soft pinks all look great together. You’ll have plenty of options for accents and decoration options.

We hope today’s post will help you choose the best fall colors for your upcoming wedding. If you’re in need of affordable catering for your next event, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

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Homewood Suites of Cary Open House

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Homewood Suites of Cary, NC is one of the Triangle’s premier extended stay hotel and event venues. If you have friends, family, or business associates traveling to the area, make sure they book their stay here. Not only is Homewood Suites of Cary newly renovated, it’s located just a few minutes from downtown Raleigh, RDU Airport, and Research Triangle Park.

Homewood Suites of Cary is also a great place to hold a wedding, reception, business meetings, and other social events. Click here to get started or ask any questions.

To show off their beautiful new upgrades and renovations, they recently held an open house. We had the great pleasure of providing the food and drink for the event. We took some great pictures of the rooms and open house and wanted to share some of them in this post. If you want to see the entire gallery from the event, and check out all the new renovations, please take a look at our Pinterest gallery!
 
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As the guests arrived upstairs to check out the newly renovated suites and common areas, they were greeted with Fresh Baked Breads with Spreads that included a Hot Spinach Dip, Olivada, and Tomato Basil.
 
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We also served Hand Carved Roast Beef Sliders topped with Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Horseradish Cream on a Soft White Roll.
 
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On the lighter side of the menu, we had a beautiful presentation of Fresh Fruit Kebobs that were served with a Sweet Yogurt Sauce.
 
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Not pictured are our Mini Buffalo Chicken Bites. These were served in Toasted Phyllo Cups and contained Celery, Gorgonzola Cheese, and Buffalo Seasoned Shredded Chicken.

Thanks again to Homewood Suites of Cary for having Catering by Design at their recent open house. If you’ve got an event coming up of any kind and want to serve great tasting and affordable food, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

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Catering by Design is the number one source for all of your Raleigh business catering needs. We make your open house, or other business event, easy since we do all the work. If you do not need a full catering staff, we also offer an affordable delivery service.

Have a holiday event coming up? Call us today and ask about our specials. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From university dinners, corporate events, luncheons, and awards banquets, to weddings, anniversary parties, social events and holiday gatherings, Catering by Design will ensure your food and fun is top shelf quality.

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The Hottest Fall 2016 Wedding Gown Trends

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Summer is over! We’ve officially entered into the autumn season. That means one of the busiest wedding seasons in North Carolina is just getting started. That also means it’s time for us talk about the biggest wedding trends we expect to see this fall.

So what are brides going to be wearing, decorating with, and eating and drinking? Let’s find out with today’s post focusing on the wedding gowns! If you need affordable Raleigh wedding catering with excellent customer service, don’t hesitate to call Catering by Design. You’ll love our free menu tastings.

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The Hottest Fall 2016 Wedding Gown Trends

As each wedding season passes, wedding dresses are pushing the boundaries more and more. This year, we’ve seen tradition tossed aside with some designers as their gowns are looking more daring than ever.

Dimension, volume, texture, and optical illusions using different fabrics and color to create bold 3D effects and florals made statements at this year’s Fall 2016 Bridal Fashion Week.

We also saw lots of dramatic necklines and cutouts, including crop top and skirt ensembles. There were fully sheer silhouettes and other lingerie-inspired gowns with silky slips and delicate lace inserts as well. This gave off an illusion of seeing and not seeing. A popular choice for brides who are wanting to look extra sensual.

Vintage and retro gowns will also be a big hit with some brides. You’ll be sure to see some 1990’s inspired retro gowns with spaghetti straps, and vintage gowns that look straight out of the 1930’s with fluttery sleeves and draped silhouettes.

For brides wanting a more simple look, modern and minimalist style gowns will also be in fashion.

Don’t miss our next post on fall wedding trends for even more great ideas. We’ll be talking about the best fall colors. If you need affordable catering that comes with awesome customer service, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help you.

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The Hottest Fall 2016 Wedding Trends

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The fall is perhaps the busiest wedding season in North Carolina. It’s the perfect time of the year as the weather gets cooler and the leaves turn, which makes for a beautiful landscape and colorful backdrop. It’s truly a magical time of the year.

Over the course of the next few posts, we are going to discuss the hottest trends in gowns, colors, food and drink, and more. Here’s an overview of what’s to come for the fall wedding season. Searching for the best wedding catering companies in Raleigh NC? Call Catering by Design for big savings and great customer service.

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The Hottest Fall 2016 Wedding Trends

The Hottest Wedding Gown Trends

What are brides going to be wearing when they walk down the isle this fall in North Carolina? We fill you in on all the hottest wedding gown trends from this year’s Bridal Fashion Week. We’ll be covering everything from sultry lace gowns, to new age designs with 3D patterns, and much more.

The Hottest Trends In Fall Wedding Colors

Are you obsessed with colors? Are you having a hard time figuring out what colors look great and match? If so, don’t miss this one. We break down all the hottest fall wedding color trends. We make it easy for you if you’re having trouble making a color decision.

The Food and Drink

What’s going to be on the menu this fall wedding season? We’ve come up with a list of yummy treats, delicious drinks, and other great ideas that will satisfy all of your guests. If you want to plan the best food and fun for a fall wedding, do not miss this post!

We hope these topics will get you excited about attending weddings this fall in North Carolina. Be sure revisit our blog each week for more helpful tips on wedding planning, recipes, healthy living, and more! If you need a great catering company for an upcoming wedding, keep reading to see how we can help.

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Quick and Easy School Lunch Ideas

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Summer is over and school is back in session. If you have kids that like to take their lunch to school and skip the cafeteria line, it can become challenging to pack them delicious and nutritious meals each day. It can be even more challenging if you’ve got a picky eater on your hands.

In today’s short post, we’re going to try and help you parents out with some quick and easy ideas that can help you plan, and help your kids eat better. If you’re searching for Raleigh catering companies to help with your next event, give us a call today. Be sure to ask about our delivery services.

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Quick and Easy Ideas for Your Kid’s School Lunch

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Most of the kids I know love to eat pasta. However, not many like to eat broccoli. This easy, fun, and tasty recipe covers both of these bases. Add some pesto for max flavor and you’ve got a healthy lunch packed for your kiddo.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi Rolls

Kids love to imitate their parents, and if you’re a sushi loving parent then you’ll love this kid version. This fun and new take on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will make any child smile when they open their lunchbox. These bite size pieces are perfect for small hands and gives your child an fun and interesting lunch.

Kid’s Custom Trail Mix

Here’s a fun trail mix recipe that your kids can even help you make. This is a great snack idea that ensures your child is getting a yummy treat customized to their liking!

Wraps and Roll-Ups

For some reason, lots of kids can be turned off eating lots of sandwich bread. Here is a great recipe that is easy on the parents and the kids will still love it. Using soft tortilla and wraps, take the traditional sandwich to a new level. You can make all sorts of wraps and roll-ups including turkey cheese, club, peanut butter and jelly, and many more. Have fun with it and switch it up.

If you’ve got more great ideas we can list for easy school lunches, please share them in the comments below.

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Tasty September Recipes

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Looking for a few tasty recipes to try out this September? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In a recent post we covered the different kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables you’ll find at the grocery store or Farmer’s Market during the month of September.

Using these ingredients, and those you might be harvesting from your own garden, we found some really good recipes that you should try out this month. Give them a go and let us know how they taste in the comments below. If you’re in need of great tasting food at affordable Raleigh catering prices for your next event, please give us a call. You’ll love our food, service, and prices.

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September Recipes and Ideas

Summer Harvest Roasted Ratatouille

We absolutely love this recipe idea, especially if you have your own garden or just love roasted vegetables. This one takes over an hour to cook, so you’ll need to plan ahead or prep the day before. However, this dish is very tasty and nutritious. It’s a great way to keep your kids interested in healthy eating.

Prep Time – 15 Minutes | Cook Time – 1 hr. 20 Minutes | Total Time – 1 hr. 35 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 – Onions
  • 2 – Garlic cloves
  • 1 – Medium eggplant
  • 1 – Zucchini
  • 2 – Green peppers
  • 8 – Small tomatoes
  • 2 – Sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 – Sprigs fresh thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Foil
  • 1 – oven-proof baking dish

Directions:

The first step is slicing up all of the vegetable. This takes the longest. Next, put all the prepped veggies into your baking dish in layers. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top and then drizzle olive oil over everything. Give everything a toss to ensure an even coating of oil. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 45 minutes at 350. This will get everything cooked through but not browned. Now remove the foil and bake for another 30 – 45 minutes until golden brown on top. Makes for a great side item for many different proteins, or you can mix it in with pasta.

Fig and Pear Crepes

Here’s a great breakfast or brunch recipe for fig and pear crepes. If you like pancakes, then you’ll love these fruity crepes.

Grilled Lamb With Blackberry Sauce

Here’s another tasty recipe for you to try in September. This one gets you away from eating so much chicken and beef. This delicious grilled lamb and blackberry sauce recipe will expand your culinary horizons.

We hope these recipe ideas will help you plan a great meal this September. If you need food for your next event and you want to save time and money, let Catering by Design do all the work. Keep reading to see how we can help.

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What’s in Season? September Fruits and Veggies

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The summer season is almost over now that we’ve entered into the month of September. Even though Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer, the weather is still plenty warm to invite a few friends and family over for a cookout. The warm nights are perfect for getting everyone together to give the summer a proper sendoff.

So in today’s post, we’re covering all of the best produce that’s currently in season for September around these parts. Different types of produce hit their peaks at different times, so here’s what you’ll find at your local grocer’s and farmer’s markets. Do you have an event coming up and need affordable Raleigh caterers? Call Catering by Design. You’ll love our prices, customer service, and menu selections.

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Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables for September

Here’s the list of fruits and vegetables that are in season for September:

Fruits

  • Apples
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Figs
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Melons
  • Grapes
  • Persimmons
  • Quinces

Veggies

  • Artichokes
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Cabbage
  • French Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Leeks
  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Corn

Another awesome fact about September is that it’s N.C. Wine and Grape Month. Wineries and vineyards across the state of North Carolina are planning wine tastings, grape stomps and other special events to celebrate our state’s booming industry. Here’s a great resource list that you can check out to find some of the awesome events that will be held in different parts of the state. Check these out and plan a nice weekend trip! And if you’re a Raleigh local, be sure to check out Grape Day at the State Farmers Market on Sept. 16.

We hope this post will help you plan the best meals for your friends and family this September. If you need more fun food ideas, be sure to visit back with our blog soon for great recipes, food and cooking tips, and more.

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It’s Wine and Grape Month in NC

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September is a great month for North Carolina. There’s Labor Day weekend, the start of college football, and it’s Wine and Grape Appreciation Month. NC actually has a booming wine industry, and the transition month between and summer and fall is the perfect time to celebrate it.

In today’s post, we’re going to be talking all about Wine and Grape month, some events you should check out, and lots of interesting facts about NC’s wine industry. If you need affordable Raleigh catering for your next event, don’t hesitate to call Catering by Design.

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  • About 160 wineries call North Carolina home. Our state’s wine industry focuses on native muscadine grapes and European-style vinifera grapes. Here’s a great resource map listing all of the wineries in our state.
  • North Carolina ranks 10th in wine production inside of the U.S.
  • There are over 400 individually owned grape vineyards spread across NC, covering over 1,800 acres.
  • Scuppernong is the first grape cultivated in the United States. It’s also the official fruit of North Carolina. In Manteo, NC, located on Roanoke Island, a 400-year-old scuppernong vine is the oldest known cultivated grapevine in the nation. It’s called “The Mother Vine” and is a great piece of American food history.
  • A recent study found that the economic impact of the NC wine and grape industry is $1.28 billion annually. The NC wine industry also supports approximately 7,600 jobs.
  • The Yadkin Valley, located in northwestern North Carolina, is the state’s first federally recognized AVA, or American Viticultural Area. This area is home to over 40 wineries and has over 400 acres devoted to vineyards.

If you’re looking to take in some of the festive events celebrating Wine and Grape month, check out this list for happenings near you.

We hope today’s post helps you better understand NC’s awesome wine industry, and gives you a few good ideas on what events you should check out. If you need an affordable 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 for all of your Raleigh event catering needs. We make your holiday event easy since we do all the work. Call now and ask about our holiday specials and delivery service. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From university dinners, corporate events, luncheons, and awards banquets, to weddings, 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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