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More Tips For Keeping Guests Warm At A Winter Wedding

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Welcome back to our next installment for tips on keeping your winter wedding guests warm. In our last post we talked about the importance of keeping your guests up-to-date on weather, back up plans, and how you’re going to help them stay warm. Jump back and take a look by clicking here. Below you’ll find even more ideas that will make sure everyone stays warm and toasty during your celebration and reception. Do you need high quality wedding catering in Raleigh this winter? Call Catering by Design! You’ll love our great flavors, fantastic customer service, and low prices!

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Cocktail Hour

Granted, not everyone will be on board with this idea but adding a bourbon or whisky tasting station will definitely keep everyone warm. Whisky and bourbon tricks your brain into thinking that you are actually drinking something hot even when you’re not. Do consider only offering this idea during cocktail hour and not during the entire reception as you do not want your wedding guests getting overly intoxicated.

Coffee and Hot Chocolate Bar

Adding a hot cocoa, coffee, or apple cider bar is a great idea for the folks that don’t really drink alcohol. Plus, the kids will love having hot chocolate.

Warming Hors d’oeuvres

Think about offering some warming appetizers as well. Mini grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup shooters, bite sized calzones, and hot garlic and cheddar biscuits are all great ideas.

Fire Pit or Bonfire

This idea will be dependent on your venue, but a fire pit or bonfire is a great way to keep your guests warm, especially if you have access to an outdoor reception area. Fire creates lots of ambiance and a cozy atmosphere. Plus you can have a s’mores station set up to make it even more fun. If your venue has an indoor fireplace, consider using it as well.

Warming Wedding Favors

Most newlyweds want to give their guests a parting gift. Here’s your chance to take care of two needs at once. Inexpensive throw blankets, hand-warmers, earmuffs, or cute mittens are all great ideas.

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Do you need great quality and affordable wedding catering in Raleigh this winter? Call Catering by Design! We’re one of the most trusted and dependable catering companies in the area. We have wedding menus that can be fully customized for any dietary need. We have the best prices and customer service in the Triangle. Brides and grooms should give us a call to schedule a free menu tasting.

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How To Keep Guests Warm During A Winter Wedding

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As we move into the winter wedding season, we thought we’d start sharing some tips for brides to be that are tying the knot over the next few months. Winter weddings are so magical, but they also present their own unique set of challenges. One of these challenges is how to make sure the wedding guests stay warm and comfortable. How do you accomplish this? Keep reading to find out! If you’re looking for affordable Raleigh wedding caterers, contact Catering by Design. We offer brides and grooms free menu tastings. Call today to learn more and to get scheduled.

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Keeping Wedding Guests Warm During Winter Ceremonies

Provide Information Early

The first step to ensuring that your wedding guests stay warm during a winter ceremony is by providing them with helpful information as soon as possible. In North Carolina we have fairly mild winters. It’s not unheard of to have an outdoor ceremony, even during the colder months. Make sure your guests know this so that they can dress appropriately. Also, let your guests know that you’ll be providing plenty of blankets, hand warmers, and other things to help keep them warm. Notify them of your backup plans just in case the weather decides not to cooperate. Post this information on your Facebook group, wedding website, or by word of mouth.

Go Out Of Your Way To Help

Some people are okay with colder temperatures. Others will be sensitive to the cold. Do your best to make sure everyone is comfortable. Like we mentioned above, make sure you have plenty of blankets available. Renting several of those large space heaters is also a good idea.

These are just a few ideas and we have more to share in part two. Jump on over to our next post for more tips. If you’re searching for an incredible winter wedding catering experience, read on to see why calling Catering by Design is a great idea.

Affordable Raleigh Wedding Caterers For Winter Weddings

Catering by Design is Raleigh’s top choice when it comes to catering weddings in the Triangle area. We have the most affordable menus and packages that can be customized to meet any of your dietary needs. Please click here to check out our Raleigh wedding packages. Brides, call us today and ask about our free tastings.

We’re an award winning wedding caterer, and have been serving the families of North Carolina for decades. Be sure to ask us about our delivery options if you do not need full catering service. When only the best will do, call Catering by Design to find out why we’re at the top of the list for Raleigh wedding caterers.

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Noah’s Event Center Wedding Highlights

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Noah’s Event Center is one of the top places in the Triangle to get married. Nestled in a quiet and exclusive neighborhood in Morrisville, North Carolina, Noah’s will dazzle and impress all of your family and friends with beautiful ballrooms, luxurious wood and granite details, panoramic views, and more. This incredible wedding venue is located only six miles from Raleigh Durham International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Raleigh giving your guests access to exquisite restaurants, nightlife, and easy travel options. Noah’s Event Center of Morrisville is truly a one of a kind venue that you’ll never forget.

Raven and Mactrice recently got married at Noah’s and we are honored that the newlyweds chose Catering by Design to be their Raleigh caterers. The ceremony and reception were so gorgeous that we just had to share a few of our favorite pictures. Please enjoy the highlights below. If you’d like to see the entire gallery of pictures, please visit us on Pinterest. If you need affordable Raleigh wedding catering, please call Catering by Design for more information. We’d love to earn your business!

Raven and Mactrice’s Wedding Reception Menu

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Hors d’ Oeuvres

We kicked off the cocktail hour with a beautiful batch of Fresh Fruit Kebabs along with Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bites served with an Apricot Mustard dipping sauce.

Dinner Buffet

For dinner, guests were welcomed by a lush Seasonal Salad with Fresh Carrots, Tomatoes, and Cucumbers that was finished off with a choice of Balsamic Vinaigrette or Homemade Ranch Dressing. Also on the menu were rustic Red Skinned Garlic Mashed Potatoes and a savory Sauté Vegetable Medley.

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Anchoring the buffet were Beef Tenderloin Medallions swimming in Brown Mushroom Gravy and Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Bacon and Gouda topped with Pesto Cream.

Even the kiddos had their very own dinner buffet. They were served Hand Breaded Chicken Tenders and White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese.

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For dessert, the guests indulged in the wedding cake that looked oh so stunning. If you’re looking for the best wedding catering in the Triangle, please keep reading to learn how calling Catering by Design can save you time and money with a free menu tasting.

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Searching for an affordable catering option for a wedding reception or event? Call the pros at Catering by Design! We offer the best catering packages in the area. Just take a look at our vast menu options. We’re one of the highest rated Raleigh caterers for events of any type and size. If you do not require full catering service, be sure to ask about our delivery options. Please call us today with any questions, to place an order, or learn more about our FREE menu tastings.

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More Great Foodie Gifts For The 2017 Holidays

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Welcome back to our continuing series on food inspired gifts for the 2017 holiday season. If you missed our last post, check it out by clicking here. We listed several great gifts for under $30.00. Below we’ll be talking about even more really cool gifts that any food lover will enjoying having. If you need high quality Raleigh event catering at affordable prices this holiday season, call Catering by Design today.

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More Fab Foodie Holiday Gifts For 2017

Conversion Spoon Rest

Doing cooking conversions and ratios on the fly can be a pain. Furthermore, where you are you going to put your dirty spoon while you’re cooking? These problems are solved with this awesome gift. At $9.95, you might want to pick a few of these up. I know I’d love to have one!

Avocado Slicer

Avocado is a delicious super food, but they’re not easily sliced without making a mess. This avocado slicer from Urban Outfitters is only $8.00 and can be a great standalone gift of stocking stuffer.

Ann Clark State Cookie Cutters

The holidays are not complete without cookies. That’s why these state-shaped cookie cutters make for a great gift. They’re only $3.99 a piece and each state cutter comes with its very own special recipe card.

Initial Paper Buffet Napkins

Do you have a foodie friend that loves to host dinner parties? Then giving them a set of personalized initial napkins is a really cool gift. They’re only $6.95.

Foodie Dice

Trying to figure out what to cook each night can sometimes become problematic, especially if you’re indecisive like me. No two meals will every be the same because Foodie Dice has over 186,000 possible combinations. A set is only $24.00.

If you need more holiday food gifts or recipe ideas, be sure to visit back with our blog soon for more helpful information. If you’re looking for the best holiday catering this year, call Catering By Design. Keep reading to learn more.

Affordable Raleigh Event Catering For 2017 Holidays

If you are searching for reliable Raleigh event catering for the holidays, look no further than Catering by Design. We’re one of the highest rated Raleigh catering companies. We can help you with any type of event with very affordable catering packages. Our team of highly trained pros are ready to answer questions or to schedule service for you.

Are you getting married this winter or next year? Brides and grooms love our free menu tastings. This is a free service we offer that lots of our competitors charge for. Please click here to check out our wedding menus. Call us today to learn more.

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Best Foodie Gifts For The 2017 Holidays

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The holidays are upon us and so is the busiest shopping season of the year. Finding the right gifts for your food loving friends and family this year will be easy with this gift guide we’ve put together. Over the next two posts we’ll be listing out our favorite food related gifts that all anyone will be sure to love. If you have an upcoming event and need affordable holiday catering in Raleigh NC, call Catering by Design. You’ll love our vast menu selections, great prices, and customer service.

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Fantastic 2017 Foodie Gifts

Zoku Personal Ice Cream Maker

If I told you that you could make a home made bowl of ice cream anytime and have it ready in 10 minutes would you believe me? Thanks to the Zoku Personal Ice Cream Maker, those dreams can become a reality. At under $30, this gift is a great buy.

Regalis Black Truffle Popcorn Salt

Take your popcorn to the next level with this great gift idea. The Regalis Black Truffle Popcorn salt turns ordinary popcorn into a luxurious treat. $27.95 for authentic truffle is a steal.

Garden in a Can

Have you ever wanted to start an herb garden but you’re unsure of where to plant? Those problems are solved with this nifty gift. With this 4 pack from Garden in a Can you can have a garden anywhere. All you have to do is pop open the can, add some water, and place in a sunny spot. In no time you’ll have tasty fresh herbs right at your finger tips.

Ready for more great foodie gift ideas? Check out our next post by clicking here. Need some help with catering? Keep reading to learn more about why calling us is a great idea!

Affordable Holiday Catering in Raleigh NC

If you are looking for the best holiday catering in Raleigh NC, please consider calling Catering by Design. Our professional team is ready to take your call to answer any questions or schedule your service. We’re an award winning Raleigh catering company that can handle holiday, business, or social events of any size. We have menus for all budgets. If you do not need full service catering, ask about our delivery options. This is an amazing alternative when you do not need a full staff.

Planning a winter wedding reception? Brides and grooms love our free menu tastings. This is a free service we offer that many of our competitors charge for. Please click here to check out our menus, or call us today with any questions or to ask about our specials!

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Great Tasting Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

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Celebrating the holidays without cookies does not seem right. It’s one of our family’s most favorite holiday traditions. Unfortunately for those that have a gluten allergy or have given up gluten as part of their diet, baking a great tasting gluten free cookie can seem to be nearly impossible. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Below we’re going to share one of favorite recipes that we hope you’ll just love as much as we do. If you’re searching for a dependable Raleigh catering company for an upcoming holiday party, wedding reception, or other event, please call Catering by Design! We have a vast menu selection and offer affordable pricing. Just check out our reviews to see what our customers have to say!

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Great Tasting Holiday Sugar Cookies That Are Gluten Free

Ingredients For the Cookies

  • 1 Cup – shortening
  • 1 Cup – granulated sugar
  • 1 – large egg
  • 1 Tbsp – vanilla extract
  • 3 Cups – Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp – fine sea salt

Ingredients For the Frosting

  • 1/2 Cup – butter
  • 1/2 Cup – vegetable shortening
  • 3 Cup – powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp – vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp – unsweetened coconut milk
  • optional – food coloring
  • optional – gluten free sprinkles

Directions For the Cookies

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheet with parchment or a silicon mat. In a large mixing bowl, cream together your shortening and sugar for 1-2 minutes until light and creamy. Next, mix in the egg and the vanilla extract.

Add your gluten free flour and salt and mix on low speed until completely incorporated. Your cookie dough should now be slightly firm but not stiff or sticky.

Take half of your cookie dough out and place on floured parchment paper. Cover this with plastic wrap and roll it out until it is about a quarter of an inch thick. Use your favorite cookie cutters to make desired shapes. Keep repeating with the remaining cookie dough and scraps.

Move the cookies carefully onto your prepped baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack for cooling.

Directions For the Frosting

In a bowl, add the shortening, butter, and powdered sugar. Mix on low speed until well combined. Now mix on medium-high and beat for about 1 minute. Add the vanilla extract and milk and mix for about 1 minute more until the frosting is light and fluffy. If you’re using food coloring, add that last. Frost the cooled cookies and top with your favorite sprinkles.

We hope this recipe will help you enjoy great holiday cookies this year. If you’re looking for the best holiday catering at great prices, keep reading to see how Catering By Design can help you.

Affordable Holiday Raleigh Catering For 2017

Searching for an affordable catering option for an upcoming holiday event, wedding reception, business meeting, or other social function? Call the pros at Catering by Design right now! We offer the best holiday catering packages in the area. Just take a look at our many menu options. We’re one of the highest rated holiday Raleigh catering companies for events of all sizes. If you do not need full service catering, be sure to ask about our really affordable delivery options. Please call us today with any questions or to place your holiday order.

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A Fall Wedding at The Farm in Selma

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Picking the right wedding venue is a huge deal. After all, it’s one of the few places that will be forever ingrained in your memories. Choosing the right venue is also important for other reasons as well. You want to work with a vendor that can provide you with great customer service, personalized assistance, and lots more for your wedding ceremony. That’s why The Farm at 95 is an ideal choice.

The Farm at 95 has beautiful spaces for both in and outdoor ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and more. Inside, their southern banquet hall seats more than 400 people, even with the tables and chairs set up. Outside features a beautiful ceremony space, large picturesque fields, an antique farm wagon, a patio with a fire pit, a large stage for bands, and more.

Ashley and Matthew recently tied the knot at The Farm and Catering by Design was there. We are honored to be their Raleigh wedding catering company of choice. The ceremony and reception were beautiful and a lot of fun. That’s why we wanted to share a few of our favorite pictures. We hope you enjoy the highlights below. If you’d like to see the entire gallery, please visit us on Pinterest. If you need help with catering for a Raleigh or Triangle event, contact Catering by Design today. We’d love to talk food with you!

Ashley and Matthew’s Wedding Reception Menu

Fresh Seasonal Cubed Fruit Salad Served with Sweet Yogurt Sauce

Diced Seasoned Hash Browns

Spinach Cupcake Quiche

Petite Croissants with Chicken Salad

Miniature Garlic Cheddar Biscuits with Country Ham and Brown Sugar Butter. Also served with bacon and sausage.

For dessert, the guests enjoyed doughnuts and wedding cake! If you’re searching for affordable wedding catering in Raleigh this fall, Catering by Design can save you time and money.

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Catering by Design is the area’s top choice when it comes to catering weddings. We have the most affordable menus and packages that can be customized with your own recipes or to meet specific dietary needs. Please click here to check out our Raleigh wedding packages. Brides, call us today and ask about our free menu tastings.

We’re an award winning Raleigh wedding catering company, and we’ve been serving the families of North Carolina for decades. Be sure to ask us about our delivery options if you do not need full catering service. When only the best will do, call Catering by Design to find out why we’re the top choice for local wedding reception catering.

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Making A Great Green Bean Casserole

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Green bean casserole is a classic dish that will be served at holiday meals all over America during the next few months. This casserole is really easy to make and it’s delicious too. I’ll admit, I’m a huge green bean casserole lover! That’s one of the biggest reasons we’re writing this post. Check out this recipe below, courtesy of Betty Crocker. I’ve used this recipe time and time again and can personally vouch for its tastiness. We hope you enjoy it as well. If you have a holiday event coming up and need affordable Raleigh holiday catering this fall or winter, please call Catering by Design. You’ll love our holiday menu selections, prices, and customer service.

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How To Make A Great Tasting Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 14.5 oz cans of French-style green beans that have been drained
  • 1 – 10 3/4 oz can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 – cup of milk
  • 1 – 2.8 oz can of French-fried onions

Prep – 5 MIN | Cook – 25 MIN | Total – 30 MIN | Servings – 8

Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 350°F. Take a 1 1/2-quart casserole or glass baking dish and mix in your green beans, soup and milk. Bake this mixture for 20 to 25 minutes. During the last 5 minutes of baking time, add your French-fried onion topping. Bake until bubbling and serve hot.

Don’t forget to keep checking back with our blog on a weekly bases for all sorts of helpful information. You’ll find wedding tips, recipes, seasonal fruits and vegetable information, and lots more. If you need great food at unbeatable prices, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

Affordable Raleigh Holiday Catering for Fall

If you are looking for reliable Raleigh holiday catering for an upcoming event, please consider calling Catering by Design. Our team of highly trained professionals is ready to take your call to schedule your service today. We are an award winning catering company that can handle holiday, business, or social events of any size, and we have menus for all budgets. Don’t need full service catering? Ask about our delivery options. This is an amazing alternative when you do not need a full staff.

Planning a fall or winter wedding and reception? Brides and grooms will love our free menu tastings. This is a free service we offer that most of our competitors charge for. Please click here to check out our menus, or call us today with any questions or to ask about our specials!

recipe source: Betty Crocker

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Ideas on Using Autumn Leaves as Wedding Decor

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As we mentioned in our last post, autumn leaves are a budget friendly, and mostly free, decoration option that can add instant atmosphere and give your fall wedding that rustic look that you’ve been dreaming of. Planning ahead and using our tips will make adding autumn leaves to your theme a success. We covered the importance of why planning is such a crucial element. Click here to jump back for a quick review. Below you’ll find some of our favorite ideas on how to go about using them in a creative and fun way. For the best Raleigh wedding catering, contact Catering by Design. We offer free menu tastings to our brides and grooms. Call today to learn more.

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Tips for Making Wedding Decorations By Using Autumn Leaves

Boutonnieres for the Boys

If you’re feeling crafty, then making your groom and his groomsmen boutonnieres with autumn leaves is a great personal touch. Check out these easy instructions from TheKnot. You can also use autumn leaves in your bouquet and your bridesmaids’ as well.

Aisle Runners

Using leaves as your ceremony aisle runner is very easy to incorporate. If you’re having an outdoor wedding keep in mind that they could blow around a little.

Leaf Toss

Throwing rice and birdseed at the end of wedding is a long standing tradition. A great alternative would be to have your wedding guests throw leaves instead. Not only is this idea super cute, but it’s a lot less messy too.

Leaf Place Cards

Leaves make great place cards for your reception. You have a ton of options on how to decorate them. You can use their natural colors, paint them, and lots more.

If you’re searching for an incredible fall wedding catering experience, keep reading to see why you should call Catering by Design.

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Catering by Design is Raleigh’s top choice when it comes to catering weddings in the Triangle area. We have the most affordable menus and packages that can be customized to meet any of your dietary needs. Please click here to check out our Raleigh wedding packages. Brides, call us today and ask about our free tastings.

We’re an award winning wedding caterer, and have been serving the families of North Carolina for decades. Be sure to ask us about our delivery options if you do not need full catering service. 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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Why Autumn Leaves Make Great Wedding Decorations

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North Carolina is one of the most beautiful states for fall weddings. Most weekends in October and November will be filled with brides and grooms saying their “I do’s.” One thing I like most about catering fall weddings is seeing all of the lovely decorations, themes, and motifs, especially when autumn leaves are being used. These colorful leaves are the inspiration behind our next short series. Below and in the next post we’ll be telling you how you can use autumn leaves to add color, depth, and pizzazz to your fall wedding decorations. Let’s jump right in! Do you need high quality wedding catering in Raleigh, NC this fall or next? Call Catering by Design for fresh food, great flavors, fantastic customer service, and the best prices in town.

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How Autumn Leaves Make Great Fall Wedding Decorations

Autumn leaves are really colorful and you can use them in so many different ways! Not to mention that they’re free, which can save you lots of budget room! The key to successfully using autumn leaves is all about the planning. If this design element will be playing a big role in your theme and decorations then you’re going to have to plan ahead to ensure you have adequate collection, drying, and designing time. This is crucial to your success and not something you should try to pull off on a whim.

During your planning phase, be sure to take stock of all the different types of autumn leaves at your disposal. The colors, textures, shapes, and sizes will all play in a role in how they can be used.

Be sure to check out the next post in this series for even more great tips on how to use autumn leaves for fall wedding decorations. If you need affordable wedding catering this fall or next, please read on to see why you should call Catering by Design. We can help you with big time savings.

Affordable Wedding Catering in Raleigh, NC For Fall

Do you need great quality and affordable wedding catering in Raleigh, NC this fall? Please call Catering by Design! We’re one of the most trusted and dependable catering companies in the area. We have wedding menus that can be fully customized for any dietary need. We have the best prices and customer service in the Triangle. Brides and grooms should give us a call to schedule a free menu tasting.

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