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Great Tasting Food Parts Most People Throw Away

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What if I told you that you were throwing away great tasting food without even knowing it? Would you believe me? It’s true. There are several really common food parts that get discarded when they should be used in the kitchen to level up recipes. Saving these foods for future use will help you reduce your food waste, save money, and add extra flavor layers to your dishes. If you’re looking for the most affordable social, casual, and Raleigh corporate catering, look no further than Catering by Design. You’ll love our friendly service and great prices.

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Citrus Zest

The peels and rinds from lemons, limes, and oranges are some of the best parts of these fruits. However, most people throw them away. Citrus zest from these parts will help perk up your pasta dishes, salad dressings, yogurt, oatmeal, dips, sauces, herb blends, rubs, desserts, and more. You can even put citrus zest in your tea, smoothies, and adult beverages as well. Best of all, it’s free as long as you save it.

Chickpea Water

Yes, you heard me correctly. Chickpea water is reusable in ways you’d never dream of. The liquid that is drained from a can of chickpeas is called aquafaba. Aquafaba mimics eggs in baking. Anywhere a recipe calls for egg whites you can substitute with chickpea water. This is especially great for vegans. For some great chickpea water recipe ideas check out this link.

Herb Stems

For your leafy herbs, like basil and cilantro, keep the stems intact with your recipe. I think it adds more flavor to my dishes. Plus, it extends my yield from what I harvest from my plants and reduces waste.

Head on over to part two of this post for even more great tasting foods that you shouldn’t throw away.

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Spring Weddings at The Pavilion at Carriage Farm

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The Pavilion at Carriage Farm is a beautiful and elegant wedding venue with a country vibe that is located about ten miles on the outskirts of downtown Raleigh, NC. The Pavilion combines lots of rustic beauty with all the modern conveniences and comforts of a big city wedding venue. From large outdoor ceremonies to intimate nighttime galas, you’ll find everything you’ve dreamed of at this gorgeous estate.

We recently had the great honor of catering a magical celebration of the joining of two families at The Pavilion and wanted to share a few highlights. To see all the pictures, please visit with us on our Pinetrest page by clicking here. If you need a reliable Raleigh catering company for a wedding in 2019 know that Catering by Design is the area’s top choice for great food, fun, and affordable prices. Call our team of pros today to learn more about how we can help you save time and money.

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The tables were set up with beautiful linens, elegant plate settings, and lovely centerpieces with flower arrangements of roses and other greenery.

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For cocktail hour we served one of our hottest and most requested appetizers. These chicken and mango salsa stuffed phyllo cups are always a big hit!

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For dinner, we served a smorgasbord of tasty foods. We started off the buffet with this gorgeous spring salad of fresh greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and more.

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We also had this great macaroni and cheese bar with all the fixings including diced ham, bacon, chives, and different types of cheeses.

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Also on the buffet was a colorful medley of roasted vegetables, a NY strip carving station, and stuffed chicken breasts in a creamy pesto sauce.

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For dessert, all the guests got to enjoy a piece of this beautiful wedding cake. It was almost too pretty eat!

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What’s In Season? April Fruits and Veggies!

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If you’re like me, you love to make home-cooked meals for your friends and family. Especially in the spring. That’s what makes April such a great month if you’re looking for fresh fruits and produce. As we break away from the colder weather, and the temps get warmer, having people over to enjoy a nice brunch or dinner just seems right. So in today’s post we’re covering the best produce that’s currently in season and available. Looking for affordable Raleigh caterers for your next 2019 spring or summer event? Call Catering by Design. You’ll love our prices and customer service.

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April Fruits and Vegetables

Depending on what state you live in, some of these might not be available just right yet. For the most part, all of you should be able to find these at grocery stores or farmer’s markets. Here’s the list of seasonal spring produce:

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Chicory
  • Chives
  • Collards
  • Fava Beans
  • Fennel
  • Green Beans
  • Leeks
  • Limes
  • Morels
  • Mustard Greens
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Onions

When it comes to recipe planning, try to move away from the hearty comfort foods. Instead, use these lighter, refreshing ingredients and flavors to make meals that represent the warmer weather. Try to incorporate crab, prawns, fish, chicken and other lighter proteins. These will work very well with the produce items we’ve listed above.

For your wine pairings, we suggest that you think on the lighter side unless you’re having steak or some lamb dishes. A Pinot Grigio will work well with most pasta and seafood dishes. Use a medium red like Malbec or Shiraz for beef and lamb, and Riesling for ham dishes.

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

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How to Make Wedding Dress Shopping Fun and Enjoyable

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Welcome to our last post on wedding dress shopping. Over the past few weeks we’ve been trying to cover every aspect of wedding dress shopping to help you make the process easier and less stressful. As we wrap up the series we’re going to focus on the things that will ensure you’ll have a fun and enjoyable experience. For the best wedding catering Raleigh NC has to offer this spring and summer, call Catering by Design today. Our customers love our unbeatable service, incredible flavors, and affordable wedding catering packages.

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Tips for Making Wedding Dress Shopping More Fun

Book Appointments

Before you head out to the bridal boutiques you should call and make an appointment. This will make your trip much more enjoyable during peak wedding season times. An appointment will save you lots of time and stress because you won’t have to wait around for hours on end to get help. Once you’ve got your appointment set let your friends and family members know to get a headcount on how many will be joining you.

Take Friends and Family with You

Wedding dress shopping is no fun when you go by yourself. Be sure to invite a few close friends and family members along with you. Avoid inviting a large crowd. The bridal shops frown upon bringing a big crew. Keep your invites to five or less. Bring only the people with you that you trust, will lift you up, give you an honest opinion, and are drama free.

Take Lots of Pictures

You’re the star of the show so make an effort to take lots of pictures. This will allow you to model each dress and be able to look back after your appointment to see how the dresses look on your figure. You’re going to be looking at lots of dresses and what you remember will start to run together. Pictures are a great way to sort out which dresses you like best and which ones you can rule out.

Get Pampered

Pamper yourself before your appointment time. You can go alone or make a day of it with your friends and family. Get your makeup done, have a massage, get your nails done, etc. This can help you unwind, relax, and feel super confident about your dress fitting.

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Big Mistakes You Should Avoid When Shopping for Your Wedding Gown

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Choosing the perfect wedding gown is one of the most important elements for brides when planning their special day. And as we’ve talked about in recent past posts, the shopping process is not always fun and elegant. In fact, wedding dress shopping can be stressful and overwhelming for many women. However, it really doesn’t have to be that way. As long as you follow our tips and avoid these mistakes, your experience should be smooth and delightful. Do you need affordable Raleigh NC wedding catering for a ceremony in 2019 or 2020? Let the pros at Catering by Design help you save time and money. Our clients love our fresh flavors, great customer service, and affordable catering packages. Don’t need full service? Be sure to ask about our wedding catering delivery options. We’re here to help.

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Shopping Too Soon or Too Late

You don’t want to wait too long or start too soon when buying your wedding gown. Your timeline and options for shopping also depend on how long your engagement will last. On average, you should start shopping about nine months before your wedding day. However, if you’re having a short engagement then you need to make your wedding dress one of your top priorities. If you procrastinate you might have to pay extra fees for rush jobs or not have enough time for extra fittings and alterations.

We covered the reasons why and laid out a great timeline way back in the first post in this series. You can check it out by clicking here.

Blowing Your Budget

We cannot stress enough how important your budget is. You need to have a good understanding of how much you can spend on your entire outfit, not just your wedding gown. Do not blow your entire budget on your dress alone. Remember, you’ll need to pay for alterations, buy shoes, accessories, and undergarments as well.

Also, don’t waste your time looking at and trying on wedding gowns that are way outside your budget. This will tempt you to overspend if you find a dress you totally can’t live without but really cannot afford. You’ll also waste precious time. It’s best to just avoid any gown that is outside of your budget to save yourself some hard decisions.

Your Entourage Is Too Big

Don’t bring a lot of people with you for your bridal appointment. Keep your crew to small numbers, like five people or less. Remember that everyone has an opinion. Too many opinions will not allow you to focus on the task of finding the right wedding gown. This is why you should only invite the people that you love and trust to give you an honest opinion without being hurtful. Do not invite friends or family that make you feel insecure or people that might get jealous of the attention you’ll be getting.

Giving in to Being Pressured

Please understand that you do not have to buy a wedding gown on your first, second, or even third outing. Do not let anyone pressure you to purchase a gown right away to get the process over with, especially if you do not love it. You’re going to have to sort through lots of opinions, but remember that your opinion of the dress is what matters most. Give yourself plenty of time to make your decision. This will help you avoid buyer’s remorse.

Being Too Closed Minded

Don’t fall into the trap of being too focused on one type of style or trend when gown shopping. Trends come and go so don’t let this be your ultimate deciding factor. If you don’t love what you’re seeing or how the gowns fit, be open minded to suggestions from your consultant. The associates working at the bridal boutique have many years of experience and should have a few great ideas for you to consider.

Motivational Shopping

Some brides buy wedding gowns using a motivational shopping mindset. That means buying a gown that doesn’t fit right now in order to motivate yourself to lose weight. While this can work for some, others find the added pressure just too much to deal with. The consequences of not being able to fit into your gown can be detrimental. It’s best to avoid this way of thinking and buy a wedding gown that you know you’ll be able to wear when the time comes.

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Things You Should Definitely Take When Wedding Dress Shopping

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Shopping for your wedding gown can be a mixed bag of emotions. It’s fun and exciting as well as stressful and intimidating. So how can you make this experience more fun and less scary? The answer is planning and knowing what to always bring with you. Let’s take a closer look below in today’s post. Need affordable wedding catering in Raleigh NC or the surrounding areas? Make the call to Catering by Design today. Our highly trained team is ready to speak with you and answer any questions you might have. Be sure to ask about our delivery options as well. Call us ASAP to learn more about our Raleigh NC wedding catering packages.

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An Open Mind

The first thing we think you should always bring with you is an open mind. We know you already have a style and look that you’re going for. However, don’t let that rule your emotions. Be open minded to trying on gowns that your bridal specialist suggests as well. They’ll have the most experience with finding the right styles based on your body type. Also, be honest. If you don’t love the dress let them know. It’s not going to hurt their feelings and will make their job easier.

Hair Ties

Sounds silly, right? Hair ties are very helpful when shopping for a wedding gown. This is especially true if you’re unsure of how exactly you’re going to wear your hair or if you want to see how your hair will look with different gowns.

The Right Undergarments

Your undergarments can make or break how a certain gown fits your body. So be sure to pack a bag with several different types of undergarments that you might want to wear on your wedding day.

Shoe Options

Along with your undergarments, you’ll also want to take a variety of shoes with you. Not only will this help your stylist choose the right hemline, but you’ll get a chance to see how these shoes look and feel underneath your favorite gowns.

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Celebrate GRACE Fundraising Dinner

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GRACE Christian school recently held their annual Celebrate GRACE fundraising dinner and we were honored to be there. The dinner was to raise funds for the Annual Fund which provides for academic and extra-curricular activities for the students. Many students, their parents, and the staff were all in attendance for a great night of food, fun, and fellowship. Be sure check out some of the highlights below. If you’d like to see more pictures from the event please visit our Pinterest page. Do you need affordable Cary event catering this spring or summer? Call Catering by Design today! Learn how we can help you save time and money on great service and food.

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The tables were beautifully set in bright and vibrant spring colors, white linens, floral arrangements, goodie bags for the guests, and yummy miniature desserts featuring cannoli, lemon squares, and more.

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There were so many guests in attendance that we had to set up multiple buffet stations. Here you can see a line of guests enjoying the food and fellowship during the event.

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The buffets featured many tasty dishes. We served a creamy penne pasta with mushrooms and red bell peppers, country style green beans with peppers, a beautiful spring salad mix, Italian herb bruschetta chicken, and fresh baked rolls.

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Thanks again to everyone at Grace Christian school for having us over for such an important event. It was truly a pleasure to serve you. For fantastic tasting food at unbelievably great prices, please keep reading to learn more about how Catering by Design can help you.

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Real Raleigh Spring Weddings: The Bradford

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The Bradford is a fairly new local wedding venue located right outside of Raleigh’s city limits. Owned and operated by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, the Bradford is nestled on 12 beautiful acres in the pretty little town of New Hill. This gorgeous venue features a glamorous main house with open floor plans and spacious rooms, terrace, ballroom, and gardens. It can even accommodate any bride’s overnight needs as well.

We recently had the honor of catering Devin and Taylor’s spring wedding at the Bradford and wanted to share some of the highlights below. To see all of our pictures from this magical day, please visit our Pinterest gallery. Do you need affordable wedding catering in Raleigh NC this spring, summer, or fall? Make Catering by Design your number one choice. Our professional team is ready to answer any of the questions you might have about our wedding catering packages. Call today to learn more or to schedule your free tasting.

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The long and dramatic entrance leading to the main house is elegant and looks so pretty centered between all the flowering Bradford pear trees.

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The Bradford’s terrace is the perfect outdoor space for a spring wedding reception. Capital Events provided the giant clear tent in case the weather wasn’t cooperating.

Mews Floral Designs also did a fantastic job with these beautiful center pieces.

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There is even space for a full service bar snuggled between the main house and the ballroom area.

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During cocktail hour, the guests enjoyed many hors d’Oeuvres featuring imported and domestic cheeses, fresh fruits, and an assortment of gourmet crackers. We also served grilled Tuscan, pita, and focaccia breads with hummus, olivada, and tomato basil spreads.

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For dinner, everyone was treated to this beautiful spring salad of romaine, fresh strawberries, feta cheese, and candied walnuts finished with our balsamic vinaigrette. Also on the menu was garlic mashed potatoes, a colorful medley of sauteed vegetables, thyme salmon in white wine, and chicken breast stuffed with bacon and Gouda in a pesto cream sauce.

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A huge congratulations to Devin and Taylor! Thank you so much for letting Catering by Design be a part of your magical day. We truly appreciate it! If you need great food and even better prices for your next event, please continue reading to see how Catering by Design can save you time and money.

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More Important Things to Know Before Wedding Dress Shopping

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If you’ve been following along you might have noticed that we’ve been talking a lot about shopping for wedding dresses. In our last post, we talked about knowing your timeline, having a budget, and more. Click here to go back and check it out. Below you’ll find a few more things that we think brides should know before going wedding dress shopping. Looking for affordable Raleigh wedding catering for a 2019 reception? Call the pros at Catering by Design. We have the best options for Triangle weddings, corporate meetings, banquets, social events, birthday parties, and more.

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Make a List of Must Visit Stores

Do some research about the local bridal gown stores in your area. Make a list of the ones you absolutely want to visit. Don’t be surprised if you have to spend a few weekends hitting them all. Having your budget figured out will help you determine which ones you should and shouldn’t visit.

Don’t Bring the Whole Squad

When you go out shopping for a wedding gown, don’t bring your entire crew. It might sound like a lot of fun, but it’s not going to be. The more people you bring, the more opinions you’ll have to deal with. And get this, some stores even limit the number of people you can bring with you, so pick a few people that you trust will give you an honest opinion.

Buying Online

Buying online can either be really great or go horribly wrong. There are a lot of knockoffs from overseas that will break your heart and your budget. However, do check out Etsy and eBay. You can find some great deals on designer dresses at much better prices than in the stores.

If you missed the other blogs in this series on wedding dress shopping, be sure to visit back with them using the links below:

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The Most Important Things to Know Before Wedding Dress Shopping

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Wedding dress shopping can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of planning a wedding. It can also be one of the worst if you’re not prepared. Over the course of the next two posts we will be listing several things that we think brides-to-be should know before hitting the bridal boutiques. If you’re looking for the best wedding caterers Raleigh NC has to offer this spring or summer, be sure to call Catering by Design. You’ll love our food, service, and free menu tastings.

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Know Your Timeline

We covered this in a few posts back. There is a timeline on when you should start shopping for your wedding dress. Click here to get a better understanding.

Have an Idea of What You’re Looking for

Shopping for wedding dresses isn’t as easy as you think. You’re going to be overloaded with thousands of options. Check out magazines, go to bridal shows, and visit Pinterest to get ideas on what type and style of wedding dress you’re interested in before you start hitting the shops.

Make a Budget

Make a budget and stick to it. There are hundreds of gorgeous gowns in every price range, including yours. Don’t waste time trying on gowns that are twice your budget. Concentrate and focus on the ones you can afford.

If you missed the other blogs in this series on wedding dress shopping, be sure to visit back with them using the links below:

Be sure to join us for our next post where we will be discussing more things brides-to-be should know before going wedding dress shopping! If you have a wedding reception or food event coming up, keep reading to learn more about why Catering by Design is the top choice for Triangle residents.

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