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Come Celebrate Spring on April 9, 2011 in Apex

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC

Saturday April 9, 2011 Spring Fling Noon-5 pm

Saturday April 9, 2011 Spring Fling Noon-5 pm

Spring time is on its way. This year’s cold snowy winter may be behind us. And in just a few weeks, it will be time for the annual Spring Fling in Apex!

Mark your calendars for:  Saturday April 9 – noon – 5 pm.

What is Catering by Design doing? We’re one of a number of community sponsors, and we stepped up, being that we’re in the catering and event planning business, to coordinate the donations and staffing. (And of course we’re helping out with the food!) There are over 80 volunteers and many many donations. Come early and get a free lunch between noon and 2 pm.

Kids will have a great time with carnival games and egg hunts, all through the day, and free snacks of cotton candy and popcorn.

And did we say that it’s all free?

It is all free!

Last year we had a surprising number of visitors and so this year we’re preparing for 10,000 people!

People come from as near as Apex and Cary, and farther away too, from Fuquay Varina, Pittsboro, Carrboro and Wake Forest.

You’re invited and your friends are invited. Come make an afternoon of it.

Say hello on the Spring Fling Facebook Page.

This annual community event is put on by Hope Chapel, located at 6175 Old Jenks Road in Apex, across from Salem Elementary SchoolDirections.

Come on out!

Catering By Design is a full service catering company serving the really great greater Raleigh metropolitan area between Rocky Mount and Pinehurst, Siler City and Wendell, and everywhere in between. Learn more about catering events on our blog. And of course, we’d love to hear from you on Catering By Design’s Facebook Page.

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Catering Menus with White Dove Chapel Wedding Packages

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC
White Dove Wedding Chapel in Wendell is a romantic setting for your wedding.

White Dove Wedding Chapel in Wendell is a romantic setting for your wedding.

White Dove Chapel in Wendell offers five different wedding packages complete with ceremony, reception, music and cake, and catering by Catering-By-Design.

The five packages are:

  1. Elegance Ceremony with Reception
  2. Crystal Ceremony with Reception
  3. White Dove Ceremony with Reception
  4. Crystal Ceremony with Ballroom Reception
  5. White Dove Diamond and Ballroom

Catering By Design is the exclusive caterer for these packages, however White Dove Chapel makes all the arrangements. If you’re interested in one of these made to order wedding packages, contact Reverend Brigitte directly at 919-365-9510.

To view these menus click on our White Dove Chapel Page.

Visit White Dove Chapel Wedding packages.

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Fat Tuesday! Celebrating with a Mardi Gras Party in Raleigh

Posted in: Catering Company

We’re catering a Mardi Gras Party tonight in Raleigh.

What are we cooking?

Red Beans and Rice

Chicken Jambalaya

Creole Empanadas

and Buttermilk Beignets

We’ve baked Mardi Gras King Cakes in years past, but not this time.

(We’ve linked to sites with pictures of these dishes so you can visualize them, but we use our own recipes of course.)

We’re Catering by Design. We’re a full service catering company in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. What event can we cater for you? Give us a call. 919-481-2366

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Catering by Design Recipes: Olivada

Posted in: Catering by Design Recipes, Catering in Raleigh NC

Olivada

Olivada is a spread for crackers, pita or other fresh breads.

Ingredients

Pitted Black Olives (Enough to fill your Food Processor)

1 cup Capers

1 tbsp. Fresh Garlic

1 tbsp. Lemon

1 tbsp. Black Pepper

1 tbsp. Parsley

Preparation 

Grind up the pitted Black Olives in your food processor. Add Capers, Fresh Garlic, Lemon, Black Pepper, and Parsley. Mix fully.

Serve in a bowl.

Send us a picture. Let us know how you like it.
Email greg@catering-by-design.com

Visit Catering by Design, one of Raleigh’s best full service caterers. Find out what we can do for you.

Call us at (919) 481-2366

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Raleigh Wedding Venues List

Posted in: Raleigh Wedding Venues, Wedding Venues

Looking for your wedding venue in the Raleigh area?

At Catering by Design we know you have a lot of decisions to make as you prepare for your big event. We know you appreciate it when you can get lists with the information you need. Our Raleigh Wedding Venues list includes most of the Raleigh area wedding venues where we have catered events, and we’ve included the information you’ll need to develop a short list.

A Raleigh Wedding Chapel - St.  Mark's

A Raleigh Wedding Chapel - St. Mark's

One thing you’ll want to consider is that venues all price differently, some by the day, others by the hour, with different minimum hours. We suggest you estimate costs based on a 6 hour rental. Six hours is about the amount of time needed for a formal wedding reception, with two hours of total setup and take down included.

We hope our Raleigh Wedding Venues list will be a big help in getting you to a short list of venues to choose from.

We’re Catering by Design and we would love to cater your event. Catering by Design is one of the top caterers in the Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We cater events throughout the greater Raleigh area, and even into Hillsborough, Fuquay Varina, Rocky Mount, New Hill and Southern Pines.

Call us at (919) 481-2366. Find out how we can help you have the best time and happiest guests at your next event.

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Catering by Design Recipes: Breaded Asiago Stuffed Olives

Posted in: Catering by Design Recipes

Breaded Asiago Stuffed Olives is a Catering by Design favorite. Consider it for your festive parties.

Ingredients for Breaded Asiago Stuffed Olives

The Olives

  •  18 Large Kalamata Olives Pitted and Halved

For Cheese Balls

  • 1 cup Shredded Asiago Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella
  • 2 Tbls Fresh Grated Parmesan
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tbls Flour
  • 1 Tbls Grated Vadalia Onion
  • 1 tsp Chopped Garlic
  • 1 Tbls Copped Fresh Basil
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste

For Breading

  • 3 cups flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 6 cups Fresh Bread Crumbs

For Freezing

  • Parchment paper for a baking sheet*
For Cooking
  • Olive Oil

For Serving

  • Tomato Basil Coulis or your Favorite Marinara Sauce

Preparation

Set the olives aside

Make the Cheese Balls

  • Mix all other ingredients together in a bowl
  • Keep mixing until very well blended
  • Roll into 1/2″ balls
  • Line your baking sheet pan with parchment paper
  • Place cheese balls on parchment lined sheet pan
  • Place 1/2 of an Olive on top of each Cheese Ball
  • Set the olive slightly into the cheese
  • Place back on sheet tray and freeze for 1-2 hours
  • Remove from freezer
Bread the Olives
  • Set up for breading the Olives with three bowls: one for Flour, one for the Egg and one for Bread Crumbs
  • Crack the egg and beat it until it is all smooth
  • By hand or with a slotted spoon, roll the stuffed Olive in the Flour bowl
  • Dip it into the Egg and then roll it in the fresh Bread Crumbs
  • Be sure to coat each Olive well with all 3 of the items so it won’t fall apart while cooking
  • Place back in freezer 1-2 hours on a clean sheet pan with parchment paper

Cook the Olives

  • Pan fry in a pan of hot Olive Oil
  • Cook till golden brown
Serve the Breaded Asiago Stuffed Olives
  • Serve in a Martini glass with Tomato Basil Coulis** or your Favorite Marinara Sauce
  • Garnish With Fresh Basil
* If you have a side-by-side refrigerator a normal baking sheet may be too wide for your freezer. So improvise with a smaller container that you can line with parchment.
**Roasted tomatoes, garlic and onion, salt and pepper and a little olive oil, roast in oven, until a little charred, then puree.

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Catering by Design Recipes: Hummus

Posted in: Catering by Design Recipes, Catering in Raleigh NC

Hummus

Ingredients

Garbonzo Beans  (Enough to fill your Food Processor)

1 tbsp. Parsley

1 tbsp. Lemon

1 tbsp. Fresh Garlic

1 tbsp. Black Pepper

1 tbsp. Salt

½ cup Tahini Paste

Preparation 

Grind up the soft Garbonzo beans in your food processor. Add Lemon, Fresh Garlic, Black Pepper, Salt and Tahini Paste. Mix fully.

Serve chilled in a bowl with minced Parsley in the center.

(Variations: Some like to add a teaspoon of Olive Oil in the center, and a little Paprika.)

Send us a picture. Let us know how you like it.
Email greg@catering-by-design.com

Visit Catering by Design, one of Raleigh’s best full service caterers. Find out what we can do for you.

Call us at (919) 481-2366

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February 18 “I Love Animals” Singles Event at Catering-by-Design in Cary

Posted in: Social Event Catering

At 7 p.m. on the 3rd Friday night in February, Singer Songwriter Robert Starling is going to provide the entertainment for a singles evening, the “I Love Animals” fundraising event at Catering-by-Design in Cary.  The ticket costs $20 and will benefit animal care in Chatham County.

Catering-by-Design in Cary is located next to Big Lots facing Kildaire Farm Road neat the Maynard intersection. The address is 132 Kilmayne Drive.  Admission includes Catering-by-Design’s famous hors d’oeuvres, and your first drink.

Cary, NC Singles Event on Friday February 18, Raises Funds for Animals

Cary, NC Singles Event on Friday February 18, Raises Funds for Animals

The event is organized by Guardians of Angels.  See our “I Love Animals” Singles Event announcement on Zvents.

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We’re Catering by Design and we’re a full service catering company in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Whatever you’re planning we can make it happen. 919-481-2366

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Raleigh Wedding Venues at Raleigh Parks

Posted in: Corporate Catering, Raleigh Wedding Venues, Wedding Venues

Raleigh Parks and Recreation has a rich assortment of venues for wedding receptions.

Venues like Borden Building or Tucker House or St. Marks Chapel at Mordecai Historic Park are part of Raleigh’s history.

Park settings like Magnolia Cottage at Lake Johnson or Lake Johnson Waterfront Center on the lake, are beautiful natural sites for your important events.

View a slide show of these various wedding reception venues at this Raleigh Parks and Recreation website. Phone numbers for each of the venues is included.

Catering by Design is able to cater at most of these sites. Take a look at our Raleigh Area Wedding Event Venues. (All information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but refer to each venue for the latest rates and specific details.)

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We’re Catering by Design and we’re a full service catering company in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Call and tell us what you’re planning. We can help. 919-481-2366

(Updated 3/10/2011)

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2011 Wedding Trends

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Wedding Venues
Elegant, Sophisticated Weddings and Outdoor Weddings are 2011 Trends

Elegant, Sophisticated Weddings and Outdoor Weddings are 2011 Trends

January is the month that many engaged couples call to talk about their ideal wedding reception and find out what choices their budgets will allow. It’s an exciting time for us because it’s a very happy time. We love hearing what our couples are imagining and letting them know about the flexibility we offer and the choices they have.

Since January is wedding planning month, we thought we’d give you a quick report on what January 2011 trends are getting posted on the Internet.

Compare these two different January 2011 reports on 2011 Wedding Trends. (We added the links to show examples of each of the trends.)

What did these two reports have in common?

The trends they agreed upon were bright or bold colors, outdoor weddings, textures, elegance and personalization.

Wedding Trends 1

Crystals and Monograms

Sheer fabrics and Assymetry

Sheer Materials and Elegant Texture are 2011 Trends for Weddings

Sheer Materials and Elegant Texture are Trendy

Textures and Layers

Bright Colors

Decorated Belts

Personalization

Outdoor and Nature Weddings

Green or Eco Weddings

Bold Bright Colors are 2011 Wedding Trends

Bold Bright Colors are a 2011 Wedding Trend

Multiple Colors

Social Networking

Do it Yourself Preparations

Wedding Trends 2

Sophistication and Elegance

Outdoor Ceremonies and Venues

Greys and Navy

Warm Tan Textured Table Cloth with Flower Petals and Satin Napkins

More Colors and Textures are Forecast for 2011

Metallics and Bold Colors

Dress Ball Gowns

Fancy Tuxes for Men with Personalization

Sumptuous Textures

Cultural and Ethnic Touches

Post Reception After Parties

Do you think that these trends depend on the culture or age of the couples, where they live and what time of year they want to get married?

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We’re Catering by Design and we’re a full service catering company in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Whatever you’re planning we can make it happen. 919-481-2366

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