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Host Your Realtor Events with Beautifully Catered Food

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A Favorite Catering by Design Buffet Lunch Menu

Seasonal Green Salad Tossed with House Vinaigrette

Rolls, Grilled Tuscan, Pita and Focaccia Breads

Pan Seared Chicken Marsala

Penne Pasta Tossed with Portobellos, Roasted Peppers

Basil Cream Sauce

Marinated Grilled Vegetables

Lennar Raleigh-Durham, a real estate developer with developments in the Triangle area of North Carolina, held a fun event for Realtors this summer at Lennar at The Meadows at Ravenstone called Lunch N Loot.

Catering by Design was delighted to be selected as the caterer for this event.

We’re Catering by Design and we’re one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.

Call us for your next event. (919) 481-2366. Find out why our customers tell us they love us.

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Five Star Reviews of Raleigh’s Catering by Design

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Facebook Reviews of Catering by Design

Do you value the reviews of customers when you’re evaluating which caterer to use? It helps doesn’t it?

A number of our customers have left reviews on Facebook, and since Facebook is phasing out the Reviews pages in the fall of 2011, we’re sharing the reviews in this blog post.

I just wanted to thank you for everything. The food was great and the service was even better. We loved the way they did the set up at the clubhouse. We could not have picked a better catering company.

I wish you the best in your business!

Maria Teresa Pereda, 5 stars May 23, 2011

Greg & the team have always done a great job for us. Our small ideas always turn into fabulously planned menus. Everyone is very professional and super flexible! And of course the food is DELICIOUS! Whether we need a buffet for 30 people or appetizers for 100, Catering by Design rises above and beyond our expectations!

Sarah Alge, 5 stars, September 17, 2010

A feast for the eyes as well as the culinary palet. Delicious and beautiful was the food at the events that I’ve attended where the caterer was Catering By Design. Thank you Chef Gregory!

Robin Richardson, 5 stars, March 12, 2010

Greg has been a customer for some time, but I have used his catering services for my daughter’s graduation party and found them to be more than excellent!

Whitney Hill, 5 stars, August 13, 2009

Reliable and professional.
Food is prepared freshly with excellent presentation.
No need to shop around. Wonderful staff all led by Chef Greg!
Catering by Design will impress your guests.

Theresa Gasper- DiBenedetto, 5 stars, July 25, 2009

I have attended a few events that were catered by Greg and his staff. The food is always wonderful and they always seem to make everything happen timely and seemlessly. I highly recommend Catering By Design.

Brian Walker, 5 stars, July 21, 2009

We’re Catering by Design and we’re one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We cater in a wide area that includes Pinehurst and Rocky Mount, Pittsboro and Fuquay Varina, Wake Forest and Carrboro. We’ve even been known to cater a wedding on the coast every so often.

Call us for your next event. (919) 481-2366. Find out why our customers love us.

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Chef Greg Lewis Does a Walk Thru for Wedding Catering

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC

Catering by Design does walk-thru’s regularly with couples and their families or friends. This video was put together from a walk-thru in the beautiful country setting at Shady Wagon Farm, in New Hill, North Carolina, southwest of Raleigh.

Here’s a link to the Google Map location for Shady Wagon Farm. Catering by Design is a preferred vendor.


We’re Catering by Design and we would love to cater your wedding. 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 for your next event. (919) 481-2366. Find out how we can help you have a terrific time and happy guests at your next event. To see a list of all the many dozens of venues where we cater throughout central North Carolina, visit Raleigh Area Wedding Venues blog post.

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Catering Raleigh!

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Raleigh Catering, Raleigh Catering Services, Raleigh Wedding Venues, Wedding Catering Raleigh
The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh is a wonderful setting for a wedding, and also the site of the NC Sports Hall of Fame whose Annual Awards Ceremony we catered in 2011

Catering by Design is a preferred vendor at The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, a wonderful setting for a wedding.

Catering by Design loves catering in Raleigh.

We regularly cater all around the Raleigh area. We were delighted to be asked to cater the Annual Awards event of the NC Sports Hall of  Fame at the North Carolina Museum of History this spring, and also to sponsor an after hours event with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, hosted at Exhibit Resources in Raleigh, near Brier Creek.

Here are just a few of the main Raleigh venues where Catering by Design is an approved catering company:

Catering by Design in Raleigh's NC Museum of History with the Museum Events Director and the Executive Director of the NC Sports Hall of Fame
Catering by Design in Raleigh’s NC Museum of History with the Museum Events Director and the Executive Director of the NC Sports Hall of Fame

For a list of most of the Raleigh event venues where Catering by Design is an approved catering vendor, visit this Event Venue list we maintain for our customers.

Catering by Design loves catering in Raleigh! And Raleigh loves catering by Catering by Design!

We’re Catering by Design and we’re one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.

Call us for your next event. (919) 481-2366. Find out why our customers tell us they love us.

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Greater Raleigh Wedding Venues List

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


You’re looking for wedding venues in the greater Raleigh area. You have a budget in mind, and a rough idea of how many guests you’d like to invite and you want to see what wedding locations are available. You might be looking for a location for your rehearsal dinner, and definitely looking for an ideal location for your wedding reception, and maybe even your wedding ceremony.

The following is a list of venues in the greater Raleigh area. Catering by Design can cater at each of these venues. See which ones appeal to you.

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Catering by Design is a caterer at each of the venues listed above, making it easy for brides and event planners to locate choice venues for their events in the greater Raleigh area. Please call us at (919) 481-2366 to discuss catering for your next event. We’d love to cater your wedding, your corporate event or your next party.

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Catering-by-Design at The Oaks at Salem

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Chef Greg Lewis, Jen, our sales manager, and Cheri, one of our wonderful servers

Chef Greg Lewis, Jen, our sales manager, and Cheri, one of our wonderful servers

The Oaks at Salem had a bridal fair on a bright June Sunday afternoon, and Catering by Design was there.

Catering by Design came with a core team led by owner and Executive Chef Greg Lewis, Sales Manager Jen, and Event Coordinator Cheri. Here standing in front of an elegant and tasty display of Penne, Chicken Marsala, a Catering-by-Design specialty, and assorted breads and dips. Everything freshly made from scratch. (Click Chicken Marsala Recipe and you’ll find Chef Greg Lewis’ very popular recipe.)

The Oaks at Salem includes a beautiful grand residence.

The Oaks at Salem includes a beautiful grand residence.

The setting at The Oaks at Salem is stunning. A big beautiful, elegant white home with a pretty porch and grand entrance.  A large property with big wide oaks and a pond. Plenty of parking. An absolutely lovely spot for a wedding or wedding reception.

Two large oaks in the front of the property. A large oak on the right side next to the pond.

There were dozens of vendors for all kinds of services, jewelry, wedding planners, invitations, mortgages, realtors, dentists (have to have your best smiles for the wedding photos), another caterer, photographers and more. Luster Studios posted a collection of photos from the event on their Facebook Page.

There's a bench and stretch of lawn along side the pond at The Oaks at Salem

There's a bench and stretch of lawn along side the pond at The Oaks at Salem

Guests, engaged couples and parents or friends, wandered through the house, talking with vendors about their services, and stopping to taste Catering by Design’s fresh food.

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We’re Catering by Design and we would love to cater your wedding. 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 for your next event. (919) 481-2366. Find out how we can help you have a terrific time and happy guests at your next event. To see a list of all the many dozens of venues where we cater throughout central North Carolina, visit this blog post, Wedding Venues in the Greater Raleigh Area.

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Raleigh Catering at the NC Sports Hall of Fame

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Raleigh Catering Services

We love catering at Raleigh’s important historic sites. The NC Museum of History is one of them, and that’s where the NC Sports Hall of Fame is.

Every year the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame inducts new members at an awards event held at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.

We were honored when the Executive Director, Don Fish, asked that we come take care of the catering in a style befitting this event.

The excitement includes an exclusive awards dinner and a special awards event. People who have made sports history for North Carolina are chosen for inclusion into the NC Sports Hall of Fame. It’s a big deal for the winners, their families, friends and the sports players they worked with during their careers.

You can read about the 2011 inductees into the NC Sports Hall of Fame:
Larry Lindsey– Coaching
Gene Overby – Media
Ricky Proehl – Football
Dale Jarrett – Motorsports
Jerry Tolley – Coaching
Al Proctor – Sports Medicine
Tom Parham – Coaching

Catering by Design was proud this year to get a call from the Hall of Fame Executive Director Don Fish, asking us deliver what we do best for the actual awards event. (See our video about Catering in Raleigh at the NC Sports Hall of Fame.)

We had a a carving station. Seasonal fruit and a cheese ball with crackers. Various appetizers, including breads and spreads. And a plentiful dessert table.

In honor of one of the inductees, Dale Jarrett, the Winston Cup NASCAR Champion in 1999, and a 3 time Daytona 500 winner, who has his own line of food, we had a special section. There were Junior Johnson brand Pork Skins. Biscuits with ham and egg. Hot dogs.

Here’s a three minute video of photos from the NC Sports Hall of Fame 2011 Annual Awards Ceremony in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Chef Greg Lewis: “Events like these with the NC Sports Hall of Fame are exciting for us, for me, as well as the Catering by Design team. It’s fun to be there where things are happening. And we do pride ourselves in going the extra mile with service – keeping a constant eye out to anticipate what guests need before they have to ask.”

Have you been down Raleigh to the NC Sports Hall of Fame where you can touch North Carolina sports history up close?

Living in North Carolina, we have a lot to be proud of whether we were born here or moved here.

(Updated August 24, 2011)

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BBQ Catering in Raleigh

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Looking for BBQ catering (barbeque catering) for delivery in Raleigh, Catering by Design makes excellent BBQ that delights customers.

A number of the weddings we cater each year request BBQ as part of their wedding dinner, and we always hear how much people love it!

Want to order BBQ for your next event – a corporate gathering, a family reunion, or whatever you have in mind, call us now, and tell us what you’d like.

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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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Best Catering in Raleigh

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Catering by Design Dinner Buffet with Fresh Greens

Catering by Design Dinner Buffet with Fresh Greens

When you’re planning your wedding, or your parents’ fiftieth anniversary party, or your daughter’s college graduation party, you want to know you’re getting the best catering your money can buy.

Catering by Design is one of the best catering services in the greater Raleigh area, in great demand, and able to deliver exactly the level of service you’re looking for.

With over thirty years of experience in fine cuisine, our team can create and deliver whatever you need for your event.

Call us and tell us what you want. When you’re looking for the best catering around, look to Catering by Design.

We’re Catering by Design and we would love to cater your wedding. 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 for your next event. (919) 481-2366. Find out how we can help you have a terrific time and happy guests at your next event. To see a list of all the many dozens of venues where we cater throughout central North Carolina, visit this blog post.

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Catering by Design – Offering the best in quality catering in the greater Raleigh area of North Carolina.

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Catering by Design Delighted Guests at Raleigh Chamber Event

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Exhibit Resources CEO Lana Callaway, stands with Catering by Design CEO Chef Greg Lewis

Exhibit Resources CEO Lana Callaway, stands with Catering by Design CEO Chef Greg Lewis

We’re delighted to report that Catering by Design, co-sponsored the May after-hours event of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, with Exhibit Resources near Brier Creek in Raleigh, NC. We provided the food, drinks and servers, and Lana Callaway of Exhibit Resources provided the space and prizes in conjunction with their 20th anniversary.

Marinated vegetables were a big hit at the Raleigh Chamber After Hours Event
Chef Greg Lewis serves filet mignon to a guest at the Raleigh Chamber's May 2011 after hours event.
Chef Greg Lewis serves filet mignon to a guest at the Raleigh Chamber’s May 2011 after hours event.

When we sponsor an event by donating our catering services, in this case including servers and carving stations, it’s an opportunity for us to shine at what we do. Catering by Design makes it easy for our customers to have a wonderful time, with plenty of food and refreshments.

At this Raleigh Chamber event, we brought a bar with beer and wine, a filet mignon serving station, an appetizers station, and a dessert station. It was wonderful to see how many guests were coming back for seconds on the filet mignon and marinated vegetables!

Albert, a bartender for Catering by Design, answers a guest's question
Albert, a bartender for Catering by Design, answers a guest’s question

As sponsors, we got to showcase our food, our displays, our servers and our helpful and attentive style.

Greg  got to network, while carving filet mignon with a bun and Horseradish or Whole Grain Mustard sauce or Balsamic Onion Marmalade.

Over twenty people asked about our catering services, out of a hundred guests, which confirms that we made an impression.

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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