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Planning a Wedding? Here’s a Timeline

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC

Want a quick timeline for arranging a wedding? Here’s ours.

Before Choosing a Date

  • Find out if your desired dates are available for:
    • Your wedding venue
    • Your reception hall
    • Your caterer
    • Your musician

Start 12 – 18 months ahead

  • Choose and reserve the venue of your choice for:
    • Your wedding ceremony
    • The rehearsal dinner
    • The wedding reception

9 – 12 months ahead

  • Begin catering arrangements for the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception / dinner
  • Choose your photographer
  • Choose (and order) your wedding dress (and any alterations)
  • Choose your bridesmaid dresses (if they need to be made, or ordered in different sizes)
  • Start shopping for:
    • Florists
    • Musicians (or DJs)
    • Cake Bakeries

4 – 5 months ahead

  • Make guest lists for the rehearsal dinner and reception
  • Choose invitations and order them
  • Make arrangements for a tuxedo (buy, rent, alter)
  • Make hotel reservations for out of town guests

2 – 3 months ahead

  • Mail out invitations
  • Arrange limousine service

1 – 2 months ahead

  • Confirm rehearsal dinner venue
  • Finalize menu and room set-up with caterer
  • Confirm music list with the musicians or D.J.
  • Confirm all other arrangements


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: Spinach Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette

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

For a cool refreshing summer salad from Catering by Design in the Raleigh area of North Carolina!

Let’s start with the vinaigrette.

Citrus Vinaigrette

Combine in a bowl:

  • 1/2 cup Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Fine Chopped Shallot
  • 1 Clove Fine Chopped Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Squeezed OJ
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbls Chopped Fresh Chives

Whisk together…

  • Add 1 cup Olive Oil Slowly while whisking
  • Season with Salt and Pepper

Serve with this Spinach Salad

Ingredients

  • 8 oz of Fresh Spinach (baby spinach if you can)
  • 1 pint of Sliced Strawberries
  • Toasted Pine Nuts to taste
  • 2 Oranges
  • A Handful of Crumbled Feta, or Blue Cheese, or Chicken

Steps

  • Cheese or Chicken as much as you like
  • Place Fresh Spinach in a salad bowl
  • Add Strawberries, Toasted Pine Nuts, and Fresh Orange Segments
  • Add Crumbled Feta or Blue Cheese or Chicken

Recipe prepared by Chef Gregory Lewis owner of Catering by Design.

Chef Greg Lewis graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY, in 1986. He has been cooking for 27 years and has been in Bon Appetite, Gourmet and Ristorante Magazine. Greg and the Catering by Design team love catering events throughout the Triangle and beyond.

Call Catering by Design at 919-481-0883 for your next event.

We love what we do, and you will too!

Raleigh NC's Catering by Design Wins Best Caterer Award for 2012

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What Does a Wedding Cost in the Raleigh Area?

Posted in: Wedding Venues

The first time in planning a wedding can be overwhelming. So many different things to plan for. Guests. Hotels. Wedding site. Rehearsal dinners. Wedding reception. Caterer. Music. Flowers. Wedding Dress. Tuxedo. Brides maids dresses. Gifts. Invitations. Honeymoon. Menu. Wedding Cake.

Here are some ranges for prices in the Raleigh North Carolina area.

Cakes run between $3.50 – $10 a person.

DJ‘s run between $600 and $2500. (Hire someone who does it for a living)

Flowers cost between $25 a bouquet or boutonnieres up to $250 and more for centerpieces.

Catering costs $15/person and up for drop off  service with no servers

$30/person with a server all the way up to

$150/person for full service and the best in fine food.

Wedding reception venues can be as inexpensive as a park rental, to under $1000 for the Lions’ Club up to $8000 for a very elegant location. Click here for a great list of local venues where we’ve catered weddings.

Tables cost between $8 – 12 each for rental.

Chairs are between $1.50 to $13 depending on how fancy they are.

Place settings start at $1.50 for disposable up to $15.00/person.

Photographers start at $800 for the most basic service up to $5,000 and more.

At Catering By Design, we can help you plan your whole wedding, or work with your wedding planner, whatever way you prefer. We will work within your budget. If you’re looking to keep your costs down, the more your family and friends are willing to help, the lower the expense will be. You can even get catering for $12 / person.

If you’re looking to go all out, we can also provide that for you.

Call us at Catering By Design and tell us what you’d like to do. 919-481-2366.


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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Name Your Cuisine

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC

Catering By Design literally can deliver whatever kind of cuisine you’re looking for.

Any cuisine?

Yes just about any cuisine! And we also do themes.

We’ve cooked family recipes for a South Asian family, after the bride’s mother came in our kitchen and showed us how they did it.

Cooking with Kosher food.

Vegetarian and macrobiotic cooking.

Asian cooking – Chinese, Japanese. We’ve prepared sushi.

Irish.

German.

Italian – of course we do Italian! Here are our Italian lunch buffet menus.

Russian.

Sri Lankan.

Kenyan.

Nigerian.

Brazilian.

Cajun.

Jamaican. Check out our Caribbean menu, #38.

English with yorkshire pudding.

Indian.

Bar food with a bar.

Desserts and coffee.

A movie theater setup.

Western food with carving stations.

Tropical menus with a cruise ship theme.

Casino night.

Monte Carlo night.

What kind of cuisine or theme would you like for your event?


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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Whatever Event You’re Planning, Catering By Design Can Cater

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC

At Catering By Design we cater all kinds of events:

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Holiday parties support team moral in business

  • Christening Catering
  • Catering for Showers
  • Catering for Open Houses
  • Grand Openings Catering
  • Catering Anniversary Parties
  • Catering for Funerals
  • Brunch Catering
  • Post Wedding Party Catering
  • Rehearsal Dinner Catering
  • Catering for Family Reunions
  • Bat / Bar Mitzvah Catering
  • Holiday Party Catering
  • Catering for Happy Hours at Hotels

    Let us cater your corporate party

    Let us cater your corporate party

  • Catering for Art Shows
  • Catering for Wedding Dinners
  • Catering for Wedding Receptions
  • Birthday Parties
  • Catering for Conferences
  • Business Meeting Catering
  • Golf Tournament Catering
  • Sports Catering
  • House Warming Parties
  • Victory Parties after Elections

If you don’t see your event here, give us a call, or email us and let us know. We’ll add it to our list. And best of all, talk to us, we’ve got the flexibility and creativity to make things happen!

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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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The Team at Catering By Design

Posted in: Apex Catering Services, Cary Catering Services, Catering in Raleigh NC, Fuquay Varina Catering Services, Garner Catering Services, Holly Springs Catering Services, Raleigh Catering Services
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Award-winning catering at Catering by Design.

At Catering By Design – it’s all about teamwork. Working together closely as a team we can deliver excellent food and exceptional service. That’s what we do.

Though people may want to focus on the founder of Catering By Design, Greg Lewis, he  is the first to say – it’s our people who make us look good.

Lewis, an executive chef by profession, built the organization from the ground up, slowly, with care, focused on the quality of our employees, the quality of their training, the quality of our food and our service. That’s him with the dark jacket and glasses in the awards photo.

That spirit is the way we do things.

And we know it works. Our people stay with us. Because we treat them right, and each other right, it’s natural to turn around and treat our customers right.

Catering by Design’s chef is Chef Luis Compos who  has been with Catering By Design since its start in 2000, working his way up and earning his position as Chef. (Right in the awards photo.) 

Jen Henley, Sales Manager, Catering by Design

Jen Henley

Our operations manager is Steve Zapadinsky (left in the awards photo). Steve has been in the food industry for years and worked as manager of large restaurants, as well as in food sales. Steve liked his weekly if not daily visits to Catering By Design, so when they mentioned they had an opening, he jumped at it. Steve orders all the food and beverages, organizes each event and ensures that all the right equipment is available for each order.

Albert and Jim serving at the bar for a Raleigh Chamber Event

Albert and Jim

Our catering sales manager is Jen Hernley, (she’s the one with the long hair!).  Jen also has been with us for a long time, and she loves her job. She helps customers plan their catering orders and events, working on their budget, menu selection, timing and any other special needs. She’s organized, knowledgeable and effective.

Kelli and Amanda are part of the catering team also, and you may be talking with one of them when you call, or when you get a delivery. Both bring such a positive can-do attitude that we’re getting great thank you notes!

We have several event coordinators. Cheri Matisuf works in the office as well as serving food. Steve Gade and Steve Lombardo do delivery, setup, serving and cleanup.

We have dozens of other team members who work events with us, so we can scale up or down as we need for whatever events we are asked to cater. To our left Albert and Jim are serving drinks at a Raleigh Chamber of Commerce after hours event.

Below, is our team at the SAS Golf Championships at Prestonwood. We’ve been hosting several hospitality suites at the annual championships each year in the fall.

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Our team at the SAS Gold Championship 18th Hole – during set up. (We changed our clothes when it was time for guests.)

The people in our business are in it because they love it. They love to interact with people, to be of service, to keep an eye out for everyone’s well being, and deliver with a smile.

We make a great team. We all pitch in. We cross train. We help each other out. It’s part of what we like about working together, and it shows in how we serve our customers.

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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Need to Cater a Big Event? Questions to Ask a Caterer

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC

Choosing a caterer for a big event? Do you know what questions to ask? You might think of some of these, but others you may not know to ask, if you’re not in the catering business. Here are the questions we suggest.

  • How long have you been in business?
    • This will let you know how much experience they have.
  • Are you licensed and insured?
    • Why do you need to know if your caterer is licensed and insured? Some venues require it. In North Carolina it is illegal for a caterer to work out of a home. Your caterer must be in an approved and inspected facility. Only cake bakers are exempt.
  • What venues have you been approved to cater in?
    • If your caterer isn’t approved for the venues you’re considering, you’ll have to get a different caterer, or choose a different venue.
  • When do you require payment?
    • Paying 50 – 70 percent is normal, with the balance due the day of the event. We don’t recommend paying in full up front.
  • Do you help with other aspects of event planning?
    • With so many arrangements to coordinate for a big event, it can be very helpful to have another partner to ensure that everything goes as planned.
  • What other resources do you bring to the table?
    • When you work with a full service catering company your options are greatly expanded. From renting tents, bringing in specialized entertainment, providing whatever kind of decorations and setup you’d like, a full service catering company really expands your options.


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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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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