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“Our Small Ideas turn into Fabulously Planned Menus!”

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC

12OaksGreg & 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!

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Catering by Design Caters 12 Days at 12 Oaks Event Series

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Catering Golf Events? How about the SAS Championship

Posted in: Corporate Catering

We’ve had the opportunity to cater a number of golf related events, most recently breakfast, lunch and a fancy dinner for a golf tournament at the 12 Oaks Golf Club for 12 Days at 12 Oaks.

Usually these events are in a club house close to the golf course.

But we also do outdoor catering for golf events.
Last year, we were delighted to be chosen to cater the hospitality suites at the SAS Championship. We set up our tent on the grass behind the grandstand, staged all the food and drinks there, and then rode in golf carts, carefully, stopping when the Quiet sign was up, careful about all the visitors, delivering the food and drinks to elegant hospitality suites on the Prestonwood Country Club Golf Course.

Catering at the hospitality suites at the 18th Hole at the SAS ChampionshipYou can imagine how pleased we were to find out we were the finalist to cater this year’s championship event on the 10th Anniversary! See our press release about it.

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Full Service Catering – “12 Days at 12 Oaks” in Holly Springs

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Holly Springs Catering Services, Social Event Catering

We had a great time working with the Town of Holly Springs and the 12 Oak community development and golf course to cater most of the events at their 12 day extravaganza.

The events included:

  • The Town’s Annual Banquet
  • The 12 Oaks Golf Club Golf Tournament and reception
  • The Annual Partners Event with the Town’s Economic Development Department
  • An Open House at 12 Oaks with activities for children
  • An event for realtors and
  • A private 12 Oaks Golf Club Members Appreciation Dinner Reception
Catering by Design, Full Service Catering throughout The Triangle

The Town of Holly Spring Annual Banquet was a formal affair with the mayor and town officials.

The Golf Tournament breakfast and lunch were casual, ham and biscuit breakfast and BBQ for lunch. The Tournament Reception was formal.

The Annual Partners’ event was also formal.

For the Open House we provided all the children’s rentals, including face painters.

The Realtor’s Event included a 4 piece Jazz Band which we arranged. Some highlights of the menu were:

The Carving Station with Black Pepper and Coriander Crusted Filet Mignon and Mustard and Rosemary Baked Pork Loin.

Beef Wrapped Portabello with Sesame Ginger Sauce, and Crab Relish on Sun Dried Tomato Croustade

The 12 Oaks Golf Club Member Appreciation Dinner was again formal. Here are some highlights from that menu:

The Hors D’Oeuvres Buffet: Antipasti with Sliced Italian Meats, Marinated and Grilled Vegetables, Imported and Domestic Cheese Tray, Assorted Crackers and Sliced Breads

Pear and Brie filled Mini Pastry Cups

The 12 Day event series was an indoor outdoor event, with many of the events served without kitchens or running water.


Catering by Design – 919-481-2366.

What kind of events would you like to host? What’s your budget? Talk to us and let’s see what we can do for you. Call Chef Greg Lewis.

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For Parties in Your Own Home – The Benefits of Catering

Posted in: Social Event Catering

Purple Iris, Lovely in Spring WeddingsWhen there’s a special event that you want to host in your own home, and you want to fully enjoy it, instead of running around taking care of all the details, consider hiring your favorite caterer.

Here’s a note from one of Catering by Design’s customers, saying so clearly, what the benefits are of using a caterer for that special event in your own home.

Dear Catering by Design:

I couldn’t let today go by without dropping you a note expressing my deepest thanks!

Last night really was amazing…from your food to the service, a few words come to mind: Elegant, Professional & Delicious!

Everything went off without a hitch. The Bride and Groom and their families were blown away.

Bottom line, I couldn’t have done it without you and your staff. Steve, Cheri & Albert were simply wonderful. I will definitely request them again at our future functions. I didn’t have to raise a finger. They wanted to please not only me, but everyone at the party. They did you proud!

Finally, I was able to enjoy an event at my home, without being totally dead by the time it was over.

After the hours they put in last night, I know Steve, Cheri and Albert can’t say the same…they worked so hard.

I enjoyed having this party so much, that there is no doubt we will do many more…for our personal and business needs. Rest assured I will ONLY use Catering By Design.

Donna Sich
Manager, Floorazzo Tile, LLC
Siler City, NC 27344

This is the Catering by Design difference!

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Directions to Catering by Design in Cary

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC
Click on Map to Get Directions to 132 Kilmayne Drive from Google Maps

Click on Map to Get Directions to 132 Kilmayne Drive from Google Maps

If you’re meeting with the staff at Catering by Design to discuss your upcoming event, review choices for menus, table settings, decorations or more, you’ll want quick and easy directions to their restaurant location in Cary at 132 Kilmayne Drive.

When Catering by Design hosts wine tastings and dinners, these are usually held at their restaurant location as well. Put in your address and get step by step directions from your location to ours. Safe driving. (No texting please.)

Web site: www.catering-by-design.com

Our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/CateringbyDesignRTP

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Friday April 23, 2010 Wine Tasting and Dinner at Catering by Design

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC
Wine Tasting Dinner at Catering by Design

Wine Tasting Dinner at Catering by Design

A festive wine tasting and fancy dinner will be held on Friday April 23, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at Catering by Design’s dining room in Cary, North Carolina.

Wine connoisseur, Bill O’Neil will be entertaining and informing guests about the selected wines and their compatibility with the fine dinner menu. The price for the event is $50 per person before tax and gratuity.

The event will start with champagne in recognition of Catering by Design’s 10th anniversary!

The menu follows:


Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Napoleon
Sundried Tomato and Basil Coulis
Roasted Sweet Pepper Relish
Wine Selection


Baby Spinach
Citrus Vinaigrette
Sliced Strawberries, Orange Segments and Toasted Pine Nuts
Toasted Montrachet Croustade
Wine Selection

–2nd Appetizer–

House Made Lobster Ravioli
Saffron Cream, Wilted Mushroom and Herb Confit
Charred Tomato
Wine Selection

–Main Course–

Pan Roasted Pork Medallions
Gorgonzola Risotto and Mushroom Cigar
Marsala Rosemary Espresso Sauce
Wine Selection


Lemon Mascarpone Mousse with Sweet Honey Biscuit
Seasonal Berries Chantilly Cream
Minted Rum Anglaise
Wine Selection

Reservations can be made at 919-481-2366. Join us for a delightful evening.

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Catering by Design’s Ten Years of Service

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Corporate Catering, Holly Springs Catering Services, Wedding Venues

Celebrating 10 Years of Service

March 6, 2010 marks Catering by Design’s 10th anniversary.

We’ve had ten good years. We’ve been part of very important events in people’s lives. We’ve helped businesses take care of their employees and customers with meals and break food. We’ve served lunch to hundreds of school children.

We’ve worked with thousands of customers through Weddings, B’nai Mitzvah’s, Conferences, Annual Banquets, Picnics, Anniversaries, Awards Dinners, Fairs, Business Meetings, Annual Parties, Birthdays, you name it, and we’ve probably done it.

We are proud to have reached this milestone, proud also that some of the staff who started with us ten years ago are still working with us. “Chef Luis Compos, for example,” said our owner, Greg Lewis, “started washing dishes. He was interested in the business and because we cross train, he had the opportunity to work just about every job there was. When he showed a strong interest in cooking, he trained with me to become a chef. I’m very proud of him and his work.”

Catering by Design’s Operations Manager is Steve Zapadinsky. He arranges the events, orders everything, handles all equipment and oversees loading of the vans.

Jen Hernley is Catering by Design’s Sales Manager. When you want to talk with us about a catering event, Jen is the one you’ll make an appointment with and then meet in person. She handles the event budget, the selection process for the menu and anything else we are asked to do, including any special needs.

We have a number of event coordinators who actually manage the events on site: Cheri Matisuf, Steve Gade and Steve Lombardo. They are reliable and thorough, and take care of Catering by Design’s customers at the event sites.

Earlier this year, the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce selected Catering by Design as their Small Business of the Year Award for outstanding service to the community and chamber.

We’re thankful for the past ten years, for our team and our customers. Here’s to the next ten!

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Catering by Design Awarded Small Business of the Year

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Holly Springs Catering Services

Chef Greg Lewis of Catering by Design accepted the Small Business of the Year Award from the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce at a banquet held at the Crabtree Marriott in Raleigh.

A couple of hundred guests enjoyed dinner and watching the recognition awards.

Chef Greg Lewis Accepts Small Business of the Year Award

The Director of the Chamber of Commerce began speaking about a business that had given a great deal throughout the year, supporting the Chamber and local businesses on many different occasions.

“The Small Business of the Year award goes to that man right there,” announced the Director pointing to one of the guests, “Greg Lewis of Catering by Design.”

Greg was very surprised, and honored! True to who he is, he immediately says, “It’s my staff who have earned this award. They are the ones who deliver the service: we have four excellent chefs and a staff that helps prepare, deliver, do set-up and serve at our many events throughout the greater Raleigh area.”

Catering by Design has catered many annual banquets, member appreciation events and other chamber events over the past few years for the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce and other local chambers of commerce.

We’re proud of our Chef Greg Lewis! And we’re proud that Catering by Design is an award-winning caterer!

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