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Join Us for a Wine-Tasting Dinner to Raise Funds for a Boys Orphanage in El Salvador

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Catering by Design to host Wine-Tasting Fundraiser Sunday Nov.  21, 2010

A Fundraiser Wine-Tasting Dinner for CISNA a Boy’s Orphanage in El Salvador

On Sunday November 21, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we are hosting a fine wine five course dinner as a fundraiser to help CISNA a boys orphanage in El Salvador. We are looking to raise several thousand dollars to help these boys.

We’ll start with hors d’oeuvre at 5 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

Click here to see the Menu.

$75 per person gives you a wonderful evening with a first class meal and excellent wines and a donation to help us help young boys we’ve come to know through mission work in El Salvador.

Join us and let’s start the season of giving thanks and giving together.

RSVP Now by Calling (919) 481-2366

If you’re on Facebook, “Like” our Page and show your support here on the event page.

Read a little about CISNA on our recent blog post.

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The Wine-Tasting Dinner Menu for the November 21 Fundraiser

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November 21, 2010

5 p.m. Hors D’Oeuvre

6 p.m. Dinner

RSVP (919) 481-2366


Crispy Wasabi Tuna

Shredded Beets and Chili Garlic Sauce

Wine Selection


Arugula, Citrus Vinaigrette

Roasted Apples, Garlic Walnuts

Toasted Montrachet Croustade

Wine Selection

2nd Appetizer

Wild Mushroom Ragout

Wilted Spinach, Crumbled Gorgonzola

Charred Tomato

Wine Selection

Main Course

Roasted Duck Breast

Sun Dried Cranberry Risotto, Mushroom Cigar

Rosemary Pear Sauce

Wine Selection


Chocolate Pate

Peanut Butter Mousse

Raspberry Coulis

Wine Selection

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About CISNA – A Government-Run Orphanage for Street Children (Boys).

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CISNA is an orphanage that Greg Lewis of Catering by Design visited on a mission trip to El Salvador. Located in San Salvador it houses about 120 boys.

Greg Lewis visited the orphanage on at least one of his mission trips earlier this year. “When I visited the orphanage, I looked right through those wires into the orphanage. As soon as we went in the kids were so hungry for attention, they were all over us wanting to play. You can’t help but want to do something more for them.”

Photo from CISNA Blog

Photo from CISNA Blog

Orphan Helpers staffs the CISNA orphanage and on their Website they write that CISNA stands for “Complejo de Integración Social para la Niñez y la Adolescencia” (Complex for the Social Integration of Children & Teenagers)

Here is the About CISNA blog for the organization.

We’ve added a few other related links.

Orphan Hepers’ CISNA Page.

Orphan Helpers that does work with CISNA created this video on YouTube.

Here’s a newspaper story about the orphanage in Spanish.

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Monthly Hot Meals for the Homeless in Moore Square

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC
Sponsors of The Church in the Woods Services Serve Food to the Homeless

The Church of the Woods offers services to the homeless throughout Wake County with food and support from local churches and communities.

The Raleigh, North Carolina based Church in the Woods has a mission to help the homeless in Raleigh, NC. It was their call to action to Triangle churches years back that led to our participating with Hope Chapel (Apex, NC) in cooking and donating hot food once a month in Moore Square.

For the past five years, on the 4th Saturday of the month, we at Catering by Design, have contributed hot meals that members of Hope Chapel served to homeless men and women in downtown Raleigh.

Back when we became part of it, very few churches were involved, and for years we could see and feel the difference we were making. Through the years since we began participating with Hope Chapel, many more communities have become involved, providing a much wider and stronger base of support.

Over the past year, the community at Hope Chapel began to feel it may be time to turn elsewhere in service work, and so, on the last Saturday in September, we prepared our last hot meal to give to the members of Hope Chapel to serve at Moore Square.

We’re grateful for the chance to have been of service, and especially would like to honor the Church in the Woods for their leadership in this important ministry.

For everything there is a time and a season. We know the immense value of helping others, and hope that all of us, especially as the season of giving approaches, will find ways that we can give back.

Catering by Design is still donating food weekly to the Church in the Woods, food that was not needed at the many events we cater each week.

To find out about helping the Church in the Woods, visit their How to Help page.

Hope Chapel has a Web site and a Facebook Page.

Catering by Design is located in Cary and also has a Facebook Page.
We are a full service caterer catering meals and events throughout the Triangle metropolitan area. Call (919) 481-2366 with your questions.

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“Our Small Ideas turn into Fabulously Planned Menus!”

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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!

12 Oaks NC

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Catering Golf Events? How about the SAS Championship

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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

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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

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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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