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2015 Wedding Tech Trends

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We love to write about all the glamorous wedding things. All that shines, and is pretty just appeals to us. Today we’re going to focus on something a little different. This post will still discuss some of the hottest new wedding trends for 2015, but from a technology perspective. You’ll love all the new ideas and gadgets that will help make your wedding day one to remember for the ages. For the best Cary wedding catering, look no further than Catering By Design. We’ve been serving up smiles across the Triangle for decades. Call us today and see why we’re an award winning catering company in Cary NC.

Drones and GoPros

Drones could be a really big trend this year for professional wedding photographers. Using a drone will allow you to capture every angle possible of your wedding and reception. The aerial shots of your wedding will definitely set your video and pictures apart from all the standard and boring set shots. Another idea we just love is getting in on the GoPro craze. Attach one of these mini-cameras to a selfie-stick and you have the perfect mobile photo booth. You can get extremely creative with a GoPro and use them extensively during the reception.


If you really do not have money in your budget for a wedding DJ, or band, how about going DIY with Spotify? Spotify is software that you download on to a computer, tablet, or smartphone that allows users to connect to thousands of songs from their favorite artists. You can easily create your own playlists so you can hear exactly what you want at your wedding, all you need is a sound system and somewhere to plug in your device. Spotify Premium can be purchased for $9.99 a month and then your playlists won’t be reliant on Wi-Fi. If you think planning your music will be a chore, then crowdsource from your family and friends for songs you should play – just be sure to mix in some of your own favorites.

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There’s an App for That

Long gone are the days of having to have all of your bridesmaids together to complete your DIY wedding tasks. Lots of brides are now using planning and organizing apps like TaskRabbit that can help you get all the little things taken care of. Another great app for brides and grooms to consider is TouristEye, it can help plan your honeymoon itinerary. Also consider ride services like Uber and Lyft. Uber and Lyft can sometimes be cheaper for your out-of-town guests than taking taxis.

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Catering By Design is your go-to Cary wedding catering company for all of your wedding reception needs. From large gatherings, to small and intimate settings, our menus will blend perfectly with your wedding theme. We offer FREE menu tastings so brides should call us today to schedule a tasting. Give as a ring, and find out for yourself how good our food really tastes.

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Bed, Bath & Beyond’s Rock Your Registry Event

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We had the lovely pleasure of displaying some of our favorites from our very own wedding menu over the weekend at Bed Bath & Beyond’s Rock Your Registry Event at their Cary, NC location at Crossroads Plaza. We were one of a select group of local vendors and corporate manufacturing reps that helped to answer all of the questions that the lucky brides and grooms had about making their big day, and new life, fabulous. Catering By Design was lucky enough to be chosen as the only food caterer at this year’s event with Gigi’s Cupcakes and The Freezing Pointe providing all of the sweet treats. I had a chance to sample the homemade Coffee Bean Crunch ice cream from The Freezing Pointe, and let me tell you, even on a cold night in January the ice cream was a huge hit with the entire crowd. Be sure to keep them in mind for a unique way to have dessert at your wedding.

The registry event was truly rocking with a DJ playing great tunes as the happy couples competed in a dance-off for some amazing door prizes including Mikasa place settings and a Dyson vacuum cleaner.

We sprinkled this post with a few of our favorite pictures from Sunday night’s event, but to see the entire gallery, you’ll have to follow us on Pinterest. Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook. We’re always sharing helpful tips for arts and crafts, recipes, and fun family events that are easy on the budget.

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For the registry, we started out the guests on the lighter side with a beautiful array of Chilled Marinated Grilled Vegetables, with breads and gourmet crackers.

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Then the guests moved down to our homemade Hummus, Tomato Basil and Hot Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Dips that were served with a variety of Crispy Crostini, Crackers and Pita Points.

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On the heavier side, we served some of our most requested menu items. Our Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bites with Apricot Mustard Sauce are always a big hit and the miniature Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli had the crowd coming back for seconds, and even thirds.

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The star of our show was the Beef Wrapped Portobellos with Sesame Ginger Glaze. This heavy appetizer is one of our biggest crowdpleasers. I’m glad we were prepared for the hungry brides and grooms because we almost ran out of the tasty morsels. Just goes to prove how our food really speaks for itself.

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There is a reason we’re considered the best of the Cary wedding catering companies, and that’s because of our top notch customer services, affordable menus and great food and flavors. Brides, we offer FREE menu tastings whereas some of our competitors charge for this service. We let our food speak for us so come on down and schedule your tasting today.

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Eat These Foods for a Lucky New Year

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A lot of people like to ring in the New Year by having a traditional meal filled with foods that are supposed to bring good luck, health and fortune. We put together a list of our favorite good luck foods that you should prepare for your New Year’s feast. If you want to take this year off and spend more time with your family and friends, call Catering By Design and let us do all the work. Our Cary event catering menus are affordable and perfect for any size New Year’s party, large or small.

Greens – Greens are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve because of their color. Green, after all, is the color of money. Collard, mustard, and turnip greens are all acceptable, and yummy.

Beans And Peas – People also eat beans and peas for good fortune because they symbolize coins. In the United States, black-eyed peas are the traditional choice for New Year’s Eve.

Lentils – Lentils could have been grouped with the beans and pea category above but we chose to give them their own few lines. When you cook lentils, they plump up with water and this symbolizes growing wealth. They are also considered to be a good luck food in Hungary where they are typically used in soup recipes.

Noodles and Grains – Most noodles are long in length. This is a symbol for long life. In some cultures, slurping the noodles can even bring more good luck. Grains, like rice and barley symbolize abundance.

Cornbread – People eat cornbread on New Year’s Eve because of its golden color. Some people even add extra kernels of corn to represent golden nuggets.

Pork – Lots of people eat ham on New Year’s Eve because pigs are plump and they root forward.

Fruit – On New Year’s Eve in Mexico, people will eat a grape for each stroke of the clock at midnight. This represents each month of the year and if one of the grapes is sour or bitter then you’ll need to watch out for that month. Other lucky fruits include eating figs for healthy fertility and pomegranate seeds for prosperity.

Cake – For dessert, let them eat ring shaped cakes. Ring shaped cakes represent coming full circle.

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For your New Year’s Eve celebration this year, how about treating your friends and family to the best Cary event catering services? By calling Catering By Design, you get to take the night off and enjoy the festivities while we do all the work. About the only the thing better than our food, is the service and prices. Call us today to learn more.

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Help The Less Fortunate This Holiday Season

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The holidays are a magical time for most, but for some, they can be a hard and lonely time. As one of the top Cary catering companies, we hope that if you can this year, you decide to donate your money, time or unused canned goods and non-perishable food items to one of North Carolina’s many deserving nonprofit organizations. All across North Carolina, there will be families this holiday season that will not be able to even provide a hot meal for their loved ones. With your help, we can help change all of this.

We found a really comprehensive list of all the food donation pantries located around Raleigh that can really use your help this year: Food Pantry Donations. There are also some great organizations that help families in the Capital City, such as the Raleigh Rescue Organization, The Helping Hand Mission, The Food Bank Of North Carolina, and if you live outside of the Raleigh, Durham, Triangle area, here is an entire list of food pantries that will gladly accept your donations for the entire state of North Carolina: Food Donation Directory.

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Cary Catering Companies Helping The Less Fortunate

Donations of canned food, time and money are all appreciated at any of the fine locations listed above. Even if you cannot volunteer your time to help one of the organizations, there are still lots of other ways you can help out. You can organize a food drive, or several food drives. Have one at your office by setting up a few boxes in the break room, front office, or other gathering areas with a simple sign explaining the idea of collecting food for donations. Have a community food drive and encourage all of your neighbors to pitch in. Post a message on your community’s bulletin board, or contact your homeowner’s association and ask them for assistance. Maybe they can send out an email on your behalf with all the details of the event. If you have children, help them plan a food drive at school. You could talk to their teachers and principal for ideas on the best way to implement it so that all the students can be involved. The best items are canned vegetables, fruits and meats, peanut butter, pastas, baking ingredients and condiments such as ketchup and mustard.

This holiday season, we hope you find a way to give back to your community and help the less fortunate. We hope other Cary catering companies take notice of this post and follow our lead. We love giving back and helping others.

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Hockey Party Catering Tips

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In North Carolina, we are actually pretty crazy about our hockey. We’re so excited about another Carolina Hurricanes season and being big Caniacs! We get a lot of mild weather here in Caniac Country and that allows for some unique tailgating opportunities. Fans from opposing teams in colder climates are amazed at how our fans cook up feasts for hockey, like they do for other, more popular tailgates, like football. If you want to host a tailgate party, or have a hockey party at your home we can help. Catering By Design provides top notch Raleigh, Durham, and Cary event catering for all sporting events. Whether you need us to cook it all up and drop it off, or you want a full service catered affair, we can provide the best game day experience you and your fan friends have ever seen. The best part of our full service catering is that we do all the work. We cook the food, serve it, and clean up afterwards. That means you get to enjoy the game and be with your friends and family. If you want to host your own hockey party, here are some great food ideas to make sure your guests are happy, win or lose.

Pizza Pizza – Pizza is by far the easiest hockey party food to serve. Pizza is a great last minute option for your vegetarian friends. Pizza is also reliable because, who doesn’t like pizza? Take a look in your newspaper, or online for coupons to your favorite local pizza joint. You can make your own of course, but this could take a lot of time depending on your head count.

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Nachos – Another great hockey party food is nachos. This is a staple at every hockey arena in the country. Nachos are easy to make and you can create an interactive nacho bar with lots of great toppings. This is also another great idea for vegetarian friends attending your game. You can serve several different types of toppings including different types of salsas, chips, cheeses, meats, veggies, and don’t forget the jalapenos. If you really want to get creative, serve some mini quesadillas.

Buffalo Wings – This might be my personal favorite game day food, period. No matter what sport you’re tailgating for, buffalo wings will be hit. You can go big, bold and spicy or keep it mild, sweet and smokey. Or, all of the above. If you’re going to serve something really spicy, make sure to have something mild for those that cannot handle the heat. Be sure to have plenty of napkins and hand wipes for your guests as wings can get a little messy.

Don’t Forget The Beer – No hockey party is complete without beer – just make sure to drink responsibly and have some nonalcoholic beverages as well.

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At Catering By Design, we cater all types of events and we love feeding the fans of our favorite teams in the Triangle. Whether you’re watching a Sunday NFL game, taking in a college basketball game, or watching the Durham Bulls, we’re ready to take care of all of your special event catering needs. Our menus are fully customizable and affordable. Call us today to learn more.

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Catering by Design on Social Media

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When you’re learning about different catering companies to consider for your wedding, or anniversary or business event, don’t you find it helpful to see pictures showing the caterers in action – where they cater, what they serve, what they look like, how much they show on social media.

At Catering by Design our focus is on you – helping you know what’s possible and giving you what you want for your budget and vision.

We’ve invested to be able to show you what we’re doing. See for yourself. Click on the images to visit the different sites.


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Catering by Design on YouTube

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Call to find out what Catering By Design can do for you on your very special day.

Call us at 919-481-2366 and ask us about catering your wedding.

Catering By Design is a full service caterer. We work with weddings both large and small, casual or extraordinarily elegant. We make everything about your event smooth and wonderful! Find out just how easy we make it.

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Raleigh NC's Catering by Design Wins Best Caterer Award for 2012
Raleigh NC’s Catering by Design Wins Best Caterer Award for 2012
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Sports Event Catering: SAS Golf Championship

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Are you ready for a fun filled weekend with golf, great weather and something for every member of the family?

Directions at the Golf Course at Prestonwood, Cary NC

A multi-directional sign at the Prestonwood Country Club Golf Course

Every October, Prestonwood Country Club in Cary hosts the annual SAS Golf Championship. This year’s event, coming up this Friday- Sunday, October 5-7th, will feature six more former champions to the 2012 course!

D.A. Weibring (2003), Craig Stadler (2004), Hale Irwin (2005), Tom Jenkins (2006), Mark Wiebe (2007), Tom Pernice, Jr. (2009) and Russ Cochran (2010) will join already-announced 2011 champion Kenny Perry at the Prestonwood Country Club.

This marks the third year that Catering by Design has provided catering services for this grand event! Catering by Design will be catering at the Eagle’s Nest VIP lounge on Hole #17 and the 18th Hole trophy tent.

Spectators at one of the holes on the Prestonwood Golf Course

Chef Greg Lewis comments, “We are so pleased to be serving some of the best champions in golf history along with community guests and attendees.”

Catering by Design will be serving a main course lunch along with some flavorful snacks to nibble on for the afternoon!

Over 400 guests are expected to attend, and this exciting event is fun for the whole family. Are you interested in attending? Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.


Catering by Design is one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We’re a full service caterer for weddings, sports events, social occasions and corporate events, serving the full triangle and surrounding areas including 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 and find out how we can help you! (919) 481-2366.

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How to Choose a Caterer?

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One of the first posts on our Catering by Design blog in the fall of 2009 was about how to choose a caterer for special events. That was 2.5 years ago, so you might think that its content is outdated. The truth is it’s not. The basics of how people choose caterers for special events remains the same. Maybe a little more information finding is happening online. Maybe there are more directories which have reviews on caterers. But the basic ideas haven’t changed.

  1. Friends’ Recommendations. Number one way people choose caterers, is through recommendations. We want to know that someone we know has already had a positive experience with a caterer. Our friends’ recommendations hold the most weight.
  2. Vendor Recommendations. We at Catering by Design, often recommend vendors that can help our customers. We’ve worked with them. We’ve heard our customers talk about their experience, and want want you to be VERY happy with yours, so we will only recommend the ones we trust the most.
  3. Online Searches. Who doesn’t look online for products and services. Yellow Pages the ubiquitous books that many of us grew up depending on, have gone online as well. Searching online can supplement the recommendations of your friends. You can also gather more information. Since we each have different preferences for budgets, menus, style, and more, we’ll need to qualify our friends’ recommendations to our own needs and desires.

Looking online can be overwhelming because of how much information there is. There are dozens of directories that list caterers. You can choose by proximity to you. By the most reviews. By the look of their website. By the way they answer the phone, or how quickly they get back to you.

We think you should choose a caterer by a combination of these ways:

    • Ask your friends and family.
    • Ask a vendor you’ve already chosen for their recommendation.
    • Search online for additional information.
    • Study the caterer’s website. Do they give you enough information to make your decision? Answer your questions?
    • Review their social media sites and blog content. We invest time and money in our online content, because we know how important it is for you to be able to see more of what we do than can just be seen on a simple website, or in a brochure.
    • We also think you should go with a catering company that feels like a good fit for you. Gather all the information you can find, and then call or visit the caterers and see who you feel the most comfortable with, who respects and listens to your wishes.
    • You want to feel good about your choice, because you are trusting your caterer with your friends and family and business associates. Your events are important!


We’re Catering by Design, an award-winning wedding caterer, and one of the top caterers in the greater Raleigh area. Call and talk to us about your upcoming wedding and ask what we can do for you. Find out why our brides love us.
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Catering by Design Caters at All These Venues

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Catering by Design caters at over 70 venues all around the Triangle. Click on the red pins to see the venue name and contact information.

We’re Catering by Design, one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We’re a full service caterer, serving a full area as wide as 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.

What’s your next event? Call us and find out how we can help you. (919) 481-2366. Find out why our customers love us.

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Caribbean Birthday Party Celebration

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Catering by Design was honored to be chosen from among a dozen preferred caterers at One Eleven Place in Cary for a fabulous big birthday party with a Caribbean theme. The birthday celebrant is Nigerian and had friends from all over.

We are a full service caterer and can cater whatever food you are looking for in whatever venue you choose with as little as drop-off and as much as full fledged coordination and arranging of everything.

For this big birthday celebration, we worked closely with the sister of the “birthday girl” who lives out of state. We planned every aspect of the party with her, and created a wonderful tropical event. Guests came dressed in beautiful colors, children performed dances, the Island Music Trio performed island music complete with horns, and the scent of Caribbean food carried us away. You can’t help but be excited when you’re helping create big celebratory events like this.

(The Menu is below the Photo Gallery.)

Caribbean Themed Birthday Celebration Menu

Spinach Salad with Fresh Strawberries, Feta Cheese

Citrus Vinaigrette

Red Beans and Rice

Fried Plantains

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Saute’ Vegetables in Butter

Caribbean Jerk Chicken

Curried Goat

Teriyaki Salmon

Fried Dumplings

Pineapple and Cheese Cornbread

Key Lime Pies

We’re Catering by Design, one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We’re a full service caterer, serving a full area as wide as 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.

What’s your next event? Call us and find out how we can help you. (919) 481-2366. Find out why our customers love us.

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