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What’s in Season? December 2018 Fruits and Veggies

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We’ve entered into the month of December. The holiday season is now upon us! It’s a magical time of the year in the Triangle area. And from the mountains to the coast, the residents of North Carolina are putting up holiday lights and decorations, lighting the menorah, and trimming Christmas trees. During the holiday season most people eat a lot of good food while visiting with family and friends. That why today’s post will cover all everyone’s favorite fruits and vegetables that are currently in season for December in the Triangle area. Please remember that if you have a holiday event coming up and need affordable holiday catering in Raleigh NC, calling Catering by Design will save you time and money. We have the best holiday menu selections and delivery options in the Triangle!

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Winter and Holiday Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Below you will find the list of fruits and vegetables you can expect to find at your local grocery stores or farmer’s markets during the months of December and January in and around North Carolina. However, depending on where the produce is grown, all produce ripens differently. That means that some items might not yet be available if they have not yet hit their peak:

Fruits

  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Grapefruit
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Pomegranate
  • Pecans
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Tangelos
  • Clementines
  • Lemons

Veggies

  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Cabbages
  • Rutabaga
  • Winter squash
  • Belgian Endive
  • Cauliflower
  • Radish
  • Fennel
  • Collard Greens
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Sweet Potato
  • Bok Choy

There are also other winter vegetables available. These include carrots, broccoli, leeks, mushrooms, radish and radicchio, and lots more. We hope this post will help you plan the best meals for your friends and family this winter. Please visit back with our blog soon for great recipes, food and cooking tips, and more.

Affordable Holiday Catering in Raleigh for Winter Events

If you are looking for reliable holiday catering in Raleigh for your next event, please call Catering by Design today. Our team of highly trained professionals is ready to take your call to schedule your service today. We are an award winning catering company that can handle holiday, business, or social events of any size, and we have menus for all budgets.

Are you planning a wedding this winter? Brides and grooms will love our free menu tastings. This is a free service we offer that most of our competitors charge for. Please click here to check out our menus, or call us today with any questions or to ask about our specials!

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More Creepily Delicious Halloween Recipes

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Halloween fun can last for the entire month of October! That’s why we are back with more great recipes for you to try out with your friends and family. In our last post we highlighted sweet treats, side items, and entrees for your Halloween party or dinner planning. Today’s post will offer a few more great ideas to add to your Halloween menu. If you’re searching for affordable Raleigh catering for an upcoming fall or winter event, call Catering by Design. You’ll love our food, service, and incredible prices.

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More Fun Halloween Recipes

Halloween Stuffed Peppers

This easy recipe comes from Citronlimette.com. Use bright orange, red, or yellow bell peppers to make little jack-o’-lanterns and stuff them with seasoned beef, rice, onion, and tomato based pasta sauce.

Black Magic Halloween Cocktail Recipe

For the adults this creepy cocktail recipe will be a big hit. It’s also super easy to make with only a few ingredients. It does call for black vodka, however. If you cannot find black vodka, or have a brand you prefer to use, you can easily make it with a little food coloring.

Witch Fingers

This scary cookie recipe will be a huge hit. After all, they look like severed witches’ fingers, which is perfect for Halloween. They also taste great! This recipes makes between 25 – 30 cookies and will take about 40 minutes of total time.

Caramel Apple Pie Shot

Here’s another adult only drink recipe. This Caramel Apple Pie Shot recipe will be a big hit with all the ladies at your Halloween party. The items used in this recipe are all about fall and winter flavors so you can use this one throughout the entire holiday season. These shots are super easy to make and do not have that strong alcohol taste.

If you’re looking for more ideas on what kind of fun Halloween recipes to try jump back to our last post. For the best catering in the Triangle at the best prices, keep reading to learn more about how Catering by Design can help you save time and money.

The Best Raleigh Catering for Fall and Winter

Catering by Design offers the best Raleigh catering services in the area. We have great menus that will fit any sized budget or type of event. We specialize in family, social, community, and corporate events as well as wedding receptions, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. You can also customize your catering menu, truly making your event “catering by your design.”

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Avoid Wearing These Halloween Costumes at All Costs

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Halloween can be just as much fun for adults as it is for kids. Many companies allow their employees to dress up on the big day. You may have Halloween costume parties to attend as well. Don’t ruin the fun this year by wearing a costume that will come back to haunt you. Wearing a rude or distasteful costume could upset your friends, family, or employer. Below is a list of costumes you’ll want to avoid wearing. If you have a holiday event coming up and need affordable Raleigh NC holiday catering in 2018, please call Catering by Design. You’ll love our holiday menu selections. We offer the best prices and customer service in the Triangle!

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Culturally Insensitive Costumes

Be mindful that dressing up like someone from another culture is racially insensitive. Avoid dressing up like an Arab, Native American, Eskimo, Hispanic, geisha, etc. While you might think it’s cute or funny, others might really be offended.

Sexy Version of Anything

This one is mainly for those that get to dress up at work. Keep in mind that you’re still at work and dressing up as a sexy police offer, a sexy firefighter, etc., might get you in trouble with human resources. Don’t get fired over Halloween.

Blackface

Do not alter your face to portray someone from another race. This is generally used to portray African Americans and it’s highly racially insensitive.

Homeless Person

It’s really not funny to dress up as a homeless person. Homelessness is a serious issue in the United States and shouldn’t be laughed at.

Body Shaming Costumes

Avoid wearing costumes that allude to body shaming. Any costume that means wearing a fat suit really isn’t acceptable.

In closing, just use common sense with your costumes when dressing up this year. We hope you have a wonderfully fun and safe Halloween in 2018!

Affordable Raleigh Holiday Catering for 2018

If you are looking for reliable Raleigh holiday catering for your next event, please call Catering by Design today. Our team of highly trained professionals is ready to take your call to schedule your service today. We are an award winning catering company that can handle holiday, business, or social events of any size, and we have menus for all budgets.

Planning a fall or winter wedding? Brides and grooms will love our free menu tastings. This is a free service we offer that most of our competitors charge for. Please click here to check out our menus, or call us today with any questions or to ask about our specials!

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More 2018 Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

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Halloween is an exciting time of the year for most kids and parents. Decorating the house, dressing up in costumes, and trick-or-treating are things we all look forward to each fall. This year, be sure to keep it safe and fun with these helpful tips. If you have an event coming up and need great tasting Raleigh holiday catering with affordable prices, Catering by Design can help! You’ll love our holiday menu selections, prices, and our unbeatable customer service.

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Drive with Caution

If you are going to be driving through neighborhoods at peak trick-or-treating time you should slow down and pay extra attention to what’s going on around you. Be on the lookout for children wearing dark colored costumes that might be hard to see. Watch for adults and kids walking near the streets. Also be ready to react to kids darting out in front of you from the sidewalk areas.

Be Mindful of the Candy You Give Out

If you’re handing out candy to trick-or-treaters be aware of any dangers involved. Try not to give out anything that could become a choking hazard to younger children, like jawbreakers and Gobstoppers. Also avoid passing out candy with peanuts in it, like some candy bars and packs of peanut M & Ms, to reduce of the risk of triggering an allergic reaction.

Always Check Your Child’s Candy

At the end of the night you should check and sort your child’s candy. Trash any candy that’s opened, looks like it has been opened, or if the candy is not in its original wrapper. Be wary of any homemade treats and candies. Only let your child eat them if they came from someone you trust and know.

If you’d like to read more Halloween safety tips, be sure to visit back with our last post.

The Best 2018 Raleigh Holiday Catering

If you are looking for reliable Raleigh holiday catering for an upcoming event, please call Catering by Design today. Our team of highly trained professionals is ready to take your call and schedule your service today. We are an award winning catering company that can handle holiday, business, or social events of any size, and we have menus for all budgets. Don’t need full service catering? Ask about our delivery options. This is an amazing alternative when you do not need a full staff.

Planning a winter wedding and reception? Brides and grooms will love our free menu tastings. This is a free service we offer that most of our competitors charge for. Please click here to check out our menus, or call us today with any questions or to ask about our specials!

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Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips for Halloween 2018

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In just a few weeks the streets will be filled with superheroes, ghosts, firefighters, witches, and princesses in search of candy and treats. That’s right! Halloween is right around the corner. Over the course of our next few posts we’ll be outlining some key safety tips to make sure this year’s trick-or-treating will be safe and enjoyable for everyone. If you have an upcoming event and need affordable holiday catering in Raleigh, call the experts at Catering by Design. We offer many different awesome menu selections, highly affordable prices, and unbeatable customer service.

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2018 Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Keep It Familiar

As a parent, you want your kids to have a fun trick-or-treating adventure. To keep it safe and fun, stick with what you know. Don’t risk going into neighborhoods that you aren’t familiar with. You’ll eventually lose time for your kids by trying to figure out where to go and what routes to take. This will make you stressed out and your kids will be upset as well.

Going into a unfamiliar neighborhoods could also pose some safety risks as well. Do not venture into high-crime neighborhoods. Here’s a great resource to see what kinds of crimes are happening in your local neighborhoods. Just type in the street name, city, and state to get the information. You should also avoid houses that do not have a porch light on as well as dimly lit areas.

Go with Your Younger Kids

If you have younger kids you’ll want to go out walking with them. This will allow you to keep them from darting out into the middle of the street in front of a car. You’ll also be able to protect them from older kids that might be into bullying. Also, be sure to stay on the sidewalks at all times and avoid walking in the middle of the street if possible.

If you have older kids then you can give them a little more freedom, especially if they’re going out with friends. However, be sure to set boundaries. Make sure your older child either has a phone or will be with someone with a phone in case of an emergency. Make sure you know where your older kids will be going and who they’ll be trick-or-treating with.

Be Visible

This time of the year the days are getting shorter and it is getting darker a lot earlier. Since most trick-or-treating activities take place at dusk or at night it’s very important to stay visible. When you and your kids are out walking the streets of your neighborhood during Halloween in search of candy there are several things you can do to help others see you.

Here is a list of helpful options.

    • Carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp.
    • Wear glow sticks, glow necklaces, or use other glow accessories.
    • Use reflective tape on your clothes, costumes, and candy bags/pumpkins.

For more 2018 trick-or-treating safety tips head on over to part two of this series. You’ll find lots more helpful information there to ensure you and your family have a safe and fun Halloween. If you have an upcoming fall or winter event and are in need of great food at great prices, keep reading to see why calling Catering by Design is a great idea!

Affordable Holiday Catering in Raleigh

Are you looking for the best business, social, event, or holiday catering in Raleigh, North Carolina? Consider calling the friendly staff at Catering by Design. Our professional team is ready to take your call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have or schedule your service. We’re an award winning Raleigh catering company that can handle holiday, business, or social events of any size. We have menus for all budgets. If you do not need full service catering, ask about our delivery options. This is an amazing and affordable alternative when you do not need full service catering but still need great tasting food.

Planning a fall or winter wedding reception? Brides and grooms love our free menu tastings. This is a free service we offer that many of our competitors charge for. Please click here to check out our menus, or call us today with any questions or to ask about our specials!

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More Signs of a True Gentleman

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Being a gentleman is based on a man’s morality, honor, and values. This means that a gentleman will devote his life to a very high standard of conduct. How can you tell if your man is a gentleman or not? There are some signs to look for. In our last post we talked about chivalry, respectfulness, and more. Today we’ll reveal a few more signs to look out for. If you’re searching for the best catering companies Raleigh NC has to offer this fall or winter, call Catering by Design today. We offer big savings, great customer service, and some of the best food in the Triangle.

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How to Tell If Your Man Is a Gentleman

Honesty

A true gentleman will always be honest with you, his friends, and family, as well as himself. He will be authentic with his words and actions. Lying is not in his character as he has nothing to hide. You can depend on him to tell you the truth.

Trustworthy

A gentleman is also very trustworthy. You can depend on him to keep your secrets. You can trust that he will always do the right thing, even when no one is looking. He is not going to steal or take advantage of people. He has high morals and strong character.

You’re a Top Priority

He makes sure you’re one of his top priorities in life. He will not brush you off to hang out with his friends. He will make time for you even if he doesn’t have much time for anything else. He’ll do everything in his power to make sure you know how special you are to him.

For more signs of being a gentleman don’t forget to go back and read our last post. For the prices and packages on fall and winter holiday catering, keep reading to see why you should call Catering by Design.

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If you are looking for reliable catering companies in Raleigh NC for your next event, please call Catering by Design today. Our team of highly trained professionals is ready to take your call to schedule your service today. We are an award winning catering company that can handle events of any size.

Planning a wedding? Brides and grooms will love our free menu tastings. This is a free service we offer that most of our competitors charge for. Please click here to check out our menus, or call us today with any questions or to ask about our specials!

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Top Signs Your Man Is a True Gentleman

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Hey ladies, is your boyfriend, fiance, or hubby a gentleman? The dictionary defines a gentleman as being a chivalrous, courteous, or honorable man. If your man is a true gentleman then he’ll constantly show these top signs that we’ve outlined below. Searching for Raleigh catering companies this fall? Catering by Design is the area’s top choice for great food, fun, and affordable prices. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you save time and money.

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The Signs of a Gentleman

Respectful

A true gentleman shows respect to everyone around him. This includes you, your parents, your friends, and others. He also respects himself. When it comes to respecting you, he listens to your needs, wants, and concerns. He does not criticize your ideas, appearance, or style. He also encourages you with positive reinforcement.

Chivalrous

To a gentleman, chivalry is not dead. A true gentleman will hold the door open for you and others. He’ll open and close your vehicle’s door. He’ll pull your chair out for you before you sit down for a meal at a restaurant. He also recognizes that you can do all of these things yourself but chooses to go out of his way so you don’t have to.

Defends Your Honor and Keeps You Safe

A gentleman will do his best to avoid a fight when possible. However, he’s not afraid to engage if it means protecting his girl. He will also walk you to your car or to your door at the end of the night to ensure you get home safely. A gentleman will also never take advantage of you when you’re vulnerable. Keeping you safe will be one of his top priorities.

For more tell-tale signs of a true gentleman, head on over to part two of this series. For information about our award-winning catering company, please keep reading.

Best 2018 Raleigh Catering Companies

All Raleigh catering companies are not the same. So, if you have a fall or winter event coming up, make the right choice by calling the professionals at Catering by Design. We have the best menus for events of any size, large or small, formal or informal. From weddings, renewals, and anniversary parties, to corporate events, awards banquets, tailgates, birthdays and more, Catering by Design can make sure your food and fun are on point. We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. So give us a call today and see why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh catering companies!

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More Risks of Opening a Restaurant

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Welcome back to our next installment where we’re talking about the risks involved in owning and operating your own restaurant. In our last post we talked about hiring inexperienced staff and having enough money. To read more about these restaurant risks please click here. Below you’ll find several more risky scenarios you should be aware of. If you need the best corporate catering Raleigh NC services this fall or winter, calling Catering by Design should be your next move. Give our pros a ring today. We’re standing by to answer your questions and take your order.

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The Risks of Opening a Restaurant You Should Be Aware of

Terrible Location

Location, location, location. Location is one of the most important ingredients to success when opening a restaurant. If you’re opening a new restaurant and you choose a terrible location then you’re going to fail. Location can also work for and against you. You’ll need a safe and high-traffic area. However, if you open strictly in a restaurant heavy district then rent and competition will be higher.

Liabilities and Injuries

Owning a restaurant could mean opening yourself up to liability claims if a customer or employee gets injured in your establishment. Slips and falls, foodborne illnesses from spoiled foods, severe cuts, and more, are all incidents that could impact your insurance and business operations.

Restaurant Failure

Lots of small and new businesses fail each year regardless of the industry you’re in. You need to know and understand that the potential for this happening is high. Even if you’ve done everything right, it does not mean your restaurant will be successful. If your venture does fail that will mean a big loss of income for you and the people you employ.

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Affordable Corporate Catering Raleigh NC Services for 2018

Catering by Design is the number one source for all of your corporate catering Raleigh NC needs. We make your event easy because we do all the work. Call us today and ask about our specials and delivery service. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From university dinners, corporate events, and awards banquets to weddings, vow renewals, anniversary parties and more, Catering by Design can make sure your food and fun are on point. We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. So give us a call today and see why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh caterers!

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The Risks of Opening Your Own Restaurant

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Many people dream of opening their own restaurant, diner, or cafe. While this type of endeavor can be a lucrative and passion-filled profession, there are some risks involved. By understanding what these risks are, you can better prepare for them before deciding whether or not to open your own restaurant. Let’s take a closer look. If you’re searching for affordable business catering Raleigh NC services this fall or winter, call Catering by Design. We keep our costs low and our clients happy. Let us help you find the right menu for your budget. Call now to learn more. Be sure to ask about our delivery services.

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Opening a Restaurant? Here Are Some Risks to Be Aware of!

Not Enough Money

Probably the biggest risk of opening a restaurant is not having enough money to operate efficiently and effectively. Many new owners will underestimate the costs involved to keep it operational during the first few months and years. It can also take a while to turn a profit running a restaurant so to reduce your risks here be sure to have several months of cash or credit reserves on hand to cover your salaries, food costs, and other bills.

Inexperienced Staff

Hiring inexperienced staff is another major risk. When you hire the wrong people to help you operate your business it can really cost you in lots of different ways. Be sure to spend time hiring quality employees that have food service industry experience.

Wait, there’s more. Head on over to our next post to read about even more risks involved in opening a restaurant.

The Best Business Catering Raleigh NC Services

Still looking for a catering service for a business function, wedding reception, social or community event for this fall? At Catering by Design, we have fully customizable menus for budgets of any size. Call us today and ask about our lunch and learn program for businesses. If you do not need full service catering, be sure to also ask us about our delivery options. This is an affordable alternative that really makes a positive impact on your friends, family, clients and staff. If you’re getting married, call us and schedule a free menu tasting. This is a free service we offer that many of our competitors charge you extra for.

We’re an award winning business catering Raleigh NC company that’s been providing smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. We promise you’ll love our food, outstanding customer service, and unbeatable pricing. Call today to learn more.

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Bad Wedding Gifts to Avoid Putting on Your Registry

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Do you have a wedding coming up? Are you currently planning your wedding shower? Before you register for your gifts, know that there are many items that you should probably exclude from your registry. Check out our ideas below. Catering by Design is one of the best Raleigh wedding caterers for saving time and money for your wedding reception. If you want the best wedding day and reception experience, call us right now and ask about our affordable wedding menu selections.

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Wedding Gifts to Avoid Registering for!

Home Decor – Registering for wedding gifts takes some time and planning. You’re going to need things to fill your new house, however, try to stay away from listing lots of home decor items. Your tastes are going to change over time and so will your decor. Save the space on your gift registry for things you’re going to need and use.

A Wine Decanter – Having a nice wine decanter sounds like a good idea, especially if you really like to drink wine. Even the most sophisticated wine connoisseur will tell you that wine must decant if you want to get the best flavor. However, this takes time and patience. If you’re like me then you want to open a bottle and have a glass, not wait 2 – 3 hours.

Panini or Sandwich Press – Panini and sandwich pressers were big a few decades ago. Some people still occasionally buy them even today. Before you put this on your registry, think about the counter or cabinet space it takes to store one. Also consider how often you’re really going use this kitchen device. A sandwich press really isn’t that practical to have in the kitchen.

Ready for more bad gifts to register for? Head on over to our next post for more items to leave off your wedding gift registry by clicking here. If you need the best food and flavors for your upcoming wedding reception, please keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help you save time and money.

Affordable Raleigh Wedding Caterers for 2018

If you are looking for reliable Raleigh wedding caterers for your big day, call Catering by Design right now. Our highly trained professional team is ready and waiting to answer any of your questions. We are an award winning catering company that can handle events both big and small. We even offer free menu tastings for brides and grooms. Click here to check out our menus, or call us today to schedule your tasting!

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