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Catering by Design on Social Media

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

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 Pinterest

 

Catering by Design Instagram

Catering by Design on Instagram

 

Catering by Design on YouTube

Catering by Design on YouTube

Catering by Design Twitter

Catering by Design on Twitter

Catering by Design Facebook

Catering by Design on Facebook

 

Catering by Design on The Knot

Catering by Design on The Knot

 

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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.

For the Very Best Event….

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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How to Choose a Caterer?

Posted in: Apex Catering Services, Cary Catering Services, Fuquay Varina Catering Services, Garner Catering Services, Holly Springs Catering Services, Raleigh Catering Services

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 That was 2.5 years ago, so you might think that its content is outdated.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!

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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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What Does Event Space Cost in Raleigh?

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Fuquay Varina Catering Services, Raleigh Wedding Venues

Do you need to know what it costs to rent event space in the greater Raleigh area?

We’ve gathered information on over 70 venues in the Raleigh area to give you a head start in your search for the perfect venue for your next event.

Our pricing estimates are based on a minimum of a 6 hour rental period (that includes setup time and clean up time and about a 4 hour event time). If the venue offers a fee for a whole night or whole day, then that fee was quoted. Many of the venues quote fees by the hour, or two differently hour rates, one for the first set of hours, and then usually a lower rate for additional hours. Please use this as an indication only, as venues change rates and occasionally offer special rates depending on demand.

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Remember, each venue has many variables. Some have a half dozen different rooms. Some vary prices by week days vs. weekends; days vs. nights; wedding season; season of the year; profit vs. non-profit company; member vs. non-member.

Some have obligatory security guard or police officer fees; clean-up fees; and a variety of unique charges depending on the venue. So read the fine print carefully, and add up all the fixed non-refundable charges separately from the refundable ones (like the security deposit).

We’re Catering by Design, an award-winning caterer serving the greater Raleigh metropolitan area.  We’re a full service caterer, serving a wide area from Pinehurst to Rocky Mount, Pittsboro to Fuquay Varina, Wake Forest and Carrboro. We’ve even been known to cater a wedding on the coast now and again.

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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Catering by Design Caters at All These Venues

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, Raleigh Wedding Venues

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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Catering Fuquay-Varina

Posted in: Fuquay Varina Catering Services

Catering by Design provides catering in Fuquay Varina. We’re proud to be listed in the Fuquay Varina Business Directory, and even prouder that Catering by Design was chosen to be the caterer for the historic Centennial Banquet celebration for the town of Fuquay-Varina.

The town of Fuquay-Varina has a number of parks with picnic shelters:

Falcon Park

Library Park

South Park

There are fancier venues where weddings can be held in Fuquay-Varina. These two provide their own catering:

Chateau Bellevie B&B

The Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn and Garden

Crooked Creek Golf Club

 

We’re Catering by Design, one of the premiere full service caterers in the greater Raleigh North Carolina region. Let us show you what we can do to make your next event wonderful. Call us at 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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Fuquay-Varina Centennial Celebration Catered by Catering by Design

Posted in: Fuquay Varina Catering Services

The Fuquay Varina Junior Woman’s Club chose Catering by Design out of six Raleigh area caterers to cater the 100th anniversary of the town of Fuquay Varina.

It’s not every day that caterers get to be part of a centennial celebration, so we were very excited at the honor.

There were some challenges – which we’re always up for – because an unusual venue was chosen for the event to accommodate the large number of guests. An old warehouse that had neither running water nor electricity was the site of this gala.

Over six hundred guests attended this historic event. The menu included a rich assortment of Hors d’Oeuvres; fresh baby greens salad with pine nut, goat cheese and strawberries with citrus and champagne vinaigrette; a dual entree of Grilled Filet Mignon with Port Wine Demi-Gloss and Pan-Seared Breast of Chicken with tomato caper chutney; accompanied by green beans and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. 

This event was definitely memorable, and it went without a hitch on our part. Catering by Design was proud to be part of Fuquay Varina’s 100th anniversary celebration.

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