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Raleigh Halloween Catering

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time of the year when both children and adults can play dress up and have lots of fun. You’ll see people of all ages filling the streets for the annual trick-or-treat tradition in search of candy and other goodies. If you’re looking to celebrate in style this year, why  not try something a little different? Why not have a catered Halloween party for you and all of your friends? Catering by Design provides delicious Raleigh catering  for Halloween and all of life’s other fun events.

Halloween is meant for fun and having a great time, that’s why we’re here to do all of the work for you. We can help you in many ways for your big Halloween bash. We can help you plan your menu, pick a venue, take care of all of your food needs, and clean up afterwards. There is nothing like not having to worry about cleaning up after your guests at the end of the fun night. With our Halloween catering packages, our professionally trained staff will take care of all this for you. We will ensure that the food is always hot and replenished, the tables bussed and surfaces are kept clean. This level of service means you get to kick back and enjoy the party without all the hassle.

Another reason having a Halloween catered party is fun is that you have so many different options of food to choose from. Unlike a wedding reception or other formal event, you have the flexibility to really have fun with your menu. You can basically have us serve anything that you like, but some foods do work better for a Halloween party theme. At Catering by Design we offer menus that are guaranteed to fit any and every budget. We can also take care of any dietary restrictions you might have, and incorporate any of your family’s recipes as well.

Did you know that Catering by Design gladly offers more than just delicious food? That’s right! We can also provide bar services for all your adult beverage needs as well. This includes bartenders, soft drinks and juices, wine and beer, and full bar service. After all, you can’t have a Halloween party without some great witches’ brew, right?

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The best Raleigh caterers for Halloween are just a phone call away when you contact the professionals at Catering by Design. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From Halloween parties, to weddings, renewals and anniversary parties, and even corporate events, awards banquets and more, Catering by Design can make sure your food and fun are on point.

We’re an award winning catering company and have been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. We can guarantee that Halloween is better when you work with our professional staff, so give us a call today and see why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh caterers!

 

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More Tips for Beginning Bakers

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The holidays are right around the corner. That means baking season will be starting soon. If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at baking, but have some reservations, have no fear! We’ve got some great tips for beginning bakers. In our last post we talked about starting simple, learning the fine art of measuring ingredients, and more. Keep reading for a few extra really great baking tips. Need affordable Raleigh catering for an upcoming event this fall? Please call Catering by Design. You’ll love our menu selections, tasty flavors, service, and incredible prices.

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Buy Some Basic Items

You can’t do a good job without the right tools. If you really want to be a good baker then buy a few basic supplies like a set of liquid and dry measuring cups, spoons, spatulas, mixing bowls, and baking pans. If you have the extra cash you should also invest in a hand or stand mixer as well.

Read and Prep First

Before starting any new recipe you should take the time and at least read it over once. The more familiar you are with the recipe the fewer mistakes you will make. Also, prep and measure out all of your ingredients as you’re reading over the recipe. Lay them all out on your counter in order of how the recipe is written.

Respect Room Temperature

If your recipe calls for an ingredient to be room temperature then be sure you adhere to it. Don’t just skip over it like some beginners. This can be a crucial mistake down the road. Leave your ingredients on the counter for about 1 hour to achieve room temperature.

Keep the Oven Door Closed

While your goods are baking in the oven keep the door closed. It can be really tempting to constantly peek but this lets cool air in and can affect how the items cooks or rises.

Chill Cookie Dough

If you’re baking cookies from scratch chill the dough first. This helps with cookie consistency and boosts the flavor.

The Best Raleigh Catering for Fall 2019

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.”

Give us a call soon to schedule either a delivery or full service Raleigh catering.

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Funky Food Facts You Might Not Be Aware of

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We love everything about food. We also love learning and educating. We uncovered some fun food facts that you probably didn’t know. I know some of these really surprised me and hopefully you’ll also find these interesting. Do you need affordable Cary caterers for your next fall or winter event? Call the experts at Catering by Design today. You’ll love our selections, prices, and customer service.

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Strawberries and Raspberries Really Aren’t Berries

This one blows my mind, but it’s true. Strawberries and raspberries are not botanically berries. These fruits come from a single flower with at least two ovaries. This makes them aggregate fruits. Other berries are simple fruits that come from one flower with only one ovary. Get this, bananas, tomatoes, and kiwis are berries.

Brown Sugar Is White Sugar

Yep, brown sugar is just regular refined white sugar with molasses added back in.

Caesar Salad Was Invented in Mexico

According to the legend, Italian-American restaurateur Caesar Cardini invented the salad in 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico. Even though Cardini lived in San Diego at the time, he operated a restaurant in Tijuana to avoid the restrictions of prohibition that was happening in the US.

German Chocolate Cake Is Not from Germany

American baker Samuel German developed a dark baking chocolate for the Baker’s Chocolate Company in 1852. The brand name, Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate, was named in honor of him. On June 3, 1957, a recipe for “German’s Chocolate Cake” appeared as the “Recipe of the Day” in The Dallas Morning News created by Mrs. George Clay, a homemaker from Dallas, Texas.

Pineapples Do Not Ripen After Picking

After a pineapple has been picked it will not ripen any further. That means leaving it out on the counter for a few days will not make it taste any sweeter.

Please visit back with our blog often to read more helpful tips on nutrition, easy recipes, kitchen gadgets and tips, wedding trends, and lots more.

Best Cary Caterers for Fall and Winter 2019

If you are looking for reliable Cary caterers for your next event this fall or winter, please call Catering by Design right now. Our highly trained team of professionals is ready to take your call or schedule your service. We’re an award winning Cary catering company that can handle events of any size.

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The Truth About Grocery Store Generics

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Buying groceries is not cheap. However, many people shell out lots of extra dollars weekly for brand name items. The reality is buying generic and store brand items are often just as good, and can save you a lot of money over the course of a year. There are a lot of myths surrounding non-brand name food and today we’re going to bust them! For the most affordable catering Raleigh NC services for your next event, give us a call at Catering by Design. Our prices, food, and great customer service are unbeatable.

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Why Are Brand Name Items More Expensive?

Paying more money for an item does not mean it’s going to be better quality 100% of the time. When it comes to brand name foods the extra costs involved are mostly to pay for advertising, like TV commercials and magazine ads.

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Generics Are Not as Tasty

In many blind taste tests conducted throughout the years, researchers have found that consumers can hardly tell any difference in taste between brand name and store brand food items. Sometimes, the store brand brand product rated better in taste than the name brand equivalent. Yet many consumers still opt for the more expensive brand name snacks, diary products, cereals, etc. because they think they taste better since they cost more money.

Generics Are Not as Nutritious

They next time you’re grocery shopping be sure to compare the labels of the brand name products with the store brand. You’ll probably be surprised to find that the store brand labels are almost identical to the brand name products. This is another common myth that shoppers often fall for. They believe that if the product costs more then they’re going to be more nutritious. In some cases you’ll find that the store brand versions will have less sugar, sodium, and better nutritional value.

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How You Can Eat Frugally This Month

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If you’re like me, you’re probably always looking for ways to save money and cut costs around the home. This includes reducing the weekly grocery bill and how much we spend on eating food! In today’s post we will look into ways that you can eat frugally not only for this month, but everyday. For the best Raleigh NC catering service, only Catering by Design will do. Call us today to learn why our customers love us and keep coming back.

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Coupons

If you’re not a coupon cutter then you should start. Coupons can save you hundreds of dollars each year. Some grocery stores even double coupons up to $1.00 face value once a week or at least once a month. You can also get rebates on some of your purchases depending on what the manufacturer offers.

No Alcohol

If you’re going to eat out, opt for only drinking water and skipping the alcoholic beverages. Restaurants can charge quite a bit of money for mixed drinks, craft beer, and wine. This can save you a lot of money on your tab.

Meal Planning

Meal planning is very important to reducing your monthly grocery and food costs. It all starts with making lists, taking inventory, and smart planning. When planning your meals be sure to take note of what you currently have in the pantry that you can use. This will save you time and money on your grocery shopping.

Eat Less Meat

Meat is one of the most expensive grocery items. However, you can get your protein in other tasty ways. This month, challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone and make it a point to really drop your meat intake. Your body probably feel a lot better and so will your bank account.

White Box Challenge

Once or twice a week, or more, you should complete the white box challenge. This means that you should eat meals made from what you have leftover in your refrigerator. The goal is to stay away from the grocery store as long as possible in hopes of reducing your food waste.

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What’s In Season? July Fruits and Veggies

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Fortunately for us, there’s lots of tasty fruits and vegetables grown right here in North Carolina. There’s produce, like peanuts and okra, that even thrive in our hot and humid summers. So if you’re wondering what’s going to be at the Farmers’ Market this weekend, check out our July list below. If you’re looking for wedding, social, or business catering Raleigh NC services, call Catering by Design. We keep our costs low and clients happy. We can also help you find just the right menu for your budget. Call us right now to learn more about our packages and services.

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What’s In Season For July? A List Of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

In some areas of NC, a portion of these items might not be available at your Farmers’ Market. We suggest checking out your neighborhood supermarket if you’re having trouble finding something. Most of these fruits and veggies should be available there. Here’s the big list for NC produce in July:

  • Butter Beans
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cabbages
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Collards
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Figs
  • Garlic
  • Green Onion
  • Greens
  • Herbs
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Nectarines
  • Onions
  • Okra
  • Peaches
  • Peanuts
  • Peppers
  • Peanuts
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Snap Beans
  • Sprite Melons
  • Yellow Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini

If you want to keep up with all of the fruits and vegetables that will be available in North Carolina, be sure to come back each month. You’ll find lists for each season of the year. You’ll also have access to fun and easy recipes that your friends and family will love. Plus, you can read posts with information that will aid you in the kitchen. We also love helping out brides, grooms, and their families with awesome wedding tips. At Catering By Design, we’re so much more than just a catering company. Keep reading for more information.

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Still looking for a catering service for a business function, wedding reception, social or community event? 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. 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.

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Scary-Good Halloween Recipes

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If you’re throwing a Halloween party this year for your friends and family you’re going to want to serve up some devilish good treats to eat. In today’s post we’re going to list and link a few of our favorite Halloween recipes that ghosts and goblins of all ages will love. Holiday catering in Raleigh NC doesn’t get any better than what you’ll find with working with Catering by Design. Our customers rave about great tasting food, excellent customer service, and affordable prices. Our staff of professionals are standing by to take your call.

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Ghoulishly-Good Halloween Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cheesecake Brownies

This delicious recipe comes from Melanie Makes! These Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cheesecake Brownies features brownie batter spiked with pumpkin spice extract, cheesecake filling, and finished with a sprinkle of crumbled Halloween Oreos.

Loaded Mashed Potato Spider Web Casserole

This savory side dish or appetizer comes from our friends at NeighborFood. This creamy, comforting Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole will definitely add some big smiles to your Halloween party!

Black Spaghetti with Garlic, Parmesan, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

If you’re looking for a main dish to serve at your Halloween party, this creepy black spaghetti with blood red sun-dried tomatoes is a great start. For starters, everyone loves spaghetti and this Halloween twist on an old favorite will be a home run hit with both kids and adults. You can find the black spaghetti at some specialty grocery stores or online. For more information on the recipe, visit our friends at Savoring Every Bite!

For more Halloween treats and recipes head on over to our next post. Be sure to also keep our blog bookmarked so you can see all of our helpful and fun topics each month. If you need great food at even better prices for an upcoming event this fall or winter, keep reading to see how we can help you!

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The best holiday catering in Raleigh NC is just a phone call away when you contact the professionals at Catering by Design. We’ve got the best holiday menus for all of your catering needs. From holiday parties, to weddings, renewals and anniversary parties, and even corporate events, awards banquets, and more, Catering by Design can make sure your food and fun are on point.

We can guarantee that your holiday season will be better when you work with our professional staff, so give us a call today and see why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh caterers!

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My Most Useful Kitchen Tools

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As a food blogger for one of the best Raleigh catering companies, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I’m always trying out new recipes and kitchen gadgets. Besides cooking questions, I often get asked about my favorite and most useful kitchen tools. That got my gears turning so I thought my answers might make for a good blog post. Check out my list below. Are you searching for affordable Raleigh catering companies for an upcoming 2018 event? Call the professionals at Catering by Design right now. You’ll love our great prices, customer service, and affordable delivery options.

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The Most Useful Tools in My Kitchen

My Chef Knife

Having a superior chef knife in the kitchen just makes prepping a lot easier and more fun. I use the MAC MTH-80. However, you really don’t need a $150.00 chef knife, there are others on the market that are less expensive that should work just fine.

Cutting Boards

For starters, let me say that I have way too many cutting boards. But in my own defense, I constantly use many of them depending on what I’m prepping. I have smaller ones that can be folded, heavier ones for chopping and prepping meats, and medium sized ones as well.

Mandoline Slicer

It slices, minces, and juliennes! What more can you ask for? This tool really speeds up prepping time. Just remember, mandolines are dangerous and they can cut your fingers up pretty bad if you’re not careful.

Food Processor

I love my food processors to death. I own two food processors. A larger one for when I need more muscle and a smaller Magic Bullet for snacks and smaller dishes.

A Good Wooden Spoon and Spatula

All home cooks need to have at least one good wooden spoon and wooden spatula. They’re great because they won’t scratch the surface of your favorite pots and pans.

Zester

Using citrus zest in your meals is an easy way to really add lots of flavor to your meals and desserts. I use my zester all the time.

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September Seasonal Fruits and Veggies

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September is here. That means we’re in the process of winding down the summer to welcome the fall season. Temperature wise, some days can still be pretty hot while others are almost cool enough for a jacket. This is one of the reasons that September is a transitional month for produce. Knowing what vegetables and fruits are available will help you plan the best menus for the next few weeks. That’s why today’s post will be covering all of the best produce that should be currently in season for September around the Triangle. Do you need high quality Raleigh event catering at affordable prices? Call Catering by Design. You’ll love our menu selections, packages, and customer service.

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September Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Below you will find a good list containing the fruits and vegetables that should be in season for the month of September at your local grocery store or market. Just remember that different types of produce hit their peaks at different times, so some items might not be fully stocked yet depending on where you live.

Fruits

  • Figs
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Apples
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Peanuts
  • Grapes
  • Persimmons
  • Quinces

Veggies

  • Yellow Squash
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Indian Corn
  • Cabbage
  • Shelling Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Cucumbers
  • Pumpkin
  • Green Onion
  • Sweet Corn

Here is another fun fact about September, it’s Wine and Grape Month in North Carolina. That means dozens and dozens of our state’s wineries and vineyards will be planning tastings, grape stomps and other special events to celebrate one of N.C.’s most important industries. Here’s a great resource for you to check out if you’re wanting to plan a weekend trip.

If you’re a Raleigh local, check out Grape Day at the State Farmers Market on Friday Sept. 15th from 11 AM to 1 PM. Here’s a link to more information. We hope this post will help you plan the best meals for your friends and family this September. If you need more fun food ideas, be sure to visit back with our blog soon for great recipes, food and cooking tips, and more.

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If you are searching for reliable Raleigh event catering with affordable prices, please call Catering by Design today. We are an award winning catering company that can help you with any type of event. Our team of highly trained professionals are standing by to answer any of your questions or to schedule service.

Are you having a wedding? Brides and grooms will 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 wedding menus, and call us today with any questions!

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Impress Your Friends With This Easy Margarita Recipe

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Summer is a great time of the year to get together with friends and family. Whether you’re sitting poolside or having a backyard BBQ, cooling off with a delicious margarita is the way to go. However, most of us do not have their very own personal bartender to rely on. That’s why we are going to help you out. This margarita recipe will impress of all your friends and family, and it’s really easy to make. Let us know what you think in the comments below! If you’re searching for affordable Raleigh event catering this summer, please give Catering By Design a call. Our food, service, and prices are the best around.

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Easy Summer Margarita Recipe

Margaritas are an all-time summer favorite. Skip buying the ready-made mix this year and make your own. It is not as hard as you think. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tequila – 3 parts
  • Lime juice – 1 part
  • Simple syrup – 1 part
  • Orange liqueur – 1 teaspoon

Here’s how you make a great tasting margarita. First, take a plate and spread some salt on it. Wet the rim of your glass with a slice of lime and dip it on the plate with the rim facing down. Next, fill your cocktail shaker with ice and mix in all your ingredients. Give everything a good shake and then pour the mixture into your salt rimmed glass. That’s it! If you’re not a salt lover, you can rim the glass with sugar instead. This will give you a nice sweet and sour alternative.

For more home cocktail making tips, be sure to visit back with the other posts in this series. You can find them linked below.

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Affordable Raleigh Event Catering for Summer

Summer is heating up and Catering by Design is ready to provide your family and friends with the best Raleigh event catering services available. 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.”

Give us a call soon to schedule either a delivery or full service catering.

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