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Cozy Winter Recipes

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raleigh cateringThere’s nothing like having a warm and cozy meal while warming up by the fire place on a cold winter night. Today we’re bringing you two great recipes that will help warm your bellies and your souls. These two comfort dishes make for great sides, apps, and even small meals. Do you need Raleigh catering services this winter? If so, call Catering by Design! We’ve got affordable menus for events of any size. Continue reading to learn more.

Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup

French onion soup is a wintertime classic. We’ve made it easy by find this delicious slow-cooker recipe that uses two different types of onions that get hours worth of caramelizing before the sherry-spiked broth is even added. When finishing up, to add some extra spice, ladle the soup into ovenproof serving bowls and top with the bread. Add cheese and broil until melted.

Makes: 8 servings | Prep Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 8 1/2 hours

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons – butter, cut into 8 pieces
2 tablespoons – extra-virgin olive oil
8 sprigs – fresh thyme
4 cloves – smashed garlic
1 – bay leaf
2 pounds – halved and sliced yellow onions
2 pounds – halved and sliced red onions
1 teaspoon – salt
3/4 teaspoon – ground pepper
4 cups – low-sodium beef broth
1/4 cup – dry sherry

Cheese Toasts:
8 – diagonal slices baguette (1/2-inch-thick), toasted
1 cup – shredded Gruyère or Swiss cheese

Directions:
We’re going to start with the soup. First off, take the butter and scatter it on the bottom of your slow cooker (6-7 quart). Add the oil, thyme, garlic and bay leaf, then onions last. Sprinkle in the salt and pepper, and then cover for 8 hours on the high setting.

When it’s time to serve, bring your both and sherry to a boil in a sauce pan. Next, remove the thyme and bay leaf from the slow cooker. Now pour your boiling broth into the slow cooker and continue cooking on high, uncovered, for an additional 10 minutes.

During those ten minutes, make your cheese toast. Start by placing a rack in the upper third of your oven and preheating broiler to high. Take your baguette slices and top each one with 2 tablespoons cheese. Place them in the oven and broil until the cheese is melted. This should only take 1 to 2 minutes. Finally, divide the soup into your 8 bowls. Top each with cheese toast.

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Garlic-Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

If you love potatoes, then you’ll love this trifecta. It combines the best of baking, mashing, and roasting. Makes a great side item for a juicy steak, chicken breast, or pork tenderloin.

Makes: 4 servings | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:
1 pound – halved baby potatoes
2 tablespoons – extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
3 – minced cloves garlic
1 teaspoon – chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon – salt
1/4 teaspoon – ground pepper

Directions:
Start by preheating your oven to 425°F. Next, take a large rimmed baking sheet and place it in the oven to preheat as well. Grab a large saucepan and steamer basket and bring about 1 inch of water to a boil. Add the potatoes, cover, and steam for about 12 – 15 minutes, or until tender. While this is working, combine 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Now remove the preheated baking sheet and brush it with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil.

Next, take your steamed potatoes and place them on the pan with the skin-side up. Smash with the bottom of a jar, or the smooth side of a meat mallet, and drizzle each one with your garlic oil mixture. Roast for about 15 minutes, or until browned on the bottom.

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We hope these winter recipes help you plan a few wonderful meals over these next few cold months. If you’ve got a great winter recipe, please post them in the comments below.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Buying Tips

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If you’re like most American families out there you’ll be in the 95% of those that have turkey at Thanksgiving this year according to eatturkey.com. Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and if you have not thought about buying your bird for the big day then you should probably get going. If this is the first Thanksgiving that you’re cooking dinner, you might be a little confused by all of the options out there.

Today we’re going to fill you in everything that you’ll need to know to buy the perfect type of turkey for your holiday feast. If you’re searching for Raleigh caterers for a holiday event, call Catering by Design today for really great prices and services.

Turkey Buying Tips!

When it comes to buying a turkey, there are going to be several options you will find during your search. Here is a basic breakdown of each turkey type.

Natural – Natural turkeys have been processed, but minimally. However, they do not contain artificial flavors, ingredients, coloring or preservatives. This year natural turkeys are selling for between $1.30 – $2.50 per pound. You can typically find them at most supermarkets.

Organic – Organic turkeys can be considered free-range also. Organic means that they have been fed grains that are pesticide and chemical free. Organic turkeys are also not given antibiotics, steroids or other hormones. This type of turkey will typically have a stronger turkey flavor than natural birds. These usually cost more and can sell for around $4 – $5 per pound. You’ll find them at high-end grocers as well as local farms, depending on where you live.

Kosher – Kosher turkeys are birds that have been processed according to Jewish dietary laws. These turkeys have been salted inside and out, and are left to drain before soaking and washing. The salting pulls out the moisture, which makes the meat more dense. Kosher birds also have a fuller taste, and are more expensive than natural turkeys. Kosher birds cost between $3 – $6 per pound.

Free-Range – Free-Range birds are raised outdoors on a farm where they can roam around as they like. They also eat natural food, like bugs and grubs. This type also has a robust flavor and texture compared to natural turkeys. These cost around $4 – $6 per pound and you can even find them at some supermarkets, natural food stores or turkey farms.

Buying Fresh or Frozen?

This might be a hard question as well so we will break it down. If it were me, I would buy a fresh turkey. They just taste better, are more tender, and typically are also juicier. However, the drawback is you cannot buy one too far in advance or it will go bad. This can leave you without a bird if you are not prepared. If you want a fresh turkey you should pre-order one and have it on hold for Thanksgiving.

Frozen turkeys can be purchased at much lower costs, and several weeks ahead of time. However, frozen turkeys can dry out quickly if not prepared correctly. Also, you have to make to time to defrost your bird. It can take a whole day per each 5 lbs of turkey. So if you have a 20 lb turkey, you’ll need a good 4 days for it to thaw out.

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We also offer the most affordable menus for events of any kind. If you do not require full catering service, be sure to ask about our delivery packages. Please call us today with any questions or to place an order. Please hurry, our holiday calendar is filling up fast!

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Fun Halloween Recipes | Stuffed Mummies and Pear Ghosts

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Do you need a few scary good recipes that will help you celebrate Halloween in a fun and easy way? We’ve got just what you’re looking for. These two dishes are great for a snack, or make for the perfect appetizers for your Halloween party! Today we have stuffed peppers that are wrapped in cheese to look like mummies, and a great dessert or snack recipe that will transform an ordinary pear into a spooky ghost. Needless to say your kids will love these.

Stuffed Pepper Mummies

Prep: 25 | Cook: 35 | Total: 60 | Servings: 8 (1 stuffed pepper half each)

Ingredients:

16 – ripe olive slices
4 – medium poblano peppers, cut in half lengthwise, seeded
8 – slices mozzarella cheese, divided
1 pound – mild country sausage
1 can – no-stick cooking spray
1 can – 8 oz Hunt’s Tomato Sauce with Basil, Garlic and Oregano
1 can – 10 oz diced tomatoes & green chilies, drained
1/2 teaspoon – garlic powder
1/2 cup – chopped yellow onion
1 cup – cooked long-grain white rice
1/4 cup – water

Directions:

First, preheat your oven to 375°F. Next, get your 13 x 9 baking dish and spray it with cooking spray. Now place each pepper in the dish with the cut-side down and add 1/4 cup of water. Cover and bake for 20 minutes, or until the peppers are almost tender. While the peppers are baking, take 4 of your cheese slices and cut these in half, cut the other 4 slices into thin pieces; set them aside for later.

Next grab your large skillet and heat it up over medium heat. Add the sausage, onion and garlic powder, and cook for 5 minutes or until the sausage is no longer pink. Drain the sausage and add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and rice to the skillet. Mix everything up to combine all of the flavors.

Now place this mixture in each pepper and top each piece with a half slice of cheese. Cover the dish again and bake for about 10 minutes, or until everything is nice and hot. When ready, remove from the oven and let it slightly cool. Now place the thin cheese strips over each pepper in a crisscrossing pattern to resemble a mummy. Use the olives to make the eyes. Enjoy!

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Pear Ghosts

Prep: 10 | Cook: 30 | Total: 40 | Servings: 4

Ingredients:
1 – cinnamon stick
1 – pinch dried cinnamon
1 – small bag of sunflower seeds
1 – small bag of dried blueberries or currants
4 – ripe pears, peeled (leave stalk intact if possible!)
7 oz – pomegranate juice
10 oz – apple juice

Directions:

First, take your peeled pears, apple juice and cinnamon stick and place them in a large enough sauce pan. Cover the mixture and simmer gently for about 20 minutes. When the pears are slightly soft, remove from the saucepan and place on a plate. Next remove the cinnamon stick and continue to gently simmer the remaining apple juice for another 5-10 minutes. You want to reduce the apple juice to a slightly thickened syrup, then remove.

Now grab another small sauce pan and gently simmer the pomegranate juice for about 10 minutes until it also becomes a slightly thickened syrup, then remove.

Take each pear and cut a small slice off the bottom to form a base; they should be able to stand on their own. Give each pear a “pair of eyes” by using a skewer to make two holes and pushing a blueberry or currant in each spot firmly. Press the sunflower seeds in underneath, in a circle, to give the shape of a mouth. Now drizzle the pomegranate syrup over the pear to simulate the “blood” and use your apple juice syrup to make a small puddle around each ghostly pear. Serve them as a treat, snack, or appetizer.

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Spooky Recipes for Halloween

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Halloween will be here before you know it. If you’re planning on hosting a rocking party for your friends, family, and all those little witches, ghosts and goblins then you should get a jump on your planning. Over the next few weeks you’ll be seeing all the decorations, costumes, and party supplies hit the shelves ramping-up for the big day.

Today’s post is going to give you an amazing recipe that will help make sure your Halloween party doesn’t scare off all of your guests.

Harry Potter Butterbeer

Straight from Hogsmeade Village, this tasty beverage is perfect for children who are familiar with the Harry Potter series. This beverage takes about 25 minutes to prepare and makes a total of 4 servings. If no kids are attending, you can substitute your favorite rum or spiced rum.

Prep: 15 min.
Cook: 10 min.

Ingredients:

1 cup – brown sugar
2 tablespoons – water
6 tablespoons – butter
1/2 teaspoon – salt
1/2 teaspoon – cider vinegar
1/4 cup – heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon – rum extract
1/2 cup – heavy cream – extra
4 (12 fluid ounce) cans or bottles cream soda

Directions:

First take a small saucepan, and stir in the brown sugar and water over medium heat. Bring this mixture to a soft boil. You will want to cook this until your candy thermometer reads 240 degrees F. To test if it is ready, take a small amount of the syrup and drop it into a glass of cold water. If the syrup forms a small ball then it should be ready for the next step.

Next add in the butter, salt, cider vinegar, the 1/4 cup heavy cream and stir. After heating all the way through, remove and let the mixture completely cool. Once cooled, mix in the rum extract.

Now take a medium sized plastic bowl and combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar-cream syrup with remaining 1/2 cup heavy cream. Beat this mixture until whipped and the cream can hold a soft peak for two to three minutes.

Finally, pour 1/4 cup of the remaining brown sugar-cream mixture into a tall glass and stir in about 1/4 of a bottle of cream soda. Top the glass off with the remaining cream soda and add a little of the whipped cream. Repeat for all glasses.

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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’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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Labor Day Party Tips

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The last big weekend of the summer is capped off by the Labor Day holiday. It is a popular weekend for backyard cookouts, weekend getaways, and neighborhood pool parties. If you want to celebrate and send off the summer in style, you should plan a Labor Day party for your friends and family.

We’ve put together a few easy tips below that should help you plan the perfect Labor Day party.

Send Your Invites

Since Labor Day is a really busy weekend, people’s plans can fill up fairly quickly with events. Because of all these options, be sure to send out your invites as soon as possible. We suggest using Evites, or create a Facebook event and invite everyone there. Since everyone these days has a Facebook account, you might be able to get all of your RSVPs a lot quicker this way.

Labor Day Party Themes

Labor Day, like July 4th, is all about celebrating our patriotism. Why not have a theme that celebrates all things American? Your theme should be incorporated into your invitations, decor, and outfits.

You do not have to overthink your themes either. A few easy ideas would be a “White Out” theme, to say goodbye to wearing all things white until next spring. Encourage your guests to wear as much white as possible, and all of your decor should be white, or have lots of white accents. You can also have a Red, White, and Blue party and incorporate all the colors of the American flag.

Your Menu

Since everyone considers Labor Day to be the official, “unofficial” last weekend of summer, take this time to enjoy a great backyard cookout. Be sure to plan a menu that almost everyone can eat; for instance, do not serve shellfish or other potential allergens. You can even have a potluck dinner and ask your guests to bring a side, or dessert.

Don’t want to cook this year? Then have one of the best Raleigh catering companies help you out. Catering By Design has affordable menus for any size budget or event. We even have a delivery service for those who don’t need a full catering experience. Contact us for more details.

Here are few great ideas for your menu:

Grilled BBQ Chicken
Chicken, Steak, and Vegetable Kabobs
Steaks
Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers and Hotdogs
Coleslaw and Potato Salad
Summer Salad with Fresh Greens and Vegetables
Mixed Fresh Fruit
Homemade Ice Cream

Activities and Entertainment for the Guests

No Labor Day party will be complete without having all the fun games, activities and other entertainment. If you’re celebrating in your backyard, and have the space, then team games are great for older kids and adults. Set up a volleyball net, play birdie, or tag football. You can even have a tug of war between the boys and girls, or adults versus kids. Corn hole and ladder toss are also both fun team games that all ages can enjoy.

If you really want to wow your guests hire a DJ, or local band, to provide some rocking tunes. If you have a fire pit, make sure to have some marshmallows to roast and make s’mores. Kids also love to catch fireflies, so get plenty of jars and containers for some catch and release action.

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Perfect Mojito Recipe for Summer

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Summer is finally here! It’s the perfect time of the year for going to the beach, having a pool party, a good ole fashioned backyard barbecue, or just a refreshing beverage on a hot night with all of your friends. Serving up the perfect Mojito will be sure to impress anyone that’s thirsty.

Not sure what a Mojito is? It’s a traditional Cuban cocktail. Mojitos have become pretty trendy here in the U.S. over the past few years. To make an original Mojito, you really only need five simple ingredients. These are white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint leaves.

Today’s post will teach you how to make one of the best Mojitos that would leave even a native of Cuba impressed with your skills. We’ve geared this recipe up to make 10 servings. After all, it’s never good to drink alone.

This recipe really only takes about 10 minutes to prepare, and is generally ready to serve in 10 minutes.

Ingredients:
100 – fresh mint leaves
5 – limes, cut into 4 wedges
1-1/4 – cups white sugar, or to taste
10 – cups ice cubes
1-3/4 – cups and 2 tablespoons white rum
5 – cups club soda

Directions:

First, line up your glasses in two rows. Make sure you use somewhat sturdy glasses. Next place 10 mint leaves and 1 lime wedge in each glass. Use something to muddle and crush the mint leaves and lime together. This will release the mint oils and lime juice. Now you’ll need to add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar. Muddle again to release more lime juice.

Don’t strain this mixture, instead fill your glass with ice until it’s almost full. Add the rum, and fill the remainder of the glass with the club soda. Stir everything together and taste. Add more sugar if needed and garnish with a lime wedge.

Raleigh Caterers Pro Tip: Granulated sugar sometimes does not mix well. We suggest making a simple syrup with 1 part sugar 1 part water. Combine, and bring to a boil. To really jazz it up, add 10 or so mint leaves, and half a lime into the pot and let this mixture simmer for about 20 minutes. You now have a fantastic mojito syrup to enjoy instead of using regular sugar. You can even make enough of this to store in your refrigerator ahead of time.

If you really want to get fancy, buy some real sugarcane and slice it up and serve as a garnish. Your guests can use these to muddle their own mint leaves.

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The best Raleigh caterers for summer 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 summertime events. From weddings, renewals, and anniversary parties, to corporate events, awards banquets, block 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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Merz Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Governor McCrory

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Merz USA is a specialty healthcare company. They are dedicated to researching, developing and marketing innovative products for both physicians and patients in the U.S, as well as Canada. Merz recently celebrated the grand opening of their North American Headquarters and Catering By Design had the honor and pleasure of being the Raleigh corporate catering company of choice. Governor McCrory and Mayor McFarlane were in attendance to officiate the ribbon cutting ceremony.

This event was a really big milestone for Raleigh and the entire state of North Carolina! That’s why we wanted to bring you some of our favorite pictures from the event to share. As always, you can find the entire gallery of pictures on our Pinterest page by clicking here. If you need high quality, affordable Raleigh corporate catering, please give Catering By Design a call today with any questions.

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We had a full menu for this big event. We started everyone off with a tray of international and domestic Cheeses with gourmet Crackers and a Fresh Fruit Garnish. This was followed by a colorful tray of Fresh Sliced Fruits with lots of pineapple and strawberries that were paired with a summery Yogurt Sauce. Pictured above was a special table featuring different types of Pimento Cheese served over Crostini.

We also stacked the deck with every hors d’oeuvres you could possibly imagine. Our butlers were kept busy serving delicious bites all afternoon.

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Featured above are Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle. These healthy apps are perfect for summer and any event where the guests are up and moving around.

Below you’ll find one of my personal favorites, our famous Phyllo Cup stuffed with Grilled Chicken, Mango and Cilantro. These miniatures pack a lot of flavor in one small bite.

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If you need a wonderful option for a summer appetizer, you can never go wrong with Ahi Tuna on a Wonton Chip. This crowd favorite was served with our homemade Wasabi Aioli.

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Featured below is another hit for summer, Pesto Shrimp on a Fun and Edible Spoon. Edible spoons are great because they require no cleanup!

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These favorites only scratched the surface of what we served to the guests. Not pictured are our Chicken Cornucopia, Steak Fiesta Blossoms, Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites, and Garlic Cheddar Biscuits with Country Ham with Bistro Sauce.

The buffet started off with a table of Assorted Grilled Pita, Focaccia and Tuscan Breads that was paired with an assortment of Hot Spinach Artichoke, Pimento Cheese with Jalapeno, Pimento Cheese, Hummus and Tomato Basil Spreads. This was followed by another Southern favorite – Fried Green Tomatoes with Pimento Cheese Aioli.

Then, guests enjoyed the two interactive slider stations. Diners were able to make their own Pulled Pork sliders complete with Creamy Cole Slaw, Northern and Southern BBQ Sauces on Miniature Kaiser Rolls. There was also a Mini Fondue Station where guests were able to skewer assorted sausages and dip them in hot melted cheese.

Needless to say, even the Governor and Mayor were impressed!

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Stop Wasting Food!

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Stop Wasting Food!

Drought is taking root all across the world and we need to start doing our part a lot better. As Americans, we waste a lot; sometimes too much! This is especially true when it comes to wasting good food. We take food for granted. For the majority of us, we can just go the local grocery store and get what we want, when we need it. Lots of times we buy things that we never even eat and wind up throwing them away when they spoil. The amount of food that gets tossed out is insane. These wasteful habits are not eco-friendly at all. Plus, with the economy in a constant state of flux, saving money is a good idea for all families and businesses.

Thanks to a recent study by the National Resources Defense Council, about 25% of the food and drinks we buy get thrown away. This means that a family of four will waste about $2,000 worth of food. Even though the average percentage of food spending has dramatically decreased over the past few decades, it still remains the third-largest monthly expense for households.

Below you’ll find some helpful tips that should allow you to cut back on your wasteful food habits!

Have a Food Plan – This might sound confusing but it’s really not. Having a food plan is a great way to keep your family organized, healthy, and happy. A food plan will also allow for you to use less food than you need too. Your food plan should be a combo of your meals that you want to cook during the week, as well as your grocery list. This might not sound like a fun task, and sometimes it isn’t. If you take some time over the weekend to get your planning and shopping completed, you’ll free up a lot of extra time during the week.

Getting it all done at once will save you several trips to the grocery store and back. That’s a lot of time and gas money saved right off the bat. Get yourself a few good recipe books, a monthly planner (or smartphone app), and start planning away. As you’re writing out your weekly meal plans, start taking inventory of what you have already that needs to be eaten first, and then make your grocery list.

Stick to Your Grocery List – Going to the grocery store, especially when hungry, can lead to overspending on food that we do not really need, or even actually want in some cases. This is one of the biggest reasons why making a food plan and grocery list is important. When you go grocery shopping, make a commitment to not stray from your grocery list. Stick to it and forgo the random impulse buys. Also, buying in bulk is not always the best route. This can lead to buying too many of the same item which can lead to spoilage and food rot. Be aware of your spending habits and if you only need 2 potatoes, forget buying the large discounted bag.

The Right Food Storage – We waste a lot of food due to poor organization and storage practices. Failing to put meat in the freezer is also key to premature food loss. Please take the time to get your pantry well organized. This will always help you when making your grocery list so that you don’t buy duplicate items. Be wary of where you place certain food items in the fridge. For instance, do not keep eggs and milk in the door section because when you open the door these items lose the most temperature control.

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When we waste food, we waste more than money. We waste the resources, such as water, that it takes to actually grow the food, we waste people’s time and energy getting it to the local stores for us to buy, and we waste a valuable resource that some people in the world fight for every day. We hope this post will help you change the way you feel about throwing out food the next time you clean out your fridge.

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2015 Champions for Children Gala

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The North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children held its Third Annual Champions for Children Gala recently on April 23, 2015. The special event was held at the luxurious Grand Marquise Ballroom in Garner, North Carolina and the fun festivities began with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m followed by dinner which was served at 6:30 p.m.

The 2015 Champions for Children Honorees:

  • Capitol Broadcasting Company and Mr. Jim Goodmon
  • The Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. Foundation
  • The Honorable Howard E. Manning, Jr.
  • Senator Dan Blue
  • Rev. Dr. Nancy Petty
  • Senator Martin Nesbitt, Posthumously

Catering By Design had the honor of serving dinner for this wonderful fundraiser for the second year in a row. We wanted to share a few of our favorite images from the event in this post, but if you want to see the entire gallery, you’ll have to visit us on Pinterest.

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Before the silent auction started, the elegantly decorated tables were pre-set with salads, water and tea, and desserts. The springtime salad was made of beautiful Baby Greens with Dried Cranberries, Mandarin Oranges and Feta Cheese finished off in a crisp Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing.

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For the side dishes, guests enjoyed making their way down two separate buffet lines that featured Penne Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers, Portobello Mushrooms and Basil Cream Sauce, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes (which are not pictured).

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A magnificent Sauteed Vegetable Medley of broccoli, zucchini, squash, carrots, and red peppers was a hit with the health conscious guests.

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Next we have our champion of the buffet, the Stuffed Chicken Breast of Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes and Vermont White Cheddar, Topped with a Parmesan Cream sauce. This dish is simply amazing to eat.

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Anchoring both dinner buffets were two beefy carving stations. Chef James served up Rosemary Roasted Roast Beef with Balsamic Onion Marmalade, Whole Grain Mustard Sauce, and Horseradish Cream on the side. Guests were able to use the fresh baked Rolls with Butter to make miniature sliders.

The attendees of the fundraiser also got to enjoy Mousse Layered Chocolate Cake along with Cheesecake with Strawberry Drizzle for dessert.

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Mother’s Day Party Tips

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner. How are you going to celebrate this year? We think that you should show her how much you really love and appreciate her by throwing her a Mother’s Day Party that she’ll remember forever. Your mom will really appreciate how much you’ve gone out of your way to make her feel special. Let your mom be “Queen for the Day” and have her sit back and relax while you do all of the work. In part one of this series, we will give you some ideas on invitations and decorations, whereas part two will cover food, music and games. We hope you enjoy these tips and as always, if you need the very best in Raleigh caterers please give us a call, or just check out our menus first and call us later.

Mother’s Day Invitations

If you’re going to plan on having a party for your mother then be sure to invite all of the close relatives and all of her friends. Make sure to include all of the proper details such as date, times, locations, and any other special instructions such as if you want them to bring a dessert, or potluck side. Send your invitations out at least two weeks ahead of time to give everyone invited time to reply and make their plans.

Mother’s Day Decorations

Your mom will really appreciate it if you make sure the decorations for her party are tasteful and represent her. Get a lot of her favorite flowers for centerpieces and put up some of your favorite family photos on a memory board for everyone to see. Maybe even have a guest book for your friends and family to leave sweet messages to your mom. No Mother’s Day party is complete without a banner, so stop by your local print shop, or even Walmart and get a banner that reads “We Love You Mom”, or “Happy Mothers Day”. You can also get streamers and balloons in all of her favorite colors.

Affordable Special Event Raleigh Caterers

Catering By Design is one of the most affordable special event Raleigh caterers. We are constantly winning awards because we offer great prices, fantastic flavors, and some of the best customer service in North Carolina. We can even deliver the food and leave if you do not require a full service catering package, or stick around and do all of the heavy lifting if you need us to. Please call today and let us know how we can help your family plan the best Mother’s Day party ever.

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