Our Team

catering company staff in Raleigh, NCWhen you hire a catering company for your wedding, corporate event or special occasion, the most important thing you need to have is confidence in the work they will deliver.

At Catering By Design we are extremely proud of our team and strive to be the top catering company in the greater Raleigh, NC area.  We’re experienced, energetic, enthusiastic and enjoy working together to deliver amazing results for our clients.  Many members of our team have been a key part of our catering company for years. Each staff member brings considerable experience and dedication to every project they undertake. Experience and dedication matter. And they’re the main factors responsible for the success our catering company enjoys.

We’re well organized and understand every aspect of the catering process. We also know what is takes to be an elite catering company – being the best is the only option. We have answers and ideas for you to consider, often before you’re even aware of the questions.  Our expertise gives us the flexibility and resources to truly customize your event.

Every member of our catering company understands that they are playing a key role in a very important event, whether its a wedding reception, corporate meetings, or special occasion.  Here are some of the members of our staff who have helped us earn a reputation as the Raleigh – Durham Triangle area’s leading caterers for over a decade.
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Phillip Lin

Owner

Phillip Lin is the Owner of Catering by Design.  Phillip joined the Catering by Design family in December 2013, coming from many years of managing his family’s restaurant business and an additional staffing agency.  Phillip works hard to make sure that his business always does the right thing from providing excellent customer service to treating our employees with the respect they deserve.  In every thing he does, Phillip lives his life in order to create success in the companies he runs and in the people he influences.  Phillip lives in Raleigh with his wife Amy and his three sons.  Phillip’s hobbies include spending time with friends, watching basketball, playing with his sons, and planning out the next twenty years of his life.

One thing Phillip can’t live without:  his iPhone and his great sense of humor.


Amy Lin

Business Development Director

Amy Lin is the Business Development Director of Catering by Design. Amy has been with Catering by Design for 3 years. Amy’s duties include networking, human resource management, and other paperwork and compliance issues that must be addressed. Amy lives in Raleigh with her husband Phillip and their three sons. Amy’s hobbies include reading, watching British television series, and spending time with her sons.

One thing Amy can’t live without: books.


Kelli March

Catering Director

Kelli March is the Catering Director for Catering by Design. Kelli goes on-site to work with new corporate clients and also meets with the many brides who come in for a consultation or private tastings. Kelli has been with Catering by Design for 5 years. Kelli is well equipped to handle any challenge that comes into our office from helping with elaborate proposals to ordering the equipment we need for an event. Kelli lives in Apex with her beloved Cavapoo, Sadie. Her daughter, Morgan, is a preschool teacher in Greenville and her son, Noah attends Cape Fear Community College. Kelli’s hobbies include relaxing at the beach, Reality TV, beer tasting and Facebook stalking.

One thing Kelli can’t live without: music and her cellphone.


Jim Cole

Lead Event Manager

Jim Cole is the Lead Event Manager and has been with Catering by Design for 6 years.  When it is time for your special event, Jim and his staff make sure that everything is set-up on time and are skilled in meeting any challenges that may arise.  Jim lives in Silk Hope with his family.  His hobbies include playing sports and enjoying the great outdoors.

One thing Jim can’t live without: Snickers.


Mendy Iler

Senior Catering Coordinator/ Marketing Director

Mendy Iler is one of our most experienced staff members. She has been with the company for 3 years, and she is quick to keep everyone organized — making sure our staff and customers know exactly what they need for each event. Mendy has lived in the Triangle all of her life and currently lives in Cary with her husband, Lewis and son, Logan (who works as the lead packaging coordinator at Catering by Design). Her daughter Leigh is an elementary school teacher in Chapel Hill. Mendy’s hobbies include all things UNC, Carolina Panthers, Golden State Warriors and Disney.

One thing Mendy can’t live without: a good book and a chair at the beach!


James Murdock

Executive Chef

James Murdock is Catering By Design’s Executive Chef. Chef James has been creating extraordinary culinary experiences for over forty years. A graduate of Butler University and The New York Culinary Academy, Chef James has spent a lifetime developing and designing events for a wide array of clients and guests.

A New York native, Chef James is a die-hard Yankee fan and avid sports enthusiast. Having spent his life in kitchens and around food, his ‘must haves’ are a good set of knives, a nice Meritage and a great steak!