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Prom Night for a Very Special Dance Group in Siler City

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC

We’ve got a story about a very special dance group in Siler City: The Tuesday Night Dance Group.

Greg Lewis, owner of Catering by Design lives near Siler City in Chatham County, and last year was pleased to offer catering for Prom Night. This year, Catering by Design again catered their very special night. Here’s more about the group.

The Tuesday Night Dance Group has been meeting every Tuesday for the past 18 years in Siler City. They’ve only missed three Tuesdays in about 1000 (52 x 18).

It was started almost 20 years ago by Lois Garner, the mother of a special needs child got together with a few parents of special needs children and adults. Word traveled and pretty soon, The Tuesday Night Dance Group was the night to be on the town for a whole community of people.

On any Tuesday night as few as 50 and as many as 150 girls and boys,  and men and women come.  They could be as young as 10 and as elderly as 80.

Many of the dancers are from Chatham County, but a couple of groups are from group homes in Randolph County. “We’ve had people come from as far as Greensboro and Highpoint,” said Joe Ellen, father of a young man with special needs, Josh. Josh is THE DJ for The Tuesday Night Dance Group, on every Tuesday, except Prom Night.

Prom Night is the fanciest. A professional DJ. Professional photographer. Professional catering. One mother has made corsages for all of the girls and women.  Sometimes a local business sends a limousine to pick up a few of the attendees.

“Joe and the other parents in the group are really good people,” said Chef Greg Lewis, “What they are doing is important and makes such a huge difference  in their lives, parents, as well as the adults and young teens who come.”

Joe Ellen has been Special Olympics Coordinator for Chatham County for almost 12 years, and has only this year retired from that role. He has overseen Special Olympics throughout the county, as well as being a sports coach.

“When is the Special Olympics event?” we asked. “Every weekend of my life,” Joe Ellen answered. “People don’t realize that we practice year round.  Every team has to qualify and then qualify some more to be eligible to play in the state-wide events.”

Joe Ellen, (Ellen is his last name), is certified to coach in three sports. When there aren’t regular practice games scheduled, other county coordinators get together and have their own games.

There are teams in many different sports. Players are put on a team based on their ability not their age or sex. All the teams are co-ed.

“I like my guys, my men and women. We have a really good time together, ALL the time.” Joe said. “I enjoy them in everything we do.”

The Tuesday Night Dance Group’s Prom Night was held September 13, 2011 at the Sage Academy at 501 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard in Siler City, NC 27344. For more information contact Joe Ellen at JosephEllen49@gmail.com.

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Raleigh Event Venues

Posted in: Raleigh Catering, Raleigh Wedding Venues, Social Event Catering

(New sites added March 2014 and updated on the PDFs for downloading. )

Catering by Design Service Area

Catering by Design caters events all around the Triangle, all the way to Pinehurst and Southern Pines, even as far north as Rocky Mount.

We’ve catered and have permission to cater at the following list of the Greater Raleigh Area venues. These include venues in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Garner, Carrboro, RTP, Angier, Wake Forest, Pinehurst, Wendell and Warrenton. There are others too and we will keep updating this list. It is daunting for couples who are new to the area to research all the options in the area, so we put this list together to help you save time.

Free Download of Raleigh Area Event Venues

Raleigh Event Venues by Name

Raleigh Event Venues Organized by City



Raleigh Event Venues

Catering by Design is a caterer at each of these venues in the greater Raleigh, NC area. We’ve listed the venues here to make it easy for you to locate choice venues for your events.


Catering by Design is a caterer at each of these venues in the greater Raleigh, NC area. We’ve listed the venues here to make it easy for you to locate choice venues for your events.


Raleigh Area Wedding and Other Event Venues in North Carolina
Venue City Contact Number Capacity
A Step To Gold Raleigh 919.781.6868 225
All Saints Chapel Raleigh 919.755.0971 298
American Legion Cary 919.481.4811 50-70
Anderson Point Raleigh 919.807.8461 70
Apex Community Center Apex 919.249.3402 100
Artspace Raleigh 919.821.2787 250
Barclay Villa Angier 919.639.3700
Bass Lake Retreat Center Holly Springs 919.557.2906 80-150
Bennett Bunn Plantation Zebulon
Bond Park Community Center Cary 919.462.3970 99
Borden Building Raleigh 919.831.6430 100-150
Burning Coal Theatre Raleigh 919.834.4001
Cambria Suites RTP 919.361.3311 10 to 88
Carrboro Century Center Carrboro 919.918.7385 200
Chatham Hill Winery RTP 919.380.7135 25 to 156
Comfort Suites Raleigh Raleigh 919.212.6900 30-100
Comfort Suites Raleigh Durham Airport/RTP RTP 919.474.0203 150
Country Inn & Suites Raleigh Durham Airport RTP 919.544.1010 120
Crenshaw Hall Wake Forest 919.334.6190
Cypress Manor Raleigh 919.800.8950
Durant Nature Park Raleigh 919.870.2871 200
Durham Armory Durham 919.560.4355 20 – 585
Durham Arts Council Durham 919.560.2787 150
Durham Realtors Square Durham 919.403.2117 200
Edison Johnson Recreation Center Durham 919.560.4270 25 – 430
Events At Newton Square Raleigh 919.845.1802 75-300
Grand Ballroom in Raleigh Raleigh 919.832.6866
Grand Marquise Ballroom Garner 919.773.0013 400
The Hall & Gardens at Landmark Garner 919.329-7674 300 seated
Halle Cultural Arts Center Apex 919.249.1120 135
Hampton Inn Raleigh Capital Blvd Raleigh 919.872.7111 72
Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill Durham Chapel Hill 919.403.8700 50
Hampton Inn Chapel Hill Chapel Hill 919.683.3000 20-25
Haywood Hall Raleigh 919.832.8357 100-150
Herbert C. Young Community Center Cary 919-460-4965 250
Het Landhuis Pittsboro 919.545.2280 100 +
Holly Springs Cultural Center Holly Springs 919.567.4000 15-150
Homewood Suites by Hilton Durham-Chapel Hill Durham 919.401.0610 125
Homewood Suites by Hilton Raleigh / Cary Cary 919.466.9045 120
Homewood Suites Raleigh-Crabtree Raleigh 919.785.2942 80-120
Horace Williams House Chapel Hill 919.942.7818  15-30-150
Hotel Sierra – Raleigh Durham Airport Morrisville(919) 942-7818 919.388-5355 20-170
I.R. Holmes Recreation Center Durham 919.560.4444 460
JC Raulston Arboretum Raleigh 919.513.7457 25-200
Kildaire Farms Club Cary 919.467.4313 100
King’s Kompany Kabin Raleigh 929-961-7050  90+
Lake Johnson Raleigh 919.233.2121 99
Lake O’ the Woods Plantation Warrenton 252.257.1541 340
Lake Wheeler Raleigh 919.662.5704 30-175
Lighthouse Christian Fdtn/Convention Center Raleigh 919.661.6903 800
Lochmere Highlands Clubhouse Cary 919.233.7640 80
Magnolia Cottage Raleigh 919.233.2121 49
Museum of Life and Science Durham 919.220.5429 x400
McCowan Magnum House Durham 919.560.4355 49
The Mahler (Fine Art Gallery) Raleigh 919.896.7503
Marbles Kids Museum Raleigh 919.834.4040
Montague Lake Apex 919.362.7477 x29 100 – 200+
Montfort Hall Raleigh 919.834.8675 125
Museum of History Raleigh 919.807.7875 50 – 500
NC Botanical Gardens Chapel Hill 919.962.0522
One Eleven Place Cary 919.654.5413 275
Page Walker Hotel Cary 919.460.4963 140
Raleigh City Museum Raleigh 919.996.2220
Raleigh Elks Lodge Raleigh 919.787.5990 80-225
Rand Bryan House Garner 919.995.1663  100-250
Regency Park Ampitheater Cary 919.462.2025 450
Rigmore House Durham 919.933.7177 225
Rose Garden Raleigh Little Theatre Raleigh 919.821.4579 125
Royal Banquet Center Raleigh 919.621.0540 200
St. Marks Chapel at Mordecai Raleigh 919.857.4362  small
Shady Wagon Farms New Hill 919.542.7172 200
Shriners Temple Raleigh 919.848.7972 300
Silk Hope Farm Heritage Park Siler City 919.663.0331  big
Sir Walter Ballroom – The Virginia Dare Ballroom Raleigh 919.832.1300  150
Snipes Farm Retreat Chapel Hill 919.929.3454 120-150+
Spruce Pine Lodge Durham 919.560.4355 120
St Francis Raleigh 919.847.8205 x 266 10-354
Sunset Lake Lodge Fuquay Varina 919.552.7509 75
The Cotton Company Wake Forest 919.570.0087 200
The Factory / The Mill Room Wake Forest 919.453.1839 200
The Fair Barn Pinehurst 910.295.0166 450 – 500
The Grand Ballroom Raleigh 919-832-6866  150
The Hayloft McLeansville 336.621.1341  200
The Howard House Dunn 910-892-5453  99 + Up
The Oaks at Salem Apex 919.387.4158
The Sutherland Wake Forest 919.795.4366 150
Tucker House Raleigh 919.831.6009 50 to 100
Velvet Cloak Inn Raleigh 919.828.0333 300
VFW Cary 919.467.1188 300 & 50
W.D. Hill Recreation Center Durham 919.560.4292 400
White Deer Park Nature Center Garner 919.661.6982 70 – 96
White Dove Chapel Wendell 919.365.9510 100

Please call us at (919) 481-2366 to discuss catering for your next event. Or email us at info@catering-by-design.com.

Let us give you a quote for catering your next party and make it a wonderful, stress free time for you and all your guests.

For the very best event…

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Planning Weddings in Hurricane Season

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Wedding Venues
Billowing white curtains at Shady Wagon Farm's indoor-outdoor pavillion.

Billowing white curtains at Shady Wagon Farm’s indoor-outdoor pavillion on a beautiful summer’s day.

Today is the day that Hurricane Irene lands on the North Carolina shore. Though the course is well east of the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill region of central North Carolina where Catering by Design provides most of its catering services, the winds and rains that we’re seeing sporadically, will be increasing through the day. There’s no telling how fast the wind will get and how hard the rain will fall.

And, today, we’re providing catering for a beautiful bride and her handsome groom for the wedding reception after they take their vows before a wedding officiant, their family and friends.

A wedding day on a hurricane day. What now?

The wedding’s been planned for many months if not a year or more. People have traveled from out of town to be here. Everything’s reserved and set, and can’t be easily be rescheduled. So the wedding goes on.


The spacious barn at Shady Wagon Farm where Catering by Design sets up for wedding receptions and dinners.

These soon-to-be newlyweds chose Shady Wagon Farm for their wedding venue, a venue that has a beautiful bed and breakfast  overlooking a pond, and a large barn in which wedding receptions are held. That’s in addition to an outdoor wedding pavillion, and a very large covered patio, where guests can enjoy the outdoors in good weather.

Ready for a beautiful wedding reception: the Shady Wagon Farm Barn

Ready for a beautiful wedding reception: An example of  a Catering by Design set up for a wedding reception at the Shady Wagon Farm Barn

So today with hurricane force winds and heavy rains possible, this young couple can have their wedding ceremony and reception all inside the barn. It takes some re-arranging – or a lot of re-arranging – as we won’t be able to set up for all the different parts of the evening at once, we’ll have to do it in sequence. First set up for the ceremony. Then set up for appetizers, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Then for dinner, and after that for dancing. The great news is that the wedding can go on!

When making your wedding plans in hurricane season and hurricane territory – which is increasingly wide as we see Hurricane Irene’s path up to New York City – choose a location that offers indoor facilities as well as outdoor ones. That way, if the weather gets really bad, all the activities can be moved indoors, and you won’t have to worry about tents in strong winds.

We’re Catering by Design and we’re one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We cater in a wide area that includes 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.

Call us for your next event. (919) 481-2366. Find out why our customers love us.

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Catering by Design to be a Cary Arts Center Caterer

Posted in: Cary Catering Services

The Cary Arts Center has opened!

Located on Dry Street in downtown Cary, near the intersections with Kildaire Farm Road, Walnut Street and Academy, the Cary Arts Center held its grand opening in mid-August 2011.

Classic Sports Catering has chosen Catering by Design as one of the caterers for private events at the Cary Arts Center.

We have a good working relationship with Classic Sports Catering and they have chosen Catering by Design as the primary caterer for several sports sites and annual sporting events. It’s a trust we’ve earned by the consistent high quality of our food and service.

Read more about the Grand Opening event on the Town of Cary website.

As of the time of this posting, room rentals for Cary residents started at $25/hour up to $600 for 6 hours for the theater. Non-resident rates have a surcharge. Catered events have a $25/hour catering prep charge in addition the catering costs. Rates for the Cary Arts Center, and other Cary arts centers are posted on a PDF called General Facilities Information on the Cary Arts Center page. (Please consult their site for updated information.)

We’re excited about the beautiful new Cary Arts Center in downtown Cary and look forward to providing outstanding food and service for upcoming private events.

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Catering by Design at the Southern Bridal Show in Raleigh

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Wedding Catering Raleigh

We had a wonderful time at the Southern Bridal Show held at the fairgrounds in Raleigh. So many people stopped by to talk to us. Brides all had tags with the month of their upcoming wedding, and other family members had tags too – like “Lucky Groom” and “Mother of the Bride”.

Our Smoked Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Dip was a hit. People lined up for it.

We’re Catering by Design and we’re one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.

Call us for your next event. (919) 481-2366. Find out why our customers tell us they love us.

Catering by Design’s Blog Home Page.

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Catering by Design’s Grilled Filet of Salmon

Posted in: Catering by Design Recipes, Catering in Raleigh NC

Grilled Filet of Salmon

Roasted Fennel and Chili Cream

(Serves 6)

2 lbs Boneless, Skinless Salmon Filet

Rub with Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper, Garlic

Grill on Hot Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side or until done

Remove from Grill and serve with Sauce

Roasted Fennel and Chili Cream Sauce

4 Cups Heavy Cream

¼ cup Onion

5 Cloves Garlic

¼ cup Chopped Roasted Fennel

2 Roasted Chili Peppers.  You can vary this depending desired heat you want.

Salt and Pepper to taste

Bring to boil all ingredients.  Lower heat to medium, simmer slowly

Let reduce until of sauce consistency while stirring frequently to prevent scorching.

Once the sauce is of the desired consistency, strain and season with Salt and Pepper.

Serve under the Salmon for better plate appearance

Garnish with Grilled Chili’s and Slices of Grilled Fennel

Let us know how you like it.
Email greg@catering-by-design.com

Visit Catering by Design, one of Raleigh’s best full service caterers. Find out what we can do for you.

Call us at (919) 481-2366

Raleigh caterer, Catering-by-Design's logo

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Greater Raleigh Corporate Event Venues

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Raleigh Catering

The Triangle area of North Carolina has tremendous resources for corporate events. Historic sites. Museums. Farms. Parks. Lakes. There are event venues of every size, price and location. Catering by Design has provided this list to make it easy for you to find event venues where Catering by Design can cater your event.

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Catering by Design is a caterer at each of these venues, listed here to make it easy for corporate event planners to locate choice venues for their events in the greater Raleigh area. Please call us at (919) 481-2366 to discuss catering for your next event. We’d love to cater your corporate event, business meeting or party.


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Host Your Realtor Events with Beautifully Catered Food

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Corporate Catering

A Favorite Catering by Design Buffet Lunch Menu

Seasonal Green Salad Tossed with House Vinaigrette

Rolls, Grilled Tuscan, Pita and Focaccia Breads

Pan Seared Chicken Marsala

Penne Pasta Tossed with Portobellos, Roasted Peppers

Basil Cream Sauce

Marinated Grilled Vegetables

Lennar Raleigh-Durham, a real estate developer with developments in the Triangle area of North Carolina, held a fun event for Realtors this summer at Lennar at The Meadows at Ravenstone called Lunch N Loot.

Catering by Design was delighted to be selected as the caterer for this event.

We’re Catering by Design and we’re one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.

Call us for your next event. (919) 481-2366. Find out why our customers tell us they love us.

Catering by Design’s Blog Home Page.

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Five Star Reviews of Raleigh’s Catering by Design

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC

Facebook Reviews of Catering by Design

Do you value the reviews of customers when you’re evaluating which caterer to use? It helps doesn’t it?

A number of our customers have left reviews on Facebook, and since Facebook is phasing out the Reviews pages in the fall of 2011, we’re sharing the reviews in this blog post.

I just wanted to thank you for everything. The food was great and the service was even better. We loved the way they did the set up at the clubhouse. We could not have picked a better catering company.

I wish you the best in your business!

Maria Teresa Pereda, 5 stars May 23, 2011

Greg & the team have always done a great job for us. Our small ideas always turn into fabulously planned menus. Everyone is very professional and super flexible! And of course the food is DELICIOUS! Whether we need a buffet for 30 people or appetizers for 100, Catering by Design rises above and beyond our expectations!

Sarah Alge, 5 stars, September 17, 2010

A feast for the eyes as well as the culinary palet. Delicious and beautiful was the food at the events that I’ve attended where the caterer was Catering By Design. Thank you Chef Gregory!

Robin Richardson, 5 stars, March 12, 2010

Greg has been a customer for some time, but I have used his catering services for my daughter’s graduation party and found them to be more than excellent!

Whitney Hill, 5 stars, August 13, 2009

Reliable and professional.
Food is prepared freshly with excellent presentation.
No need to shop around. Wonderful staff all led by Chef Greg!
Catering by Design will impress your guests.

Theresa Gasper- DiBenedetto, 5 stars, July 25, 2009

I have attended a few events that were catered by Greg and his staff. The food is always wonderful and they always seem to make everything happen timely and seemlessly. I highly recommend Catering By Design.

Brian Walker, 5 stars, July 21, 2009

We’re Catering by Design and we’re one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We cater in a wide area that includes 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.

Call us for your next event. (919) 481-2366. Find out why our customers love us.


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Chef Greg Lewis Does a Walk Thru for Wedding Catering

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC

Catering by Design does walk-thru’s regularly with couples and their families or friends. This video was put together from a walk-thru in the beautiful country setting at Shady Wagon Farm, in New Hill, North Carolina, southwest of Raleigh.

We’re Catering by Design and we would love to cater your wedding. 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 for your next event. (919) 481-2366. Find out how we can help you have a terrific time and happy guests at your next event. To see a list of all the many dozens of venues where we cater throughout central North Carolina, visit Raleigh Area Wedding Venues blog post.

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