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Greater Raleigh Wedding Venues List

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Raleigh Wedding Venues, Wedding Venues


You’re looking for wedding venues in the greater Raleigh area. You have a budget in mind, and a rough idea of how many guests you’d like to invite and you want to see what wedding locations are available. You might be looking for a location for your rehearsal dinner, and definitely looking for an ideal location for your wedding reception, and maybe even your wedding ceremony.

The following is a list of venues in the greater Raleigh area. Catering by Design can cater at each of these venues. See which ones appeal to you.

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Catering by Design is a caterer at each of the venues listed above, making it easy for brides and 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 wedding, your corporate event or your next party.

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Catering-by-Design at The Oaks at Salem

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Chef Greg Lewis, Jen, our sales manager, and Cheri, one of our wonderful servers

Chef Greg Lewis, Jen, our sales manager, and Cheri, one of our wonderful servers

The Oaks at Salem had a bridal fair on a bright June Sunday afternoon, and Catering by Design was there.

Catering by Design came with a core team led by owner and Executive Chef Greg Lewis, Sales Manager Jen, and Event Coordinator Cheri. Here standing in front of an elegant and tasty display of Penne, Chicken Marsala, a Catering-by-Design specialty, and assorted breads and dips. Everything freshly made from scratch. (Click Chicken Marsala Recipe and you’ll find Chef Greg Lewis’ very popular recipe.)

The Oaks at Salem includes a beautiful grand residence.

The Oaks at Salem includes a beautiful grand residence.

The setting at The Oaks at Salem is stunning. A big beautiful, elegant white home with a pretty porch and grand entrance.  A large property with big wide oaks and a pond. Plenty of parking. An absolutely lovely spot for a wedding or wedding reception.

Two large oaks in the front of the property. A large oak on the right side next to the pond.

There were dozens of vendors for all kinds of services, jewelry, wedding planners, invitations, mortgages, realtors, dentists (have to have your best smiles for the wedding photos), another caterer, photographers and more. Luster Studios posted a collection of photos from the event on their Facebook Page.

There's a bench and stretch of lawn along side the pond at The Oaks at Salem

There's a bench and stretch of lawn along side the pond at The Oaks at Salem

Guests, engaged couples and parents or friends, wandered through the house, talking with vendors about their services, and stopping to taste Catering by Design’s fresh food.

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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 this blog post, Wedding Venues in the Greater Raleigh Area.

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Raleigh Catering at the NC Sports Hall of Fame

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Raleigh Catering Services

We love catering at Raleigh’s important historic sites. The NC Museum of History is one of them, and that’s where the NC Sports Hall of Fame is.

Every year the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame inducts new members at an awards event held at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.

We were honored when the Executive Director, Don Fish, asked that we come take care of the catering in a style befitting this event.

The excitement includes an exclusive awards dinner and a special awards event. People who have made sports history for North Carolina are chosen for inclusion into the NC Sports Hall of Fame. It’s a big deal for the winners, their families, friends and the sports players they worked with during their careers.

You can read about the 2011 inductees into the NC Sports Hall of Fame:
Larry Lindsey– Coaching
Gene Overby – Media
Ricky Proehl – Football
Dale Jarrett – Motorsports
Jerry Tolley – Coaching
Al Proctor – Sports Medicine
Tom Parham – Coaching

Catering by Design was proud this year to get a call from the Hall of Fame Executive Director Don Fish, asking us deliver what we do best for the actual awards event. (See our video about Catering in Raleigh at the NC Sports Hall of Fame.)

We had a a carving station. Seasonal fruit and a cheese ball with crackers. Various appetizers, including breads and spreads. And a plentiful dessert table.

In honor of one of the inductees, Dale Jarrett, the Winston Cup NASCAR Champion in 1999, and a 3 time Daytona 500 winner, who has his own line of food, we had a special section. There were Junior Johnson brand Pork Skins. Biscuits with ham and egg. Hot dogs.

Here’s a three minute video of photos from the NC Sports Hall of Fame 2011 Annual Awards Ceremony in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Chef Greg Lewis: “Events like these with the NC Sports Hall of Fame are exciting for us, for me, as well as the Catering by Design team. It’s fun to be there where things are happening. And we do pride ourselves in going the extra mile with service – keeping a constant eye out to anticipate what guests need before they have to ask.”

Have you been down Raleigh to the NC Sports Hall of Fame where you can touch North Carolina sports history up close?

Living in North Carolina, we have a lot to be proud of whether we were born here or moved here.

(Updated August 24, 2011)

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BBQ Catering in Raleigh

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Looking for BBQ catering (barbeque catering) for delivery in Raleigh, Catering by Design makes excellent BBQ that delights customers.

A number of the weddings we cater each year request BBQ as part of their wedding dinner, and we always hear how much people love it!

Want to order BBQ for your next event – a corporate gathering, a family reunion, or whatever you have in mind, call us now, and tell us what you’d like.

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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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Best Catering in Raleigh

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC
Catering by Design Dinner Buffet with Fresh Greens

Catering by Design Dinner Buffet with Fresh Greens

When you’re planning your wedding, or your parents’ fiftieth anniversary party, or your daughter’s college graduation party, you want to know you’re getting the best catering your money can buy.

Catering by Design is one of the best catering services in the greater Raleigh area, in great demand, and able to deliver exactly the level of service you’re looking for.

With over thirty years of experience in fine cuisine, our team can create and deliver whatever you need for your event.

Call us and tell us what you want. When you’re looking for the best catering around, look to Catering by Design.

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 this blog post.

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Catering by Design – Offering the best in quality catering in the greater Raleigh area of North Carolina.

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Catering by Design Delighted Guests at Raleigh Chamber Event

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC
Exhibit Resources CEO Lana Callaway, stands with Catering by Design CEO Chef Greg Lewis

Exhibit Resources CEO Lana Callaway, stands with Catering by Design CEO Chef Greg Lewis

We’re delighted to report that Catering by Design, co-sponsored the May after-hours event of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, with Exhibit Resources near Brier Creek in Raleigh, NC. We provided the food, drinks and servers, and Lana Callaway of Exhibit Resources provided the space and prizes in conjunction with their 20th anniversary.

Marinated vegetables were a big hit at the Raleigh Chamber After Hours Event
Chef Greg Lewis serves filet mignon to a guest at the Raleigh Chamber's May 2011 after hours event.
Chef Greg Lewis serves filet mignon to a guest at the Raleigh Chamber’s May 2011 after hours event.

When we sponsor an event by donating our catering services, in this case including servers and carving stations, it’s an opportunity for us to shine at what we do. Catering by Design makes it easy for our customers to have a wonderful time, with plenty of food and refreshments.

At this Raleigh Chamber event, we brought a bar with beer and wine, a filet mignon serving station, an appetizers station, and a dessert station. It was wonderful to see how many guests were coming back for seconds on the filet mignon and marinated vegetables!

Albert, a bartender for Catering by Design, answers a guest's question
Albert, a bartender for Catering by Design, answers a guest’s question

As sponsors, we got to showcase our food, our displays, our servers and our helpful and attentive style.

Greg  got to network, while carving filet mignon with a bun and Horseradish or Whole Grain Mustard sauce or Balsamic Onion Marmalade.

Over twenty people asked about our catering services, out of a hundred guests, which confirms that we made an impression.

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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Planning a Wedding? Here’s a Timeline

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Want a quick timeline for arranging a wedding? Here’s ours.

Before Choosing a Date

  • Find out if your desired dates are available for:
    • Your wedding venue
    • Your reception hall
    • Your caterer
    • Your musician

Start 12 – 18 months ahead

  • Choose and reserve the venue of your choice for:
    • Your wedding ceremony
    • The rehearsal dinner
    • The wedding reception

9 – 12 months ahead

  • Begin catering arrangements for the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception / dinner
  • Choose your photographer
  • Choose (and order) your wedding dress (and any alterations)
  • Choose your bridesmaid dresses (if they need to be made, or ordered in different sizes)
  • Start shopping for:
    • Florists
    • Musicians (or DJs)
    • Cake Bakeries

4 – 5 months ahead

  • Make guest lists for the rehearsal dinner and reception
  • Choose invitations and order them
  • Make arrangements for a tuxedo (buy, rent, alter)
  • Make hotel reservations for out of town guests

2 – 3 months ahead

  • Mail out invitations
  • Arrange limousine service

1 – 2 months ahead

  • Confirm rehearsal dinner venue
  • Finalize menu and room set-up with caterer
  • Confirm music list with the musicians or D.J.
  • Confirm all other arrangements


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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Catering by Design Recipes: Spinach Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette

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

For a cool refreshing summer salad from Catering by Design in the Raleigh area of North Carolina!

Let’s start with the vinaigrette.

Citrus Vinaigrette

Combine in a bowl:

  • 1/2 cup Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Fine Chopped Shallot
  • 1 Clove Fine Chopped Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Squeezed OJ
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbls Chopped Fresh Chives

Whisk together…

  • Add 1 cup Olive Oil Slowly while whisking
  • Season with Salt and Pepper

Serve with this Spinach Salad

Ingredients

  • 8 oz of Fresh Spinach (baby spinach if you can)
  • 1 pint of Sliced Strawberries
  • Toasted Pine Nuts to taste
  • 2 Oranges
  • A Handful of Crumbled Feta, or Blue Cheese, or Chicken

Steps

  • Cheese or Chicken as much as you like
  • Place Fresh Spinach in a salad bowl
  • Add Strawberries, Toasted Pine Nuts, and Fresh Orange Segments
  • Add Crumbled Feta or Blue Cheese or Chicken

Recipe prepared by Chef Gregory Lewis owner of Catering by Design.

Chef Greg Lewis graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY, in 1986. He has been cooking for 27 years and has been in Bon Appetite, Gourmet and Ristorante Magazine. Greg and the Catering by Design team love catering events throughout the Triangle and beyond.

Call Catering by Design at 919-481-0883 for your next event.

We love what we do, and you will too!

Raleigh NC's Catering by Design Wins Best Caterer Award for 2012

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What Does a Wedding Cost in the Raleigh Area?

Posted in: Wedding Venues

The first time in planning a wedding can be overwhelming. So many different things to plan for. Guests. Hotels. Wedding site. Rehearsal dinners. Wedding reception. Caterer. Music. Flowers. Wedding Dress. Tuxedo. Brides maids dresses. Gifts. Invitations. Honeymoon. Menu. Wedding Cake.

Here are some ranges for prices in the Raleigh North Carolina area.

Cakes run between $3.50 – $10 a person.

DJ‘s run between $600 and $2500. (Hire someone who does it for a living)

Flowers cost between $25 a bouquet or boutonnieres up to $250 and more for centerpieces.

Catering costs $15/person and up for drop off  service with no servers

$30/person with a server all the way up to

$150/person for full service and the best in fine food.

Wedding reception venues can be as inexpensive as a park rental, to under $1000 for the Lions’ Club up to $8000 for a very elegant location. Click here for a great list of local venues where we’ve catered weddings.

Tables cost between $8 – 12 each for rental.

Chairs are between $1.50 to $13 depending on how fancy they are.

Place settings start at $1.50 for disposable up to $15.00/person.

Photographers start at $800 for the most basic service up to $5,000 and more.

At Catering By Design, we can help you plan your whole wedding, or work with your wedding planner, whatever way you prefer. We will work within your budget. If you’re looking to keep your costs down, the more your family and friends are willing to help, the lower the expense will be. You can even get catering for $12 / person.

If you’re looking to go all out, we can also provide that for you.

Call us at Catering By Design and tell us what you’d like to do. 919-481-2366.


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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Name Your Cuisine

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC

Catering By Design literally can deliver whatever kind of cuisine you’re looking for.

Any cuisine?

Yes just about any cuisine! And we also do themes.

We’ve cooked family recipes for a South Asian family, after the bride’s mother came in our kitchen and showed us how they did it.

Cooking with Kosher food.

Vegetarian and macrobiotic cooking.

Asian cooking – Chinese, Japanese. We’ve prepared sushi.

Irish.

German.

Italian – of course we do Italian! Here are our Italian lunch buffet menus.

Russian.

Sri Lankan.

Kenyan.

Nigerian.

Brazilian.

Cajun.

Jamaican. Check out our Caribbean menu, #38.

English with yorkshire pudding.

Indian.

Bar food with a bar.

Desserts and coffee.

A movie theater setup.

Western food with carving stations.

Tropical menus with a cruise ship theme.

Casino night.

Monte Carlo night.

What kind of cuisine or theme would you like for your event?


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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