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More of Our Favorite Holiday Desserts

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Did you come back to see the other holiday treats and desserts that made our favorites list? Welcome back! Christmas cookies, fudge, peppermint bark, and more topped our featured list in the last post. Below you’ll find out which yummy sweets will round out our favorites! Searching for the right Cary NC holiday catering services? Be sure to call Catering By Design today! You’ll love our prices and customer service.

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Yule Log

This traditional dessert is served near Christmas, especially in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many other countries as well. This dessert is made of a sponge cake rolled up to resemble a miniature Yule log. I’ve seen some Yule logs that were almost too pretty to eat. Here’s a recipe if you’d like to give it a try.

Reindeer Bait

This fun holiday treat goes by many different names. You might have heard reindeer poop or food or even Christmas crack. Regardless of what you call it one thing is for sure, it’s super delicious and addicting. If you’re heading to a holiday party, make this your contribution and you’ll be the most popular person there. Here’s an easy recipe.


Fruitcakes have been around since the Romans. It’s celebrated in countries all over the world. Even though I’m not a huge fruitcake fan, if done correctly they’re very good. This 5-star recipe seems like a winner.

Gingerbread Houses

I adore making gingerbread houses with my kids. It’s so much fun watching them decide which candies to use to decorate and which ones they’re going to eat right away. Gingerbread houses are so much fun to make. If you’ve never made one before give it a try. You can buy kits at most stores or make your own from scratch.

Out of all of these yummy treats from the last two posts, let us know which one is your favorite on social media! We’d also like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thanks for being fans of Catering By Design!

Top Rated Cary NC Holiday Catering Services

If you need the best Cary NC holiday catering services for your next event this winter, call Catering by Design. Our holiday schedule is filling up quickly so don’t hesitate to make the decision to call us today. Get your date reserved now before it’s too late!

We’re an award-winning caterer in Cary, North Carolina and guarantee that you’ll love our food, service, and especially our prices. Call us today to learn how we can save you time and money.

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Celebrate GRACE Fundraising Dinner

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GRACE Christian school recently held their annual Celebrate GRACE fundraising dinner and we were honored to be there. The dinner was to raise funds for the Annual Fund which provides for academic and extra-curricular activities for the students. Many students, their parents, and the staff were all in attendance for a great night of food, fun, and fellowship. Be sure check out some of the highlights below. If you’d like to see more pictures from the event please visit our Pinterest page. Do you need affordable Cary event catering this spring or summer? Call Catering by Design today! Learn how we can help you save time and money on great service and food.

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The tables were beautifully set in bright and vibrant spring colors, white linens, floral arrangements, goodie bags for the guests, and yummy miniature desserts featuring cannoli, lemon squares, and more.

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There were so many guests in attendance that we had to set up multiple buffet stations. Here you can see a line of guests enjoying the food and fellowship during the event.

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The buffets featured many tasty dishes. We served a creamy penne pasta with mushrooms and red bell peppers, country style green beans with peppers, a beautiful spring salad mix, Italian herb bruschetta chicken, and fresh baked rolls.

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Thanks again to everyone at Grace Christian school for having us over for such an important event. It was truly a pleasure to serve you. For fantastic tasting food at unbelievably great prices, please keep reading to learn more about how Catering by Design can help you.

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Searching for high quality and affordable Cary event catering this spring or summer? Call Catering by Design. We’re one of the top rated catering companies in the Triangle area. We can help you with any type of event with very affordable packages. From business luncheons, awards banquets, grand openings, and charity events, to birthday parties, anniversaries, block parties, and more, we can cater it all! Our team of highly trained pros is ready to answer questions or to schedule service for you.

Getting married this year? Brides and grooms love our free menu tastings. This is a free service we offer that many competitors charge for. Please click here to check out our wedding menus. Call us today to learn more.

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Bed, Bath & Beyond’s Rock Your Registry Event

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We had the lovely pleasure of displaying some of our favorites from our very own wedding menu over the weekend at Bed Bath & Beyond’s Rock Your Registry Event at their Cary, NC location at Crossroads Plaza. We were one of a select group of local vendors and corporate manufacturing reps that helped to answer all of the questions that the lucky brides and grooms had about making their big day, and new life, fabulous. Catering By Design was lucky enough to be chosen as the only food caterer at this year’s event with Gigi’s Cupcakes and The Freezing Pointe providing all of the sweet treats. I had a chance to sample the homemade Coffee Bean Crunch ice cream from The Freezing Pointe, and let me tell you, even on a cold night in January the ice cream was a huge hit with the entire crowd. Be sure to keep them in mind for a unique way to have dessert at your wedding.

The registry event was truly rocking with a DJ playing great tunes as the happy couples competed in a dance-off for some amazing door prizes including Mikasa place settings and a Dyson vacuum cleaner.

We sprinkled this post with a few of our favorite pictures from Sunday night’s event, but to see the entire gallery, you’ll have to follow us on Pinterest. Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook. We’re always sharing helpful tips for arts and crafts, recipes, and fun family events that are easy on the budget.

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For the registry, we started out the guests on the lighter side with a beautiful array of Chilled Marinated Grilled Vegetables, with breads and gourmet crackers.

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Then the guests moved down to our homemade Hummus, Tomato Basil and Hot Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Dips that were served with a variety of Crispy Crostini, Crackers and Pita Points.

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On the heavier side, we served some of our most requested menu items. Our Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bites with Apricot Mustard Sauce are always a big hit and the miniature Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli had the crowd coming back for seconds, and even thirds.

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The star of our show was the Beef Wrapped Portobellos with Sesame Ginger Glaze. This heavy appetizer is one of our biggest crowdpleasers. I’m glad we were prepared for the hungry brides and grooms because we almost ran out of the tasty morsels. Just goes to prove how our food really speaks for itself.

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There is a reason we’re considered the best of the Cary wedding catering companies, and that’s because of our top notch customer services, affordable menus and great food and flavors. Brides, we offer FREE menu tastings whereas some of our competitors charge for this service. We let our food speak for us so come on down and schedule your tasting today.

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Hockey Party Catering Tips

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In North Carolina, we are actually pretty crazy about our hockey. We’re so excited about another Carolina Hurricanes season and being big Caniacs! We get a lot of mild weather here in Caniac Country and that allows for some unique tailgating opportunities. Fans from opposing teams in colder climates are amazed at how our fans cook up feasts for hockey, like they do for other, more popular tailgates, like football. If you want to host a tailgate party, or have a hockey party at your home we can help. Catering By Design provides top notch Raleigh, Durham, and Cary event catering for all sporting events. Whether you need us to cook it all up and drop it off, or you want a full service catered affair, we can provide the best game day experience you and your fan friends have ever seen. The best part of our full service catering is that we do all the work. We cook the food, serve it, and clean up afterwards. That means you get to enjoy the game and be with your friends and family. If you want to host your own hockey party, here are some great food ideas to make sure your guests are happy, win or lose.

Pizza Pizza – Pizza is by far the easiest hockey party food to serve. Pizza is a great last minute option for your vegetarian friends. Pizza is also reliable because, who doesn’t like pizza? Take a look in your newspaper, or online for coupons to your favorite local pizza joint. You can make your own of course, but this could take a lot of time depending on your head count.

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Nachos – Another great hockey party food is nachos. This is a staple at every hockey arena in the country. Nachos are easy to make and you can create an interactive nacho bar with lots of great toppings. This is also another great idea for vegetarian friends attending your game. You can serve several different types of toppings including different types of salsas, chips, cheeses, meats, veggies, and don’t forget the jalapenos. If you really want to get creative, serve some mini quesadillas.

Buffalo Wings – This might be my personal favorite game day food, period. No matter what sport you’re tailgating for, buffalo wings will be hit. You can go big, bold and spicy or keep it mild, sweet and smokey. Or, all of the above. If you’re going to serve something really spicy, make sure to have something mild for those that cannot handle the heat. Be sure to have plenty of napkins and hand wipes for your guests as wings can get a little messy.

Don’t Forget The Beer – No hockey party is complete without beer – just make sure to drink responsibly and have some nonalcoholic beverages as well.

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At Catering By Design, we cater all types of events and we love feeding the fans of our favorite teams in the Triangle. Whether you’re watching a Sunday NFL game, taking in a college basketball game, or watching the Durham Bulls, we’re ready to take care of all of your special event catering needs. Our menus are fully customizable and affordable. Call us today to learn more.

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Catering by Design on Social Media

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When you’re learning about different catering companies to consider for your wedding, or anniversary or business event, don’t you find it helpful to see pictures showing the caterers in action – where they cater, what they serve, what they look like, how much they show on social media.

At Catering by Design our focus is on you – helping you know what’s possible and giving you what you want for your budget and vision.

We’ve invested to be able to show you what we’re doing. See for yourself. Click on the images to visit the different sites.


Catering by Design on Pinterest


Catering by Design Instagram

Catering by Design on Instagram


Catering by Design on YouTube

Catering by Design on YouTube

Catering by Design Twitter

Catering by Design on Twitter

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Catering by Design on Facebook


Catering by Design on The Knot

Catering by Design on The Knot


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Call to find out what Catering By Design can do for you on your very special day.

Call us at 919-481-2366 and ask us about catering your wedding.

Catering By Design is a full service caterer. We work with weddings both large and small, casual or extraordinarily elegant. We make everything about your event smooth and wonderful! Find out just how easy we make it.

For the Very Best Event….

Raleigh NC's Catering by Design Wins Best Caterer Award for 2012
Raleigh NC’s Catering by Design Wins Best Caterer Award for 2012
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How to Choose a Caterer?

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One of the first posts on our Catering by Design blog in the fall of 2009 was about how to choose a caterer for special events. That was 2.5 years ago, so you might think that its content is outdated. The truth is it’s not. The basics of how people choose caterers for special events remains the same. Maybe a little more information finding is happening online. Maybe there are more directories which have reviews on caterers. But the basic ideas haven’t changed.

  1. Friends’ Recommendations. Number one way people choose caterers, is through recommendations. We want to know that someone we know has already had a positive experience with a caterer. Our friends’ recommendations hold the most weight.
  2. Vendor Recommendations. We at Catering by Design, often recommend vendors that can help our customers. We’ve worked with them. We’ve heard our customers talk about their experience, and want want you to be VERY happy with yours, so we will only recommend the ones we trust the most.
  3. Online Searches. Who doesn’t look online for products and services. Yellow Pages the ubiquitous books that many of us grew up depending on, have gone online as well. Searching online can supplement the recommendations of your friends. You can also gather more information. Since we each have different preferences for budgets, menus, style, and more, we’ll need to qualify our friends’ recommendations to our own needs and desires.

Looking online can be overwhelming because of how much information there is. There are dozens of directories that list caterers. You can choose by proximity to you. By the most reviews. By the look of their website. By the way they answer the phone, or how quickly they get back to you.

We think you should choose a caterer by a combination of these ways:

    • Ask your friends and family.
    • Ask a vendor you’ve already chosen for their recommendation.
    • Search online for additional information.
    • Study the caterer’s website. Do they give you enough information to make your decision? Answer your questions?
    • Review their social media sites and blog content. We invest time and money in our online content, because we know how important it is for you to be able to see more of what we do than can just be seen on a simple website, or in a brochure.
    • We also think you should go with a catering company that feels like a good fit for you. Gather all the information you can find, and then call or visit the caterers and see who you feel the most comfortable with, who respects and listens to your wishes.
    • You want to feel good about your choice, because you are trusting your caterer with your friends and family and business associates. Your events are important!


We’re Catering by Design, an award-winning wedding caterer, and one of the top caterers in the greater Raleigh area. Call and talk to us about your upcoming wedding and ask what we can do for you. Find out why our brides love us.
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Catering by Design Caters at All These Venues

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Catering by Design caters at over 70 venues all around the Triangle. Click on the red pins to see the venue name and contact information.

We’re Catering by Design, one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We’re a full service caterer, serving a full area as wide as 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.

What’s your next event? Call us and find out how we can help you. (919) 481-2366. Find out why our customers love us.

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Caribbean Birthday Party Celebration

Posted in: Cary Catering Services, Catering in Raleigh NC, Social Event Catering

Catering by Design was honored to be chosen from among a dozen preferred caterers at One Eleven Place in Cary for a fabulous big birthday party with a Caribbean theme. The birthday celebrant is Nigerian and had friends from all over.

We are a full service caterer and can cater whatever food you are looking for in whatever venue you choose with as little as drop-off and as much as full fledged coordination and arranging of everything.

For this big birthday celebration, we worked closely with the sister of the “birthday girl” who lives out of state. We planned every aspect of the party with her, and created a wonderful tropical event. Guests came dressed in beautiful colors, children performed dances, the Island Music Trio performed island music complete with horns, and the scent of Caribbean food carried us away. You can’t help but be excited when you’re helping create big celebratory events like this.

(The Menu is below the Photo Gallery.)

Caribbean Themed Birthday Celebration Menu

Spinach Salad with Fresh Strawberries, Feta Cheese

Citrus Vinaigrette

Red Beans and Rice

Fried Plantains

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Saute’ Vegetables in Butter

Caribbean Jerk Chicken

Curried Goat

Teriyaki Salmon

Fried Dumplings

Pineapple and Cheese Cornbread

Key Lime Pies

We’re Catering by Design, one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We’re a full service caterer, serving a full area as wide as 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.

What’s your next event? Call us and find out how we can help you. (919) 481-2366. Find out why our customers love us.


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Catering Cary!

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Catering in Cary! Catering by Design is located in Cary, North Carolina, at the center of  a rich cultural, educational and business region known as “The Triangle”.

We’ve mapped just some of the Cary, NC venue locations where Catering by Design is a preferred vendor and pre-approved to cater events.

Click on the red pins and you’ll see the name of the venue with a live link to the site, and their address and phone number.

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Catering by Design to be a Cary Arts Center Caterer

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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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