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Catering by Design on Social Media

Posted in: Apex Catering Services, Cary Catering Services, Catering in Raleigh NC, Fuquay Varina Catering Services, Garner Catering Services, Holly Springs Catering Services, Raleigh Catering Services

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

Catering by Design Facebook

Catering by Design on Facebook


Catering by Design on The Knot

Catering by Design on The Knot


Catering by Design

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?

Posted in: Apex Catering Services, Cary Catering Services, Fuquay Varina Catering Services, Garner Catering Services, Holly Springs Catering Services, Raleigh Catering Services

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 That was 2.5 years ago, so you might think that its content is outdated.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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Holly Springs Catering by Catering by Design

Posted in: Holly Springs Catering Services

Holly Springs, North Carolina is a growing town that Catering by Design visits frequently, providing catering services to the town itself, to the Chamber of Commerce and to businesses, for weddings and family events. Catering by Design is honored to have been chosen as the caterer for the Town of Holly Springs Annual Banquet for a number of years.

Catering by Design has catered weddings at:

Other event venues in Holly Springs include:

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Holly Springs at 1516 Ralph Stephens Road. 919-552-7610
  • W. E. Hunt Recreation Center, and
  • Devils Ridge Golf Club – which has its own staff and cuisine
Catering by Design was the winner of the Small Business of the Year Award from the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce in 2010. We also have catered several events for the 12 Oaks Community and Golf Course in Holly Springs.

We’re Catering by Design, one of the premiere full service caterers in the greater Raleigh North Carolina region. Let us show you what we can do to make your next event wonderful. Call us at 919-481-2366.


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Catering by Design Caters at All These Venues

Posted in: Apex Catering Services, Cary Catering Services, Catering in Raleigh NC, Fuquay Varina Catering Services, Garner Catering Services, Holly Springs Catering Services, Raleigh Catering Services, Raleigh Wedding Venues

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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The Team at Catering By Design

Posted in: Apex Catering Services, Cary Catering Services, Catering in Raleigh NC, Fuquay Varina Catering Services, Garner Catering Services, Holly Springs Catering Services, Raleigh Catering Services

Award-winning catering at Catering by Design.

At Catering By Design – it’s all about teamwork. Working together closely as a team we can deliver excellent food and exceptional service. That’s what we do.

Though people may want to focus on the founder of Catering By Design, Greg Lewis, he  is the first to say – it’s our people who make us look good.

Lewis, an executive chef by profession, built the organization from the ground up, slowly, with care, focused on the quality of our employees, the quality of their training, the quality of our food and our service. That’s him with the dark jacket and glasses in the awards photo.

That spirit is the way we do things.

And we know it works. Our people stay with us. Because we treat them right, and each other right, it’s natural to turn around and treat our customers right.

Catering by Design’s chef is Chef Luis Compos who  has been with Catering By Design since its start in 2000, working his way up and earning his position as Chef. (Right in the awards photo.) 

Jen Henley, Sales Manager, Catering by Design

Jen Henley

Our operations manager is Steve Zapadinsky (left in the awards photo). Steve has been in the food industry for years and worked as manager of large restaurants, as well as in food sales. Steve liked his weekly if not daily visits to Catering By Design, so when they mentioned they had an opening, he jumped at it. Steve orders all the food and beverages, organizes each event and ensures that all the right equipment is available for each order.

Albert and Jim serving at the bar for a Raleigh Chamber Event

Albert and Jim

Our catering sales manager is Jen Hernley, (she’s the one with the long hair!).  Jen also has been with us for a long time, and she loves her job. She helps customers plan their catering orders and events, working on their budget, menu selection, timing and any other special needs. She’s organized, knowledgeable and effective.

Kelli and Amanda are part of the catering team also, and you may be talking with one of them when you call, or when you get a delivery. Both bring such a positive can-do attitude that we’re getting great thank you notes!

We have several event coordinators. Cheri Matisuf works in the office as well as serving food. Steve Gade and Steve Lombardo do delivery, setup, serving and cleanup.

We have dozens of other team members who work events with us, so we can scale up or down as we need for whatever events we are asked to cater. To our left Albert and Jim are serving drinks at a Raleigh Chamber of Commerce after hours event.

Below, is our team at the SAS Golf Championships at Prestonwood. We’ve been hosting several hospitality suites at the annual championships each year in the fall.


Our team at the SAS Gold Championship 18th Hole – during set up. (We changed our clothes when it was time for guests.)

The people in our business are in it because they love it. They love to interact with people, to be of service, to keep an eye out for everyone’s well being, and deliver with a smile.

We make a great team. We all pitch in. We cross train. We help each other out. It’s part of what we like about working together, and it shows in how we serve our customers.

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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Full Service Catering – “12 Days at 12 Oaks” in Holly Springs

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Holly Springs Catering Services, Social Event Catering

We had a great time working with the Town of Holly Springs and the 12 Oak community development and golf course to cater most of the events at their 12 day extravaganza.

The events included:

  • The Town’s Annual Banquet
  • The 12 Oaks Golf Club Golf Tournament and reception
  • The Annual Partners Event with the Town’s Economic Development Department
  • An Open House at 12 Oaks with activities for children
  • An event for realtors and
  • A private 12 Oaks Golf Club Members Appreciation Dinner Reception
Catering by Design, Full Service Catering throughout The Triangle

The Town of Holly Spring Annual Banquet was a formal affair with the mayor and town officials.

The Golf Tournament breakfast and lunch were casual, ham and biscuit breakfast and BBQ for lunch. The Tournament Reception was formal.

The Annual Partners’ event was also formal.

For the Open House we provided all the children’s rentals, including face painters.

The Realtor’s Event included a 4 piece Jazz Band which we arranged. Some highlights of the menu were:

The Carving Station with Black Pepper and Coriander Crusted Filet Mignon and Mustard and Rosemary Baked Pork Loin.

Beef Wrapped Portabello with Sesame Ginger Sauce, and Crab Relish on Sun Dried Tomato Croustade

The 12 Oaks Golf Club Member Appreciation Dinner was again formal. Here are some highlights from that menu:

The Hors D’Oeuvres Buffet: Antipasti with Sliced Italian Meats, Marinated and Grilled Vegetables, Imported and Domestic Cheese Tray, Assorted Crackers and Sliced Breads

Pear and Brie filled Mini Pastry Cups

The 12 Day event series was an indoor outdoor event, with many of the events served without kitchens or running water.


Catering by Design – 919-481-2366.

What kind of events would you like to host? What’s your budget? Talk to us and let’s see what we can do for you. Call Chef Greg Lewis.

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Catering by Design’s Ten Years of Service

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Corporate Catering, Holly Springs Catering Services, Wedding Venues

Celebrating 10 Years of Service

March 6, 2010 marks Catering by Design’s 10th anniversary.

We’ve had ten good years. We’ve been part of very important events in people’s lives. We’ve helped businesses take care of their employees and customers with meals and break food. We’ve served lunch to hundreds of school children.

We’ve worked with thousands of customers through Weddings, B’nai Mitzvah’s, Conferences, Annual Banquets, Picnics, Anniversaries, Awards Dinners, Fairs, Business Meetings, Annual Parties, Birthdays, you name it, and we’ve probably done it.

We are proud to have reached this milestone, proud also that some of the staff who started with us ten years ago are still working with us. “Chef Luis Compos, for example,” said our owner, Greg Lewis, “started washing dishes. He was interested in the business and because we cross train, he had the opportunity to work just about every job there was. When he showed a strong interest in cooking, he trained with me to become a chef. I’m very proud of him and his work.”

Catering by Design’s Operations Manager is Steve Zapadinsky. He arranges the events, orders everything, handles all equipment and oversees loading of the vans.

Jen Hernley is Catering by Design’s Sales Manager. When you want to talk with us about a catering event, Jen is the one you’ll make an appointment with and then meet in person. She handles the event budget, the selection process for the menu and anything else we are asked to do, including any special needs.

We have a number of event coordinators who actually manage the events on site: Cheri Matisuf, Steve Gade and Steve Lombardo. They are reliable and thorough, and take care of Catering by Design’s customers at the event sites.

Earlier this year, the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce selected Catering by Design as their Small Business of the Year Award for outstanding service to the community and chamber.

We’re thankful for the past ten years, for our team and our customers. Here’s to the next ten!

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Catering by Design Awarded Small Business of the Year

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Holly Springs Catering Services

Chef Greg Lewis of Catering by Design accepted the Small Business of the Year Award from the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce at a banquet held at the Crabtree Marriott in Raleigh.

A couple of hundred guests enjoyed dinner and watching the recognition awards.

Chef Greg Lewis Accepts Small Business of the Year Award

The Director of the Chamber of Commerce began speaking about a business that had given a great deal throughout the year, supporting the Chamber and local businesses on many different occasions.

“The Small Business of the Year award goes to that man right there,” announced the Director pointing to one of the guests, “Greg Lewis of Catering by Design.”

Greg was very surprised, and honored! True to who he is, he immediately says, “It’s my staff who have earned this award. They are the ones who deliver the service: we have four excellent chefs and a staff that helps prepare, deliver, do set-up and serve at our many events throughout the greater Raleigh area.”

Catering by Design has catered many annual banquets, member appreciation events and other chamber events over the past few years for the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce and other local chambers of commerce.

We’re proud of our Chef Greg Lewis! And we’re proud that Catering by Design is an award-winning caterer!

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