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Let’s Grill Some Veggies – Peppers, Onions, And More!

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Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. That means it’s the unofficial start to the summer. Here in the Triangle area, we’ve had some funny weather these last few weeks. However, we also know that those nice summer days will be here before we know it. That’s why we think this is the perfect time of the year to take advantage and fire up your grill.

In today’s post, we’re are going to focus on grilling veggies, especially peppers, onions, and tomatoes. These recipes will be hit with all of your friends and family, so be sure to share this on Facebook with your loved ones! Do you have a summer event planned? Still looking for a great Raleigh catering company that won’t break the bank? Call Catering by Design! You’ll love our vast menu selection, awesome customer service, and affordable prices.

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A Few Ways To Serve Grilled Peppers, Tomatoes, And Onions

Grilled Red Pepper, Sweet Onion and Tomato Salad

Here’s a great alternative to serving traditional grilled veggies. This beautiful salad idea comes from Williams and Sonoma. It only uses two peppers in the recipe, but you can spice it up by using a variety of other peppers, like green Anaheims or poblanos, purple and green bells, and more. The sweet onions work best because of their milder taste. Easy to prep and quick to fix. Enjoy!

Grilled Mixed Peppers and Onions From Martha

Martha Stewart brings us our next recipe for traditional grilled mixed peppers. In this recipe, we’re using skewers. These will help keep the onion slices together and from falling into the grill. Be sure to use colorful peppers and stagger them in with the other veggies for a beautiful presentation.

Simple Grilled Tomato Steaks

In our household, we all love tomatoes. We eat them so much that we’ve been growing many different varieties in our garden over the past few years. If you love tomatoes like we do, then you’ll enjoy this grilled tomato recipe. I like to cut thick steak like slices instead of doing individual halves, mainly because my kids will eat them like this. Easy recipe that’s very healthy.

Grilled Black Bean- and Rice-Stuffed Peppers

Looking for another fun and tasty summer dinner or appetizer idea? Then you’ll love these stuffed peppers. Easy to prep and this dish can be on your table in only 30 minutes. Check it out.

If you’re searching for even more great summer recipes with more of a vegetarian focus, please visit back with our last post. If you’re looking for a great catering experience at incredible prices, keep reading to see how we can help.

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Catering by Design is the best Raleigh catering company for all of your summer gatherings. We have affordable menus that can be customized to meet any of your needs. Please click here to check out our vast selection of Raleigh menus.

We’re also an award winning wedding caterer! We’ve been serving brides and their families for many years and would love to have an opportunity to serve your family as well. So be sure to ask about our free wedding tastings. If you do not need full service catering, please ask about our delivery services. When only the best will do, call Catering by Design to find out why we’re the top choice for Raleigh catering services.

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Grilling Out for Memorial Day? You’ll Love These Recipes!

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If you’re ready for summer and planning a Memorial Day cookout, having an awesome assortment of recipes at your fingertips will ensure your meal will be something everyone enjoys. As the official start to the summer season, there will also be lots of great fruits and veggies in season. Here’s a recent post that breaks down what kind of fresh produce you’ll find at the grocery store.

With these ingredients in mind, we found a few great grilling recipes that you should try out this year. Check them out and let us know how they taste in the comments below. If you’re in need of affordable, yet awesome, Raleigh event catering for this year’s Memorial Day please give us a call. Our food, service, and prices will blow you away.

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Memorial Day Grilling Recipes and Ideas

Grilled PeachesPeaches and other stone fruits will be readily available in the South, so take advantage and throw some on the grill. You can pair them with proteins like chicken or steak for a chutney effect, or use them strictly as a tasty dessert. We’ve linked a great recipe from Bobby Flay.

The Best Grilled CornAnother Memorial Day favorite for backyard grilling is this perfect corn on the cob recipe. This is a crowd favorite at any event, and you can prepare it in so many ways. You can leave the husk on, or wrap it in foil. Just be sure to have plenty of butter on hand.

Grilled Potatoes – Potatoes are also out in full force. You’ll find sweet, red, yellow, russet, and more types of potatoes at the grocery store. You can also grill these in so many different ways. You can get fancy and make a hassleback sweet potato, make a dish with grilled potatoes and onions wrapped in foil, or put them on a skewer. Men, and women, love their meat and potatoes so this idea will be a huge hit at any cookout.

If you’re planning on having a fun backyard BBQ for Memorial Day, we hope these recipe ideas will help you plan a great meal. If you want to relax this year, let Catering by Design do all the work. Keep reading to see how we can help.

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Memorial Day is almost here and Catering by Design is ready to provide your family and friends with the best Raleigh event catering services available. We have a great menu that will fit any sized budget or type of event. We specialize in family, social, community, and corporate events as well as wedding receptions, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. You can also customize your catering menu, truly making your event “catering by your design”.

Give us a call soon to schedule either a delivery or full service catering.

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Planning a Bridal Shower

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Throwing a bridal shower, wedding shower, or couple’s shower is a fun and practical way to start the bride and groom off on the right foot. This event can be held either before or after the wedding ceremony. Tradition says that it’s the bride’s maid of honor’s responsibility to take care of all of the planning, but in today’s world, this might not always be the case. Regardless of who takes the reins, the planning and organizing can be somewhat hectic, especially if this is your first one.

Over the course of the next few posts, we’re going to give you all the information you need to know so that your wedding shower goes off without a hitch. If you need wedding catering Raleigh NC services, please call Catering by Design to schedule your free menu tasting!

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How to Plan a Wonderful Bridal Shower

Who’s Going to Host?

Like we mentioned above, traditionally the maid of honor did the hosting and planning. This is because it used to be somewhat awkward for the family to host as it was seen as if said family was using this party to solicit gifts for the newlyweds. But times have changed, and it’s no longer weird for family members to take care of all the details. With the cost of just being a bridesmaid increasing every year, it might be a great idea for a family member to take care of the planning and hosting. This will help spread out some of the expenditures involved.

Who’s Going to Be Invited?

The wedding shower is typically an event for close family and friends, so your guest list should reflect the same. Traditionally, this event was held just for the women, but today there are many “Jack-and-Jill Showers.” Couples showers are very popular these days so invites can go out to male and female family and friends.

We suggest that you include the friends and family of both the bride and groom, and members of the wedding party including the flower girl and her mom, the ring bearer and parents, both sets of grandparents, etc. Just keep in mind that everyone that is invited to the shower should also to be invited to the wedding.

Don’t miss part two of this series where we’ll give you even more tips for planning the perfect wedding shower for your favorite couple. If you’re still searching for wedding catering, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

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Do you need the best rated wedding catering Raleigh NC services for your 2016 reception? Please call Catering by Design today for a free menu tasting! We’re one of the most highly rated, and affordable, catering companies in central North Carolina. We have wedding menus that can be fully customized. We have the best prices and customer service in the Triangle. Give us a call today to schedule your free tasting.

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North Carolina State University College of Science Sponsor Appreciation Dinner

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At North Carolina State, The College of Sciences makes the university a top choice for students looking for diversity and high-performance, as well as expert faculty and researchers from all over the world. The department is committed to solving some of society’s biggest problems that affect the way we live.

The University’s College of Sciences recently held an appreciation dinner at the amazing Hunt Library to honor the donors and gift givers that help deserving students reach their potential. These donors adopt a student and help them throughout their career at NCSU as long as they continue to meet qualifying metrics – a great opportunity for certain students. This event also allows these students to finally get a chance to meet their sponsors and thank them for their charity and generosity.

We had the great pleasure of providing the food and service for the College of Science’s big “Thank You” dinner and we wanted to share a few of our favorite pictures! If you want to see the entire gallery from this big event, click here to visit our Pinterest page.

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As the guests made their way into the banquet hall, they were greeted with a beautiful presentation of bright colors, flowers, and gorgeous table settings. Each table was pre-set with an assortment of freshly baked rolls, butter, and beverages. As the guests were seated, they were served a salad of Baby Greens with Fresh Strawberries, Feta Cheese and Candied Walnuts that was finished off with a Basil Vinaigrette Dressing.

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For the main course, the guests enjoyed a plated combo meal of Sliced Beef Medallions topped with a Chianti Mushroom Sauce and served with Red Skin Mashed Potatoes or  Salmon topped with a Dill Cream Sauce and served with Fresh Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon Zest. Not pictured was a vegetarian option that consisted of a hearty Tomato, Basil and Gouda Stuffed Portobello Steak that was also served with Red Skin Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon Zest.

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The Dessert Trio Flight won everyone over! This lovely arrangement consisted of Pumpkin Cranberry Cake With Pumpkin Cheesecake and Tart Cranberries, Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Mousse Topped with White Chocolate Ganache, and a Lemon Shortcake with Tangy Lemon Preserve Topped with Whipped Cream. Outstanding!

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Catering by Design is the number one source for all of your Raleigh business catering needs. We make your event easy since we do all the work. Call now and ask about our holiday specials and delivery service. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From university dinners, corporate events, and awards banquets, to weddings, anniversary parties and holiday gatherings, Catering by Design will ensure your food and fun is top shelf quality. We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. Please give us a call today to learn more about why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh business catering services!

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Office Thanksgiving Celebration Ideas

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raleigh corporate cateringAre you having a Thanksgiving celebration at work, but just cannot figure out exactly what to do to make it fun? Maybe your company cannot afford to have a giant feast this year, especially with Christmas and New Year’s events right around the corner. If you want to have a Thanksgiving office celebration that will really stand out from the rest, focus more on the true meaning of the holiday by saying thanks and giving back this year.

In this short two part series, we’re going to give you a different perspective on how to have a great office party that celebrates the right reasons for Thanksgiving by giving back to your coworkers and employees. If you’re searching for affordable Raleigh corporate catering for Thanksgiving and the holidays, look no further than Catering by Design. Call us today to schedule full catering service or a delivery.

How to Give Thanks

Since Thanksgiving is literally about giving thanks for the things you are blessed with, this year give thanks to your employees and teammates for all their hard work by using these tips.

Organize a Team Event – Even if you plan on having a catered lunch, you can still plan many fun activities for your team. You can even do something a little different and outside of the norm, like arts and crafts. During your holiday party, have a craft area and inspire your team to take a trip back in time to their grade school days. Remember how you used to make all sorts of holiday crafts at school to bring home to your parents? Same concept except have your employees draw names and then make a craft for their chosen coworker.

Create Your Own “Thank You” Wall – Many employees never feel fully appreciated for doing their work. Well, here is your chance to make a change and show these hard working individuals how much they mean to your business. Designate a place inside your office where you can have employees write “Post-It” notes thanking specific employees for all that they do. Encourage others to do the same. You’ll be amazed at how inspired your team will be because of this small gesture of recognition and gratitude.

Act Out Your Company’s Story – Just like you acted out the first Thanksgiving during your school days, create a fun way to tell the story of your own company in the form of a grade school play. Come up with funny one-liners and be sure to get the bosses involved. This will show the other employees that management can have a good time and not take everything so seriously.

Compete in Office Games – Get outside in the parking lot and compete against each other with some fun harvest games. You can bob for apples, have a three-legged race, spoon and egg race, plus many more. You can even create teams and go pumpkin bowling. Winners get festive prizes like homemade desserts or even a turkey!

Have a Recipe Contest – Want to have fun and get to eat good food at the same time? Have a recipe contest. You can still place an order for our Raleigh corporate catering, but letting your employees engage in a friendly competition for the best holiday covered dish, or Thanksgiving dessert will get everyone into the spirit. Everyone gets a vote and the winner gets to leave early one day.

Be sure to join us for part two where we discuss even more great ideas for your office party this Thanksgiving. Click here to read part two.

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Catering by Design is the number one source for all of your Raleigh corporate catering needs. We make your event easy because we do all the work. Call us today and ask about our holiday specials and delivery service. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From university dinners, corporate events, and awards banquets, to weddings, anniversary parties and holiday gatherings, Catering by Design will ensure your food and fun is top shelf quality. We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. Please give us a call today to learn more about why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh corporate catering services!

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Walk4Hearing at WakeMed Soccer Park

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The Hearing Loss Association of America, or the HLAA, started the Walk4Hearing event way back in 2006 with just 6 walks. This year, the Walk4Hearing event is celebrating almost 10 years of walking for hearing loss. 21 walks will be scheduled throughout the entire United States to raise awareness. During this past decade, this HLAA event has brought more than 58,000 people together for a day of fun and a chance to share stories as well as to make hearing loss an urgent public health issue.

This year, the 10th annual North Carolina Walk4Hearing was held on Sunday, October 18th at the WakeMED Soccer Park in Cary, NC. This fun, family event was to benefit the HLAA, and local cochlear implant company MED-EL was the presenting sponsor!

MED-EL’s founders actually developed one of the world’s first cochlear implants in 1975. Since then, they’ve been a world leader in setting new standards in hearing implant technologies. MED-EL has led the way developing and manufacturing technologically advanced hearing solutions for people who suffer from many kinds of hearing loss.

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Even Sybil The Clown attended, sharing smiles and laughter. We were thrilled to be chosen as this year’s Raleigh caterers, and we wanted to share a few of our favorite pictures from the day’s big event in today’s post. If you want to see the entire gallery, please join us on Pinterest.

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We had over 400 hungry guests at the event so we set up multiple buffets so everyone could get their plates in a timely manner. If you’re curious, this is how we would set up a large corporate catering event.

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For the sides, we offered our delicious Mac and Cheese, creamy Cole Slaw, and a huge bounty of classic Baked Beans along with fresh baked Rolls and Butter.

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The main star of the day’s big meal was our famous Carolina Pulled Pork. This was served with Eastern and Western style sauces.

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For the other big dish, guests devoured the Bone-In BBQ Chicken; another North Carolina favorite!

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For dessert, everyone enjoyed some really great cookies!

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Catering by Design is at the top of the list when it comes to Raleigh caterers for your Triangle and Raleigh special event catering needs. We make your event easy because we do all the work. Don’t need full service? Call us today and ask about our delivery options. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From university dinners, corporate events, and awards banquets, to weddings, vow renewals, anniversaries and more, Catering by Design can make sure your food and fun are on point. We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. So give us a call today and see why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh caterers!

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Helping Horse Gala at the Oaks at Salem

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The Helping Horse therapeutic riding program was founded in 1989 to serve physically, mentally, and emotionally disabled youth throughout Wake County. Their focus is to provide a therapeutic experience for individual riders by combining riding skills with games and activities to enhance their strength and balance, all while having lots of fun!

Most of what they offer happens to be on horseback. This makes for an exciting experience interacting with large and loving animals. Helping Horse also offers ground lessons, like grooming and tacking, so that the riders get a chance to understand what it takes to care for the horses.

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The Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program also has an ultimate goal. They strive to make sure that each program improves the rider’s quality of life. They aim to help people become more independent and productive so they too can be active members of the community.

Helping Horse recently hosted a fundraising gala event that was held at The Oaks at Salem. Catering by Design was so honored to be chosen to provide the food for this great event, and we wanted to share some of our favorite pictures from this wonderful night. If you would like to see the entire gallery, please click here for our Pinterest page.

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We started guests out with a beautiful table of hors d’oeuvres set up on an old and rustic wagon. Guests enjoyed Grilled Pita, Tuscan and Focaccia Breads served with Red Pepper Hummus, Tomato Basil and a Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip.

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Imported and Domestic Cheeses were also available and paired with an assortment of Gourmet Crackers and Seasonal Fruit.

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For dinner, we provided a grand buffet featuring some of our favorite menu items. A beautiful Baby Green Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Carrots led the way, finished with our homemade Balsamic Basil dressing on the side.

The sides consisted of a savory Saute Vegetable Medley along with a creamy Penne Pasta with Portobello, and Roasted Peppers in a Basil Cream Sauce, and fresh baked Dinner Rolls. The main dish was a heavenly Chicken Breast stuffed with Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and White Cheddar in a heavy cream sauce.

For dessert, we served homemade Miniature Eclairs and Gluten Free Chocolate Cake that was paired with a Raspberry Sauce on the side.

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Catering by Design is the number one source for all of your Triangle and Raleigh corporate catering needs. We make your event easy because we do all the work. Call us today and ask about our specials and delivery service. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From university dinners, corporate events, and awards banquets, to weddings, vow renewals, anniversary parties and more, Catering by Design can make sure your food and fun are on point. We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. So give us a call today and see why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh caterers!

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Raleigh Caterers for Tailgate Parties

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Raleigh Caterers For Tailgate Parties

It’s finally football season and now is the perfect time for you to plan an awesome tailgating party. Whether you’re heading to Carter Finley, Wallace Wade or Kenan Memorial, or even just watching from home, you can always tailgate in style with the help of the professionals from Catering by Design. We’re the top Raleigh caterers for tailgating parties. We cannot guarantee that your team will win, but we can promise you that our team is dedicated to making your game day experience fun and satisfying.

One of the biggest perks that you’ll get from our game day catering packages is that we do all the work. With full service catering, we can set up all of your tables, feed your guests, and clean everything up afterwards. We do all the heavy lifting so you don’t have to. This way you can just sit back, hangout with your friends and enjoy watching the game! We have great menus for any sized crowd and can work with you to ensure your meal is easy and flexible. You can order directly off any of our menus, or we can incorporate your own recipes.

Are you new to the Triangle? Do you really want to impress your neighbors and make some new friends? If so, then our Raleigh game day catering can be the perfect ice breaker for getting to know everyone in your neighborhood. We can even incorporate your favorite food items from your hometown. This will be a great conversation starter for guests interested in getting to know you.

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Did you know that we also offer more than just food? That’s right! At Catering by Design we have great contacts throughout North Carolina. This means that we can help you find an event venue if you need one, help you find someone to fulfill your entertainment needs, as well as provide you with a full bar service. Please give us a call for more details.

If you do not need a full service catering package, feel free to inquire about our delivery services. This is a great budget friendly option that allows you to wow your guests with our amazing food without having to do any of the cooking. Just give us some advance notice and we will gladly drop off your food, at the location of your choice, and set everything up. After you approve, we take off and leave you to have a great night with your friends and family.

No matter what your catering needs, Catering by Design has you covered like an All-American safety. We’ve been around a long time, won tons of awards and have been serving smiles for decades. We have affordable packages for all of life’s grandest moments so you will not be disappointment that you made Catering by Design your top choice. For the best in service, flavors, and pricing in the Triangle, please give us call today.

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NC State University Park Scholarship Outdoor Luncheon

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The Park Scholarship award, at North Carolina State University, is a four-year scholarship program given to certain students that is based on outstanding accomplishments, as well as, potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character.

The Park Scholarships program was created in 1996 due to the charity and a generous grant from the Park Foundation. An NC State alumnus, the late Roy H. Park ’31, created the charitable Park Foundation with a dedication to education, media, and the environment. This award “provides a superb educational opportunity for exceptionally talented and well-prepared young men and women who merit the intellectual challenge of a distinguished faculty and a superior university.”

We wanted to share some of our favorite pictures from our adventure with the Wolfpack at Pullen Park, but to see all the pictures from this fun event, you’ll have to visit us on Pinterest. Click here to see our special event catering gallery!
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We started everyone off with a Summery Salad with Fresh Greens, Carrots, Cucumbers and Tomatoes House Vinaigrette and our Homemade Ranch Dressing.
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Since North Carolina State is located in the heart of Raleigh, what better way to kick off another fall semester than having a Southern Feast at one of the oldest pubic parks in the U.S? Guests, both old and young, enjoyed the Pullen Park Pulled Pork that was served with Hot Sauce, as well as Eastern Carolina BBQ Sauce & Western Carolina Tangy Tomato BBQ Sauce, along with BBQ and Fried Chicken with Homemade Macaroni-and-Cheese, and fresh Rolls with Butter.
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For dessert, the guests enjoyed two summer favorites – Oreo Chocolate Mousse and below you’ll see our famous Homemade Banana Pudding!
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Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating the new school year, as well as the past accomplishments of the current 16 Park Scholarship award winners.
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When you need the best of all the Raleigh caterers, call Catering By Design. Our menus are affordable and customizable to your dietary needs. We have the perfect packages for events both large and small, formal or fun. Click here to see our vast menu selections.

If you do not need full service catering, ask about our delivery service. We can simply drop your food off, set everything up, and leave after you approve. Need corporate catering services? Ask about our “Lunch and Learn Program.” This is where we all get to know each other over some of our food and you can ask us questions. Call us today to learn more, or to request service.

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Common Mistakes in Event Planning

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Planning an event takes a lot of work, organization, and resources. If you are not careful, you’ll have budget overruns, bad scheduling, and missed deliveries. There are ways that you can bypass a huge disaster by avoiding a few common mistakes. Take a look at the list we put together and be sure to not do these things.

Setup Time – One big mistake that lots of event planners make is not allowing enough time to set everything up. If there is always a rush to get all the details taken care of before the event starts then you need to do a better job estimating the time it takes to complete these tasks. Be sure to plan ahead for delays and get everyone working there early. You do not want to have a room full of workers trying to finish up while the guests are arriving. You should strive to have all the tasks completed at least 15 minutes before the event is timed to start.

Not Enough Help – We know that labor costs can be high, and that you’re probably trying to save budget money as well. However, do not cut yourself short by not having enough help to get all the tasks completed on event day. Just like not having enough time, not having enough help is just as bad, if not worse. Not having enough help is actually considered to be worse than running over your budget, as short help can ruin your event. Don’t be scared to spend a few extra hundred dollars on additional help to ensure your event runs smoothly. You can always send home any hourly help early if they’re not needed.

No Plan-B – Do not ignore Murphy’s Law. You know the one that says that anything that can wrong, will go wrong? Take that approach and do not get caught without having a backup plan in place. Do everything from planning for bad weather, to having to move your venue all together. Try to have a contingency for every step of the way.

Confirm Your Vendors – Finally do not forget to confirm with all of your vendors. Most vendors have multiple events each day, so be sure they remember yours. You should always strive to get either verbal, or email confirmation from all of your vendors 48 – 72 hours in advance. This will save you a ton of headaches.

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Do you need high quality, yet affordable Raleigh catering for your next event? Call Catering By Design today. You’ll love our prices, services, and food. We have menus that are great for any event; large, small, formal or casual, we can help. Don’t need full service catering? Ask about our delivery service. We just drop the food off and leave if that’s all you need. Give us a call with any questions about our delivery catering services for Raleigh and the surrounding area. Let Catering By Design be your Raleigh catering service of choice.

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