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Raleigh’s Historic Event Venues

Posted in: Raleigh Catering Services

Do you like the idea of having a wedding in a historic site? The City of Raleigh has a special website dedicated to its special venues. You’ll find pictures, phone numbers, fees. The historic venues are marked in bold.Elegant Wedding Cakes

  • Anderson Point Park
  • Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults
  • Borden Building
  • City of Raleigh Museum
  • Durant Nature Park
  • Fred Fletcher Amphitheater
  • Lake Johnson
  • Lake Wheeler
  • Mordecai Historic Park
  • Pullen Arts Center
  • The Raleigh Trolley
  • Sertoma Arts Center
  • Tucker House
  • Walnut Creek Wetland Center

Catering by Design can cater at just about all of the City of Raleigh venues. Give us a call and let’s talk about where you’d like your wedding reception to be. You’ll love how we take care of you. 919-481-2366.

 

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A Wedding Romance During the Month of Love

Posted in: Holiday Catering, Raleigh Catering Services

February is the month of love and romance, and is the perfect time for wedding proposals, weddings and vow renewals.

Pink invitation cards with flowers and hearts will set the stage for any February wedding.

Bring the romantic fantasy to your guests with white lace, ribbons and tulle, and red or pink roses bring the perfect floral arrangement.

For your reception, raspberry cake or red velvet cake keeps the Valentine theme vibrant and alive. Catering by Design’s speciality desserts include red velvet cups. Embellishments on a wedding cake such as cinnamon candy hearts adds some Valentine’s pizzazz.

Heart chocolate candy is the perfect wedding favor, and for the music, the waltz adds a touch of elegance. If you’re looking for some style, don’t forget those heart shaped boutonniere, sunglasses, and balloons adds a unique sparkle.

Check out these beautiful red and pink color themes!

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Catering by Design is one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We’re a full service caterer for weddings, social occasions and corporate events, serving the full triangle and surrounding areas including 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 and find out how we can help you! (919) 481-2366.

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Catering Weddings in Raleigh

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

Raleigh, North Carolina is the state’s capital citywith upscale restaurants, nightlife and a vibrant arts community. Raleigh is also known for some of the best wedding venues in the state. Catering by Design frequently caters wedding receptions in Raleigh.

Raleigh NC Wedding Reception Venues

The Stockroom at 230 in Raleigh NC, in a large loft like space.

Catering by Design has catered weddings at:

• The Stock Room at 230

The NC Museum of History

The Raleigh City Museum

Haywood Hall

Entrance to the NC Museum of History in Raleigh, NC

The NC Museum of History downstairs lobby is a spacious and elegant site for wedding receptions in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Looking for other wedding venues in North Carolina? Check these out:

Wedding Catering Venues in Garner

Wedding Catering Venues in Holly Springs

Catering by Design offers full catering services for weddings, corporate meetings, and social, fundraising or family events across the Triangle Area!

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Catering by Design is one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We’re a full service caterer for weddings, social occasions and corporate events, serving the full triangle and surrounding areas including 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 and find out how we can help you! (919) 481-2366.

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5 Wedding Reception Budgeting Tips

Posted in: Raleigh Catering Services

Are you planning your first wedding and overwhelmed at all of the to-do lists, and costs associated with them? Or you find that the economic climate has dramatically changed since the last time you looked at planning a wedding reception or celebration.

The first step in planning wedding on budget is taking step back and deciding what you and your fiancée want! Just because every bridal magazine features a trend or style, doesn’t mean you have to follow it or you have to have everything. Look at what elements of your wedding matter most, and plan those items first. Then, if you decide to scale back or skip out on other details, you know you’re still getting your dream wedding.

Follow these simple 5 steps to cutting back on the cost without cutting out what you envision!

1. It’s all about location. Look for free or low cost locations. If you plan an outside or beach wedding, think about off-season deals. Or, make sure you know all of the hidden costs when booking a larger venue.

2. Use your friends and family. Consider having a friend or family member help decorate the reception hall, make flower arrangements or address invitations. It’s mean more coming from someone you love.

3. Keeping the guest list down may not be optimal. But it can keep costs down. Consider who the most important people are who should be there for your big day. Remember, you don’t have to invite everyone!

4. Handmade wedding favors or keepsakes. Instead of purchasing gifts for guests, the wedding party and family, make your own. Many brides love to include a unique and personalized touch, and you won’t break the bank. Decorative note cards, poetry, or cookies are just a few ideas.

5. Plan ahead! When we feel rushed, we often head to the store to get it off the list. Instead, give yourself enough time to shop for seasonal or holiday discounts and deals.

Looking for more tips, check out more wedding budgeting tips and tools here:

https://www.catering-by-design.com/simple-wedding-and-catering-budget-planning/catering-by-design-advanced-wedding-planning-worksheet/

https://www.catering-by-design.com/fees-for-raleigh-area-venues/

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Catering by Design is one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We’re a full service caterer for weddings, social occasions and corporate events, serving the full triangle and surrounding areas including 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 and find out how we can help you! (919) 481-2366.

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Catering by Design: An Endorsement from the Father of the Bride

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

Here, at Catering by Design, our goal is bring a bride and groom’s vision of their Wedding Day to reality. It’s such a pleasure when we receive feedback, to hear from families after the event! Here is a letter that we recently received:

Hi Greg,

After having nearly 24 hours to reflect on the reception, I have a bone to pick with you…… You led me to believe that you and your team were good……but you didn’t tell me that you and the team were ……. THIS GOOD! What a fantastic experience!!!!!!!  Your people, your food, your presentation, your professionalism, and your service EXCEEDED MY EVERY EXPECTATION.  There is no way I could have asked for more from a professional catering service than what you provided.  Thank you. 

You know how specific and particular (some might say peculiar) I was about the things we wanted – the things that were important to me to make my daughter’s wedding the once in a lifetime event that she dreamed of.  Your team made that happen – in EVERY way.  You know how important it was to me to have a lead person who took charge and managed the room.  You provided that for us in Steve Gade.  I don’t know what you are paying him, but it’s not enough!  Steve took charge and made EVERYTHING happen as it should without one single issue.  He was attentive to our needs and wants, and was the PROFESSIONAL MANAGER that we were insistent on having.  Amanda and I could not have been happier than we were with Steve. Absolutely awesome!Thank you.

Finally……Thank YOU for running a professional service that actually listens to the client’s desires and does whatever it takes to meet those needs.  You have been wonderful to work with, and Amanda and I thank YOU for helping to make my daughter’s wedding the perfect fairy tale that she always dreamed of.  We will confidently recommend Catering By Design at every opportunity!

Thanks again!
Jim

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Catering by Design is one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We’re a full service caterer for weddings, social occasions and corporate events, serving the full triangle and surrounding areas including 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 and find out how we can help you! (919) 481-2366.

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Catering By Design Injects Creativity into Corporate Catering

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Corporate Catering, Raleigh Catering Services

Spot the Catering By Design vans going from one corporate catering event to the next from downtown Raleigh to Research Triangle Park and everywhere in between.

Meetings, meetings, and more meetings.

If that’s how your typical business day shapes up from time to time, then you may appreciate the reprieve that the occasional catered business luncheon or dreaded boardroom conference may present.

Enter Catering By Design! In a word, we strive to take the “B” out of “Blah”. Instead, we replace it with Voila!

Catering corporate events, employee luncheons, business conferences, company receptions, and boardroom breakfasts of all sizes is one of our specialties.

When we say we’ve done it all, we aren’t exaggerating. From downtown Raleigh to the Research Triangle Park and everywhere in between, you’ll see the Catering By Design vans out and about on the Beltline and up and down I-40 on any given day of the work week.

What we’ve gained over the last decade from the various corporate events we’ve catered is priceless knowledge of how to anticipate any and every need, and a creativity that reinvents and spices up tried and true menu offerings. Sure we’re always available to provide the staples expected, but our clients have come to realize that when they call Catering By Design – whether it is months in advance or even up to the day before the event — we’re ready to deliver on their needs with creative culinary recipes and new food combinations in hand.

Pan-seared Chicken Marsala; Penne Pasta with Portobello Mushrooms, Roasted Peppers and Basil Cream; Slow Roasted Beef – take your pick or customize to your own imagination and tastebuds.

From full-service corporate event catering to business meal drop-offs, not to worry — we have you covered.

The next time someone mentions a corporate event, remind them to call Catering By Design first.

In the meantime, take a look at a few of our many menus that we’ve categorized as “Staff Favorite Buffets” . We must agree — they’re real winners!

Thanks for reading, and bon appetite!

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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!

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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 Super Bowl Parties in Raleigh, NC

Posted in: Raleigh Catering Services

The biggest football event of the year is coming up this February.

Super Bowl Catering

Are you celebrating with friends and family? How about ordering in catering by the award-winning Raleigh caterer Catering by Design?

We’ve put together a great Super Bowl Menu Ideas for your Super Bowl Party! We can customize any menu you’d like. Just give us a call. Minimum order requirements apply and vary by menu.

Why not make it easy for everyone this year, and let Catering by Design do the cooking and the heavy lifting. Sit back. Relax. Enjoy one of America’s favorite events. Customize your own menu or choose from any of our preset Social Event Catering options.

Event Catering Menu

Call today!! (919) 481-2366

Enjoy your Raleigh Super Bowl Party like never before. Let the pro’s take care of the food, while you, your family and friends have the time of your lives on Super Bowl Sunday!

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Mardi Gras Catering in Raleigh

Posted in: Holiday Catering, Raleigh Catering Services

Keep things interesting for your team. Offer variety, seasonal event themes, fresh menus.

Mardi Gras 2012 is coming up on Tuesday, February 21.  Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Roman Catholic Lent. Anyone can celebrate Mardi Gras and enjoy the spirit of the New Orleans Carnival.

Mardi Gras Menu $10.95*

Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya

Red Beans and Rice

Marinated Eggplant, Squash & Peppers

Cajun Cheese Bread

Buttermilk Beignets with Powdered Sugar

*(Pricing includes disposable china, flatware, napkins, cups, ice and iced tea. Minimum of 10 people. Bottled water, soda and lemonade can be provided for an additional charge.)

Want something else, something different, please ask. Our team at Catering by Design can prepare or arrange just about anything.

132 Kilmayne Drive, Cary, NC 27511 ~ 919-481-2366 ~ 919-481-0963 fax
www.catering-by-design.com

Raleigh NC's Catering by Design Wins Best Wedding Caterer Award for 2012 by The Knot and Wedding Wire

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Event Venues in Raleigh North Carolina

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

Are you planning a party for an anniversary, a birthday, a new baby, or a major success? Catering by Design can help you design the event just the way you want it.

To make your planning easier we have an updated (as of November 28, 2011) list of many of the venues where Catering by Design is an approved or preferred caterer. We cater in a wide area from Wake Forest to Pinehurst, Chapel Hill to Fuquay Varina and Garner.

Below, you’ll find just the list of venues in the city of Raleigh, NC.

A Step To Gold919.781.6868
All Saints Chapel919.755.0971
Anderson Point919.807.8461
Artspace919.821.2787
Borden Building919.831.6430
Comfort Suites Raleigh919.212.6900
Durant Nature Park919.870.2871
Events At Newton Square919.845.1802
Grand Ballroom in Raleigh919.832.6866
Hampton Inn Raleigh Capital Blvd919.872.7111
Haywood Hall919.832.8357
Homewood Suites Raleigh-Crabtree919.785.2942
JC Raulston Arboretum919.513.7457
Lake Johnson919.233.2121
Lake Wheeler919.662.5704
Lighthouse Christian Fdtn/Convention Center919.661.6903
Magnolia Cottage919.233.2121
Marbles Kids Museum919.834.4040
Montfort Hall919.834.8675
Museum of History919.807.7875
Raleigh Elks Lodge919.787.5990
Rose Garden Raleigh Little Theatre919.821.4579
Royal Banquet Center919.621.0540
Shriners Temple919.848.7972
Spruce Pine Lodge919.560.4355
The Sutherland919.795.4366
Tucker House919.831.6009
White Dove Chapel919.365.9510

Catering by Design is a caterer at each of these venues in Raleigh, NC. We’ve listed the venues here to make it easy for you to locate choice venues for your 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 next party and make it a wonderful, stress free time for you and all your guests.

 

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

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