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Raleigh NC Wedding Catering | Southern Bridal Show Round Up

Posted in: Corporate Catering, Raleigh Catering, Raleigh Catering Services, Social Event Catering, Wedding Catering Raleigh

The Southern Bridal Show and Expo wrapped up Sunday, April 6th. Magic and enchantment was in the air with over 150 vendors from the Triangle showing off the hottest wedding trends for 2014. Raleigh NC wedding catering ideas were provided by Catering by Design. Our menu samples received rave reviews from the brides, grooms and their families. We want to thank everyone who helped make the expo a success and a special thanks to all the brides and grooms that stopped by our booth. Below are some highlights from the Southern Bridal Show to give you a taste of the event. If you would like to see the entire event gallery, visit us on Pinterest!

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Hot for 2014 are interactive food stations. We incorporated this wedding trend with our booth so guests could have fun and design their own plate with as much or little food as they liked. Here we featured delicious Beef Wrapped Portobellos with Sesame Ginger Demi Glaze, Smoked Chicken and Roasted Pepper Dip, Crostini, and various home made Humus and Salsas.

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Live, Laugh, Eat! At Catering by Design, we serve your family with a smile. Here is a lovely group registering for our free China giveaway during the Southern Bridal Show and Expo!

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Even simple wedding foods can have an air of elegance if displayed properly! Here our Cristinis are well lit by candles nestled between two complimenting dishes.

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Pictured above is what we like to call “Summer In A Cup”. Our signature summer lemonade is a perfect beverage for summer weddings or corporate events. We combine basil, mint and edible flowers to give this lemonade a fresh and clean taste.

Raleigh NC Wedding Catering Super Tip: Edible flowers are great for the DIY caterer. Edible flowers add amazing color to your dishes and have a dramatic impact on your guests.

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Fresh and local is our mantra. At Catering by Design, we are passionate about our food. That’s why we use only the freshest ingredients, sourced locally, to create incredible flavors. Here we featured some of our homemade salsa. Simple, fresh and delicious, this hor d’oeuvre works well for any catered event.

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Catering by Design is a Wedding Wire Award Winning Caterer three years in a row – 2012, 2013 and 2014! We have menus that fit any budget! Contact us today, and let’s start planning a meal that you and your groom will remember for a life time!

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Catering by Design Pizzazz: Making Sure the Bride and Groom Are Taken Care of

Posted in: Raleigh Catering, Wedding Catering Raleigh

It’s the bride and groom’s big day, and with so many family, close friends and far away guests to see, it’s difficult for them to sneak away, even for a bite.

Before the wedding, we offer personalized tastings for the bride and groom, to make sure they have the perfect recipes to celebrate!

But what’s the fun if they don’t have time to eat? There’s nothing worse than starving on your wedding day!

That is why Catering by Design will pack up a to-go package for the bride and groom to take with them, so they are taken care of and enjoy the delectable dishes that their guests enjoyed during the reception.

We ensure that the wedding party is happy before, during and after their event!

Enjoy these additional wedding tips:

https://www.catering-by-design.com/planning-a-wedding-heres-a-timeline/

https://www.catering-by-design.com/choosing-the-date-of-your-wedding/

https://www.catering-by-design.com/before-your-sign-on-the-dotted-line-questions-to-clarify-with-your-caterer/

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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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Planning a Spring Outdoor Wedding

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Raleigh Catering

Hint, hint – factor in a tent for your spring reception. They are wonderful rain or shine and add to the ambiance of the event without a doubt.

Every bride dreams of having an outdoor wedding, and the spring is the beginning of the perfect season to host a wedding or reception outside.

Spring colors may be soft and pastel, with summer themes vibrant and bold, but holding your wedding outdoors allows for color schemes that are also closely associated with nature. Foods may include seasonal fruits and vegetables, and flowers that are in season.

Don’t forget the music. Many brides opt for a more laid back pianist or jazz band, embracing the season. Themes may include garden, flowers or beach themes.

Centerpieces trends are also changing, which can create some unique color tones and textures. Centerpieces also change the feel of the tables, while mixing round and square tables can add interesting variety. Vase fillers such as seashells, crystals, beads, or fresh vegetables or fruits such as lemons and limes fit the season nicely as well.

Evening weddings utilizing candlelight bring a gorgeous ambiance to any occasion.

This spring, bring your wedding a unique spark that incorporates the beauty of the outdoors.

Check out these other spring tips!

Spring Wedding Trends for 2013

 

 

Spring Showers- Watching the Weather for Outdoor Wedding Receptions

Special Dietary Needs at Weddings- Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free or Dairy Free

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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.

 

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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 Poolside: Summer Drinks and Tasty Treats

Posted in: Raleigh Catering, Social Event Catering

The summer is heating up, and while you’re on your vacation or just trying to cool off for the day, poolside parties are a fashionable trend.

Whether you’re having a weekend party, after work social or just getting together with a few friends, refreshing signature drinks are fun, fancy and stylish.

Are you looking to cool off from the summer heat? Try these unique combinations:

• Mango champagne

Any fruit drink can be a crisp, cool down from the heat. This year, fruit wines or blends give a sweet taste, whether you’re mingling over hors d’oeuvres or having a full-seated meal!

• Chilled fruit soup

Most people think of soup as a warm, hearty meal for the winter, but many chilled soups can give just the right savory flavor to cool down your taste buds in the heat of the day.

• Fruit Parfait

After a scrumptious meal, a fruit dessert is the perfect way end the evening. Before you delight in dancing as the sun goes down, be sure to relish the delicacy of fresh fruit in a delightful parfait.

Just remember for that poolside event to use plastic plates, cups or wine glasses (you wouldn’t want to have glass around a swimming pool- just in case!). Here, at Catering by Design, we use high-end plastic ware to give you the finest experience; you’ll hardly notice the difference.

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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.

What’s your next poolside or outdoor event? Call us and find out how we can help you!
(919) 481-2366.

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Summer Parties & North Carolina BBQ

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Corporate Catering, Raleigh Catering, Social Event Catering

Nothing says summer in North Carolina louder than an outdoor summer party complete with BBQ, sweet tea, and all the southern sides including veggies and freshly baked pies.

Let Catering by Design satisfy your craving and your party needs with our Southern Buffett menus available for deliveries as well as full service.

Something about the mere mention of southern fried hushpuppies, cool, creamy coleslaw, and pulled barbeque always gets the taste buds watering. Hungry yet?

Throw in jalapeno corn bread, homemade baked macaroni and cheese, and country style green beans with bacon, and wait to hear your tummy begin to growl just thinking about it.

Catering by Design offers both Northern styled barbeque and vinegar based barbeque because we know people take their barbeque preferences very seriously.

The Southern Buffet menus are one of our most popular selections for good reason. Ideal for family reunions, corporate lunches, office outings, outdoor socials, and poolside parties, this casual variety of southern food favorites is the easy answer for feeding small armies with diverse tastes.

Call us for more details on arranging a Southern Buffet menu for your needs.

Now, let the summer celebrations begin!

Let the summer celebrations begin! From decadent Southern Buffets complete with NC BBQ and jalapeno corn bread to light, refreshing summer salads, Catering by Design can put together your ideal menu for your socials this summer.

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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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Catering Raleigh’s Weddings: The Stockroom

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

While Fayetteville Street was lit up with the festivities of the annual SparkCON event, Catering by Design was catering one of Raleigh’s newer downtown event venues, The Stockroom at 230.

Right on Fayetteville Street, with a narrow door that you could easily miss, almost like a secret spot, you enter, walk down the hall, take the elevator to the second floor and turn right twice to enter the hall.

It’s a large space, with an upper landing, where we set out our bar, and the large lower area ending in windows overlooking the street next to Fayetteville Street.

This wedding was for about 150 people. We had a table set with sweetened and unsweetened tea, lemonade and water. We set up a long buffet table serving on two sides to accommodate this larger number of guests. We staffed a bar with wine and beer, had servers walking around offering hors d’oeuvres, and had a carving station where one of our chefs would carve individual servings for guests.

Here is the menu for the evening.

Carving Station

Top Round Beef

Baked Salmon Encroute

Horseradish & Mustard Sauces

Balsamic Onion Marmalade

Sauce Sorrel

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Bow Ties Pasta with Grilled Chicken

Italian Sausage, Fennel

Tomato Cream

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Penne Pasta Portabellos

Roasted Peppers and Basil Cream

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Assorted Grilled Breads with Humus

Olivada, Tomato Basil and Hot Crab Dip

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Meatballs Marinara

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Grilled Fresh Vegetables

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Sesame Chicken Bites

Apricot Mustard Sauce

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Seasonal Sliced Fruit

We’re Catering by Design and we’re one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We cater in a wide area that includes 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 for your next event. (919) 481-2366. Find out why our customers love us.

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Find Raleigh’s Catering by Design at Bridal Shows & Open Houses

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

Here are just a few of the Bridal Shows and Open Houses at Wedding Venues that we at Catering by Design attends.

Colorful and delicious cheeses and fresh fruit

Colorful and delicious cheeses and fresh fruit

2012 Bridal Events

 

White Dove Chapel Bridal Affair & Open House

1:00 pm Saturday, January 14, 2012

Facebook Invitation Link

 

2011 Bridal Events

 

Homewood Suites by Hilton Cary NC in September

Facebook event link.

 

Shady Wagon Farm Open House in September

Facebook event link.

 

Southern Bridal

See our photo album for the 2011 Southern Bridal Show.

 

The Oaks at Salem in Apex

See our photo album for the June 2011 Oaks at Salem Bridal Fair.

We’re Catering by Design and we’re one of the top caterers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We cater in a wide area that includes 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 for your next event. (919) 481-2366. Find out why our customers love us.

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

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