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Rigmor House Wedding

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The Rigmor House is a wonderful venue for bringing two families together to celebrate a marriage. Located in Chapel Hill, this premier event space has a very rustic feel with its barn-like appearance. However, inside you’ll find all the finest amenities that can make a wedding, reception, or rehearsal dinner fun and stress free.

The Rigmor House can also be rented for short-term retreats, parties, training sessions, and all of life’s favorite and most cherished events. With both indoor and outdoor plans, The Rigmor House can also comfortably accommodate over 225 people.

Our clients, Rachel and Luke, recently tied the knot at the Rigmor House and Catering by Design was there. We were honored to be the newlyweds’ Raleigh wedding catering company of choice. Since the ceremony and reception were so beautiful, we wanted to share a few of the highlights. We hope you enjoy the pictures. If you need help with catering for a Raleigh or Triangle event, contact Catering by Design today. We’d love to talk food with you!

Rachel and Luke’s Wedding at the Rigmor House

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Hors d’ Oeuvres

Before dinner, the wedding guests enjoyed fresh Grilled Focaccia, Pita and Tuscan Breads. These were paired with Hummus, Tomato Basil, and Hot Spinach Artichoke Dips.

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Rachel and Luke also decided to have sushi at their wedding. Thanks to Shaba Shabu for providing such an extensive spread!

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Dinner Buffet

The dinner buffet was stacked. We started off with a beautiful summer salad consisting of Crisp Romaine, Fresh Strawberries, Feta Cheese, and Toasted Walnuts, finished with Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette and Apple Champagne Vinaigrette dressings.

For the sides, we served Penne Pasta with Portobello Mushrooms and Sun Dried Tomatoes swimming in a Basil Cream Sauce, and a nice Medley of Sautéed Vegetables.

The main courses consisted of a Teriyaki Glazed Salmon dish and Bacon and Gouda Stuffed Chicken Breast topped with Pesto Cream, along with Buttered Dinner Rolls.

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If you’re searching for affordable wedding catering in Raleigh, Catering by Design can save you time and money.

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Catering by Design is Raleigh’s top choice when it comes to catering weddings in the area. We have the most affordable menus and packages that can be customized to meet any of your dietary needs. Please click here to check out our Raleigh wedding packages. Brides, call us today and ask about our free tastings.

We’re an award winning wedding caterer, and have been serving the families of North Carolina for decades. Be sure to ask us about our delivery options if you do not need full catering service. When only the best will do, call Catering by Design to find out why we’re the top choice for Raleigh wedding catering services.

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Wedding At The Little Herb House

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The Barn And Gardens At The Little Herb House is Raleigh’s number one choice for rustic and country weddings. This outstanding venue features a 20 acre pasture of rolling green grass, a 10,000 square foot herb and flower garden complete with a water feature, stunning ironwork, a lighted pergola, as well as a converted 20 horse stall barn. There’s even a spacious bridal suite. This furnished, two-bedroom, two-bathroom guest house is the perfect space for the bride and her girls to prepare for the wedding ceremony.

We recently catered a beautiful wedding at The Barn And Gardens At The Little Herb House, and wanted to share a few of our favorite pictures from the reception. If you want to see all the images, please visit our Pinterest gallery. If you need great Raleigh wedding catering at an affordable price, don’t hesitate to call Catering by Design. You’ll love our free menu tastings.

The Barn And Gardens At The Little Herb House

The rustic bar is the just the right size to serve all of your wedding guests. It’s conveniently located away from the dance floor and in space that does not hinder foot traffic.

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Gorgeous table settings and colorful centerpieces looked dramatic against the aged barn wood.
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The wedding party table was lush with greenery using many different real plants as garland and runners. The candlelight gave off a romantic feel.
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The entrance to the large herb and flower garden was glowing at dusk. This is a perfect outdoor space for North Carolina Weddings
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For the food, heavy appetizers with a carving station was requested. The menu consisted of Springs Rolls with Zesty Orange Dipping Sauce, Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bites with Apricot Mustard Sauce, and Petite Crab Cakes with Pimento Cheese Aioli.
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The carving station featured an Herb, Sea Salt, Garlic & Pepper Crusted Roasted New York Strip Loin that was served with a Balsamic Onion Marmalade, Horseradish, and Whole Grain Mustard Sauces, with Assorted Rolls. You’ll also see our famous Ahi Tuna on Wonton Chip with Wasabi Aioli.
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The Toasted Phyllo Cups with Grilled Shrimp, Pineapple and Basil were also a huge hit.
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Also on the menu, but not pictured, were Hot Marinated Grilled Vegetables, and Fresh Baked and Grilled Tuscan, Pita and Focaccia Breads, served with Humus, Olivada, Tomato Basil spreads.
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For dessert, the guests enjoyed eating the beautiful wedding cake.

The Best Raleigh Wedding Catering Is Only at Catering by Design

Catering by Design is the best Raleigh catering company for fall weddings and all of life’s grand events. We have affordable menus that can be customized for any occasion. To get an idea of the menus we offer, please click here.

Brides, be sure to call us today about setting up your free menu tasting. This is a free service that many of our competitors charge for. If you do not require full catering service, ask us about our delivery options. Our delivery catering service is a very affordable option for events wanting great food without breaking the bank.

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Spring Wedding at the Mims House

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The Leslie-Alford-Mims House is a historic wedding venue located right outside of Raleigh, in Holly Springs, North Carolina. This charming property was built in 1840 and it offers brides and grooms a breathtaking experience as they walk through history on their wedding day. The Leslie-Alford-Mims House is romantic and timeless. The mansion sits on more than an acre of land, and is a one of a kind venue combining a rich history with modern style.

Catering by Design was very thankful to be chosen as the Raleigh wedding catering service of choice for a recent spring wedding and reception that was held here. We had a grand time serving Kristen and Sean, the bride and groom, as well as all of their wedding guests, and we wanted to share a few of our favorite pictures. To see the entire gallery from this lovely wedding reception, please visit us on Pinterest.

Spring Weddings at the Mims House

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Before dinner, we started the guests out with a few tasty appetizers. We served Freshly Grilled Tuscan, Pita and Focaccia Breads that were paired with a Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip, as well as Olivada and Tomato Basil Spreads.


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When it was time to release the tables, guests were greeted with a georgous spring salad of Mixed Greens with Mozzarella Cubes, Cucumbers, Carrots, and Tomatoes. It was finished and tossed in our signature Red Wine Vinaigrette.


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Next on the menu was Hot Marinated Grilled Vegetables comprised of broccoli, squash, mushrooms, and red peppers.


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Also featured as a side was this Basil Cream Penne Pasta dish that combined Portobello Mushrooms with Sundried Tomatoes.
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Finishing out the buffet was our Hand Breaded Chicken Parmesan and Freshly Baked Dinner Rolls served with Butter. For dessert, all the guests enjoyed the beautiful wedding cake. Thanks for taking the time to visit with our blog, if you need affordable catering please give us a call today.

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Catering by Design is the best Raleigh catering company for all of life’s grand events. We have affordable menus that can be customized for any occasion. To get an idea of the menus we offer, please click here.

We’re also an award winning wedding caterer, and have been serving brides and their families for decades. If you do not need full service catering, ask us 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 wedding catering services.

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Merrimon Wynne House | Fall Wedding Series

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The Merrimon Wynne House, located in the downtown area of Raleigh, NC is one the newest, yet oldest, wedding venues in the county. The house, originally built in 1876, was recently restored back to its grandeur state to become Raleigh’s premier wedding venue. The charm and elegance of the 130 year old estate features expansive grounds nestled in the middle of downtown Raleigh’s historic district only a few steps away from the Governor’s Mansion. This historic estate venue can accommodate both small, and larger events up to 200 guests. The house is decorated so that everything from traditional, classic affairs to modern, contemporary events can be held here.

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This new venue is just the event space for brides who want a wedding reception that is close to the downtown scene but also offers an outside area with many decorating options. We had the great pleasure of being able to provide the reception catering at a wonderful wedding here recently. We tried to pepper this post with our favorite pictures, but if you’d like to see the entire set from this magical day, you’ll have to visit our Pinterest board for Raleigh wedding venues.

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The menu for the night was “Top Notch”. We started the guests off with butlered hors d’ oeuvres of Fried Green Tomatoes with Red Pepper Aioli along with Beef Wrapped Portobellos that were served with a Sesame Ginger Marinade and bite sized Chicken and Waffles.

As guests arrived at the reception area for seating, they were greeted with a pre-plated salad of fresh Baby Greens tossed with Toasted Walnuts, Mandarin Oranges and Dried Cranberries and finished off with our homemade Citrus Vinaigrette dressing.

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The dinner was served buffet style and featured our savory roasted Breast of Chicken that was Stuffed with Portobellos, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Vermont White Cheddar. The main dish was served with Penne Pasta that was tossed with Spinach and Roasted Peppers bathing in a Basil Cream Sauce, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and a seasonal Sauté Vegetable Medley.

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Anchoring the buffet was a Carving Station of Rosemary Roasted Prime Rib of Beef. Assorted Rolls and Butter, Whole Grain Mustard, Horseradish Sauce, and Balsamic Onion Marmalade were served on the side so guests could make miniature beef sliders.

If you want the finest dining experience for your wedding call Catering By Design. We offer the most affordable Raleigh wedding catering in The Triangle. Call us today to learn more and ask about our free menu tastings.

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Wedding Shows in Raleigh: The Royal Banquet’s Bridal Event

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Wedding Shows in Raleigh: The Royal Banquet’s Bridal Event

You will find many opportunities to connect with Raleigh Durham wedding vendors at local wedding shows. Entry can be free or a minimal fee and you will be able to meet with and get a great feel for the services and unique style of vendors.

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Catering by Design participated in two wedding shows in late February, with bells on, with food to taste, ready to answer any and every question.

Saturday February 22: The Royal Banquet Bridal and Event Extravaganza

Sunday February 23: The Museum of Life and Science’s “Love & Science, A Wedding Expo.”

The Royal Banquet Bridal & Event Extravaganza

Saturday February 22, 2014 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Raleigh Wedding Show February 22 2014

Catering by Design was pleased to participate in this free bridal event, presented by Dream & Believe Event Planning, wedding and event planning professionals featuring:


Wedding Cakes

Creative Designs

Hair, Makeup & Nutrition



Event Planners


A “Grand Prize” will be awarded to one very lucky bride.

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

Talk to us at local wedding shows.

Call us at 919-481-2366.

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 how easy we make it.


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Elegant Wedding Venues in the Raleigh Area: Barclay Villa

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Barclay Villa: Surprising Elegance

The Raleigh NC area of North Carolina may not be Newport Beach or Long Island, but we have our share of elegant wedding venues. If you’re looking for elegant wedding venues in the Raleigh area, one of the most elegant venues is Barclay Villa.

Barclay Villa is located in the small rural town of Angiers, just beyond Fuquay Varina on Hwy 55 South. You’ll see cotton growing in the fields on your way there.

Located among farms and small developments, Barclay Villa looks like it belongs in Europe, a small castle with beautiful grounds, elegant decor, plenty of parking across the street, dressing rooms for the bride and groom, an outdoor and indoor setting for both the wedding ceremony, AND the wedding reception.

Barclay Villa in North Carolina

For additional images see Best Catering in Pinterest, and Google’s See Inside feature.

In October, weddings can have the villa for Friday for $5,000 or for Friday and Saturday for $10,000. (Dollars are rounded up.)

The Ball Room at Barclay Villa

There is an upstairs balcony where additional seats can be placed. Upstairs there is also a parlor with a pool table and comfortable sofas where the groom’s party can wait.


Catering by Design is proud to be one of only six preferred vendors for the elegant Barclay Villa in Angiers, North Carolina.


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Free Download of Raleigh Area Wedding Venues List

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Free Download of Raleigh Area Wedding Venues List

Catering-by-Design has now made it easy for brides and wedding planners to download a Raleigh Area Wedding Reception Venues List in PDF format (with hyperlinks to the venue websites) phone number, city and capacity when available.

Raleigh Event Venues by Name

Raleigh Event Venues Organized by City

Let North Carolina’s Catering by Design be your full service caterer for your wedding and  anniversary events.

(Updated March 2014. These are the same lists that are available on the Raleigh Area Event Venues page.)

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Raleigh Wedding Catering at Haywood Hall

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Raleigh Wedding Catering at Haywood Hall

Catering by Design has the pleasure of catering at some of the finest wedding venues in the greater Raleigh area. We recently catered a wedding at Haywood Hall, a historic building in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Take a look at the beautiful setting, the classic home, the outdoor photo opportunities.

Having a wedding or simply the wedding reception in Raleigh’s historic sites lends a timelessness and connection to history to your event.

If you’d like to have your wedding, or wedding reception, at a historic site in the greater Raleigh area, give Catering by Design a call, and we’ll walk you through the steps and facilitate your planning. We have great reviews and won the Service Excellence Pinnacle Award in 2012.

Whatever you imagine for your Raleigh Wedding, Catering by Design can help you.

Call 919-481-2366.

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Catering Weddings in Raleigh

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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.

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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!


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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Event Venues in Raleigh North Carolina

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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 Gold 919.781.6868
All Saints Chapel 919.755.0971
Anderson Point 919.807.8461
Artspace 919.821.2787
Borden Building 919.831.6430
Comfort Suites Raleigh 919.212.6900
Durant Nature Park 919.870.2871
Events At Newton Square 919.845.1802
Grand Ballroom in Raleigh 919.832.6866
Hampton Inn Raleigh Capital Blvd 919.872.7111
Haywood Hall 919.832.8357
Homewood Suites Raleigh-Crabtree 919.785.2942
JC Raulston Arboretum 919.513.7457
Lake Johnson 919.233.2121
Lake Wheeler 919.662.5704
Lighthouse Christian Fdtn/Convention Center 919.661.6903
Magnolia Cottage 919.233.2121
Marbles Kids Museum 919.834.4040
Montfort Hall 919.834.8675
Museum of History 919.807.7875
Raleigh Elks Lodge 919.787.5990
Rose Garden Raleigh Little Theatre 919.821.4579
Royal Banquet Center 919.621.0540
Shriners Temple 919.848.7972
Spruce Pine Lodge 919.560.4355
The Sutherland 919.795.4366
Tucker House 919.831.6009
White Dove Chapel 919.365.9510

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.


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