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Fall Festivals, Fundraisers and Outdoor Activities

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Social Event Catering

October and November is a time when we come outdoors, enjoy fall fundraiser runs, fall festivals with hayrides, school events, pumpkins and games, and many sports events and activities. Are you hosting an event this fall?

Catering by Design offers full catering services for both indoor and outdoor wedding receptions, sports events, fundraisers, and small gatherings including birthday party and anniversary celebrations.

Check out these simple tips when planning your outdoor event!

Check the weather! Whether it’s an early arctic blast or a fall rain shower, be sure to check the weather and have inclement weather plans that may include tents, heaters, an indoor location or postponing your event. If you have booked a venue, be sure to check out their inclement weather policies!

It’s all about the numbers. Whether you are hosting a large public festival or an intimate fall party, be sure to confirm how many guests you are expecting.

Create your menu! Catering by Design offers individual tastings where you can taste the best that we have to offer to create the perfect menu for your event!


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.


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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Caribbean Birthday Party Celebration

Posted in: Cary Catering Services, Catering in Raleigh NC, Social Event Catering

Catering by Design was honored to be chosen from among a dozen preferred caterers at One Eleven Place in Cary for a fabulous big birthday party with a Caribbean theme. The birthday celebrant is Nigerian and had friends from all over.

We are a full service caterer and can cater whatever food you are looking for in whatever venue you choose with as little as drop-off and as much as full fledged coordination and arranging of everything.

For this big birthday celebration, we worked closely with the sister of the “birthday girl” who lives out of state. We planned every aspect of the party with her, and created a wonderful tropical event. Guests came dressed in beautiful colors, children performed dances, the Island Music Trio performed island music complete with horns, and the scent of Caribbean food carried us away. You can’t help but be excited when you’re helping create big celebratory events like this.

(The Menu is below the Photo Gallery.)

Caribbean Themed Birthday Celebration Menu

Spinach Salad with Fresh Strawberries, Feta Cheese

Citrus Vinaigrette

Red Beans and Rice

Fried Plantains

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Saute’ Vegetables in Butter

Caribbean Jerk Chicken

Curried Goat

Teriyaki Salmon

Fried Dumplings

Pineapple and Cheese Cornbread

Key Lime Pies

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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Raleigh Event Venues

Posted in: Raleigh Catering, Raleigh Wedding Venues, Social Event Catering

(New sites added March 2014 and updated on the PDFs for downloading. )

Catering by Design Service Area

Catering by Design caters events all around the Triangle, all the way to Pinehurst and Southern Pines, even as far north as Rocky Mount.

We’ve catered and have permission to cater at the following list of the Greater Raleigh Area venues. These include venues in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Garner, Carrboro, RTP, Angier, Wake Forest, Pinehurst, Wendell and Warrenton. There are others too and we will keep updating this list. It is daunting for couples who are new to the area to research all the options in the area, so we put this list together to help you save time.

Free Download of Raleigh Area Event Venues

Raleigh Event Venues by Name

Raleigh Event Venues Organized by City



Raleigh Event Venues

Catering by Design is a caterer at each of these venues in the greater Raleigh, NC area. We’ve listed the venues here to make it easy for you to locate choice venues for your events.


Catering by Design is a caterer at each of these venues in the greater Raleigh, NC area. We’ve listed the venues here to make it easy for you to locate choice venues for your events.


Raleigh Area Wedding and Other Event Venues in North Carolina
Venue City Contact Number Capacity
A Step To Gold Raleigh 919.781.6868 225
All Saints Chapel Raleigh 919.755.0971 298
American Legion Cary 919.481.4811 50-70
Anderson Point Raleigh 919.807.8461 70
Apex Community Center Apex 919.249.3402 100
Artspace Raleigh 919.821.2787 250
Barclay Villa Angier 919.639.3700
Bass Lake Retreat Center Holly Springs 919.557.2906 80-150
Bennett Bunn Plantation Zebulon
Bond Park Community Center Cary 919.462.3970 99
Borden Building Raleigh 919.831.6430 100-150
Burning Coal Theatre Raleigh 919.834.4001
Cambria Suites RTP 919.361.3311 10 to 88
Carrboro Century Center Carrboro 919.918.7385 200
Chatham Hill Winery RTP 919.380.7135 25 to 156
Comfort Suites Raleigh Raleigh 919.212.6900 30-100
Comfort Suites Raleigh Durham Airport/RTP RTP 919.474.0203 150
Country Inn & Suites Raleigh Durham Airport RTP 919.544.1010 120
Crenshaw Hall Wake Forest 919.334.6190
Cypress Manor Raleigh 919.800.8950
Durant Nature Park Raleigh 919.870.2871 200
Durham Armory Durham 919.560.4355 20 – 585
Durham Arts Council Durham 919.560.2787 150
Durham Realtors Square Durham 919.403.2117 200
Edison Johnson Recreation Center Durham 919.560.4270 25 – 430
Events At Newton Square Raleigh 919.845.1802 75-300
Grand Ballroom in Raleigh Raleigh 919.832.6866
Grand Marquise Ballroom Garner 919.773.0013 400
The Hall & Gardens at Landmark Garner 919.329-7674 300 seated
Halle Cultural Arts Center Apex 919.249.1120 135
Hampton Inn Raleigh Capital Blvd Raleigh 919.872.7111 72
Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill Durham Chapel Hill 919.403.8700 50
Hampton Inn Chapel Hill Chapel Hill 919.683.3000 20-25
Haywood Hall Raleigh 919.832.8357 100-150
Herbert C. Young Community Center Cary 919-460-4965 250
Het Landhuis Pittsboro 919.545.2280 100 +
Holly Springs Cultural Center Holly Springs 919.567.4000 15-150
Homewood Suites by Hilton Durham-Chapel Hill Durham 919.401.0610 125
Homewood Suites by Hilton Raleigh / Cary Cary 919.466.9045 120
Homewood Suites Raleigh-Crabtree Raleigh 919.785.2942 80-120
Horace Williams House Chapel Hill 919.942.7818  15-30-150
Hotel Sierra – Raleigh Durham Airport Morrisville(919) 942-7818 919.388-5355 20-170
I.R. Holmes Recreation Center Durham 919.560.4444 460
JC Raulston Arboretum Raleigh 919.513.7457 25-200
Kildaire Farms Club Cary 919.467.4313 100
King’s Kompany Kabin Raleigh 929-961-7050  90+
Lake Johnson Raleigh 919.233.2121 99
Lake O’ the Woods Plantation Warrenton 252.257.1541 340
Lake Wheeler Raleigh 919.662.5704 30-175
Lighthouse Christian Fdtn/Convention Center Raleigh 919.661.6903 800
Lochmere Highlands Clubhouse Cary 919.233.7640 80
Magnolia Cottage Raleigh 919.233.2121 49
Museum of Life and Science Durham 919.220.5429 x400
McCowan Magnum House Durham 919.560.4355 49
The Mahler (Fine Art Gallery) Raleigh 919.896.7503
Marbles Kids Museum Raleigh 919.834.4040
Montague Lake Apex 919.362.7477 x29 100 – 200+
Montfort Hall Raleigh 919.834.8675 125
Museum of History Raleigh 919.807.7875 50 – 500
NC Botanical Gardens Chapel Hill 919.962.0522
One Eleven Place Cary 919.654.5413 275
Page Walker Hotel Cary 919.460.4963 140
Raleigh City Museum Raleigh 919.996.2220
Raleigh Elks Lodge Raleigh 919.787.5990 80-225
Rand Bryan House Garner 919.995.1663  100-250
Regency Park Ampitheater Cary 919.462.2025 450
Rigmore House Durham 919.933.7177 225
Rose Garden Raleigh Little Theatre Raleigh 919.821.4579 125
Royal Banquet Center Raleigh 919.621.0540 200
St. Marks Chapel at Mordecai Raleigh 919.857.4362  small
Shady Wagon Farms New Hill 919.542.7172 200
Shriners Temple Raleigh 919.848.7972 300
Silk Hope Farm Heritage Park Siler City 919.663.0331  big
Sir Walter Ballroom – The Virginia Dare Ballroom Raleigh 919.832.1300  150
Snipes Farm Retreat Chapel Hill 919.929.3454 120-150+
Spruce Pine Lodge Durham 919.560.4355 120
St Francis Raleigh 919.847.8205 x 266 10-354
Sunset Lake Lodge Fuquay Varina 919.552.7509 75
The Cotton Company Wake Forest 919.570.0087 200
The Factory / The Mill Room Wake Forest 919.453.1839 200
The Fair Barn Pinehurst 910.295.0166 450 – 500
The Grand Ballroom Raleigh 919-832-6866  150
The Hayloft McLeansville 336.621.1341  200
The Howard House Dunn 910-892-5453  99 + Up
The Oaks at Salem Apex 919.387.4158
The Sutherland Wake Forest 919.795.4366 150
Tucker House Raleigh 919.831.6009 50 to 100
Velvet Cloak Inn Raleigh 919.828.0333 300
VFW Cary 919.467.1188 300 & 50
W.D. Hill Recreation Center Durham 919.560.4292 400
White Deer Park Nature Center Garner 919.661.6982 70 – 96
White Dove Chapel Wendell 919.365.9510 100

Please call us at (919) 481-2366 to discuss catering for your next event. Or email us at

Let us give you a quote for catering your next party and make it a wonderful, stress free time for you and all your guests.

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February 18 “I Love Animals” Singles Event at Catering-by-Design in Cary

Posted in: Social Event Catering

At 7 p.m. on the 3rd Friday night in February, Singer Songwriter Robert Starling is going to provide the entertainment for a singles evening, the “I Love Animals” fundraising event at Catering-by-Design in Cary.  The ticket costs $20 and will benefit animal care in Chatham County.

Catering-by-Design in Cary is located next to Big Lots facing Kildaire Farm Road neat the Maynard intersection. The address is 132 Kilmayne Drive.  Admission includes Catering-by-Design’s famous hors d’oeuvres, and your first drink.

Cary, NC Singles Event on Friday February 18, Raises Funds for Animals

Cary, NC Singles Event on Friday February 18, Raises Funds for Animals

The event is organized by Guardians of Angels.  See our “I Love Animals” Singles Event announcement on Zvents.


We’re Catering by Design and we’re a full service catering company in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Whatever you’re planning we can make it happen. 919-481-2366

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Wedding Venues in the Greater Raleigh Area

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

Choosing a wedding venue in the greater Raleigh area? You’ll have a lot of choices.

If this is your first time, finding a list of venues to start with can be helpful. We’ve listed most of the venues where we cater on our Raleigh Event Venues List.

Comparing venues is more art than science. Many venues have more than one room of different sizes (and different rates).  Some have member and non-member rates. Some have a 6 hour minimum. Others are a flat rate with no hours specified. So be sure to compare apples with apples.

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. To see a list of all the many dozens of venues where we cater throughout central North Carolina, visit our Raleigh Event Venues List.

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(Updated 3/10/2011)

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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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For Parties in Your Own Home – The Benefits of Catering

Posted in: Social Event Catering

Purple Iris, Lovely in Spring WeddingsWhen there’s a special event that you want to host in your own home, and you want to fully enjoy it, instead of running around taking care of all the details, consider hiring your favorite caterer.

Here’s a note from one of Catering by Design’s customers, saying so clearly, what the benefits are of using a caterer for that special event in your own home.

Dear Catering by Design:

I couldn’t let today go by without dropping you a note expressing my deepest thanks!

Last night really was amazing…from your food to the service, a few words come to mind: Elegant, Professional & Delicious!

Everything went off without a hitch. The Bride and Groom and their families were blown away.

Bottom line, I couldn’t have done it without you and your staff. Steve, Cheri & Albert were simply wonderful. I will definitely request them again at our future functions. I didn’t have to raise a finger. They wanted to please not only me, but everyone at the party. They did you proud!

Finally, I was able to enjoy an event at my home, without being totally dead by the time it was over.

After the hours they put in last night, I know Steve, Cheri and Albert can’t say the same…they worked so hard.

I enjoyed having this party so much, that there is no doubt we will do many more…for our personal and business needs. Rest assured I will ONLY use Catering By Design.

Donna Sich
Manager, Floorazzo Tile, LLC
Siler City, NC 27344

This is the Catering by Design difference!

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