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Barclay Villa | November Wedding Series

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Barclay Villa is a very special venue. Some would even say that dreams are made here. The castle-like home exudes elegance both inside and out. This unique venue is the perfect setting for any event when you want to impress, or feel like royalty. One cannot really understand how special this venue is without scheduling a visit to see the natural beauty of Barclay Villa.

Barclay specializes in serving brides and grooms, but can also be transformed into a banquet or corporate meeting facility when you need to show splendor and class to impress your important clients.

We recently had the honor of catering another beautiful wedding here. It’s such a fabulous place to be in the fall. We’d like to thank Toni and Ian for letting us serve their family and friends on this beautiful day. We took some great pictures to showcase the event and highlighted a few of them here. To see the entire gallery, check us out on Pinterest.

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Cocktail Hour started guests off in the pool area by the beautiful fountains. Guests enjoyed fresh Grilled Tuscan, Pita and Focaccia Breads, served with Hummus, Spinach Artichoke and Tomato Basil Spread along with Imported and Domestic Cheeses with Assorted Crackers and a garnish of Fresh Fruit.

wedding catering Raleigh NC
wedding catering Raleigh NC
wedding catering Raleigh NC

Inside, dinner was served buffet style featuring a Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres Buffet and a Carving Station. The wedding guests enjoyed a meal of Baby Greens with Feta Cheese and Candied Walnuts finished off with our homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette. Also on the menu for this special evening was hand cut Ahi Tuna on Wonton Chips with Wasabi Aioli, Petite Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli, Chilled Marinated Grilled Vegetables, Toasted Phyllo Cups stuffed with a salad of Grilled Shrimp, Mango and Cilantro, Crunchy Springs Rolls with Sesame Ginger Sauce for dipping, and our famous Parmesan Crusted Chicken Bites served with a Spicy Apricot Mustard Sauce.

The interactive Carving Station was manned by Chef James. He served up a beautiful Rosemary Roasted Top Round of Beef as guests kept lining up. A Balsamic Onion Marmalade, Horseradish and Whole Grain Mustard Sauce was available, along with Assorted Rolls and Butter to make Mini-Sliders.

And for dessert, we all indulged in the rich, velvety wedding cake.

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Wedding Catering Raleigh NC | Catering By Design

When it’s time to plan your big day, give us a try. At Catering By Design, the only thing better than our food, is our service. We’ve been serving up smiles for decades, and know exactly what it takes to make sure your big day goes off without a hitch. Call us today and ask about our free menu tastings.

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Pinterest for Brides in Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill

Posted in: Catering in Raleigh NC, Wedding Venues

Catering by Design Pinterest

Pinterest for Brides! And Brides in our Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill Area!

We’ve all seen wedding dresses, bouquets, bridesmaids’ outfits and matching shoes. But have you been also looking at the wonderful venue pictures you can find on Pinterest, and, wedding catering  pictures?

At Catering by Design we serve the greater Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill area, and beyond for weddings, we’ve been making it easier for newcomers to the area to easily see the amazing variety and choice of venues in the area. We focus mostly on those venues where we cater. There are also venues that do all their catering in house, or only use 1 – 2 catering companies. But we cater in at least 70 different venues, if not more.

On our Catering by Design Raleigh NC Pinterest Page you’ll find boards focusing on these kinds of topics. So if you haven’t stopped by, please do. Pin the photos you like. Follow some of our boards, or all of them. And share your pictures of Catering by Design events and venues!

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Types of Boards:

Gorgeous cheese and fruit tray by Catering by Design

Imported and Domestic Cheese Tray
Assorted Crackers and Seasonal Fruit Garnish
This tray is offered in several of our sample Wedding Menus.

Wedding Venues by Town, like Pittsboro Wedding Venues, or Chapel Hill Wedding Venues

Boards for individual wedding venues, like The Oaks at Salem, or Raleigh’s Haywood Hall

Wedding Decor and Details in NC, from weddings we’ve catered

and of course,

Wedding Catering by Catering by Design in NC

We hope you’ll see some places you’ve not seen before, get some ideas, and enjoy the pictures.

Catering by Design is an exceptional customer service award winner, and is known for its delicious food, outstanding reliability, thorough preparation and warmth. We have passion for making your events shine.

Call us at 919-481-2366. Schedule a meeting with us to plan your wedding catering and anything else we can help you with for your big day.

Follow us on Facebook. We’re on Twitter, and Pinterest, of course.


Call 919-481-2366 now and let’s get started!

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Free Download of Raleigh Area Wedding Venues List

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

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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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!


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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What Questions Will Your Caterer Ask You about Your Wedding?

Posted in: Wedding Catering Raleigh, Wedding Venues

Congratulations on your engagement, and on making progress in planning your big day.

You’re now looking up caterers to see which local caterer feels like the right match for you. You check out our menus and prices. You read about our services and our team. Maybe you visit our Facebook Page and check out our reviews.

You like what you see, so you call us for an appointment. You can’t meet during work hours, but you can make it for a 5:30 appointment. You put it in your phone calendar, and set your reminders.

Now what? You write down the questions you want to ask us. And look over the menus again, to think about what you might like.

Your caterer will also have some questions for you. It’s OK if you don’t yet know the answers, we’ll happily share our experience to make it easier for you to decide. But if you’re curious about what we’ll ask, we’ve prepared a list for you to look over.

One of the first questions we’ll ask about is your preferred wedding venue. Not every venue allows outside caterers. Catering by Design can literally cater at over 100 venues in the greater Raleigh area, but we need to make sure you’re choosing a venue where we’re a preferred vendor if you choose us for your wedding catering.

Here is the list of questions that we, and other wedding caterers, commonly ask their brides. Click here for a PDF of Questions about Your Wedding.

Review our popular wedding menu choices, and know you can design your food choices any way you want.
We love meeting with our brides-to-be, your fiance, your friends, wedding planner and family at our first meeting. Weddings are exciting, and each of you have your own wonderful stories and vision to share.
Congratulations on this wonderful time in your life. We hope you thoroughly enjoy planning and putting your unique touch to your wedding day.
We’re an award-winning wedding caterer, Catering by Design, one of the top caterers in the greater Raleigh area. Call and talk to us about your upcoming wedding and find out what we can do for you. Find out why our brides love us.
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Catering by Design Wins Best Caterer Award for 2012

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

Catering by Design wins The Knot Best of Weddings Award 2012 for Best Caterer in the Raleigh area. We’re very excited that Triangle brides have voted us the best wedding caterer in the Triangle! We love catering weddings and give our all to make it the best day they could imagine.

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

The Knot, one of the premier wedding sites for brides across America, has an annual survey for recent brides to rate all of their wedding related vendors.

The Knot Best of Weddings Award

The survey for the 2012 ranking in North Carolina was recently completed, and Raleigh’s Catering by Design was the sole caterer in the Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill area to win. We were notified today of the award by The Knot.

The Knot will publicize the awards as of December 30th, 2011, publishing the Best of Weddings 2012 winners.

We look forward to adding the award ribbon to our website and heartily thank all our brides for voting for Catering by Design as The Knot‘s  Best of Wedding Caterers in the Triangle for 2012.

A huge thank you goes out to all our brides for the honor!


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Greater Raleigh Wedding Venues List

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

You’re looking for wedding venues in the greater Raleigh area. You have a budget in mind, and a rough idea of how many guests you’d like to invite and you want to see what wedding locations are available. You might be looking for a location for your rehearsal dinner, and definitely looking for an ideal location for your wedding reception, and maybe even your wedding ceremony.

The following is a list of venues in the greater Raleigh area. Catering by Design can cater at each of these venues. See which ones appeal to you.

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Catering by Design is a caterer at each of the venues listed above, making it easy for brides and event planners to locate choice venues for their 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 wedding, your corporate event or your next party.

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What Does a Wedding Cost in the Raleigh Area?

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The first time in planning a wedding can be overwhelming. So many different things to plan for. Guests. Hotels. Wedding site. Rehearsal dinners. Wedding reception. Caterer. Music. Flowers. Wedding Dress. Tuxedo. Brides maids dresses. Gifts. Invitations. Honeymoon. Menu. Wedding Cake.

Here are some ranges for prices in the Raleigh North Carolina area.

Cakes run between $3.50 – $10 a person.

DJ‘s run between $600 and $2500. (Hire someone who does it for a living)

Flowers cost between $25 a bouquet or boutonnieres up to $250 and more for centerpieces.

Catering costs $15/person and up for drop off  service with no servers

$30/person with a server all the way up to

$150/person for full service and the best in fine food.

Wedding reception venues can be as inexpensive as a park rental, to under $1000 for the Lions’ Club up to $8000 for a very elegant location. Click here for a great list of local venues where we’ve catered weddings.

Tables cost between $8 – 12 each for rental.

Chairs are between $1.50 to $13 depending on how fancy they are.

Place settings start at $1.50 for disposable up to $15.00/person.

Photographers start at $800 for the most basic service up to $5,000 and more.

At Catering By Design, we can help you plan your whole wedding, or work with your wedding planner, whatever way you prefer. We will work within your budget. If you’re looking to keep your costs down, the more your family and friends are willing to help, the lower the expense will be. You can even get catering for $12 / person.

If you’re looking to go all out, we can also provide that for you.

Call us at Catering By Design and tell us what you’d like to do. 919-481-2366.

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.

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Raleigh Wedding Venues List

Posted in: Raleigh Wedding Venues, Wedding Venues

Looking for your wedding venue in the Raleigh area?

At Catering by Design we know you have a lot of decisions to make as you prepare for your big event. We know you appreciate it when you can get lists with the information you need. Our Raleigh Wedding Venues list includes most of the Raleigh area wedding venues where we have catered events, and we’ve included the information you’ll need to develop a short list.

A Raleigh Wedding Chapel - St.  Mark's

A Raleigh Wedding Chapel – St. Mark’s

One thing you’ll want to consider is that venues all price differently, some by the day, others by the hour, with different minimum hours. We suggest you estimate costs based on a 6 hour rental. Six hours is about the amount of time needed for a formal wedding reception, with two hours of total setup and take down included.

We hope our Raleigh Wedding Venues list will be a big help in getting you to a short list of venues to choose from.

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.

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Raleigh Wedding Venues at Raleigh Parks

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

Raleigh Parks and Recreation has a rich assortment of venues for wedding receptions.

Venues like Borden Building or Tucker House or St. Marks Chapel at Mordecai Historic Park are part of Raleigh’s history.

Park settings like Magnolia Cottage at Lake Johnson or Lake Johnson Waterfront Center on the lake, are beautiful natural sites for your important events.

View a slide show of these various wedding reception venues at this Raleigh Parks and Recreation website. Phone numbers for each of the venues is included.

Catering by Design is able to cater at most of these sites. Take a look at our Raleigh Area Wedding Event Venues. (All information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but refer to each venue for the latest rates and specific details.)


We’re Catering by Design and we’re a full service catering company in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Call and tell us what you’re planning. We can help. 919-481-2366

(Updated 3/10/2011)

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