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Catered by Design

Morton Grove, Illinois View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
4.9 out of 5 rating
121 reviews

About

2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner

Catered By Design's mission is to bring your events to life with sumptuous food and refreshing beverages presented in spectacular fashion. This also includes being a good steward of the environment. Our goal is to continually improve our sustainability practices by working closely with our vendors and partners to minimize the impact on the environment.

Sam Gray, the President of Catered by design, started in his grandmother's kitchen as just a young kid, working up into Executive Chef positions at multiple restaurants and opening a few of his own, Sam has a lifetime of experience under his belt. Deciding to settle down over 17 years ago and began his journey with Catered by Design, he has built a loyal team to create and serve thousands of food & event seeking clients in Chicago and the greater area.

Catered by Design provides catering services all around the Chicagoland area. For the past 20 years, their friendly & dedicated staff has provided delicious food along with flawless presentation ensuring happy customers. They offer any serving style you are envisioning in a variety of cuisines. Catered by Design is exclusive or preferred by a handful of venues.

Cuisine
Enjoy a chef paired menu or create a custom menu specfic to your event. From a picnic or brunch to a plated, buffet or stations meal, the options are endless. Their menus includes a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, seafood, poultry & hors d'oeuvres options. Plated meals are served in three courses, and arrangements for children's menus can be made. Some sample plated meals include:

  • Roasted, Frenched White Truffle Chicken Breast
  • Flat Iron Steak
  • Marinated Snapper
  • Saffron Risotto Cakes

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

$115

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$120

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$125

Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up
Cake Cutting
Dessert
Cocktail Reception
Server(s)
Tastings
Chairs
Tables
China
Linens
Flatware
Glassware

What wedding events do you provide services for?

Ceremony
Reception
Rehearsal Dinner

What wedding planning services do you offer?

Budget Analysis
Event Design
Partial Planning
Timelines
Vendor Referrals

What event services do you provide?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up

What weddings do you have experience planning?

Civil
Cultural
Double Weddings
Eco-Friendly
Military
Non-Religious
Religious

What catering services do you provide?

Breakfast / Brunch
Buffet
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Custom Menu
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Lunch
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

How many planners are on your team?

4

What types of cuisine do you cater?

American
Asian
BBQ
Chinese
French
German
Greek
Indian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Latin American
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Sandwiches
Seafood
Southern
Southwestern
Spanish
Thai
Vietnamese

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
No Pork
Kosher
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Liquor License
Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Limited Bar
Open Bar
House Beer
Specialty Beer
House Wine
Specialty Wine
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Outside Alcohol

Which of the following items can you provide?

Chairs
Tables

Which of the following items can you provide?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
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121 Reviews

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    Katharine Married on 05/28/2022
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    Amazing Caterer

    We worked with Rachel Jozwik who really went above and beyond to make sure our event was everything we hoped for and more. We started planning our reception three years ago and Catered By Design stood by us every step of the way. They were very accommodating to any changes we had and made great suggestions. The food was amazing, we got many compliments. Our team captain Laura was superb and always made sure we had everything we needed
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    Lindsay B. Married on 05/01/2022
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    Delicious food and flawless service

    We used Catered by Design for our rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch and were so happy with our decision! They were so easy to work with and had so many options for food. They helped us create a perfect menu that felt unique to us. Their service was impeccable and felt very sanitary. There were no long pauses at our rehearsal dinner waiting for the next course. Everyone raved about the food and especially loved the omelette bar at brunch! Would highly recommend them to anyone for any occasion!

    Catered by Design's reply:

    Thank you so much for your amazing review! It is always great to hear that everyone was so pleased with our food and that no details were missed. We look forward to your future life events and for Catered by Design to be there. Wishing you the best on this new chapter in your life.
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    Justin S. Married on 04/30/2022
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    Best Food / Great People

    Not only was the food absolutely fantastic, we can't say enough how much we enjoyed working with Sam. His team was fast the night of the wedding and Rachel lead the team flawlessly the entire day. The food is creative and delicious and they cared so much about making our night a great event. Thank you Sam & Rachel for everything!
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Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Emily & Ramtin
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Team

Sam Gray
Sam Gray
President

Starting in his grandmother's kitchen as just a young kid, working up into Executive Chef positions at multiple restaurants and opening a few of his own, Sam has a lifetime of experience under his belt. Deciding to settle down over 17 years ago and began his journey with CBD, he has built a loyal team to create and serve thousands of food & event seeking clients. As President and Owner of Catered by Design, he still finds time for a round of golf or attending an Escoffier dinner.

Tami Henry-Zimmerman
Tami Henry-Zimmerman
Operations Manager

Being an Operations Manager means wearing many hats and that is certainly true for Tami. She brings to the table over 25 years of administrative experience coupled with her training as a chef from Kendall College. Having the kitchen acumen allows her to make the administrative functions work more smoothly. Tami is particularly adept and creating custom recipes/menus for clients looking for an exceptionally unique experience. In addition to all her duties at CBD, she is also a cooking instructor.

Matthew Gray
Matthew Gray
Catering Sales Specialist

Matthew has been a part of the family-owned company since his teenage years and has excelled ever since. Now, he is the driving force behind Catered by Design's drop-off division. His knowledge pours into creating flawless orders for both social and corporate entertaining.

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
Anita Dee Yacht Charters Anita Dee Yacht Charters Boat Weddings

Catered By Design is one of our longest standing preferred caterers and for good reason! They provide excellent service to our clients. Delicious, high quality food along with polished and professional staff. They are highly organized and easy to work with from the planning process up until the event date. On the day of the event, they work with us seamlessly to execute an event and experience that exceeds the client's expectations!

Aberdeen's Wedding Florists Aberdeen's Wedding Florists Wedding Florists

Sam and the whole company are amazing. There food and their service is as good as it gets.

The Grove Redfield Estate The Grove Redfield Estate Mansion Weddings

For many years Catered by Design has provided excellent full service catering for the events at the Grove Redfield Estate.

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9204 Waukegan Rd. Morton Grove, Illinois, 60053
847-965-4094
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