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Chef by Design Catering Co. is a full-service wedding catering business in Norfolk, Virginia. With over 15 years of experience, this culinary team takes pride in offering exceptional customer service for weddings and other events. From delicate hors d'oeuvres to elegant banquets, they are here to serve it all up for you.

Cuisine

Chef by Design Catering Co. can work with you to customize their menu to your preferences. Tasting sessions are also available, allowing you to experience all the delightful dishes available to you. A variety of cuisine styles are offered by this business, and dietary restrictions can be catered to upon request. Additionally, servers, bartenders, and other staff can all be offered to you to help make your celebration one to remember.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

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

Set Up
Clean Up
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Server(s)
Tastings

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Beer
House Wine

What event services do you provide?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

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

What types of cuisine do you cater?

American
Asian
BBQ
Caribbean
French
German
Greek
Italian
Latin American
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Middle Eastern
Seafood
Southern
Spanish

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Kosher
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Open Bar
Champagne Toast
Signature Drink

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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Reviews of Chef by Design

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4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
98 Reviews
98% recommend it
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    4.9 out of 5 rating
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    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.9 out of 5 rating
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Chef By Design is highly recommended by multiple reviewers as a wedding catering company. The food is described as delicious, with customized menus available that cater to dietary restrictions. The service from the staff is praised as professional, friendly, and attentive, with guests commenting on their personalized attention. The team is commended for their flexibility, helpfulness, and ability to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Overall, customers highly recommend Chef By Design for their excellent food and top-tier service.

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Chef By Design is highly recommended by multiple reviewers as a wedding catering company. The food is described as delicious, with customized menus available that cater to dietary restrictions. The service from the staff is praised as professional, friendly, and attentive, with guests commenting on their personalized attention. The team is commended for their flexibility, helpfulness, and ability to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Overall, customers highly recommend Chef By Design for their excellent food and top-tier service.

Kelsey
Kelsey S. Sent on 04/27/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The Best Food and Service!!!

We booked Chef by Design and The Neon House for our wedding rehearsal and wedding on 04.20.24. Both are owned and run by the husband-and-wife team, John and Marcy. While The Neon House was the perfect venue for us (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!), if it doesn't fit your wedding vision, Chef by Design can still provide the ultimate catering experience in any venue!!!! Not only do they have an extensive menu with so many delicious options; they are also open to customizing the perfect menu for every couple. After reviewing the menu, we knew that just one event would not be enough to fully experience everything that Chef by Design has to offer (hence booking them for rehearsal and wedding day). As basic and simple as these items seem; their house made bread and Caesar salad are a MUST! We had them at both events, I don't think any salad has every received so many complements and I will forever crave their bread! At the rehearsal we kept the menu fun with some of their grilled flatbread pizzas and custom milkshakes from their late-night section, yum! For the wedding in addition to the salad and bread, Marcy helped us customized a few hors d'oeuvres to make them perfect for our picky palates. We selected a few plated main course options that were again customized: Marcy helped us turn one of their pasta options into a vegetarian and dairy free option for our guests with dietary restrictions, though it wasn't specifically on their menu they were able to create my favorite dish, and my husband selected their Grilled New York Strip Steak. All of these were absolutely incredible, but we aren't done yet; we also had desserts, our wedding cake and drinks provided by Chef by Design. These were also phenomenal. Though it is controversial, my husband is an Ohio State fan and requested buckeyes that John begrudgingly agree to make for us ;) thank you! I wasn't picky about our wedding cake as we are not cake people and I mostly just wanted it for the cake cutting picture, but WOW was it good. Food is so important, and Chef by Design does it right! Looking back, the tasting and working with Chef by Design to customize our menu was my favorite part of wedding planning by far!
I cannot say enough about the incredible team at Chef by Design. In addition to the food, the staff is absolutely amazing! Everyone is so kind and they made sure that my groom and I did not go hungry on our big day. Despite our busy timeline, there was always a server ready with a drink or tray of hors d'oeuvres for us to grab between photos, and a hot plate of food for us once we were finally ready to eat. From start to finish the entire team took such great care of us. And of course, we had so many complements on the food and service from our guests. Cannot recommend Chef by Design enough for not only excellent food but top tier service! Thank you all again!
Will
Will N. Sent on 11/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Delicious Custom Menus with Easy Planning

We were married at The Neon House on Saturday 10/28/2023 and used Chef By Design since they are the on-site caterer for The Neon House. When planning we knew that having really great food at our wedding was important to us and we were so lucky to have Chef By Design dropped into our laps. Joanie and Marcy (the owner) were wonderful to work with and helped us set up a menu that mixed and matched custom items with some of their regular offerings. We wanted to incorporate some Filipino food and they were so game! They listened to what we wanted and offered amazing suggestions. At our tasting I took one bite of short rib and knew we had made the right decision. The appetizers, entreés, desserts, wedding cake, late-night snack, and even the bread had our guests raving. We received SO MANY compliments on the food and the presentation. The serving and bar staff were professional, friendly, and fun and created the perfect atmosphere throughout the night. If you're looking for a delicious menu and some truly awesome people to work with, I can't recommend Chef By Design more!
M
Megan S. Sent on 05/20/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent caterer!

We loved working with Chef by Design and the food at our wedding was delicious! We wanted everything to be dairy free and Chef by Design was able to modify all our favorite dishes to fit our needs without compromising on flavor. We also had a bunch of gluten free guests and they seamlessly got their meals delivered to their table. The service at the wedding was incredible. A few of our guests even commented to us that the bartenders remembered their drink order! My husband and I felt so taken care of! I know a lot of people say you don’t get to eat at your wedding, but Chef By Design made that a non-issue. They brought us snacks during pictures and had our plates ready for us as soon as we sat down. The team really is so kind, and so wonderful to work with, we’d absolutely recommend them.
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
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Real Weddings

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Kermit & Tanisha
30 photos · 10/24/2015

Professional Network & Endorsements

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Luke & Ashley Photography Luke & Ashley Photography Wedding Photographers

THE BEST FOOD CATERER IN THE HAMPTON ROADS AREA!!!

As You Wish Weddings and Events As You Wish Weddings and Events Wedding Planners

Working with Chef by Design is an absolute dream. Not only is their food always phenomenal, but their staff is as well. Their involvement from conception to completion is just a planner's dream.

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Fantastic Food & Staff!

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Chef by Design frequently asked questions

At Chef by Design, the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
The bar service starting price at Chef by Design includes:
  • House Beer
  • House Wine
Chef by Design offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
Chef by Design offers the following catering services for weddings:
  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Custom Menu
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings
At Chef by Design, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • Caribbean
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Spanish
At Chef by Design, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Kosher
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Chef by Design provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Open Bar
  • Champagne Toast
  • Signature Drink
To cater to all tastes, Chef by Design offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
Chef by Design is recommended by 98% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in flexibility, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.9 in value and 4.7 in average response time.

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