81 Reviews for Catered by Design
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We were referred to Nikee Fellows and Catered by Design by our wedding planner at Two Sisters Events. We met with Nikee almost a year before our wedding. We were really pleased about how the food tasted and even wondered if another caterer would be able to replicate the menu at catered by design- we tried it and it was nothing like the food at Catered by Design. so we opted to spend the money for quality food and amazing service. Everyone at CBD was so helpful throughout the whole process. Immediately after the wedding, one of our guests reached out to us asking for our catering vendor b/c one of their friends was looking for a reputable caterer for their wedding. Of course we did not hesitate to share CBDs info. Book CBD if you're look for delicious wedding food, great quality and exceptional customer service. We were so happy we hired them!
Wow! Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so happy both you and your guests enjoyed your big day! Thank you again for giving us this wonderful opportunity and we look forward to working with you in the future!
Where do I even start?! From the staff, to the food, to the presentation...everything was top notch!! Just about every minute of the night we had guests coming up to tell us that it was the most beautiful wedding they have ever been to. We STILL have guests raving about how amazing the food was! Sam Gray was an absolute pleasure to work with during the planning process and the staff the day of the event was incredible. I did not have a wedding planner and had a lot of DIY decorations that I had created. Sam's team helped set everything up exactly the way I wanted. In fact, the setup looked even BETTER than I had imagined! Not only is their food insanely good, Catered by Design really goes the extra mile for their clients with their presentation and accommodations. I honestly cannot say enough wonderful things about Catered by Design. Thank you for making my wedding an absolute dream!!
Thank you so much for your kind words! It is always very exciting for us to see your vision come to life. It was a pleasure working with you and your fiancée and we hope our paths cross again! Best wishes for the future!
Catered by Design was fantastic! Everything went seamless and stress-free... exactly what a bride needs on her wedding day! Sam Gray was a pleasure to work with. He was responsive and helpful leading up to the wedding. And the food and service on the wedding day were phenomenal! The staff went above and beyond to help us - they even arranged our center pieces, pictures, and name cards. They were always there when you needed them, but not obvious or in the way. The setup was stunning, and the food was delicious!
Thank you so much for your kind review along with photos! It was a pleasure getting to know you both during this exciting process and I wish you nothing but the best for your future together!
My husband and I are so happy that we chose Catered By Design for our wedding day! It was an absolute pleasure working with Sam throughout the entire process. He is friendly, accommodating, patient, and a true professional who knows every aspect of the business like the back of his hand. Somehow we were able to create a menu that catered to all of our guests, from the picky eaters to the gourmet foodies. The choices are not only interesting and thoughtful but incredibly delicious. It is apparent that their food sources and vendors are of the highest quality.
Thank you so much for your kind words Shira! It was a pleasure working with you and your husband to create a menu that was custom to you both. Best of luck in your future!
We recently had the pleasure of using Catered by Design for our wedding at the Redfield Estate in Glenview, and could not be more pleased. First, every one of the guests we spoke with - literally, EVERYONE - complimented each and every element of the Catered by Design performance. The food was certainly the most-mentioned star, but the professionalism and hustle of the staff was pointed out by many of our attendees. Personally, working with with Nikee (Event coordinator), Wanda (on-site Captain) and Karen (lead bartender) and everyone else I was able to meet was simple for me. They were quick with answers to my questions, solutions to my requests, and their smiles never faded. There were no complaints or sour faces or frustrations evident on anyone - despite the downpours during setup and the heat of the day. So...we HIGHLY recommend!
From start to finish we had a phenomenal experience with Catered by Design, the exclusive caterer for our venue, Winnetka Community House. Nikee, the event specialist, was so easy to talk to, professional, and answered dozens of questions I threw at her at our initial meeting. Throughout planning, she was incredibly responsive, helpful, and flexible. We asked for a custom buffet menu, incorporating Mexican dishes like tacos and elote to highlight my fiance’s background. They accommodated everything, I couldn’t believe it! People don’t usually associate Mexican food with fine dining- it can easily seem like it’s from a box instead of the homemade goodness we know it can be. We were blown away by the tasting- everything was flavorful and amazing including the hor d’oeuvres.
Everyone at our wedding loved the food- kids, adults, both sides of the family. I didn’t expect to interact with the servers (imagined I’d be running around all evening) but I did and they were SO nice! Someone brought us a plate of hor d’ouevres right after we walked down the aisle (SCORE) and came to our table at dinner to make sure we had everything we needed. Our guests noticed how friendly the staff were and how it seemed like they were having a good time. That’s amazing customer service- I know I don’t always look happy when I’m working hard! One tip I would have with the buffet- it took a lot longer than we thought it would. Probably a good hour for 120 people to get food, when we thought they’d be done eating within an hour. I’d think through that a little more if I did it over again. Overall, we can’t recommend Nikee and CBD enough and are so grateful they were a part of our wedding!
Catered by Design was a pleasure to work with for our June 2017 wedding at Bridgeport Art Center. They were always very quick to respond to emails and phone calls, and the food was absolutely amazing! We had several guests rave about it for weeks after the wedding. Another thing that we loved was their presentation of all of the food. They made all of the displays look beautiful. Thank you Catered by Design!
We are extremely pleased with the service we received from Catered by Design. The food was fantastic! Numerous gueats told us that it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding. They were very responsive and flexible!
We would definitely recommend Catered by Design!!
We can not say enough great things about this catering company. We worked closely with Nikee. Nikee was such a pleasure to work with! She was so personable and easy to work with it felt more like planning a wedding with a friend! She helped customize every bit of our wedding! She was so attentive and responsive to our every need! And the food + service at our wedding.... WOW! We felt like kings and queens! The food was out of this world we got so many compliments about how great it was and how people have never had such great food at a wedding before. Everything was so seamless and perfect! We highly recommend Catered by Design for a personalized, unique wedding!
Catered by Design made planning our wedding so much easier and smoother than I thought it would be! We worked with Nikee Fellows and her team at Catered by Design for our wedding in September at the Winnetka Community House. From the very first meeting all the way through to the event itself, everyone we worked with with organized, detail-oriented, responsive, very flexible, and genuinely excited for us! The food was delicious and displayed beautifully (with lots of unique options to pick from), and the staff working at our wedding was so friendly and professional.
With this group on board, you don't need a wedding coordinator! Nikee and our day-of contact, Laura, happily coordinated and directed our other vendors for set up, take down, and answered any questions they had directly. They helped my fiance and I draw up with a realistic timeline for the day, gave us various options for furniture set up in the space, stored decorations we wanted to drop off early (and set them up however we wanted), and kept things running smoothly and on time. Laura checked in with us during the wedding every so often just to ask if we needed anything and to make sure everything was going well. They even thought of the really little things too - like saving some extra hors d'oeuvres from cocktail hour for us to snack on at the head table during toasts.
Honestly, this team made the entire difference when it came to wedding planning. Catered by Design was an easy and really pleasant to work with one-stop shop for our food, bar, cake, and venue coordination. I'll recommend them to all of my friends getting married in the Chicago area!
Thanks again, Nikee and team for making our wedding day so great!
We used Catered By Design for our October 2016 backyard wedding and I would highly recommend them for any type of event. We had a wonderful experience from start to finish. The food was excellent and we had many compliments from our guests. The quality was great, the presentation was even very nice, and most importantly, the food was super tasty. Even leftovers were still so delicious. The chicken mascarpone and redskin mashed potatoes were amazing! It definitely wasn't your typical wedding food. The staff was very professional and easy to work with. They were very helpful throughout the whole planning process. Catered By Design helped make our day special and gave us an unforgettable experience!
My husband and I only had four months to plan our August wedding. We happened by chance to consider renting the affordable Glenview Park District building to use the lake as a backdrop for our ceremony. Catered by Design is their exclusive caterer but we couldn’t have chosen better.
We were lucky to work with owner Sam Gray, who kindly met with us a couple times to ensure we could have the wedding we wanted. He was cordial, helpful, and patient from the beginning. He listened to our preferences and never tried to steer us in any other direction or to “up sell” anything. His integrity and pride in his company made us feel safe and happy in our choice of venue and caterer.
Our wedding day turned out to be rainy and stormy but as it cleared up in the afternoon, Sam worked with my husband to help us keep the outdoor ceremony we preferred. It was splendid and I was truly in awe when I arrived.
His service staff was also excellent. Of course my groom and I were kind of stunned and not paying attention to the timing of things, so server captain Laura gently reminded us to cut cake, start dancing, etc., so we wouldn’t fall too far behind. She even helped to keep an eye on my dog who was outside the wedding on the patio. Our families were really impressed by her professional and helpful manner. The servers were also attentive but unobtrusive, quietly keeping things running smoothly. The bar was ready for great service throughout cocktail hour and reception. The food was beautiful and came out at just the right times, and they even saved hors d'oeuvres from the cocktail hour for the busy bridal party!
What can I say? Sam and his staff truly catered to the design of what we wanted for our wedding day. We did not hire a wedding planner but thanks to CBD we didn’t really need to. It speaks volume of the staff that there really isn’t a thing we would change about the day that we had and I’m so thankful to have worked with such a great catering team!
The venue that I picked gave me a list of preferred caterers. We had our first meeting with Mallory and loved them! We ended up working with Nikee and she is amazing! Made us feel like our wedding was the only thing she had to do and answered all my questions very timely. I highly recommend using them. We are still getting compliments on how great the food was. Will definitely use them again
When we were reviewing catering options over 6 months ago, Catered By Design stood out as our top choice due to the variety of what they were able to offer, as well as the professional contact we had with them, and the quick responses. This was true the entire time leading up to the wedding, as Nikee was constantly checking in with us, ensuring everything needed to be prepped beforehand was ready.
The day-of there was a bit of bad weather, and I'm a bit of a control-freak, but our main caterer Jorge was very accommodating, finding me between events to update on the weather, and whether we could use our outdoor (but covered) seating or move things indoors. Everything turned out amazing, and the time flew by.
Honestly my biggest regret is that we didn't realize how quickly dinner would pass, as everything was delicious (we had carved Roast Beef, Roasted Chicken, and Risotto Cakes on a buffet) and by the time I was ready for seconds, our cake was being brought out.
If I hadn't specifically asked to be consulted at every turn, I have full confidence the Catered By Design Team could have run a fantastic evening without any of my input (I basically only agreed with what they suggested anyway).
All-in-all, Catered By Design handled the Glassware, Linens, Food, Set-Up, Tear-Down, and probably even more Behind the Scenes. An absolute delight to work with.
Photo of our Table Settings (We provided the centerpieces and instructions on how to arrange, and they took care of everything!): https://goo.gl/photos/71dYDcwcJC6bSReT9
I am so happy that we went with Catered By Design for my daughter's wedding. Sam Gray was very professional and was always available for any questions. The food and service were very good. The guests especially loved the appetizers and of course the beverage tree was a big hit. Highly recommended.
We were absolutely thrilled with our service from Catered by Design! The owner, Sam, was so accommodating and responsive. Our wedding was in my backyard (down a big hill) which could have been very challenging for a catering company, but he came to my house twice to assess everything we would need to pull it off. We also wanted to serve Shrimp n' Grits- which they had never served before- but they went above and beyond to make sure it tasted exactly the way we wanted. The servers and bartenders were excellent and very professional. Sam's responsiveness to all of my questions assured me that we were in great hands. I absolutely recommend Catered by Design!!
My daughter was married in June at The Lakeview Room in Glenview. Catered by Design is their exclusive caterer. The setting was beautiful with floor to ceiling windows that overlooked the lake and the pretty patio with fountain and flowers as a backdrop. From the very beginning our experience with Catered by Design was professional and perfect as we began our wedding adventure with the informative and fun tasting party we had to make our menu selections for the big day. So many options were presented, with a photo slide show from other events, and the chefs on premise to help guide us to our final celebration dinner choices. The wedding evening went flawlessly from the beautifully presented hand served hors d'oeuvres and the sparkling champagne tree at the cocktail hour to the individually plated - we had three entrees - dinners to the gorgeous floating dessert & sweet tables. The gourmet food was as delicious as it was pretty and served hot. The service was impeccable and friendly with smiles all around. We did not want the evening to end.
Catered By Design had a huge role in creating our joyful and enjoyable wedding! We had a great time! The venue we selected had CBD on their list of preferred providers, and having worked with them in planning the food, beverages and layout/look of our event, we know why they are "preferred." After our guests had left and we were driving away to go on our honeymoon, we were floating on a cloud because everything went SO well. What a fantastic feeling to know that you have chosen to collaborate with a group of people who will do their very best to make your vision come to life. Nikee and Mallory were great to work with...very responsive, very patient (I ask a lot of questions and need detailed answers), very thorough AND very confident in their colleagues' professionalism, adaptability, and pleasant demeanor. They made it clear, by their behavior toward us and their obvious interest in making things happen as we hoped, that we could leave it in their hands once we had asked the last question and planned the last plan, and it would turn out great. And it did! This company really knows its business. We had a lovely buffet luncheon with delicious food presented beautifully, including an array of passed appetizers in the preceding cocktail hour. There were, happily, no food surprises on the wedding day, as we had had a wonderful tasting experience months before, and all turned out as expected, which put us at our ease. The staff for the event was unobtrusive, efficient, good-natured and welcoming...couldn't have asked for better. Their adaptability and preparedness helped us get around a weather issue in the morning, and our outdoor ceremony moved successfully indoors at the last moment. All day, we could enjoy our guests and our experience without "attending" to anything. They just made it happen around us, which really made the day. Thank you to everyone at Catered By Design who participated in our wedding event. You are great!
There are caterers, and there are good caterers, and then there is Catered By Design. Catered By Design is head and shoulders above all others. I cannot recommend them highly enough! They were easy to deal with, had great consultative ideas, food that was awesome, portions that were huge, and service that was impeccable. Sam, the owner, had great ideas to make the presentations beautiful and serving flow so smoothly we didn't have to give it a thought. Laura was in charge of the food service (outdoor wedding in our backyard for 155 people) and she was amazing and her attention to detail was perfect. It was a flawless performance and oh ya, did I forget to mention the food flavors? They were spot on, mouthwatering, and delicious. We had many people say to us (we are the parents of the bride) it was the best wedding food they had ever had. Desserts were outstanding and I could have eaten them all night long. I highly recommend you call them for your wedding (or events) if you live in the Chicago area. Simply Magnificent!
I can't say enough about catered by design. I worked with Nikee Fellows and she was amazing. The food was top notch, the service was amazing. I got married at one of their venues, the winnekta community house and it was spectacular. It is a hidden garden gem in the north shore of Chicago. All of my ideas, details and plans went off without a hitch thanks to their team. I met with Nikee several times during the months leading up to my wedding and she was nothing short of amazing. Every little detail from hand painted toss across sets to hand painted signs and hand sewn pillows were incorporated by her team. I was put in touch with several vendors (my videographer & production agency) through them and can't say enough about them either. The wedding process can be overwhelming and stressful, but thanks to Catered By Design all of my plans and dreams about my perfect day came together beautifully. From their champagne & wine trees to the quality of their food it was all above expectations. My guests raved about the food and the small detail touches that were everywhere. They are a design company that does amazing catering. They truly make their events about the experience and lasting impressions with the small details and the way in which they allow you to make the event anything you can dream up. I had an amazing experience and a wedding I will never forget thanks to them!
Working with Sam and Matt Gray was one of the best decisions my wife and I made during the planning process of our wedding. Sam Gray has been in the restaurant and catering business for so long that his experience was what helped us make our decision. Our wedding was at The Chicago Cultural Center on June 20th, 2015. With the final count at 235 people, it seemed like we were in over our head with all the planning and what not which would need to go into this. Sam and Matt made it so much easier, especially with their past experience at the Cultural Center.
The food was amazing. We allowed our guests to have an option between beef, chicken, salmon, and veggie. I think beef was the overall top choice by everyone, but it seemed like the panko-stuffed chicken was the fan favorite for the night. In reality, you couldn't go wrong with any of them. The sweet tower is also amazing as it's set up on floating buffets and just has such a cool look to it.
The staff was very attentive and responded to any request in a timely manner. The switch from cocktail hour to the actual reception was flawless and no one noticed it happening at all. All in all, I would highly recommend Catered by Design and the work that Sam Gray does. He's the ultimate professional and will do everything he can to make the day special for you.
People keep telling us how perfect our wedding was, and I absolutely credit that to our beautiful venue (the Arches Garden at the Winnetka Community House) and amazing food by Catered by Design, their exclusive caterer.
Nikee and Mallory from Catered by Design were amazing to work with, and they helped plan a classy and abundant spread as well as giving guidance on venue layouts and decorations. I loved that based on their experience with this venue, they were able to help us avoid spending money on unnecessary decor. These ladies are so much fun to work with, and they will always give you their honest opinion. And you should listen to them!! They know what they're talking about. And if you're like us and want to gamble on the weather in order to have a fully outdoors wedding, they are on your side and will keep their fingers crossed for no rain.
The food was absolutely amazing and an incredible value for our money. The hors d'oeuvres were my favorite, and anyone who talked to me at the cocktail reception can attest that 9 out of 10 times, I had a shrimp toast or a salmon rosette in my mouth. I was grabbing those things like there was no tomorrow. :) The charcuterie display was beautiful and seemed to be bottomless. The pacing of dinner service was perfect, with no awkward delays. Very efficient, but not rushed.
I HIGHLY recommend Catered by Design. While they are the exclusive caterer of the Winnetka Community House, they also do events all over the Chicago area, and I would have chosen them no matter what.
We used Catered By Design for our wedding. Our wedding guests enjoyed the variety of appetizers during cocktail hour, entrees, and trio of mini desserts. The presentation of the food was beautiful and service by their staff was excellent. Nikee and Mallory were great to work with during the planning process and promptly answered our questions about the wedding set up for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner reception and dancing. We would highly recommend Catered by Design.
Sam and his team at Catered By Design were so wonderful. They made the planning process so effortless. They were extremely accommodating and helpful in designing our menu. I was worried all the choices would be overwhelming but they walked us through it every step of the way. They also had unique and impressive ways to serve and display the food at the wedding, that was personalized to fit to our theme and decorations! And the food was incredible! So delicious! Our friends and family are still talking about how great the food was! I would highly recommend them to anyone in the Chicagoland area!
Working with Sam at Catered by Design was one of my favorite parts of wedding planning.
The best part about this company is that the food tasted the exact same at the tasting and then 13 months later at the wedding. They are extremely professional, responsive and down to earth incredibly nice people! Everyone raved about our appetizers and our food post wedding. They were very flexible as our numbers and overall plan changed numerous times throughout the entire process. Sam worked with me through every single detail - the linens, the silverware, where things needed to be placed, etc.
I am so grateful I had them on my wedding day!!