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Stephanie Joseph · Married on 05/26/2019
INCREDIBLE caterer - highly recommend
We are so glad we chose Catered By Design for our wedding. Sam Gray and the entire staff did a fantastic job and were a joy to work with throughout, from the pre-wedding planning through the entire wedding weekend experience. They took into account several dietary restrictions and accommodated them amazingly, (as well as procured a few separate Kosher meals for a few of our guests). They created the most beautiful Taco Bar set up as well as a Brownie Bar, and were so professional and helpful all throughout. Their day-of staff were polite and overwhelmingly helpful. All of the bar staff kept guests' glasses flowing and made the experience so special and unique for me (the bride) as well as my groom and ALL of our family and friends. Not only was all of the food DELICIOUS but the presentation of all it was BEAUTIFUL and went well beyond our expectations. It was all of the small touches and attention to detail that made CBD such a joy to work with - they proactively provided suggestions during the planning process, such as having a "wine tree" so that after our Ceremony guests could quickly grab filled wine glasses without waiting in line at the bar. We got rave reviews from all our wedding guests and everyone was so impressed with how delicious, unique, and perfect it all was. If you're considering other caterers, stop, and go with Catered By Design. You won't be sorry. :)Sent on 06/09/2019
Catered by Design's reply:Thank you for your kind words! Both your ceremony & reception set up at Ignite Glass Studios was so beautiful. We were so honored to be apart of your special day. All the best!
Kelsey Passaglia · Married on 08/31/2019
10 Stars for Catered by Design!
Wow wow wow!! Catered by Design was absolutely amazing. Being out of town, my parents went to meet with Rachel and do the taste testing. They called us right away not only raving about the food, but about the service and Rachel as well. The food was to die for! Everyone on staff did a fantastic job on the day of the wedding. The attention to detail and coordination was on point! Captain Laurie was amazing, she ran everything so smooth and was very sweet, along with her crew. People are still talking about how spectacular the food and staff were and we couldn't be more appreciative of their commitment to making our day so perfect! 100% would recommend them. Beyond professional. Food was 10/10. Service was friendly and always going above and beyond!Sent on 09/04/2019
Catered by Design's reply:We cannot say thank you enough! It was so wonderful working with you & your family to create a beautiful wedding day. We wish you all the best!
Patty Trip · Married on 07/20/2019
My Daughters wedding was just last weekend. I cannot say enough great things about working with Rachel and Catered by Design. They were wonderful to work with from the beginning. Rachel was patient with all my requests and had wonderful suggestions as well. The day of the wedding was a crazy weather day. It started out at over 100* dropped 25* in an hour, then severe thunderstorms. Rachel and the Captain for the night (Laura) were fantastic. They managed to switch the location of the cocktail hour from outside on the terrace to inside at the last minute and made the evening a success! Thank you to Catered By Design and their incredible staff for making my daughters wedding a dream! I am still getting texts/calls about how lovely the wedding & food were.Sent on 07/24/2019
Ron M · Married on 12/28/2018
Great Job - Catered by Design
Catered by Design provided catering for our wedding reception in December 2018. We were extremely happy with the overall experience in communicating with the caterer, finalizing the agreement, selecting all food items, having a taste testing, meeting at the venue site to go over all the logistics and staffing (14 team members) a month before the event, going over all the details immediately prior to the event and the actual catering at our reception. The food was great and all the staff very pleasant. After our reception we wrote a letter to the caterer's CEO informing him what a great job their team did for our the 250+ guests at our wedding reception.Sent on 01/25/2019
Catered by Design's reply:We truly appreciate your kind words & were so delighted to be a part of your big day! Wish you both the very best :)
Jennifer Lazarevic · Married on 09/08/2018
I am so glad we chose Catered by Design as our wedding caterer. Nikee was a pleasure to work with and Laura (day of captain) was so helpful and nice! All of the food was delicious! Highly recommended!Sent on 12/10/2018
Kay · Married on 08/11/2018
Nikee, Rachel, and the entire Catered by Design team were lovely to work with. Patient, professional, and positive! My emails were answered timely, and, most importantly, our wedding was a huge success. Thank you Nikee and Rachel!Sent on 08/29/2018
Catered by Design's reply:Hi Kay! Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure working with you and your family to make your wedding dream come true. Best wishes!
R · Married on 07/14/2018
the food and service was excellent. My daughter and I worked with Nikee and her assistant Rachel . Nikee’s guidance was so helpful.... Catered by Design made our planning so easy . I highly recommend this catering company....Sent on 07/17/2018
Catered by Design's reply:It was such a joy to work with you to make your daughter's wedding come to life! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kind words!
Jori · Married on 07/14/2018
Sam and his team went above and beyond our expectations for my wedding. The night of my wedding, I did not have to worry about anything and they made sure we were all taken care of the entire night. The champagne tree was of course a huge hit, but they surprised us with their amazing set up for desserts. They had us WOWed the entire night. Leading up to the wedding, Sam would answer questions at any time and was easy to get a hold of during the day/night. He was so easy to work with and he made all of my envisions for the night come true. I cannot thank him and his team enough for making my night carefree! I would recommend them to anyone!Sent on 07/31/2018
Mallory · Married on 06/30/2018
Catered by Design provided a fabulous spread of bunch goodies for our morning wedding. We had a brunch buffet, as well as a yogurt bar, crepe and omelette stations to truly provide our guests a customized menu. Our guests loved the food and we got a ton of positive feedback about the menu. Best of all, my husband and I got to enjoy the food, too. Our entire experience with Catered by Design from the tasting to the big day was fantastic. Matt Gray was our point person and was reliable, responsive to all of our questions, and easy-going. I will definitely be using Catered by Design again for future events.Sent on 07/07/2018
Catered by Design's reply:We are so thrilled you & your guests enjoyed your brunch wedding! It was our pleasure to be apart of your special day and wish you all the best!
Nicole · Married on 06/22/2018
All I can say is WOW!! First working with our coordinator Nikee who was excellent throughout the entire time. She represented the outstanding company more than words can describe. She also helped with the back up plan for rain, which did occur, but we were prepared. The day of the captain Laura and her team were outstanding! Laura was so helpful and kept me in the loop. They made my wedding so beautiful, more than I could imagine and for that I'm so grateful. I highly recommend this company and if you want top notch friendly service!Sent on 07/09/2018
Catered by Design's reply:Thank you for your kind words. We always are prepared with a back up option, just in case! . It was a pleasure working with you both and we wish you the very best!
Suz · Married on 06/10/2018
For years, we’ve used Catered by Design for events our family has hosted from birthdays and graduation parties to holiday celebrations.We also as board members of assorted high school organizations and church events, repeatedly told others of the amazing qualities Sam Gray, owner and culinary chef extraordinaire, of this superior catering company, has offered. They offer outstanding food presented in stellar fashion with warm enthusiastic wait staff.Sent on 08/10/2018
As if there could be no culinary experience beyond those we’ve already mentioned, our youngest daughter was married June 10, 2018 and our amazing venue at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park, could not have been more elegant and scrumptious, thanks again to Sam Gray and his staff. Sam’s artistic flair makes his food exquisite in appearance and far surpasses any catered foods we’ve ever experienced. Whether it was the transparent wall that brought colorful appetizers to the patio while accompanied by a striking copper tree that displayed champagne goblets for toasting, or the mirrored platters suspended mid-air in the atrium that offered mouthwatering hispanic treats of guacamole and chips, spiralized cold wraps, and outstanding chicken fajitas, guests were amazed by more surprises as they travelled through each room in the mansion. The smashed potato bar served in martini glasses, was gorgeous as well as appetizing, with its choice of sweet potatoes and russetts and enticing platters of luscious toppings from nuts to chives, marshmallows and so much more, while the carving station elegantly offered top sirloin carved to guests’ requests.
Catered By Design is worth every penny of the expense involved and NEVER disappoints. If elegance and uncomparable flavor is your goal, stop looking. You have found it in this reputable group of people and their products! These are experienced professionals who offer the best in food and service!
Ultra satisfied repeat customers, Roger and Suzanne Stevens
Madeline · Married on 06/09/2018
We were so fortunate to have Catered by Design cater our wedding... everything was absolutely unbelievable! Sam Gray is incredibly easy to work with and knows his stuff - the staff on the day of was also fantastic and everything went extremely well! We asked this staff/team a lot when we asked them to serve us at our new venue... and they did an amazing job. The food itself is outstanding - after the tasting, we just couldn't wait to have it all again. The bar set up was great, there was never a big line, and the bartenders worked hard for us/our guests the whole night! The desserts and setup were great too - people loved the sundae station and mini dessert trio. Late night snacks were of course a big hit as well. This company is a dream to work with - they go above and beyond. They were a big part of why our wedding went so perfectly - we are still receiving compliments about the food, and I know we loved every aspect that Catered By Design brought to our wedding.Sent on 06/18/2018
Catered by Design's reply:We were so honored to be apart of your big day and thankful that you and your guests enjoyed! Thank you so much for the opportunity and we wish you a lifetime of happiness!
Gretchen · Married on 06/02/2018
Catered by Design exceeded our expectations with exemplary service both before and during the event. From the beginning, Nikee was amazing to work with. She is attentive, communicative and an absolute expert in the industry. She provided invaluable support and advice through the process not only when creating a catering plan but also looking at the event as a whole. She openly communicates with all involce, including other vendors. I don't think I could have done it without her. She knows her stuff! After our tasting, we felt extremely confident in the quality of the food as well as the service. On the day of our wedding reception, Catered by Design took it to a whole new level. Wanda, our Captain, was extremely considerate of our needs and constantly checked in with myself and my husband to make sure everything was going according to plan. We recevied endless compliments on the the food and service. Catered by Design also assisted with the design aesthetic of the event and brought our vision to life with linens, rentals, etc.! I cannot rave about Nikee and her team enough. We were blown away and I would highly recommend them for all your catering needs. We were thrilled with our vendors, however, Catered by Design really made everything happen. We owe them our sincerest thanks!Sent on 06/16/2018
Ben and Rebecca · Married on 02/17/2018
We had a great time working with Matt from Catered by Design for our wedding. The food and staff were great and reasonably priced. We had a bit of a scheduling issue with our space that we rented but were reassured when Matt said he would have enough staff on hand that if it was a problem they would make sure it got taken care of which was a great relief for us. We would definitely recommend CBD for event work for any occasion.Sent on 06/19/2018
Natalie · Married on 10/07/2017
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!Sent on 11/01/2017
Catered by Design's reply: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!
Danielle · Married on 09/15/2017
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!!Sent on 10/05/2017
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Joann · Married on 09/09/2017
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!Sent on 11/09/2017
Catered by Design's reply: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!
Shira · Married on 08/05/2017
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.Sent on 08/27/2017
Catered by Design's reply: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!
Anton · Married on 07/23/2017
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!Sent on 07/28/2017
Susan · Married on 07/01/2017
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.Sent on 08/31/2017
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!
Stephanie · Married on 06/17/2017
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!Sent on 11/29/2017
Christine · Married on 04/01/2017
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!Sent on 04/09/2017
We would definitely recommend Catered by Design!!
Shawna · Married on 10/08/2016
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!Sent on 10/12/2016
Elizabeth · Married on 10/01/2016
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!Sent on 10/11/2016
Susie · Married on 08/20/2016
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.Sent on 09/14/2016
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!