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Catering and Planner in Morton Grove, Illinois,
(847) 965-4094
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 94 Reviews


    Stephanie Joseph

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  • 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 d... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    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!

    Ron M

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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.

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    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

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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!

    Kay

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  • 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!

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    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

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  • 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....

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    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

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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!

    Mallory

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  • 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.

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    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

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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!

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    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

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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. 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 displa... Read more

    Madeline

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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.

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    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

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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... Read more

    Ben and Rebecca

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  • 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. Thanks Matt!

    Natalie

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    5 out of 5
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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!

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    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

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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!!

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    Hi Danielle, 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!

    Kevin

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  • Some of the meals that we had initially ordered were different than our tasting which was a little disappointing as our guests were anticipating certain items based off of the menu that we shared with them so everyone would be aware allergen wise. However the quality of service and product provided was still excellent! Really appreciated the bar service and set-up for the ceremony and reception.
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