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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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  • 97 Reviews


    Shm

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  • We were looking for a warm and inviting wedding venue for approximately 80 to 100 people and found the Glenview Park District Lakeview Room, and Sam Gray/Catered by Design. We chose Sam because we wanted a simple but elegant reception, and someone who was meticulous in planning and implementation. From the very beginning, Sam was responsive and helped us plan our ideal wedding. Catered by Design is highly creative in their ability to customize menus, the room and so much more. Sam and his team are very, very flexible and will change room setup and menus to meet your needs. We had very specific dietary needs which Sam accommodated easily. Sam offers a beautiful menu tasting to help confirm choices and to determine the overall look you want. He also offers a preferred vendor list if you need a suggestion. We selected a photographer from his list who led us to a great band and the band led us to a great wedding planner. Good know good people and Sam is good people. The reception ... Read more

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    It was wonderful working with you and Don. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with others. I wish you and Don all the best!!!

    Kelsey Passaglia

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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!

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    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

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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.

    Stephanie Joseph

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    5 out of 5
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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

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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