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


    Susie

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  • 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... Read more

    Nicole

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  • 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

    Pearl

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  • 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.

    Chelsea

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  • 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!!

    Nancy

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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 wi... Read more

    Margaret

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  • 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 ques... Read more

    Jim

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  • 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 l... Read more

    User5550139

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  • 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... Read more

    Travis

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  • 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 attent... Read more

    Patricia

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  • 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 ... Read more

    User4963943

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  • 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.

    Samantha

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  • 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!

    Kendall

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  • 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!!

    KeithAndGina

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  • Ok to start with the obvious, the food was amazing! The hors d'oeuvres were spectacular and a highlight. Everyone love the tacos and scallops and asparagus! We also had the sirloin, red curry tofu, and parmesan encrusted stuffed chicken. So good--even the next day when we ate the left overs. Now for the less obvious, Nikee was one of the sweetest ladies ever. She was so profressional and patient. She even wrote me several quotes so i could really get a good idea of exactly what I was looking for. The service was spot on and on time. The wine tree thing was really pretty and convenient. Everything went perfectly, or, if it didn't, I wasn't aware. They also had a special booze for my mom since she's a sucker for those apricot stone sours. And for me, well, LAGUNITAS IPA was an option for beer!! I could not have been a happier beer loving bride with being able to drink my favorite beer so I could avoid the red wine in my dress. Oh and the staff came to my bridal... Read more

    Spencer

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • 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 specific... Read more

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