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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


    Mary Scott

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    5 out of 5
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  • We approached Catered by Design because they were on the preferred caterer list of our venue--The Redfield Estate. We booked them, though, because they offered flexible dining packages; an extensive menu of choices for each element of the meal; a complimentary tasting to help us choose; friendly, enthusiastic service; AND thorough knowledge of the venue's floor plan, capacity, etc. We were entirely satisfied with our choice, start to finish--the entire staff, led by owner Sam, cheerfully adapted to changes in our original estimate of guests, our initial choices of food and drink, and even to arrangements on the evening of the event when the weather turned too chilly for cocktails outside between the ceremony and reception. Simply: perfect!

    Patti

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    5 out of 5
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  • No problems at all. The food was excellent and my guests were very happy. Sam was very easy to work with and was very helpful on planning our wedding menu. The day of the wedding they handled everything regarding setup and take down. Bonnie was the staff coordinator and was available and responsive to all our needs. She had everything under control and we didn't have to think about a thing. Everything just flowed beautifully.

    Emily

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    5 out of 5
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  • I knew someone who said they ran into some difficulties with this caterer, but I couldn't disagree more! They took care of everything, nothing was wrong or not as we wanted it. The location (Winnetka Community House) was amazing, and the coordination the we received from Catered by Design with the venue was outstanding. It really took a lot of pressure off of us! The food, of course was remarkable and I am still getting comments on how good everything tasted/looked over a month later! Wonderful business!

    Lauren

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Catered by Design offered an enormous menu to choose from for our wedding dinner. The display and presentation of the food was perfect, and the staff who worked the wedding were very kind and professional. CBD was really great in accomodating special needs - like no bacon on salads for those vegetarians, etc. Delicious food, probably the best I have had at any wedding.

    Kirsten

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • We only had a couple minor issues with Catered By Design. They didn't cash our deposit when they said they would-- which was really just a minor inconvenience, but one I could've done without. Also, they forgot to bring the champagne tree we specifically rented because they raved over it. Mistakes happen, though, and they gave us a prompt refund for that item. BUT, the good far outweighs the bad; I'm just stating everything here, to give a fair review. Now for the good stuff! The food was THRILLING! A number of our guests said they'd never had better! They are a bit pricey, but they're true artists! Definitely worth it! Also, the service was EXCELLENT. Enough staff, always made sure I had a full glass, quick table setups, very accomodating overall! Catered By Design is a real gem!

    Charlotte

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    2.3 out of 5
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  • Their food was ok but pricey and we felt that much of the menu was too heavy for an outdoor summer wedding in Chicago. They did, however, accomodate our requests for off-menu items such as gazpacho, proscuitto and melon, and grilled vegetable skewers. Also, they forgot to serve the wine until the meal was more than halfway over, which was upsetting. In addition, we had asked them to offer our guests sparkling apple juice as an alternative to champagne since many of our guests do not drink alcohol, and they did not do so. I think if I were to do it again, I would have shopped around more to find a caterer whose menu was more imaginative and whose service was more personal.

    Emily

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    4.7 out of 5
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  • Sam Grey at Catered by Design was wonderful. I told him what i wanted, and then i could basically consider my wedding planning finished! I chose my menu, picked my colors, and he took care of the rest. Their food is absolutely delicious. I went to a tasting, and then chose my menu with Sam. He was extremely helpful and was good at helping me choose when i couldn't decide. During cocktail hour, appetizers were served butler-style. For dinner, guests had a choice of 3 entrees. Dessert was a wedding cake and cookie spread that was to-die-for. Catered by Design did all of the set-up, change-over, serving, clean-up, everything for my ceremony and reception! I didn't even have to worry about renting anything. Many of my friends and family have told me that this was the best food they've ever had at a wedding.

    Kristina

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    3.3 out of 5
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  • Overall, we were quite pleased with the food package and service we received on the day of the wedding. We ran into some communication problems with our representative. Everything for the reception site needed to be coordinated through her, and she made some big mistakes with the linens we ordered, as well as one of the other external vendor rentals. Karen is a kind woman who knows a lot, but it was difficult to feel 100% comfortable that she knew exactly what we wanted for our special day. It seemed like she just had too many events happening. Fortunately, I am a planner and everything worked out! I will also say that Karen was willing to assist in correcting the problems as best she could, but they could have been avoided completely with the right planning. Their food is wonderful, and the wait staff was polite and efficient.

    Jessica

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    4.4 out of 5
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  • Catered by Design worked with us and provided great options for our brunch wedding. A few of the back tables didn't receive one of the dishes. Wait staff were professional and efficiently cleared away dishes in timely manner. The special barista for espresso coffees was a great touch that we and the guests really enjoyed, but it was pricey and would be better if it could be charged "by the glass" similar to alcohol instead of a flat per-person cost. Overall, we were satisfied and happy with their service.

    Katie

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    3.6 out of 5
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  • The food was great. The menu was extensive and gourmet and presented very well. The servers were so kind and helpful. It seems that they have gotten rid of Karen, which was the stem of all of my complaints. With a talented coordinator, I would completely recommend Catered By Design!
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