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Catering in Virginia Beach, Virginia,
(757) 496-3900
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 89 Reviews


    Cat Lehning

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  • We had Chef By Design cater our wedding on 3.23.19 and just like everything they do, it was done with excellence. Chef By Design is the best there is. I did not worry at all because I knew they would take care of us. Chef By Design's staff takes the time to listen and know their clients so that they can best serve them on their day. The food is incredible and the staff is professional and personable. They were a huge contributor to what made our day so special and thoughtful. We are so thankful for Chef By Design!!

    Kristy

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  • WOW. Chef by Design was truly the way to go for our wedding food. We were absolutely in love with it. We had a beautiful dual plate with beef tenderloin, chicken, mashed potatoes with french onions and green beans. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. We had over 100 guests and our guests said the food tasted amazing. We even had a little oyster bar during cocktail hour which was super cool as a passed appetizer. HIGHLY recommend if they're within your budget. We opted for a customer supplied bar, which Chef by Design helped us by recommending amounts of liquor based on any specialty drinks or desires. We would hire them again and again!

    Melissa

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  • We can't thank Chef By Design, and specifically Joanie, enough for everything! We contacted CBD about our wedding and they were so easy to work with. We discussed our vision and our food preferences with them. After speaking with them, they invited us in for a tasting. Everything was AMAZING! My husband wanted every single thing they served us! :) I am a vegetarian and CBD went above and beyond to design a perfect menu that included vegetarian options. Joanie was so incredibly kind and was so easy to communicate with when we contacted her. Our guests all raved about the food at the wedding reception and cocktail hour. Many people told us it was the best food they've ever eaten at a wedding! At 10:00 pm we served mini pizzas to our guests and those were definitely a hit! We are so thankful we chose Chef By Design and would do it all over again! Thank you so much, Joanie, for everything! We appreciate it more than you know!!

    Sarah Clarke

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  • The entire team at Chef By Design was amazing for our wedding! They were so professional and ous guests were raving about how good the food was! They coordinated some rentals for us too and were so helpful throughout the process. We are very grateful that we decided to hire them!

    Eileen

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    5 out of 5
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  • We hire Chefs By Design for my daughter's wedding - absolutely wonderful food and the most amazing staff! The staff was extremely professional and helpful throughout the night and took care of every detail - even helping us get things to our car. The food was delicious and everyone had a wonderful time.

    Amy Kanter

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wonderful to work with, high quality presentation, delicious food and a team of professional and devoted staff.

    Elizabeth

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    5 out of 5
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  • Oh my gosh....Chef by Design did an amazing job catering our wedding! People said during the wedding that they had never seen steak cooked so well on such a large scale. Everyone said everything they ate was delicious...the ham biscuits and crab cakes were insanely popular of course! You really get what you pay for with Chef by Design and that's incredible professionalism and really taking pride in the weddings they cater.

    responded with the following comments.

    Elizabeth! We miss all the planning with you already! :) You guys were a dream couple to work with and we are so thrilled for you. Thank you for trusting Chef by Design for your big day. Congratulations!!! xoxo

    Liz

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    5 out of 5
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  • Chef by Design is great!!! They're open to any and all ideas - and literally all their food is delicious! They also have an incredible eye for setting up a beautiful reception - and they really get you excited for your big day.

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    Liz, thank you for your wonderful review. We were so thrilled working with you both, and are so excited for your future together. Congratulations! xo

    Maggie

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had a steak and shrimp dinner customized just for our wedding and it was delicious. Every single one of our guests were satisfied! They were also very accommodating and easy going about our vegan guests and guests with allergies. It was beautiful! Worth every penny!

    Kathryn

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  • I have not stopped hearing compliments about the food at my wedding! And I know the compliments are true because the caterers made sure my husband and I sat and ate, and sent us home with tons of leftovers. Every single person we worked with– Marcy in the pitch, Emily in planning, and Slavic the night of the wedding– was a pleasure to work with. Their reputation is stellar because their product is stellar. They made my special request of soft pretzel bites come to life, and took great care of us.

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    Thank you so much for this beautiful review. You and Jay were a dream couple to work with from the very beginning! Congratulations again, and please keep in touch! ~Marcy and the CBD team

    Marina Luciano-Carson

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    4.4 out of 5
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  • If you want great quality and a great variety of options for food, hire Chef by Design!! We were so pleased and so were our guests! I definitely recommend to anyone looking for high quality catering in the 757!

    Lisa Tanglao

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  • Overall the food was good. I was disappointed in a couple of items served. I felt they did not taste as good as they did when we had our tasting appointment. For amount of money we paid, it should have been amazing. But it wasn’t.

    Tamica

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • On our wedding day Chef By Design provided excellent food (crab cakes to die for) and quality service. They can provide any meal/appetizer you can dream of and will cater you menu to your wishes (our involved a mashed/baked potato bar with all the fixin's). All the tables,linens,chairs, and food were set up and presented better then I could have imagined. The team was professional and all transitions were executed seamlessly. The staff made sure we ate and sent us home with boxes of leftovers at the end of the night. I am beyond satisfied with our experience and would recommend them to anyone looking to have a stress free event with delicious food served by an amazing team. Chef By Design...YOU ROCK! Xo - The Thompsons

    Rachel

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Emily from Chef by Design was absolutely wonderful to work with! She was very professional and responsive, and helped us choose our linens and glassware, figure out our liquor order, and plan our layout. The food was all spectacular and they have a huge selection to choose from! My one complaint is that I worked hard on a specific seating chart, which was not executed by the staff day-of. Overall, though, no one knew but me and everyone had a wonderful time!!! Responsive staff and friendly bartenders, plus great food... would definitely recommend!!! Thanks, Emily!

    Jessica Childers

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  • The wedding ceremony was decent but when it came to cocktail hour, it was a mess. The cocktail party was held outside after the sun had already went down. This wouldn’t be an issue if there was proper lighting, but you couldn't see anything! The stairs were dark, I didn't even know there was a desert table, and the staff had to actually hold up their flashlight on their cell phone for the guests. There were signs at the tables that I could not even see to read. The waiters were very young and inexperienced as well. They did not pass out the horderves until the very end. Before that, you had to go up to them in the dark. As for the dinner, I was not satisfied with the meal what-so-ever. The lobster ravioli was terrible, and the dinner staff was also very frantic. For the price of this wedding, I expected much better service.

    responded with the following comments.

    Hi Jessica~ Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately, as the catering company, we had no control over the lighting during the cocktail hour. That was all handled between the client, the venue, and the lighting company. Since it was dark, you may not have seen, but my servers were passing out Hors D'oeuvres the moment cocktail hour began, until the conclusion. I agree, it was very difficult to see, and our hands were tied, unfortunately! I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the lobster ravioli - we actually had many guests say how wonderful dinner was, but I know that everyone's taste is different. I appreciate you taking the time to review, and please tell Tracy hello for me. Marcy Telfer Owner
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