12 featured reviews
Member Since: 5/5/2013
I actually feel emotional when I think about Marcy and Chef by Design when I think back on our beautiful wedding day on September 27th.. I don't throw around "perfect" very often. The catering was PERFECT. I grew up in VB but have lived in NYC the last 9 years, where I was a manager at the exceptional raw/vegan restaurant, Pure Food and Wine. So, good food is IMPORTANT to me: quality of ingredients, flavors, presentation... I wanted NYC standards. And CBD delivered above and beyond. My mom and I pretty much fell in love with Marcy at our tasting. She is just a doll--so sweet and warm and excited about what she does and realizing her bride's vision.. As is Joanie and the rest of her team. The amazing Chef John (Marcy's husband) is SO talented! They have a CRAZY EXTENSIVE menu, ranging from perfectly done and delicious "standards" to super creative, original dishes. I had a ton to choose from, and STILL Chef John created an *INCREDIBLE* vegan entree for us!!!!!! It was magazine worthy in taste and presentation. Everything was! Their staff at the reception were more than polite to our guests--they were happy, warm, and accommodating to all of our dear family and friends, which was SO important to me. They all had smiles on their pretty faces and looked so polished in their sleek black attire. They also made sure my husband and I actually got to eat!! We didn't want a cake so we chose a few different desserts (again, from like a thousand options!) and they were all AMAZING! And, the team packed up three huge bags of food and desserts that were awaiting us in our hotel room! They also did our bar, which was stellar, and set up ALL the rentals for the linens, tableware, chairs, etc. Also perfection. The compliments from friends and family are still flooding in. If you want not only truly amazing food and presentation, but also lovely people who are a delight to work with, hire Chef by Design. You will be so happy you did. And so will all of your guests:)
Member Since: 10/4/2013
I am sorry it has taken me so long to write and thank you for so much work, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail for our rehearsal dinner and wedding. You were my rock and I felt so comfortable on my wedding day knowing you all were there and running the show! We have received so many comments about how wonderful the food was at both events, but you were right, the soup was the hit of the wedding! :) We felt like everything was just beautiful and your staff were so attentive to us and every detail. Our celebration really started when we got home and unpacked our wonderful picnic, which was delicious! Thank you just doesn't seem like enough to say for all of your investment, but please know it is from the bottom of our hearts.
So much thanks,
Member Since: 10/4/2013
I don't know where to begin to tell you how much we appreciate you and your team! Thank you just isn't enough! You made Megan's wedding from beginning to the end a beautiful and positive experience. You and your staff remained polite and accommodating towards our guests. The room was decorated wonderfully and I knew I could relax and enjoy the celebration! All of the little things added up to make a huge impact!
Please pass along my thanks to your staff again for a most excellent job!
Blessings to you all!
Love and Appreciation,
Member Since: 10/4/2013
Joanie, Marcy & Staff -
Never in my life have I ever been able to put something super important to me in the hands of someone else. On my wedding day, I put everything in y'alls hands and I could not have been more happy with everything! It was the absolute best day of our lives and we can't thank y'all enough! Y'all made our day so perfect and stress free.... and fed us really amazing food :D Thanks so so so much!!
Michelle and Bill
Member Since: 3/7/2012
Chef by Design went above and beyond for our wedding! They had loads of fun with our carnival/circus-themed reception, which was reflected in both the menu and presentation. Appetizers, entrees, and desserts were all absolutely delicious and every single one of our guests agreed. Food was one of the most important aspects to us and we're so grateful for Chef by Design's perfect interpretation and execution.
We mainly worked with Joanie, who is as creative as she is organized. She was a joy to work with and was both enthusiastic and hardworking from beginning to end.
Member Since: 7/28/2011
My husband and I interviewed several other big name caterers in Virginia Beach and walked away from each interaction with a bad taste in our mouths. We had an agreement to only select vendors that gave us an immediate warm feeling- and, that's exactly what we got with Chef by Design.
The entire team at Chef by Design was absolutely amazing! Joanie and Marcy sat down with us for our initial consultation and walked us through their entire menu (more food than you can imagine). My husband and I then individually picked out what we imagined having on our big day. Surprise- nothing was similar. So, Joanie and Marcy helped us narrow our choices down to a fluid and complementary list. They even dreamed up new ideas (we both love pizza- so, why not have a gourmet flatbread bar?).
A few weeks later, they provided us a tasting of the menu items we had chosen. All of them. Oh my gosh... it was the most delicious and filling dinner ever. As we tasted each item, they made notes about what we liked and didn't like (more salt, no pomegranate seeds, etc.), and we extremely willing to alter their menu items to our taste.
As if their impeccable customer service and decadent food weren't enough, they went out of their way to make our special day as seamless as possible. I decided to redo the entire seating arrangement at my venue, having long skinny cafeteria style tables rather than the typical rounds. Joanie helped with that whole process by drawing up a diagram and making sure it was exactly how I envisioned the space. They also coordinated all of our rentals (how many we would need, placing the order, returning the rentals) and were at our wedding venue the entire day setting up.
I can't say enough about Chef by Design. Guests were raving all night (and still are, months later) about how delicious the food was. I didn't imagine that when I signed a caterer all of this would come with it. They went FAR beyond our expectations, and I can't thank them enough!
Member Since: 7/13/2012
just got married 2 weeks ago and we hired chef by design to cater our reception. they were awesome! Joanie and her team went above and beyond our expectations. they were so helpful throughout the entire process and took care of everything! Joanie helped to calm any worries or doubts we had during planning and we couldn't have asked for a better company to work with. the food is amazing! so yummy. loved the BLT sliders and both of our entree choices were outstanding! can't thank them enough, our wedding was beautiful and wonderful thanks to them!
Member Since: 1/2/2012
We couldn't be happier with our choice of Chef By Design for our rehearsal dinner, wedding, and cake! The entire staff was extremely helpful from start to finish. The food was delicious and our guests continuously commented on how great all of the food was. I would highly recommend Chef By Design!
Member Since: 2/21/2012
Chef by Design was absolutely wonderful!! They were so attentive to everyone's needs. We were going to have a beach wedding with dinner outside. It decided to rain that day so we had to do everything inside the beach house. Chef by Design went above and beyond my expectations with helping make it work with limited spacing. They were amazing and I would highly recommend Chef by Design to anyone!!!!!
Member Since: 10/10/2011
We booked Chef by Design almost 1 year before my daughter's wedding on October 20, 2012. Throughout this time, we met several times to discuss her vision and do a tasting. They were so friendly and helpful. Joanie Powell was the best in helping us with the rentals, selections, and creative ideas. We received so many compliments from our guests on how great the food and the service were. They loved the crab cakes and grits and rockfish appetizers! Not only was the presentation beautiful, but even more importantly, the food was delicious thanks to Chef John. Their service was personal, professional and of great quality. We would highly recommend them for any special event.
Member Since: 1/2/2011
Wonderful! I can't say enough good things about this company. The staff was extremely helpful and very proactive. The food was outstanding! I loved it and we had raving reviews for months afterward. The guests could not say enough good things about the quality of the food and service. Truely made our day perfect.
Member Since: 3/27/2011
Chef by Design is incredibly amazing!!!! My husband and I went to many tastings. My husband is the cook of the house and is very picky. After meeting with Marcy and Joanie we decided from their elaborate menu what we wanted to taste. Everything from the salad to the main entrees was simply scrumptious!!! We planned our menu over a year in advanced. We were a tad leery that maybe would not be the same on the day of the wedding. A few weeks before the wedding our guest count went up, Joanie and Marcy worked with us through a few bumps in the road. On the day of the wedding Beth came out with their full staff EVERYTHING WAS BEYOND PERFECT!!!!!The food actually was better then what we had originally tasted, fit for a king and a queen! Our guest even now 4 months later are still raving about the taste and quality of the food!!! Chef by Design is simply the best in Hampton Roads!!! Thank you Marcy, John, Joanie, Beth and all of Chef by Design staff for making our wedding so grand!!!!
Virginia Beach Premier Caterer
Chef by Design is a full-service catering company specializing in seasonally inspired menus with beautiful presentation and impeccable service. We create custom catering menus for your wedding and will help plan, create, and supply your event from your first idea through the final moment.
- Price Range: $$$
- Specialty: American Regional, Asian, Continental, Dessert Specialists, Eastern European, French, Fusion, Italian, Kosher Style, Latin American, Mediterranean, Other Cuisine, Vegetarian
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012