10 total reviews
People RAVED about the food at our wedding. We wanted slightly upscale picnic/BBQ food at our wedding since we were having Blue Crabs from another vendor as well. Every dish was incredible, after the tasting they made the changes we suggested perfectly, and they even made my pie recipe for the pie buffet (we didn't do cake). We even had a waiter dedicated to the two of us. Definitely purchase your own alcohol. It will save you a lot of money.
We are very disappointed in our experience which was tainted by poor attitudes from our event hosts, detail oversight, and failure to communicate expectations upfront. I would not recommend Design Cuisine; especially not if you have little experience planning events. As the bride/groom, it is very difficult to spend months planning to arrive at wedding day and have to put your faith in all of your vendors to make everything happen. Design Cuisine was the only vendor that did not deliver. I caution other couples considering this caterer. Our event seemed a lower priority for them, perhaps because it was one time business transaction?
The only saving grace is that the food was good.
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While impressed by the tasting, what initially tipped the scale in favor of Design Cuisine was flexibility. We were assured they would help us work through event details w/o each decision adding a new line item on the bill. We were informed of their ownership of DC Rental and led to believe that, as a result, costs would not be incurred for upgrading rentals - we would be able to select anything from their warehouse for use.
Post contract that all turned out to be only partially true. The accommodating attitude disappeared. We learned that free upgrades only apply to china/silverware and chair rentals. Things like upgrading tables and bar furniture cost extra. As does serving coffee/tea with wedding cake at tables.
Details were consistently overlooked despite efforts to keep our communications organized (at one point, it was suggested I consider a career in events):
Our final decision on china/linens/chairs was not well recorded. Ultimately, selected chairs were unavailable, but comparable alternatives provided.
Changes that we requested they make to our cakes after the tasting were never implemented on wedding day.
It took half a dozen (maybe more) revisions of final contract before they had everything correct.
On wedding day, they were not ready to greet guests at event start time with cocktails and slow to get appetizers circulated.
Butter was not provided on tables to accompany bread.
Dinner was prolonged when wedding cake did not get served promptly following main course. (They were waiting for us to cut the cake which was not something we ever planned to do.)
They set aside the top tier cake for us to take home despite instructions to serve it. And then had trouble locating it at the end of the evening.
And, our coffee/tea station (which we paid extra for) was opened w/o cups/saucers and regular coffee....
Overall, not what you expect from such a highly acclaimed caterer in the DC area. There are better options for weddings. If we were to make the decision again, I would go with Federal City.
Design Cuisine provided top notch food and beverages for our wedding on July 9th. We had a variety of tasty hors d'oeuvres and a mojito bar for the cocktail hour, followed by a tasty and unique salad, and then a delicious chicken dish. Our guests all loved the food.
The service was very prompt, but not rushed, and the servers took extra good care of the bridal party.
We finished the evening with late night snacks including mini burgers, quesadillas, and even homemade pop tarts.
Design Cuisine is one of the more expensive caterers in the area, but the food and service are worth it!
We worked with Erica at Design and she was fabulous! We had a fabulous tasting with her, but I wasn't excited about the cake or the fish dish, so she let me come back in to retaste both! The food was fabulous on our wedding day and prefectly cooked. Erica also made my husband's day...I told her that he wanted to have late night snacks and his favorite are NYC dirty water dogs. She said "We can do that!" She went a step further and had a hot dog cart with the fixings, french fries and pretzels and had one of the waiters dress up as a vendor!!! Erica was also very easy to work with and flexible...I would recommend her and Design Cuisine anytime!
We went to two other caterers before landing on Design, which was recommended by our wedding consultant, and we absolutely loved them. Our wedding menu was not 'traditional' per say, and design cuisine catered to our needs with delicious, well-presented, and exotic cuisine.
We had a 'buffet' of sorts, where we had three different themed stations or styles of food from around the globe that people could go to throughout the reception. Throughout the 3 themes, we ended up with a mix of Asian, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, and Latin food. They were able to offer us such great variety and authentic flavors, and presented them all beautifully.
I also loved how design had their own stock of dinnerware and silverware, so we were able to avoid plastic (I have an absolute allergy to plastic but wasn't able to afford anything else with some of the other caterers) for a very reasonable price.
Lastly, design accepts your recipes, which is so great! We had pies instead of a cake, because I come from a family of pie lovers (there is always a pie on the counter at my parent's house), and they took our family recipes and replicated them for our wedding day. In terms of other foods, the chefs are also super receptive to suggestions and changes- for example at the tasting, I liked a certain marinated beef, but I didn't like the sauce they served it with, but I liked another satay sauce, so they paired those two. All in all, a wonderful experience to work with them- not cheap- but really worth it if you are particular about food and/or are a big food person, which we both are! A++
Design Cuisine catered two big events for our wedding and the food was amazing at each! The bar-tenders had a heavy pour, which was appreciated by our guests. The staff were friendly and always around. The seated dinner was handled with care and in a clock-work manner - yet never rushed. My husband and I had a personal waiter helping us all night, which was wonderful. Our one complaint was that the waiters did not ask guests during dinner whether they wanted red or white wine and instead poured everyone both...including teetolers and pregnant ladies. This also wasted a lot of wine needlessly. Everything otherwise seemed to go off wonderfully. Design Cuisine is expensive, but the food and service were fantastic.
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