About this Vendor
Bringing Your Events to Life!
CATERED BY DESIGN brings your wedding to life with sumptuous food presented in spectacular fashion. Our creative & friendly team of wedding planners will be with you every step of the way. You can enjoy your special day with total confidence and peace of mind.
$$ – Affordable
American, Italian, Fusion
Buffet, Catering Delivery + Setup, Passed Appetizers, Seated Meal, Servers, Food + Catering
My daughter had her ceremony and reception at The Redfield Estate in Glenview, and CBD provided the food and beverage service. Everything was just spectacular. The food was delicious- probably the best cheese ravioli I have ever had. My daughter chose a vegetarian menu, and the choices were terrific. Even the meat eating guests were satisfied with the luncheon selections. The staff were courteous, timely, and the presentation was beautiful.
We can not say enough great things about this catering company. We worked closely with Nikee. Nikee was such a pleasure to work with! She was so personable and easy to work with it felt more like planning a wedding with a friend! She helped customize every bit of our wedding! She was so attentive and responsive to our every need! And the food + service at our wedding.... WOW! We felt like kings and queens! The food was out of this world we got so many compliments about how great it was and how people have never had such great food at a wedding before. Everything was so seamless and perfect! We highly recommend Catered by Design for a personalized, unique wedding!
Catered by Design made planning our wedding so much easier and smoother than I thought it would be! We worked with Nikee Fellows and her team at Catered by Design for our wedding in September at the Winnetka Community House. From the very first meeting all the way through to the event itself, everyone we worked with with organized, detail-oriented, responsive, very flexible, and genuinely excited for us! The food was delicious and displayed beautifully (with lots of unique options to pick from), and the staff working at our wedding was so friendly and professional. With this group on board, you don't need a wedding coordinator! Nikee and our day-of contact, Laura, happily coordinated and directed our other vendors for set up, take down, and answered any questions they had directly. They helped my fiance and I draw up with a realistic timeline for the day, gave us various options for furniture set up in the space, stored decorations we wanted to drop off early (and set them up however we wanted), and kept things running smoothly and on time. They even thought of the really little things too - like saving some extra hors d'oeuvres from cocktail hour for us to snack on at the head table during toasts. Honestly, this team made the entire difference when it came to wedding planning. Catered by Design was an easy and really pleasant to work with one-stop shop for our food, bar, cake, and venue coordination. I'll recommend them to all of my friends getting married in the Chicago area! Thanks again, Nikee and team for making our wedding day so great!
Catered by Design was fantastic! Everything went seamless and stress-free... exactly what a bride needs on her wedding day! Sam Gray was a pleasure to work with. He was responsive and helpful leading up to the wedding. And the food and service on the wedding day were phenomenal! The staff went above and beyond to help us - they even arranged our center pieces, pictures, and name cards. They were always there when you needed them, but not obvious or in the way. The setup was stunning, and the food was delicious!
We were referred to Nikee Fellows and Catered by Design by our wedding planner at Two Sisters Events. We met with Nikee almost a year before our wedding. We were really pleased about how the food tasted and even wondered if another caterer would be able to replicate the menu at catered by design- we tried it and it was nothing like the food at Catered by Design. so we opted to spend the money for quality food and amazing service. Everyone at CBD was so helpful throughout the whole process. Immediately after the wedding, one of our guests reached out to us asking for our catering vendor b/c one of their friends was looking for a reputable caterer for their wedding. Of course we did not hesitate to share CBDs info. Book CBD if you're look for delicious wedding food, great quality and exceptional customer service. We were so happy we hired them!
Two words to describe our wedding: perfect and affordable. The reason? Catered By Design. My (now) husband and I stumbled upon Winnetka Community House when we were searching for affordable venues. Catered By Design (CBD) handles the food for the aforementioned venue. From the first interaction with CBD, to a few days after our wedding, the staff, namely the Culinary and Events Specialist, Nikee, and our service captain for the wedding day, Wanda, were wonderful. We honestly could not ask for more from them. Leading up to the wedding, Nikee helped field questions, gave feedback when we needed it, and helped us prepare the perfect menu for our guests. The day of, Wanda went out of her way to make sure everything was perfect. The venue and setup (handled by CBD) was gorgeous and the food was delicious. The salad was so good, people were shouting about it to the table next to them ("Are you talking about the salad, because if not, you should.") The day was more than we could have ever imagined because of Nikee and her team. The rest of the staff, including the bartender, servers, setup team, etc. were so kind and really went out of their way to make our day special. Several guests asked us how we found such a gorgeous venue and amazing catering. They were blown away when we told them we found both when searching for cheap wedding vendors. We will definitely keep Catered By Design as a go-to for future catering needs. I highly recommend checking them out for your wedding. I promise you will not be disappointed.
Where do I even start?! From the staff, to the food, to the presentation...everything was top notch!! Just about every minute of the night we had guests coming up to tell us that it was the most beautiful wedding they have ever been to. We STILL have guests raving about how amazing the food was! Sam Gray was an absolute pleasure to work with during the planning process and the staff the day of the event was incredible. I did not have a wedding planner and had a lot of DIY decorations that I had created. Sam's team helped set everything up exactly the way I wanted. In fact, the setup looked even BETTER than I had imagined! Not only is their food insanely good, Catered by Design really goes the extra mile for their clients with their presentation and accommodations. I honestly cannot say enough wonderful things about Catered by Design. Thank you for making my wedding an absolute dream!!
Loved this caterer, loved Nikee. The whole catering staff worked seamlessly with us to deliver a personalized menu, and organized so much of the delivery. Everyone from the head of the kitchen/waitstaff to Nikee was stellar! They worked beautifully at the Cheney mansion to coordinate my daughter's wedding. I could not have wished for more beautiful and delicious food. And since we have a lot of foodies and chefs in our family, I highly appreciated the excellence of the cuisine. Thank you!!!!
We recently had the pleasure of using Catered by Design for our wedding at the Redfield Estate in Glenview, and could not be more pleased. First, every one of the guests we spoke with - literally, EVERYONE - complimented each and every element of the Catered by Design performance. The food was certainly the most-mentioned star, but the professionalism and hustle of the staff was pointed out by many of our attendees. Personally, working with with Nikee (Event coordinator), Wanda (on-site Captain) and Karen (lead bartender) and everyone else I was able to meet was simple for me. They were quick with answers to my questions, solutions to my requests, and their smiles never faded. There were no complaints or sour faces or frustrations evident on anyone - despite the downpours during setup and the heat of the day. So...we HIGHLY recommend!
If I could give them 6 stars I would! The food was incredible! Every single guest at our wedding raved about the food from start to finish! My father did not get to taste any appetizers during cocktail hour, so the staff made him a plate just for him! The staff did everything so perfect all night! It was raining leading up to my wedding, but when the sun came out, they immediately sprung into action so I was able to have my wedding outside! They made our day perfect!
We absolutely loved working with Catered by Design for our wedding in March 2017. We were lucky enough to work closely with Sam throughout the process, and he made sure everything ran smoothly. The food and the presentation were perfection. We got tons of compliments and people saying it was the best wedding food they had ever had! Their cookies were a big hit too! We were approached throughout the night by the staff manager and bartenders to make sure everything was correct and to see if we needed anything. I highly recommend going with Catered by Design for any event, especially a wedding!
We had our wedding in October in Glenview, IL and Catered by Design did an amazing job hosting our wedding reception. We worked with Sam as we planned our wedding from California, he was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, genuine, and a great communicator. Everyone thought the food was amazing and the service and staff were always on top of things. Everything turned out really beautiful, we would definitely recommend the venue, the food, the staff and its exceptional service!
We used Catered By Design for our October 2016 backyard wedding and I would highly recommend them for any type of event. We had a wonderful experience from start to finish. The food was excellent and we had many compliments from our guests. The quality was great, the presentation was even very nice, and most importantly, the food was super tasty. Even leftovers were still so delicious. The chicken mascarpone and redskin mashed potatoes were amazing! It definitely wasn't your typical wedding food. The staff was very professional and easy to work with. They were very helpful throughout the whole planning process. Catered By Design helped make our day special and gave us an unforgettable experience!
We had our wedding on September 18, 2016 at the Winnetka Community House and used Catered by Design. Nikee and her team were very professional and treated us very well. The process went smoothly and they were very responsive and accommodating to any questions and requests. We didn't find any difficulties planning our wedding from out of state. They coordinated everything so well! The day of came out perfect and the quality of the food were awesome! Our guests really enjoyed themselves and kept complimenting the wedding.
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 and not paying attention to the timing of things, so server captain Laura gently reminded us to cut cake, start dancing, etc., so we wouldn’t fall too far behind. She even helped to keep an eye on my dog who was outside the wedding on the patio. Our families were really impressed by her professional and helpful manner. The servers were also attentive but unobtrusive, quietly keeping things running smoothly. The bar was ready for great service throughout cocktail hour and reception. The food was beautiful and came out at just the right times, and they even saved hors d'oeuvres from the cocktail hour for the busy bridal party! What can I say? Sam and his staff truly catered to the design of what we wanted for our wedding day. We did not hire a wedding planner but thanks to CBD we didn’t really need to. It speaks volume of the staff that there really isn’t a thing we would change about the day that we had and I’m so thankful to have worked with such a great catering team!
Very professional, easy to communicate team. The food was delicious, we got so many complements from our guests about the food and especially the desserts
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!!
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 accomodating, 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 specifically asked to be consulted at every turn, I have full confidence the Catered By Design Team could have run a fantastic evening without any of my input (I basically only agreed with what they suggested anyway). Truly a great experience and well worth it! A quick photo of the place setting they did for us: https://goo.gl/photos/KTxFmY4M89XTrtyRA
Catered By Design not only was the most affordable of our 3 choices, but it was also the only one that could accommodate a plated option at our price point. Nikee is an angel- truly taking on more than we expected. Her and her team take care of everything. We did a fair deal of DIY and their team went into our storage locker and put everything out for us, perfectly. And the food??? Absolutely amazing. Our wedding guests thought the menu was fun and delicious-a few highlights: mini tacos, sliders, risotto cakes... Everything was top notch. One of my favorite vendors I worked with during my wedding planning process.
We could not be happier with Catered by Design!!! We got married at the Winnetka Community House in June of 2016 and Catered by Design is their exclusive caterer. Nikee and the entire team were great to work with. Nikee in particular could not be more pleasant to work with. They were so responsive to our many questions throughout the planning process and gave us great guidance when were making decisions. They truly helped us have the most beautiful wedding and a night to remember! A month later and our guests are still talking about the great food, amazing venue, and overall experience. I highly recommend them! .
So impressed with Catered by Design! They take care of everything from the silverware to the meals. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable. We worked primarily with Nikee and she could not have been more helpful, accommodating and professional. The day came together beautifully and everyone raved about the food. I would highly recommend Catered by Design to any bride :)
Sam and his team were incredible throughout the entire planning process. As soon as we completed the tasting, we knew our wedding food was going to blow our guests away. They listened to our wishes and help create a menu that was perfectly catered to us (no pun intended). Now, months later, we still talk about how delicious all the food was! Catered By Design was a pleasure to work with and did fabulous work. It's a win-win!
Sam and his team are incredible. They made our special day so perfect. And the food was outstanding. We still talk about how delicious everything was!
Candid review of our wedding caterer - Catered by DesignReviewed on 11/02/2015 Cassie A
We got married in June 2015 & could not have been more pleased that we chose Catered by Design (CBD) to cater our wedding. They did so much more than just provide the food at our wedding. Our venue gave us the option between 4 different caterers. After some initial research, we immediately ruled out one, which left 3 remaining. We scheduled tastings with 2 of the 3. Our 1st tasting was with CBD & they set the bar very high. Not to sound cheesy, but the experience we magical. They have a separate room where the tasting is held, which is very quaint, & leave you to eat & critique the food on your own, b/c let’s be honest, who really wants to tell someone to their face that you hate their food! Well luckily this wouldn’t of been a problem b/c everything we tasted was absolutely delicious & the presentation was exquisite. Everything was so good that we had a really difficult time deciding which items to pick for our menu. Also, we fell in love with, & it wasn’t just because we consumed a few glasses of wine during our tasting, Nikee & Mallory (aka the dynamic duo that make the magic happen). So on to the next tasting, now while the food was also delicious, we had our tasting with owner of the company, talk about not wanting to critique the food in front of them! Now while the other caterer’s food was also delicious, ultimately, we choose CBD, not only because we were impressed with the food, attention to detail, service, experience, & the list goes on & on, but also because we loved Nikee & Malloy & felt confident working with them on, let’s be honest folks, the biggest, most expensive, extravagant, detail oriented, stressful, intense, roller coaster of a ride, party that is called a WEDDING would be a great experience! Fast forward a year later, but actually I shouldn’t fast forward, b/c it’s that year & hundreds of emails/calls/2nd tastings/myriad of countless details later, these ladies did nothing but put my mind at ease, provide me information, recommendations, different napkin color swatches to ensure I pick my absolute favorite (I mean, come on, they went above & beyond). Then, the day of, aka best day of my life, unfolds seamlessly to the naked eye of those who don’t know all that goes into a wedding, but for me who knows that there are people behind the scenes making everything happen so me, my hubby, & all of our guests can have the time of their lives. Let’s not forget the little things, lemon in the glasses of water, the way the napkins were folded, table settings, coordinating with the florist & every other vendor known to man, & the list goes on & on, and don’t get me started on the champagne tree. The guests loved it; such a unique & elegant touch. Also, we had numerous guests tell us that our food was the best wedding food they’ve ever had! Talk about a ringing endorsement! Well that’s my spiel, sorry for the rant & run on sentences, but I cannot express how much I loved working with this company & especially these amazing women. It took me months to write this review b/c I wanted it to be absolutely perfect to illustrate the awesomeness that is CBD. I don’t know that it’s perfect, but I sure do hope it helps that lovable, slightly neurotic soon to be bride, who loves organizing all of her wedding planning in multiple spreadsheets, PowerPoints, & cares about every last detail, I understand your pain & I highly recommend CBD to help keep you sane!
"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 question and planned the last plan, and it would turn out great. And it did! This company really knows its business. We had a lovely buffet luncheon with delicious food presented beautifully, including an array of passed appetizers in the preceding cocktail hour. There were, happily, no food surprises on the wedding day, as we had had a wonderful tasting experience months before, and all turned out as expected, which put us at our ease. The staff for the event was unobtrusive, efficient, good-natured and welcoming...couldn't have asked for better. Their adaptability and preparedness helped us get around a weather issue in the morning, and our outdoor ceremony moved successfully indoors at the last moment. All day, we could enjoy our guests and our experience without "attending" to anything. They just made it happen around us, which really made the day. Thank you to everyone at Catered By Design who participated in our wedding event. You are great!"