Member Since: 2/2/2007
We had met with quite a few other caterers in our area before deciding on Catering By Design. The real selling point is the service. You may pay a little more for the additional staffing (recommended more than any other proposal we received) but 100% worth it. They were speedy, kind, and attentive to detail. The only issue we had was a missed note from our final tasting so a certain component did not make the plates on the day of our wedding. The did contact us after the wedding though to make up for the error, taking complete responsibility. I would absolutely work with them again - the food was great, the service outstanding. Not to mention our guests loved everything from cocktail hour to the main course!
Member Since: 10/13/2012
We only had 3 weeks to find a new caterer after having to switch venues due to the Boulder floods. Catering By Design was really helpful in getting the process rolling quickly and developing an awesome menu that fit with our vision. The tasting was a lot of fun and the food was delicious. Stuart was so nice, and worked with us on figuring out all the details, ordering the alcohol and rentals. I gave Stuart photos and descriptions on how to decorate all the tables, and was so relieved that they could do it all and I could focus on getting married. The staff was friendly and brought the groom and I drinks, appetizers, and dinner so that we wouldn't have to go through the lines. All our guests loved the food! Catering By Design helped make the whole day go very smoothly. I recommend them very highly.
Member Since: 8/8/2012
We used Catering by Design for our 10/12/13 wedding in Fort Collins, CO, and we couldn't be happier with their services! Emily was wonderful to work with and the chef created very unique, beautiful, and tasty meals that all of our guests loved. We are still getting complements on how wonderful the food was at our wedding. CBD was very accommodating for our tastings, too. We had originally booked with a local Fort Collins caterer, but, after our tasting, we were very disappointed. We were about 10 months out from the wedding, but wanted to find a better company ASAP. Our wedding planner contacted CBD and they were able to squeeze us in for a tasting last minute on a very busy weekend for them! The food was fantastic and we immediately booked them. We were looking for unique, yet comforting dishes that were also presented beautifully and that is exactly what they delivered. They even allowed us a second tasting once we finalized our menu. We also had a special guest with a special diet and they were more than willing to accommodate her needs! When the wedding day came, we thought the food tasted even better than it had for the tasting! Their wait staff was very professional and organized as well and we received many compliments about them as well! Thank you for the wonderful experience, CBD! We wish you the best.
Member Since: 1/23/2012
I cannot give enough thanks to Catering by Design, especially Jeff, who made our day run very smooth. He was easy to get contact throughout the entire planning process, very timely with emails and responses. He also gave great advise, since he was so familiar with the venue (Denver Botanic Gardens). The food was also amazing, I have had a lot of compliments from many guests!
Member Since: 12/31/2012
I was very upset when the food was an hour late in being ready. However, the food was so good it was hard to be made for long. I would use them again to cater all my events ever.
Member Since: 6/10/2012
Working with CBD was a great experience from the initial consultation through the reception on the Big Day! Danielle was great to work with and was always available to answer my questions. Not only was working with CBD a great experience, but the food on the Big Day was just as delicious as the food we tasted at their kitchen 7 months earlier. We have received numerous compliments from our guests about the food, especially the chipotle mashed potatoes and donut bar!
Not only was the food delicious, but the catering staff was great. Very professional. I would recommend CBD to any bride.
Member Since: 8/27/2006
We had a great experience with Catering by Design for our wedding reception on 5/25/13. Our main priorities for our reception were to make sure that our guests ate delicious food, drank lots of booze and danced their butts off. The rest was unimportant. CBD was responsible for the first two so we did not make our catering decision lightly. And we have NO regrets! I will cover 3 aspects - food, servers and planning/coordination.
The food is by far the best part of the CBD experience - first at the tasting and then at the reception itself, the food did not disappoint. We had passed hors d'ouerves: Asparagus & 3 Cheese Tartlets, Coconut Fried Shrimp, Chipotle Cream Meatballs, Tomato Pesto & Brie Crostinis, and Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna. Our main dishes were a beef tenderloin carving station, lobster mac 'n cheese (delish!!) and a cajun station with shrimp & sausage jambalaya topped with mini fried catfish nuggets. I grew up in New Orleans so it's usually hard to impress me with cajun food, but CBD was amazing! We got endless compliments on the food and it was all topped off with a signature drink for the evening (in addition to our open bar) - a wedding cake martini that came with a white chocolate covered strawberry rolled in cake crumbs! CBD has a variety of menu options to get you started but then they customize each and every detail of the food you want. No one else will have a menu just like yours. The final product is unmatched and your guests will not be disappointed.
The service is also the best I've seen at an event. There were no shortage of people supporting us the day of our event - I couldn't believe how many servers were there to make sure our guests didn't go one second without an appetizer or drink. In addition to having such great coverage, the servers are incredibly personable, helpful and HAPPY to be there serving you. Sometimes you think of servers as people who are just doing their job and going through the motions but these people actually enjoy what they are doing and it shows. Not one server walked by me without stopping me to genuinely express their best wishes which I thought was such a sweet and personal touch coming from people who had never even met us before! Our head bartender never let our drinks get empty (she would chase us around the floor to bring a full one!) and they made sure that our guests didn't miss out on any of the dishes.
Our coordinator, Emily, was very thorough and definitely stayed on top of things for us since we planned the whole thing in 60 days. We couldn't have done it without her. She knew that the food was going to be the most important part of our evening so she took care to really listen to what we wanted and customize our menu as necessary. While they do itemize everything on their proposals - which I didn't like because it made me obsess over little details (like how much forks cost to rent) that I wouldn't normally obsess over - some people may enjoy that level of transparency.
CBD is definitely not the least expensive caterer in town - if you are looking for cheap, this is not your vendor. However, if you are looking for the PREMIER vendor in Denver who will make your menu the highlight of your wedding, this is the only place to go. We have no regrets - it was worth every penny. Our guests were wow'd and so were we.
Member Since: 10/29/2011
Food was great and the guests remembered that. They were also great to work with as we had a few items we wanted included and they had no problem doing this. They definitely will cater to your food preferences and allergies. There were often many price adjustments throughout the process that seemed to keep getting higher but overall very happy with their services.
Member Since: 9/14/2010
The food was wonderful but we had some service issues. We found out later that the servers were not getting around to people with the appetizers and when they did come out, only came out with like 5 on a plate. It was apparently comical to watch but I was a little embarassed to find out about it later. They also forgot to plate food for the bride and groom first so that we could eat quickly while our guests ate.
Member Since: 10/24/2011
Catering by Design was pretty great! Most importantly, their food was wonderful. I've ruined chicken forever for all of our guests (it was stuffed with apricot & goat cheese, AMAZING!)! I also still dream about the meatball hors d'oeuvres we had! We had a great experience at the tasting and they made accommodations to my food sensitivities and personal preferences. They also had great vegetarian options to choose from for a couple of my guests. The service at the wedding was good for the most part; they were attentive to my groom & I. However there was some confusion when it came to the cake, they handed it out to immediate family only, so everyone else was a little confused as to how to get cake. I also felt they cleared the food a little quickly, there was so much going on and so many people to greet, I wish they'd left out our food a little longer. They were pretty great though! Really Good Food!
Member Since: 7/11/2011
Having never had truly excellent food at a wedding, I was nervous about any sort of catering--afraid of dry meat, cold food and soggy veggies. Catering by Design changed my perception of wedding food possibilities forever! I really appreciated their willingness to listen to our feedback during our tasting, and their flexibility with last minute menu changes when our guest count significantly dropped. My cousin even apologized for not dancing more, citing CBD's amazing mac and cheese as the reason. "I'm sorry," she said, "I just mac and cheesed too hard". Their price point is somewhat high (for our budget at least), but their quality and service more than makes up for it.
Member Since: 8/11/2011
Great food. Everything was hot, well seasoned and our guests loved it. They are pretty expensive and messed up our rental order but other then that they were great to work with! I would use them again!
Member Since: 2/26/2012
I started working with Catering by Design and loved the service up until a new contact took over the location. The food turned out excellent, but it was an uphill battle with Jeff the last month before the wedding to get the alcohol order placed, the rentals ordered, even the table layout was a struggle. At the Botanic Gardens, it's hard to not use Catering by Design, and the food was so tasty, but the customer service could use some help.
Member Since: 10/5/2008
I had a sit down, three course dinner by by CBD for ,y wedding reception. ALL of it was delicious! Everyone raved about how good the food was and everyone was so impressed. We also had passed hours devours during cocktail hour which was also a big hit!
Member Since: 8/15/2011
CBD ran my event wonderfully! When we ran into a snag with the venue, CBD came to the rescue to iron out the details! Our event leader, Ally, was so helpful and always kept me up-to-date on the latest events during the party. I knew exactly when the food was coming out, when it was being taken down, when the ice cream bar was going up, and everything else. Even with details that were not catering related, Ally helped solve little snags and keep everything organized during the whole event. Thanks guys!!!
Member Since: 4/3/2011
The catering that Catering by Design provided for my wedding was truly exceptional. I got so many compliments on the food and I think that everyone truly enjoyed it.
Member Since: 5/9/2010
I loved the food, people and professionalism associated with CBD.
Member Since: 8/17/2010
Catering by Design did our wedding and the food was incredible! We had a great selection of options for our guests and they cooked everything onsite at the venue. We even had a waiter who made sure to bring us (bride and groom) and our wedding party appetizers while we were taking photos after the ceremony. Our guests were so impressed with the food and so were we!
Member Since: 1/17/2010
I absolutly loved my caterer. The food was amazing, they were so affordable and also so helpful! Nicole was an amazing coordinator and they even helped put my table numbers and menus on the tables as I didn't have a planner for my wedding. The lobster mac & cheese was amazing I am still sad I can't get more of it.
Member Since: 2/25/2009
I chose Catering By Design to cater my vow renewal this past Saturday, and we were very happy with the food. We got lots of compliments from our guests, who noticed (like us) that CBD elevates flavors beyond the traditional so their customers don't end up with the dreaded "wedding food." We chose them for this very reason. Everyone at our table let us know that the food at our event exceeded their expectations; my husband and I were also very happy with everything we were able to taste. I have just a few small complaints, which I feel I should mention to serve customers in the future. These are small details, thus I still give CBD a high rating, and I want to stress the fact that in the end I was content with our experience. We did have some issues with communication; we were always responded to very quickly, but sometimes our questions were not answered. It could be that our representative just didn't understand what we were asking, but it was a bit stressful at times. However, because they always responded so quickly, the stress never lasted long, which was a plus. Our pricing also doubled after our first meeting, in the end causing us to go over-budget since we had based it on the original total. However, because their pricing was initially so reasonable, I still don't believe we were over-charged, and we are very happy with the service we received on the day of the event. We did have a small issue at the wedding with the staff (we ordered a cake with two flavors so our guests would have a choice) handing out slices of cake to our guests without giving them a choice. However, they were very apologetic, and we felt that they truly cared about our experience. The final thing I wanted to mention is that we received some complaints from other vendors about how difficult it was for them to set up the reception space when CBD was a half hour late (out of a 1.5 hour total allotted time). They were stuck in traffic, which I know can be unpredictable, but I would have thought they might prepare for the unexpected. For this reason our reception space was not completely set up, but again this is nothing our guests were aware of. Overall, I am satisfied with our experience and I think that our situation (with such a short set up time) would be difficult for any vendor. I would use CBD again for future occasions. UPDATE (9/29/11)::: Unfortunately, I have had to lower my rating of Catering By Design by one star since writing this review. I had to contact our representative after the vow renewal about a potential issue with the linen company, and she came off as rude and very short. It seems that, now that she has our money, she has no interest in practicing politeness. I now feel as though she was merely "putting on a show" throughout our prior communications. In my opinion, common courtesy is something that should be used regardless of whether or not you are being paid to do so. Half of a business is based on the quality of the products and services they provide; the other half is based on customer service. For that reason, I have decided to decrease my rating, and I would insist on working with somebody else if I were to use CBD in the future.
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