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Catering By Design, Inc

Tampa , FL
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12960 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618 US (map)

PHONE

813-333-2281

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ABOUT US

Catering by Design was established in 2002 in Tampa, Florida as a catering and special event planning company, with a mission to create unique events centered around excellent food. As a... Read more
Catering by Design was established in 2002 in Tampa, Florida as a catering and special event planning company, with a mission to create unique events centered around excellent food. As a small, exclusive catering firm, we have orchestrated everything from small elegant dinner parties to large corporate events. Catering by Design has been recognized for our creativity, innovative cuisine and flawless execution. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated
What bar services do you provide?
Limited Bar, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Cajun, French, Indian, Italian, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
1000

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Carinne
Wedding:
11/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Lauren with Catering by Design was great to work with, and the food was awesome. I planned the wedding from Chicago (we got married in Tampa) and she was prompt to respond to any calls or emails. She arranged a fun and great tasting for me, my cousin, my mother, and my now-husband while we were in town for a weekend. She also was my day-of planner, coordinating all the other vendors, and the whole day/night went smoothly. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for an awesome caterer and then some!
Lauren with Catering by Design was great to work with, and the food was awesome. I planned the wedding from Chicago (we Read more...
Lauren with Catering by Design was great to work with, and the food was awesome. I planned the wedding from Chicago (we got married in Tampa) and she was prompt to respond to any calls or emails. She arranged a fun and great tasting for me, my cousin, my mother, and my now-husband while we were in town for a weekend. She also was my day-of planner, coordinating all the other vendors, and the whole day/night went smoothly. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for an awesome caterer and then some! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Unique Services
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ellen
Wedding:
10/10/2010
4.9/5.0
My now husband & I were impressed by our first meeting, with Lauren and after our tasting we were sure this was the caterer we wanted to use. I also had here do my flowers, linens & some other decorating & it was all top-notch & the value was extraordinary. Her creativity was seen everywhere & she worked side by side with my day-event-planner. The guests were so impressed with it all, that they actually asked her for her business card:-) Would use her again and again. You can't go wrong. She will guide you through it all & get the answers you may need. She made my 10/10/10 Wedding Day, truly a day to remember!!!!
My now husband & I were impressed by our first meeting, with Lauren and after our tasting we were sure this was the Read more...
My now husband & I were impressed by our first meeting, with Lauren and after our tasting we were sure this was the caterer we wanted to use. I also had here do my flowers, linens & some other decorating & it was all top-notch & the value was extraordinary. Her creativity was seen everywhere & she worked side by side with my day-event-planner. The guests were so impressed with it all, that they actually asked her for her business card:-) Would use her again and again. You can't go wrong. She will guide you through it all & get the answers you may need. She made my 10/10/10 Wedding Day, truly a day to remember!!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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M.Hager
Wedding:
10/1/2010
4.4/5.0
I worked with Lauren, the owner, of Catering by Design for my wedding. She was delightful to work with as well as extremely professional. She took my fiance and I out to lunch to confirm our final menu and choices and even invited us to several tastings to try her diverse menu items and drink selections. She not only offers catering services but decor as well! The food was phenomenal and Lauren was there at the wedding overseeing every part of the process and making sure everyone's needs were met and exceeded. I would happily work with Lauren and all the Catering by Design staff again!!
I worked with Lauren, the owner, of Catering by Design for my wedding. She was delightful to work with as well as Read more...
I worked with Lauren, the owner, of Catering by Design for my wedding. She was delightful to work with as well as extremely professional. She took my fiance and I out to lunch to confirm our final menu and choices and even invited us to several tastings to try her diverse menu items and drink selections. She not only offers catering services but decor as well! The food was phenomenal and Lauren was there at the wedding overseeing every part of the process and making sure everyone's needs were met and exceeded. I would happily work with Lauren and all the Catering by Design staff again!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Lynda & Matt
Wedding:
9/4/2010
4.5/5.0
Lauren is a Saint!! She was fantastic to work with. The first time we sat down with her she "got us". We were very nervous about the process, but she knew right away what we wanted for our special day. She and I had 2 meetings to go over the details and that was all it took. If she didn't have the exact linen that I was looking for, she found it. The food and the presentation were wonderful, we received many compliments throughout the night. My husband was worried that I would not relax on our wedding day because I always have to be the one doing everything and making sure everything is perfect for our guests, but that was not the case at all. Lauren was there the entire evening and I never had to worry about a thing. If you're looking for a caterer who will make your day all you've ever dreamed of, she's the one to have by your side.
Lauren is a Saint!! She was fantastic to work with. The first time we sat down with her she "got us". We were very nervous Read more...
Lauren is a Saint!! She was fantastic to work with. The first time we sat down with her she "got us". We were very nervous about the process, but she knew right away what we wanted for our special day. She and I had 2 meetings to go over the details and that was all it took. If she didn't have the exact linen that I was looking for, she found it. The food and the presentation were wonderful, we received many compliments throughout the night. My husband was worried that I would not relax on our wedding day because I always have to be the one doing everything and making sure everything is perfect for our guests, but that was not the case at all. Lauren was there the entire evening and I never had to worry about a thing. If you're looking for a caterer who will make your day all you've ever dreamed of, she's the one to have by your side. Read less
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sarahw
Wedding:
6/4/2010
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Catering By Design. Thanks to Lauren and her staff, the food was not only creative but excellent. She has a lot of great ideas and really fits your personality and style of the venue to her menu. We received a lot of great feedback not only on how well everything tasted, but how creative it was served.
I will use them again for any future catering needs!
I highly recommend Catering By Design. Thanks to Lauren and her staff, the food was not only creative but excellent. She Read more...
I highly recommend Catering By Design. Thanks to Lauren and her staff, the food was not only creative but excellent. She has a lot of great ideas and really fits your personality and style of the venue to her menu. We received a lot of great feedback not only on how well everything tasted, but how creative it was served.
I will use them again for any future catering needs! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Lauren Balden did a wonderful job taking care of us through the planning phase. She was very flexible to our needs and budget. Always positive and enthusiastic, she truly made the experience so much easier for us. The day of, the catering staff took great care of my husband and I, making extra sure we were comfortable and well fed. Everything went smoothly and everyone RAVED about the delicious food (we did Greek, Italian, and Latin stations for 50 ppl). The paella was fabulous. Lauren and the crew of Catering By Design, were surely an integral part of making our wedding a memorable experience. Thank you so much.
Lauren Balden did a wonderful job taking care of us through the planning phase. She was very flexible to our needs and Read more...
Lauren Balden did a wonderful job taking care of us through the planning phase. She was very flexible to our needs and budget. Always positive and enthusiastic, she truly made the experience so much easier for us. The day of, the catering staff took great care of my husband and I, making extra sure we were comfortable and well fed. Everything went smoothly and everyone RAVED about the delicious food (we did Greek, Italian, and Latin stations for 50 ppl). The paella was fabulous. Lauren and the crew of Catering By Design, were surely an integral part of making our wedding a memorable experience. Thank you so much. Read less
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Gina
Wedding:
5/22/2010
4.4/5.0
I will admit that Lauren and I had some communication issues in the months before the wedding. She was very slow to answer emails and phone calls, and slow to give me a detailed itemized estimate for the cost of everything. Four weeks before the wedding I realized that the linens that I was renting from her were VERY expensive, and had to start calling around price shopping for chocolate pintuck linens (this is when my DOC Staci stepped in a took over, so all I had to do was pay after she got great prices for me). We worked everything out, but because of a previous brides's experience with her I was very nervous. The day of our wedding Lauren and her staff went above and beyond. The service was excellent and the food was delicious!! Our families are very hard to please, but they raved about the food for days!. We had a small guest list (approx. 50 people) and her staff did cocktail service the entire night. I would still recommend CBD, but just be sure to establish good communication with Lauren from the start.
I will admit that Lauren and I had some communication issues in the months before the wedding. She was very slow to answer Read more...
I will admit that Lauren and I had some communication issues in the months before the wedding. She was very slow to answer emails and phone calls, and slow to give me a detailed itemized estimate for the cost of everything. Four weeks before the wedding I realized that the linens that I was renting from her were VERY expensive, and had to start calling around price shopping for chocolate pintuck linens (this is when my DOC Staci stepped in a took over, so all I had to do was pay after she got great prices for me). We worked everything out, but because of a previous brides's experience with her I was very nervous. The day of our wedding Lauren and her staff went above and beyond. The service was excellent and the food was delicious!! Our families are very hard to please, but they raved about the food for days!. We had a small guest list (approx. 50 people) and her staff did cocktail service the entire night. I would still recommend CBD, but just be sure to establish good communication with Lauren from the start. Read less
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john
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
Just got back from our Honeymoon and couldn't wait to share what a great experience we had with Catering By Design. From the day we met Lauren, we had such a comfortable feeling about everything. We knew our wedding was going to be unique and wonderful. They did not let us down! Everything from the food, service and the entire "look" was perfect! Not a detail was missed! Everyone says planning a wedding is stressful but we didn't feel that way at all. We recieved the the most attentive and proffessional service from Lauren and her entire staff.

We have been to alot of weddings in the last couple of years and really wanted ours to stand out! With Lauren's help we accomplished that. The food was so different and creatively presented. We came up so many interesting details that our guests really noticed! We can't wait for the pictures! Thanks Catering By Design for making our day special!
Just got back from our Honeymoon and couldn't wait to share what a great experience we had with Catering By Design. From Read more...
Just got back from our Honeymoon and couldn't wait to share what a great experience we had with Catering By Design. From the day we met Lauren, we had such a comfortable feeling about everything. We knew our wedding was going to be unique and wonderful. They did not let us down! Everything from the food, service and the entire "look" was perfect! Not a detail was missed! Everyone says planning a wedding is stressful but we didn't feel that way at all. We recieved the the most attentive and proffessional service from Lauren and her entire staff.

We have been to alot of weddings in the last couple of years and really wanted ours to stand out! With Lauren's help we accomplished that. The food was so different and creatively presented. We came up so many interesting details that our guests really noticed! We can't wait for the pictures! Thanks Catering By Design for making our day special! Read less
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redklein
Wedding:
5/1/2010
1.5/5.0
I am so throughly frustrated with the catering piece of my wedding. This was the only disappointment the entire day. A very expensive disappoinment! When I met with them last June everything was wonderful! I went to a public tasting and everything was spot on: the food and the service.
Fast forward to March of this year:
I saw a bad review on wedding wire - so I contacted CBD. And we met again.
Lauren, the owner, assured me everything would be okay.
Then she would NOT respond to our e-mails. And we would always get an excuse like it went to her junk file.We modified some things on our menu- nothing major. We are talking coffee station vs no coffee station. I had a few specialty items on the menu that were there from the start. We went to another tasting in april- the food was awful and the service was awful. The wait staff had no idea what they were passing around and would just shove the tray in your face. also, they were supposed to have 2 of the special items on the menu that day. One never came out after us being there for two hours and the other- none of the wait staff knew what it was.
Fast forward again to a week and half before my wedding. I am crying in the offices of CBD because I am so scared that they are not going to come through for me.
The brought the person back that I had originally met with to run my wedding the day of.
So now it is the day of my wedding- the service was excellent. One of the specialty passed hors;devres that I specifially asked for a year before isn't there. The salad was great.
The entree- which was chicken and steak duo with veggies.
The steak was supposed to have Bernaise sauce on it. It literally had a piece of melted cheese slice on it. Some the cheese pieces weren't even melted. The chicken was rubbery and the veggies tasted and felt like they were straight out of a bag.
I am so throughly frustrated with the catering piece of my wedding. This was the only disappointment the entire day. A Read more...
I am so throughly frustrated with the catering piece of my wedding. This was the only disappointment the entire day. A very expensive disappoinment! When I met with them last June everything was wonderful! I went to a public tasting and everything was spot on: the food and the service.
Fast forward to March of this year:
I saw a bad review on wedding wire - so I contacted CBD. And we met again.
Lauren, the owner, assured me everything would be okay.
Then she would NOT respond to our e-mails. And we would always get an excuse like it went to her junk file.We modified some things on our menu- nothing major. We are talking coffee station vs no coffee station. I had a few specialty items on the menu that were there from the start. We went to another tasting in april- the food was awful and the service was awful. The wait staff had no idea what they were passing around and would just shove the tray in your face. also, they were supposed to have 2 of the special items on the menu that day. One never came out after us being there for two hours and the other- none of the wait staff knew what it was.
Fast forward again to a week and half before my wedding. I am crying in the offices of CBD because I am so scared that they are not going to come through for me.
The brought the person back that I had originally met with to run my wedding the day of.
So now it is the day of my wedding- the service was excellent. One of the specialty passed hors;devres that I specifially asked for a year before isn't there. The salad was great.
The entree- which was chicken and steak duo with veggies.
The steak was supposed to have Bernaise sauce on it. It literally had a piece of melted cheese slice on it. Some the cheese pieces weren't even melted. The chicken was rubbery and the veggies tasted and felt like they were straight out of a bag. Read less
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Matt
Wedding:
5/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Let me start by saying that I was a F&B Director(glorified wedding planner) at a private country club for 3 years and in the industry for 10+. I have worked with some of the best vendors in my tenure and some of the worst. Before my wedding I have never worked with Catering by Design, and it was a referral from a work friend.

Lauren and her staff were absolutely fantastic from the day we were introduced. I thought it was going to be hard for me to take a hands off approach in making sure everything went smoothly with set up, decor, and food. Boy was I wrong. Her origionality and ideas of how the room set up should be all the way to how the food was presented on the food stations was top notch. My wife and I could not be happier at the service provided by CBD.

After the honeymoon I asked numerous guests their opinion, and I did not recieve one negative comment on the food and decor provided by Lauren and her staff. As a matter of fact, I heard comment of: that was the best wedding we have ever attended, the food was great, the service was great, and the tables looked fantastic.

We put a lot of stock in CBD as they provided the linens, chairs, silver, dinnerware, food, all non-alcoholic drinks, and of coarse her staff. Really the only thing she didn't provide was the DJ, flowers, and cake(we did a cupcake tower which she arranged for us).

I would recomend CBD, Lauren and her staff, 10 times out of 10. Words cannot explain how happy my wife and I are that we chose them to be part of our big day. If anybody has any questions please dont hesitate to email me at msvetkovich@yahoo.com.

Thanks Lauren, your the best!
Let me start by saying that I was a F&B Director(glorified wedding planner) at a private country club for 3 years and in Read more...
Let me start by saying that I was a F&B Director(glorified wedding planner) at a private country club for 3 years and in the industry for 10+. I have worked with some of the best vendors in my tenure and some of the worst. Before my wedding I have never worked with Catering by Design, and it was a referral from a work friend.

Lauren and her staff were absolutely fantastic from the day we were introduced. I thought it was going to be hard for me to take a hands off approach in making sure everything went smoothly with set up, decor, and food. Boy was I wrong. Her origionality and ideas of how the room set up should be all the way to how the food was presented on the food stations was top notch. My wife and I could not be happier at the service provided by CBD.

After the honeymoon I asked numerous guests their opinion, and I did not recieve one negative comment on the food and decor provided by Lauren and her staff. As a matter of fact, I heard comment of: that was the best wedding we have ever attended, the food was great, the service was great, and the tables looked fantastic.

We put a lot of stock in CBD as they provided the linens, chairs, silver, dinnerware, food, all non-alcoholic drinks, and of coarse her staff. Really the only thing she didn't provide was the DJ, flowers, and cake(we did a cupcake tower which she arranged for us).

I would recomend CBD, Lauren and her staff, 10 times out of 10. Words cannot explain how happy my wife and I are that we chose them to be part of our big day. If anybody has any questions please dont hesitate to email me at msvetkovich@yahoo.com.

Thanks Lauren, your the best! Read less
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