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Chef by Design Catering Co.

Virginia Beach , VA
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5318 Fairfield Shopping Center
Virginia Beach, VA 23464 US (map)

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757-496-3900

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ABOUT US

Chef by Design is a full-service catering company specializing in seasonally inspired menus with beautiful presentation and impeccable service. We are happy to create custom catering... Read more
Chef by Design is a full-service catering company specializing in seasonally inspired menus with beautiful presentation and impeccable service. We are happy to create custom catering menus for your wedding and will help plan, create, and supply your event from your first idea through the final moment. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Delivery, Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Outside Alcohol OK, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
Which of the following items can you provide?
Chairs, Tables
Which of the following items can you provide?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I don't even know where to start with all of my Chef by Design compliments! When we first started speaking with Marcy, we really weren't sure what kind of food we wanted. We were merging a casual southern family with an Italian northern family, so our tastes in food were on opposite ends of the spectrum. Once I explained that, Marcy just ran with it and created an outstanding menu that meshed our differences very well. My in-laws went with us for the tasting and I was a bit nervous, as they're very picky and tend to only eat things they're used to. As we went through the menu, tasting each item and making notations, I noticed my father-in-law writing "Excellent" next to everything!! He rarely uses that word to describe food unless it truly is excellent! I was so relieved and so excited! The food the day of the wedding was just as amazing it was when we did the tasting.
Our wedding was almost 2 weeks ago, and we're still receiving compliments from our guests about how wonderful everything was! Also, we've received a lot of compliments on the staff. I've been told multiple times that everyone was just so helpful, friendly, and truly seemed like they were happy to be there. To me, good service is just as important as good food, so I'm very thankful to the CBD staff!
I don't even know where to start with all of my Chef by Design compliments! When we first started speaking with Marcy, we Read more...
I don't even know where to start with all of my Chef by Design compliments! When we first started speaking with Marcy, we really weren't sure what kind of food we wanted. We were merging a casual southern family with an Italian northern family, so our tastes in food were on opposite ends of the spectrum. Once I explained that, Marcy just ran with it and created an outstanding menu that meshed our differences very well. My in-laws went with us for the tasting and I was a bit nervous, as they're very picky and tend to only eat things they're used to. As we went through the menu, tasting each item and making notations, I noticed my father-in-law writing "Excellent" next to everything!! He rarely uses that word to describe food unless it truly is excellent! I was so relieved and so excited! The food the day of the wedding was just as amazing it was when we did the tasting.
Our wedding was almost 2 weeks ago, and we're still receiving compliments from our guests about how wonderful everything was! Also, we've received a lot of compliments on the staff. I've been told multiple times that everyone was just so helpful, friendly, and truly seemed like they were happy to be there. To me, good service is just as important as good food, so I'm very thankful to the CBD staff! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Chaz
Wedding:
9/10/2016
5.0/5.0
Chef By Design blew us away immediately. Their website makes food selection simple and it was a treat working with Marcy and Joanie. We loved our tasting so much that we decided to use them for our rehearsal dinner in addition to our wedding. We had a beach wedding in Sandbridge so we wanted to include plenty of seafood options. At Marcy’s suggestion we went with a seafood boil for the rehearsal dinner and it was a hit! No worries if seafood isn't your jam: they have plenty of other options including mac & cheese that I still dream about. Our family has a lot of foodies and they were all blown away. If I had a dollar for every time someone said it was the best meal they ever had our wedding would have been free!
Chef By Design blew us away immediately. Their website makes food selection simple and it was a treat working with Marcy Read more...
Chef By Design blew us away immediately. Their website makes food selection simple and it was a treat working with Marcy and Joanie. We loved our tasting so much that we decided to use them for our rehearsal dinner in addition to our wedding. We had a beach wedding in Sandbridge so we wanted to include plenty of seafood options. At Marcy’s suggestion we went with a seafood boil for the rehearsal dinner and it was a hit! No worries if seafood isn't your jam: they have plenty of other options including mac & cheese that I still dream about. Our family has a lot of foodies and they were all blown away. If I had a dollar for every time someone said it was the best meal they ever had our wedding would have been free! Read less
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Chef by Design Catering Co. responded with the following comments:

Chaz and Jackie~
It was such a pleasure working with you both for the rehearsal and your wedding! We so enjoyed getting to know you and your wonderful family! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of such a special weekend, and for your kind words! Congratulations!! xoxo Marcy
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Barbara
Wedding:
7/16/2016
5.0/5.0
If you want awesome food at your event, you should hire Chef By Design. We had such a tasty and varied menu. CBD even went the extra mile and re-created a family favorite recipe of Tuna-Q to accommodate all the pescatarians in the family. We also had a nice selection for the vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free guests. Every item was clearly labeled so that those who had food allergies were clear on what they could eat. There was something for everyone. The desserts were gorgeous and delicious. One of our guests was a professional chef and he was amazed at the food and presentation.
If you want awesome food at your event, you should hire Chef By Design. We had such a tasty and varied menu. CBD even went Read more...
If you want awesome food at your event, you should hire Chef By Design. We had such a tasty and varied menu. CBD even went the extra mile and re-created a family favorite recipe of Tuna-Q to accommodate all the pescatarians in the family. We also had a nice selection for the vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free guests. Every item was clearly labeled so that those who had food allergies were clear on what they could eat. There was something for everyone. The desserts were gorgeous and delicious. One of our guests was a professional chef and he was amazed at the food and presentation. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Chef by Design Catering Co. responded with the following comments:

We were so thrilled to be a part of this beautiful wedding!! Thank you so much for your review, and please tell Mel & Peter congratulations for us!
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Anne Reid
Wedding:
7/9/2016
5.0/5.0
I wish I could give Chef by Design 6 stars in every category! Marcy, Emily and Joanie and their team were amazing. We did tastings at Chef by Design and with another local caterer and the other caterer's food just paled in comparison. We were blown away by our CBD tasting and couldn't wait to eat it all again at the wedding! Emily was always extremely responsive and was on top of everything for our wedding. We didn't have a wedding planner but they gave us great advice and suggestions when needed. On the evening of our wedding, their staff was on the ball - there were zero hiccups and people even kept commenting to my parents about how amazing the catering/bartending staff was. We bought our own alcohol but used CBD's staff to serve. During the reception (the day was much hotter than we'd expected and people drank a lot more beer than wine), one of the servers offered to make a beer run so that no one would realize we were going to run out of beer. My parents were so grateful & impressed that a server took the initiative to do that! The food was absolutely amazing and 6 weeks later, we still have people tell us how it was the best food they'd ever had at a wedding. If you're going back and forth between CBD and another caterer, you're crazy not to pick CBD!
I wish I could give Chef by Design 6 stars in every category! Marcy, Emily and Joanie and their team were amazing. We did Read more...
I wish I could give Chef by Design 6 stars in every category! Marcy, Emily and Joanie and their team were amazing. We did tastings at Chef by Design and with another local caterer and the other caterer's food just paled in comparison. We were blown away by our CBD tasting and couldn't wait to eat it all again at the wedding! Emily was always extremely responsive and was on top of everything for our wedding. We didn't have a wedding planner but they gave us great advice and suggestions when needed. On the evening of our wedding, their staff was on the ball - there were zero hiccups and people even kept commenting to my parents about how amazing the catering/bartending staff was. We bought our own alcohol but used CBD's staff to serve. During the reception (the day was much hotter than we'd expected and people drank a lot more beer than wine), one of the servers offered to make a beer run so that no one would realize we were going to run out of beer. My parents were so grateful & impressed that a server took the initiative to do that! The food was absolutely amazing and 6 weeks later, we still have people tell us how it was the best food they'd ever had at a wedding. If you're going back and forth between CBD and another caterer, you're crazy not to pick CBD! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
Chef by Design Catering Co. responded with the following comments:

We had such an amazing time working with you all on this gorgeous wedding! Thank you for your kind words!! We truly enjoyed every moment and are thrilled that you were pleased with our involvement on such a special occasion!! xoxo
Marcy, Chef John, Joanie, Emily and team
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Katie
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
Joanie and the team at Chef by Design executed a flawless evening for our wedding reception. The food was DELICIOUS - everything from the appetizers, oyster bar, entrees, and special request cobbler bar dessert was on point. We received so many complements from our family and friends on the food. Joanie did 3+ site visits to ensure that the outdoor tented wedding at the home I grew up in would be fabulous. And when the weather called for massive storms, Joanie and the team had the best attitude for doing everything possible to make the night amazing. They also seamlessly executed a room flip and ran an efficient bar for our guests all night. Our goodie bag made a delicious dinner of leftovers the first night of our honeymoon. I HIGHLY recommend.
Joanie and the team at Chef by Design executed a flawless evening for our wedding reception. The food was DELICIOUS - Read more...
Joanie and the team at Chef by Design executed a flawless evening for our wedding reception. The food was DELICIOUS - everything from the appetizers, oyster bar, entrees, and special request cobbler bar dessert was on point. We received so many complements from our family and friends on the food. Joanie did 3+ site visits to ensure that the outdoor tented wedding at the home I grew up in would be fabulous. And when the weather called for massive storms, Joanie and the team had the best attitude for doing everything possible to make the night amazing. They also seamlessly executed a room flip and ran an efficient bar for our guests all night. Our goodie bag made a delicious dinner of leftovers the first night of our honeymoon. I HIGHLY recommend. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Chef by Design Catering Co. responded with the following comments:

Katie, thank you for your kind words! It was our pleasure working with all of you and making sure your day was perfect for you! Congratulations again!! xoxo
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Kathleen
Wedding:
10/3/2015
5.0/5.0
Wow, where do I begin. Marcy and Joanie are the most amazing woman to have standing in your corner on your big day! I live in Phoenix, AZ so as you can imagine it is very difficult to plan your big day 3000 miles away. Right from the first phone call Marcy made me feel like I was her first priority. I made a trip out to Virginia Beach one year to the date to meet with Marcy and the Chef by Design group, which is when I met Joanie. It doesn't do it justice to say these women go above and beyond to make your feel like the world revolves around you. The food was amazing, and Joanie stepped up and offered to help out where she could because I lived so far away. Unfortunately Hurricane Joaquin uprooted by beautifully planned beach wedding and the Chef by Design team jumped in to help this super emotional bride out. Not being from Virginia Beach, and having my wedding venue canceled by Mother Nature, I had no idea what to do. I have 100 guests from all over the US in town for a beach wedding during a hurricane. Marcy and Joanie assured me things would work out and these amazing ladies found me a last minute venue 24 hrs before I was to say, "I do". Among all the craziness, last minute changes, dress tearing, and chaos, Joanie and Marcy made sure everything was together. Have you ever had a guest at a wedding ask for seconds? I did, actually many of them. Talk about a compliment to the chef. The food was beyond amazing, and if you like crab cakes I highly recommend them for your menu. My guests raved about the dinner and how pretty everything turned out despite all the madness :) Thank you ladies from the bottom of my heart for all you did to make my day the best it could be with the circumstances we had. Marcy and Joanie from Chef by Design are exactly what you want supporting you on your big day! I absolutely recommend Chef by Design for your big day!
Wow, where do I begin. Marcy and Joanie are the most amazing woman to have standing in your corner on your big day! I live Read more...
Wow, where do I begin. Marcy and Joanie are the most amazing woman to have standing in your corner on your big day! I live in Phoenix, AZ so as you can imagine it is very difficult to plan your big day 3000 miles away. Right from the first phone call Marcy made me feel like I was her first priority. I made a trip out to Virginia Beach one year to the date to meet with Marcy and the Chef by Design group, which is when I met Joanie. It doesn't do it justice to say these women go above and beyond to make your feel like the world revolves around you. The food was amazing, and Joanie stepped up and offered to help out where she could because I lived so far away. Unfortunately Hurricane Joaquin uprooted by beautifully planned beach wedding and the Chef by Design team jumped in to help this super emotional bride out. Not being from Virginia Beach, and having my wedding venue canceled by Mother Nature, I had no idea what to do. I have 100 guests from all over the US in town for a beach wedding during a hurricane. Marcy and Joanie assured me things would work out and these amazing ladies found me a last minute venue 24 hrs before I was to say, "I do". Among all the craziness, last minute changes, dress tearing, and chaos, Joanie and Marcy made sure everything was together. Have you ever had a guest at a wedding ask for seconds? I did, actually many of them. Talk about a compliment to the chef. The food was beyond amazing, and if you like crab cakes I highly recommend them for your menu. My guests raved about the dinner and how pretty everything turned out despite all the madness :) Thank you ladies from the bottom of my heart for all you did to make my day the best it could be with the circumstances we had. Marcy and Joanie from Chef by Design are exactly what you want supporting you on your big day! I absolutely recommend Chef by Design for your big day! Read less
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Caitlin
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
Chef by Design did a fantastic job! Marcy was such a joy to work with, she and her team helped us create the feel we were hoping for at our reception. They were part of our amazing vendor team that flipped the room from ceremony to beautiful reception so fast and the food was AMAZING! Chef John worked with us to create a custom ethnic food station that was fantastic. So many of our guests came up to us during the reception and in the days after the wedding to tell us how great our food was! I would highly recommend Chef by Design!
Chef by Design did a fantastic job! Marcy was such a joy to work with, she and her team helped us create the feel we were Read more...
Chef by Design did a fantastic job! Marcy was such a joy to work with, she and her team helped us create the feel we were hoping for at our reception. They were part of our amazing vendor team that flipped the room from ceremony to beautiful reception so fast and the food was AMAZING! Chef John worked with us to create a custom ethnic food station that was fantastic. So many of our guests came up to us during the reception and in the days after the wedding to tell us how great our food was! I would highly recommend Chef by Design! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Amelia
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
Chef by Design went above and beyond for our Wedding.
Marcy and Joanie were so amazing to answer every question, every email, and to take note of every small detail. Leading up to the wedding, they really treated us like we were the one and only client they had and made sure we were comfortable with everything every step of the way. They're not only caterers, but they handled the rentals, and beyond.
We had made custom chargers for the tables, and they were sure to use them but also collect them to keep them from being stolen at the end of the night. We also had coozies and special champagne glasses for people to keep that they made sure was displayed and used! Our guests raved about the food. The Cocktail Hour, the Charcuterie Boards on each Table, The Duet Plates... even down to the late night Milk & Cookie Shots and later the Pretzels for the bus ride home! We also had them do our Wedding Cake and many of our guests were in awe of the amazing flavor of the Strawberry and Creamsicle layered cake.
Marcy and Joanie cared about everything being perfect, down to finding boards to cover up mud puddles, dealing with late transpo buses (which was not their hire) and even helping come up with ideas for our rain plan to transform original ideas to incorporate into the new rain plan ideas. The one thing I'll also recommend, in case it doesn't usually come in the package is that we had our own waitress assigned to us who really took care of us, who gave the lead singer of the band a thumbs up for me when I couldn't get up and even putting spray deodorant on me when I realized I had forgotten! Because of her, we got to eat all the food, have drinks whenever we wanted, and really be able to enjoy the Wedding!
I wouldn't take even a nano second in hiring Chef by Design again, their custom service, attention to detail, and all round amazing work will never be forgotten.
Thank you so much guys for making our Wedding as amazing as it was!!!
Amelia & David
9-26-15
Chef by Design went above and beyond for our Wedding.
Marcy and Joanie were so amazing to answer every question, Read more...
Chef by Design went above and beyond for our Wedding.
Marcy and Joanie were so amazing to answer every question, every email, and to take note of every small detail. Leading up to the wedding, they really treated us like we were the one and only client they had and made sure we were comfortable with everything every step of the way. They're not only caterers, but they handled the rentals, and beyond.
We had made custom chargers for the tables, and they were sure to use them but also collect them to keep them from being stolen at the end of the night. We also had coozies and special champagne glasses for people to keep that they made sure was displayed and used! Our guests raved about the food. The Cocktail Hour, the Charcuterie Boards on each Table, The Duet Plates... even down to the late night Milk & Cookie Shots and later the Pretzels for the bus ride home! We also had them do our Wedding Cake and many of our guests were in awe of the amazing flavor of the Strawberry and Creamsicle layered cake.
Marcy and Joanie cared about everything being perfect, down to finding boards to cover up mud puddles, dealing with late transpo buses (which was not their hire) and even helping come up with ideas for our rain plan to transform original ideas to incorporate into the new rain plan ideas. The one thing I'll also recommend, in case it doesn't usually come in the package is that we had our own waitress assigned to us who really took care of us, who gave the lead singer of the band a thumbs up for me when I couldn't get up and even putting spray deodorant on me when I realized I had forgotten! Because of her, we got to eat all the food, have drinks whenever we wanted, and really be able to enjoy the Wedding!
I wouldn't take even a nano second in hiring Chef by Design again, their custom service, attention to detail, and all round amazing work will never be forgotten.
Thank you so much guys for making our Wedding as amazing as it was!!!
Amelia & David
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Services Used: Catering
Chef by Design Catering Co. responded with the following comments:

Amelia and David!!!
Congratulations again~ What an amazing day it was, and we are SO happy for you both. Thank you for your kind words - your wedding was a dream to be a part of, and we wanted it perfect for you. Your "private server" is something that we do for every one of our couples, so that our couples can truly enjoy every moment and feel like a king and queen! :) We wish you every bit of joy and happiness for a lifetime! Marcy, Joanie and CBD Team xoxo
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I got SO many compliments on the food from our Vendor. I loved the tasting, they let us eat in peace and discuss the menu. They even created the most delicious cheesesteak to serve at the end of the wedding. The staff were so professional, one of the catering staff even helped when we had trouble bustling my dress! Joanie was such a pleasure to work with and is excellent at her job. I Would definitely recommend this company for any event!
I got SO many compliments on the food from our Vendor. I loved the tasting, they let us eat in peace and discuss the menu. Read more...
I got SO many compliments on the food from our Vendor. I loved the tasting, they let us eat in peace and discuss the menu. They even created the most delicious cheesesteak to serve at the end of the wedding. The staff were so professional, one of the catering staff even helped when we had trouble bustling my dress! Joanie was such a pleasure to work with and is excellent at her job. I Would definitely recommend this company for any event! Read less
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Chef by Design Catering Co. responded with the following comments:

Thank you for this wonderful review! We had such a great time working with you both, and we now have that Philly Cheesesteak on our menu as a late night snack! ;) We wish you many, many years of happiness!
Cheers!! xoxo
Marcy, Joanie, and the CBD Team
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
You can't go wrong with Chef by Design. The service and food was perfect and our guests had nothing but wonderful things to say about them. They were there for everything we needed and they helped make our wedding day so very special.
You can't go wrong with Chef by Design. The service and food was perfect and our guests had nothing but wonderful things Read more...
You can't go wrong with Chef by Design. The service and food was perfect and our guests had nothing but wonderful things to say about them. They were there for everything we needed and they helped make our wedding day so very special. Read less
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