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2019 Trends for Catering

The sentiment more than ever this year is couples not only want to wow the crowd with innovative eats and a personal menu, but they want to make the entire meal an experience in and itself. Global Fusion Plant Based Couples are looking for more interaction and more conversation and more engagement amongst their guests. Dinner is a chance to bring friends and loved ones around the table to truly share the experience. We have seen a shift towards more conversational seating and service styles. Couples are asking for family style seating like farm style and rustic to bring guests

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Sleigh your Corporate Holiday party

The holidays are a time of good cheer, great friends. and delicious food. A lot of hard work goes into planning the perfect Corporate Holiday Party. Holiday Party Prep We have been making holiday bright for 15 years. So when you work with us you can expect food which always shines and an engaging staff dedicated to making your guest happy. Why? Because at Design by Desire Catering we know Food! We know Events! We know Holidays! Let our innovation culinary team help you choose  a fun theme, craft a personal menu and infuse holiday cheer and magic into your

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The Demand for Plant Based Products

DBD Catering understands more than ever that there is a demand for vegan or plant based products. Not only in your everyday meal planning but also for catering. The one concern clients have is there a vegetarian option or vegan options on the menu for my guests? With the demand from our guests through the past 3 years DBD Catering has moved to making all our recipes gluten free. In this last year we have focused moving towards dairy free and plant based making more choices for our vegan guests. We have heard you loud and clear and we our

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Allow Design by Desire to Design a versatile Heavy Appetizer Menu for your Next Event

Let us Create the Appetizer Menu for Your Next Event… Can’t decide between a chicken skewer or pulled pork tacos? Have both! A heavy appetizer menu allows room for an assortment of culinary delights. If there are guests attending your event that have specific dietary requirements or diverse taste, a heavy appetizer party is always a crowd pleaser. What a better way to incorporate options for all your guests by having some Vegan or Vegetarian options that they too can enjoy. Heavier appetizers menus are great for both large and small parties. These menus add flexibility and diverse. Since the

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Design by Desire Catering has some uses for the Forgotten Vegetables

Way back when I can remember we always grew up with a garden. My parents were always introducing  new vegetables then the norm whenever my Mom decided to try out new seeds. We’ve been conditioned over the years to always buy what is the normal, beans, corn, potatoes, peas carrots I could go on…. but now a days you walk through a grocery or a market and we are surrounded by the forgotten vegetables or what Design by Desire Catering would like to think are heirloom vegetable plants. I think they have become neglected or fallen out of favor for

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Don’t cheap out…Get the right wedding food budget

As a cater we get all kinds of requests. I have to say that there are a lot of people out there who are fishing around for caterers and have no idea of what things cost or that a catering company is there to provid a service.  Along with great service and great food comes a price. I’m not saying that we are unreasonable but I often encounter clients who are looking for everything…a great dinner with more then one option, all the sides, a dessert package with coffee and tea and more! So when I quote them around $34 to

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Don’t plan your rehearsal dinner. Let Design by Desire do it for you…

Rehearsal Dinners A rehearsal dinner is becoming more of a celebration in it’s own right. It is a great opportunity for your two families to spend time together before the wedding day in a not so hectic setting. Take advantage of Design by Desire Catering great rehearsal dinner packages and let us cater your dinner. Set the Tone with your Rehearsal Dinner Find a relaxed environment, let us bring in all the food. We think the style should be a family style . Simple, but elegant and GREAT FOOD! The ultimate goal for us is relieve some pre-wedding tension and make

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Canuck Place and Desire by Desire Catering Helping to Make a Difference

Just recently Design by Desire Catering had the opportunity to work the Canuck Place in Abbotsford for their yearly Tree Lighting Gala. If you don’t know what this is, it’s an organization that works with children and their families who are struggling with life limited conditions. I know that Canuck Place children’s hospice has been around for a long time, since 1995. It was designed with the needs of children who are struggling or living with a life threatening condition. A place of comfort and compassion where children can experience the joy of being a child and families can cherish

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Event Catering: Plated vs. Buffet

You have your next event nearly all planned out and you have decided to go with a catering company for the food and beverages. Good choice! But how do you decide between a catered event that is plated versus a catered event that is buffet-style? Both plated catering services and buffet-style catering services each have their benefits and drawbacks. Deciding which catering service is best for your event can pose a challenge. Let Design by Desire help guide you in the right direction. Here are 3 things to consider when choosing the right type of catering service for your next

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Catering for Corporate Events

There’s no question about it, planning a corporate event is not an easy task. You’re dealing with people from many different tastes, backgrounds, life styles and diets. From small office meetings, to all day conferences or large evening awards banquets, your choice in catering service will greatly impact lasting impression you leave with your colleagues. Feel confident that each person will go home saying “Wow, what a successful event that was!” Catering for Small Office Meetings Perhaps your office is gathering for a celebration such as a retirement party or baby shower. Or more typically, your office has an upcoming

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Turmeric

Turmeric referred to as “Indian saffron” in medieval England, turmeric wasn’t understood or valued for a long time. People used it as natural food dye instead of as the unbelievable healing agent it really is. With a peppery, warm and bitter flavor, the mild fragrance of turmeric resembles orange and ginger, which makes it a national favorite in curry dishes dating back centuries. Today, it’s widely used in yellow mustard and as a natural health supplement. Next to essential oils, few natural remedies have reached mainstream use like turmeric has these past few years. Interestingly enough, you would think us North Americans would catch on

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What is everyone Screaming About?

Vanilla? Boring. Chocolate? Snooze. All right, all right — these may be respected ice cream flavors that are not going away any time soon, funky twists on the classic creamy dessert are on the rise. Artisan ice cream is pushing the limit with wild creations that appeal to adventurous eaters and foodies alike — from Sriracha to Summer Corn to Prosciutto.  So I decided to get in on the action and this Christmas found myself an ice cream maker and have fallen in love with creating new and exciting flavors for my clients. Some are walking the wild side with their wacky creations, including creating sundaes

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