Catering By Design

★★★☆☆
  • 898 7th St NW

    Rochester, MN 55901

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  • 507-282-3005

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I can only assume that what the previous reviewer experienced was an anomaly with Catering by Design. I have been the lucky recipient of their food and services many times over the course of the last five years and not once have I been disappointed in either. Five years ago, Catering by Design was highly recommended to me as a catering company for my wedding. From the first bite of prime rib at the groom's supper through the last morsel of appetizers at our reception and ending with the individually prepared omelets at the morning-after brunch, everything tasted and looked exceptional. Jeff helped with each step along the way, and he truly designed a perfect experience for us. Five years later, wedding guests still talk about the food....

Since that time, I have eaten Jeff and Kathy's food at high school graduations, wedding receptions, and Join the Journey--where Jeff volunteers to serve hundreds of people who have just walked for a breast cancer cure. I have never been disappointed by Catering by Design; in fact, I keep trying to conjure up a reason to utilize their skills again....

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I can only assume that what the previous reviewer experienced was an anomaly with Catering by Design. I have been the lucky recipient of their food and services many times over the course of the last five years and not once have I been disappointed in either. Five years ago, Catering by Design was highly recommended to me as a catering company for my wedding. From the first bite of prime rib at the groom's supper through the last morsel of appetizers at our reception and ending with the individually prepared omelets at the morning-after brunch, everything tasted and looked exceptional. Jeff helped with each step along the way, and he truly designed a perfect experience for us. Five years later, wedding guests still talk about the food....

Since that time, I have eaten Jeff and Kathy's food at high school graduations, wedding receptions, and Join the Journey--where Jeff volunteers to serve hundreds of people who have just walked for a breast cancer cure. I have never been disappointed by Catering by Design; in fact, I keep trying to conjure up a reason to utilize their skills again....

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The Good:

The staff were professional, timely and responsive.

The Bad:

Their food was somewhere between bad and revolting.

The evening started with a bar, where drinks were watered down with fast-food quantities of ice and no expense was unspared with the mixers.

The starter was a mixed green salad that was decent, though tiny in portion (five small leaves, one tomato slice and two wafer-thin cucumbers in a nice dressing). Guests remarked that it was nearly impossible to pick-up anything with a fork as the portion that arrived is usually the size of the left-overs at the end of a normal salad course.

The main course consisted of a steak and shrimp dinner, and I use the word "dinner" cautiously. Our table companions remarked that they had never seen a one ounce steak before. It was covered in a brown sauce that tasted as though it had recently emerged from a sewer. The two shrimp were on the verge of being rancid. The mixed vegetables were soggy and tasteless. Finally, there was a mystery goo on the plate. It was yellow, a touch gritty, a bit rich, and tasted like Elmers Glue. We were a well-traveled, worldy group, yet had no clue what we were eating. Guesses included: creamed cabbage, polenta, and a tapioca dish found in Taiwan. The goo was the high-point of the meal in terms of taste.

Dessert was a rich chocolate cake with decent taste bathed in a tasteless sauce, favored with raspberries. By favored, I mean that if they liked you, you may have received one. Perhaps the contortions on my face by this point took me out of the running.

Dinner was served with a choice of red or white wine. I had the opportunity to taste both, and can only assume the wine was bottled locally in the basement of the catering company itself.

Bottom Line: The service was nothing special, but worthy of a catering company. The food, however, was reprehensible. One could do better at McDonalds.

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The Good:

The staff were professional, timely and responsive.

The Bad:

Their food was somewhere between bad and revolting.

The evening started with a bar, where drinks were watered down with fast-food quantities of ice and no expense was unspared with the mixers.

The starter was a mixed green salad that was decent, though tiny in portion (five small leaves, one tomato slice and two wafer-thin cucumbers in a nice dressing). Guests remarked that it was nearly impossible to pick-up anything with a fork as the portion that arrived is usually the size of the left-overs at the end of a normal salad course.

The main course consisted of a steak and shrimp dinner, and I use the word "dinner" cautiously. Our table companions remarked that they had never seen a one ounce steak before. It was covered in a brown sauce that tasted as though it had recently emerged from a sewer. The two shrimp were on the verge of being rancid. The mixed vegetables were soggy and tasteless. Finally, there was a mystery goo on the plate. It was yellow, a touch gritty, a bit rich, and tasted like Elmers Glue. We were a well-traveled, worldy group, yet had no clue what we were eating. Guesses included: creamed cabbage, polenta, and a tapioca dish found in Taiwan. The goo was the high-point of the meal in terms of taste.

Dessert was a rich chocolate cake with decent taste bathed in a tasteless sauce, favored with raspberries. By favored, I mean that if they liked you, you may have received one. Perhaps the contortions on my face by this point took me out of the running.

Dinner was served with a choice of red or white wine. I had the opportunity to taste both, and can only assume the wine was bottled locally in the basement of the catering company itself.

Bottom Line: The service was nothing special, but worthy of a catering company. The food, however, was reprehensible. One could do better at McDonalds.

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The food here truly is cooked to fit what you want. The prices are reasonable, the employees are friendly, and the food is simply delicious! Highly recommended

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The food here truly is cooked to fit what you want. The prices are reasonable, the employees are friendly, and the food is simply delicious! Highly recommended

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