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SB&G 2019 North Carolina Wedding Catering Editorial

A Taste of Raleigh NC’s Best Wedding Catering Companies and Local Food Ideas

We’re excited to introduce the best wedding catering companies in Raleigh NC. Drum roll please! Feast your eyes upon these premier Triangle caterers. From cocktail appetizers to late night dance floor snacks, there is nothing these professionals can’t do. The Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill area is a major foodie hotspot of the South. Hosting your wedding here will allow for your wedding meal to be the centerpiece of your celebration.

The SB&G preferred Raleigh NC wedding catering companies are blowing our minds. They can create live action food stations, trendy presentations, fresh seasonal menus, and heirloom comfort food recipes. All with a whole lot of local love for NC farms and culinary traditions. We are always impressed by the array of global food options these NC wedding caterers prepare. Whatever your style may be, we know you will find inspo from this buffet of the best.

North Carolina wedding photographer Heba Salama prepared this tasty photo essay for us to enjoy. Supper’s on the table, get it while it’s hot!     

This editorial appeared in Southern Bride & Groom 2019. We’re sharing several delicious images that could not fit into the print editorial. Enjoy the extra images of North Carolina wedding caterers, appetizers, food stations, and main courses. All of the contributors of this editorial are mentioned in descriptions as well as at the bottom of the post.


Happy Cardinal Catering – Raleigh Durham NC Wedding Catering Team with International Experience

Happy Cardinal Catering is the exciting hospitality venture from the folks at The Boot Italian Restaurant! Executive Chef Rob Kinnean and his team are cookin’ up a delicious wedding food menu inspired by Italian classics. This includes fresh basil pasta linguini with heirloom tomatoes, and grilled flank steak with roasted potatoes. Stop by their Durham, NC restaurant location to try their popular handmade pizzas that you can order to your taste. Happy Cardinal Catering serves amazing food, and is looking forward to booking even more Raleigh NC wedding catering events. Bon appetit!   


Durham Catering Company – A NC Wedding Food Menu that Expresses Your Personality

Durham Catering Company is known as one of the top local caterers, and they adore local weddings! This local wedding catering team believes that the menu should reflect the couple getting married. They are committed to creating an affordable wedding food experience that is unique to your style. While Durham Catering Company is located in the Bull City, they often do Raleigh NC wedding catering events. From regionally sourced favorites to international dishes – they cook only the best. Check out these gorgeous champagne braised little neck clams, colorful crostini assortment, and brown butter seared scallops. Yum!  


Catering Works – One of Raleigh NC’s Best Wedding Catering Teams

The Catering Works reputation speaks for itself. As one of Raleigh NC’s top wedding catering teams for the past 30 years, they are known for creating Southern home-style to global specialties with authentic flavor and panache. Catering Works has even implemented a green initiative! This ensures minimal waste and maximum recycling efforts and also places an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. For this editorial, Catering Works showcased a Fresh-styled table with the best local breads, cheeses, and sea specialties. Keep an eye out for their monthly tastings and Culinary Adventures Global Dining Series in their industrial event space, The Laurelbrook.   


Empire Eats Catering – Delicious and Diverse Raleigh NC Wedding Catering Service

Can’t decide what kind of food you want at your wedding? Don’t worry. Empire Eats Catering group includes many of your favorite Raleigh and Durham restaurants such as The Pit BBQ, Raleigh Times, Gravy, and Sitti. You will want a taste of Sitti for its Lebanese, Mediterranean, and vegetarian options. And Gravy as a plate full of grand home-cooking with updated American-Italian flair. The Pit makes its own authentic finger-lickin’ good barbeque with oodles of homestyle sides. While the Raleigh Times draws crowds for their beautiful small plates. Check out these goat cheese stuffed peppers, blackened shrimp tacos, and smoked brisket that Empire Eats Catering cooked up for us! Amen.  


CHRG Catering – Chapel Hill Restaurant Group Serving NC Weddings Since 1977

CHRG Catering brings together flavorful food ideas inspired by their popular restaurants. You might recognize their restaurants including Lulas (heirloom recipes), and Mez (contemporary Mexican). Or 411 West (Italian with a California twist), Squid’s (seafood), and Page Road Grill (traditional American with Southern features and vegetarian). Wherever your NC wedding event is, CHRG Catering will bring your favorite foods, dinner menu planning, presentation, decor, and service! BONUS: The CHRG Catering kitchen operates out of a facility which has received an award winning “Green” building recognition. Feast your eyes upon this butter poached lobster salad, lamb chops with potato lyonnaise, and pan seared scallops with snap peas.  


HL Catering – Raleigh NC’s Cutting Edge Wedding Catering Team

Owned by Chef Houston Loper and wife Katie, HL Catering is quickly becoming well-known in the Raleigh NC wedding catering and industry scene. Their fresh fare and modern food presentations have stolen the hearts of local brides and grooms. HL Catering loves to create out of the box hors d’oeuvres and food stations that become the conversational centerpiece of the wedding day. In addition to pulling from their popular display, this team is also all about custom menu building. Our mouths are watering over these featured photos of HL Catering’s halibut over black rice, parmesan rosemary crisp, and beet cured salmon on charred cucumber. Wow!


AC Events – Raleigh NC Wedding Catering from James Beard Award-Winner Ashley Christensen

AC Events brings the heat with their famous hospitality and cooking of Ashley Christensen, 2019 James Beard Award Winner for Outstanding Chef. AC Events is known for their seasonally driven Raleigh NC wedding catering. Additionally, they love cooking comfort focused foods from local hotspots such as Poole’s Diner, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Death & Taxes, and Fox Liquor Bar. This exquisite Raleigh NC wedding catering team will put on the Southern Charm for your wedding guests at any location. Below we have featured AC Events dishes such as mini-Poole’s macaroni au gratin, cast iron roasted chicken, grand-godmother’s pimento cheese, sunburst tomato pie, and bumbleberry bread pudding. That’s soul food y’all.    


Rocky Top Catering – The Triangle Catering Team Everybody Loves

Rocky Top Catering is committed to making a couple’s special day memorable. They won’t settle for the ordinary, and neither should any bride or groom. Rocky Top’s tailored approach allows a couple to customize the details. That includes dinner menu, presentation, and décor to your desired specifications. They also offer on-premise catering at their 1705 East venue on Millbrook Road and their Cross & Main warehouse venue in Youngsville. Rocky Top Catering are the exclusive caterers at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Memorial Stadium. Get a fork full of their beef wellington tenderloin, cucumber and crab canape, and hot chicken popper topped with okra.  


Southland BBQ Catering – Refined Rustic Raleigh, NC Wedding Catering

Barbecue is just one of the South’s home-cooked favorites. And Southland BBQ Catering knows how to cook it just right. Beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked turkey, collard greens, and banana pudding are just some of the wedding guests’ top choices. Southland BBQ Catering specializes in all styles. With tantalizing presentation and simple delivery catering. They are a Raleigh NC wedding catering team based with Rocky Top Hospitality Company. This beer can barbeque chicken, and southern dessert buffet will have you asking for seconds!


Want to see more food inspiration and wedding caterers in NC? Check out our full SBG preferred wedding catering vendor list.

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