Testimonials | Catering By Design
Catering by Design, Catering Northern Beaches
Catering by Design
Catering by Design
Call Us: 9997 5555
Happy customers at Catering By Design
Home » Testimonials


We are in the service business and we are very proud that in every catering event we provided for our clients are ALL a success — “the proof is in the pudding” so they say!

Here are some of our corporate clients

“Hi Karin, I just want to let you know my 40th party yesterday evening was fabulous. The garden looked wonderful with lanterns and candles. Your three girls did you proud. They turned up spot on time and wasted no time at all in setting up and getting cooking.  They were so lovely and so many of my guests were full of warm praise about the service all three provided and the fantastic food.  Glasses were always being topped up (not sure if that was a good thing!!) and it all seemed effortless.  I was left to enjoy my party and felt like a princess! Please pass on my thanks to them.”

Jill Careless: 40th Birthday Party




“Karin!! You are incredible!!! We had such a perfect time. It was such a calming and energising feeling to have what felt like my friend organising Sam’s 40th with me and I hadn’t even met you yet! You took the stress out of everything and I really believed that you cared about every detail being perfect and special as much as I did – if not more. THANK YOU for your hours of hunting to find the magician, he was great, the kids had a ball and their parents relaxed. Loving that! So thank you for taking care of every detail and making it fun. And thank you for the food, divine divine divine. Loved Caroline and Ray, they are so good at what they do, they were always there at the perfect moment with drinks and food, serving so perfectly without being intrusive. THE CAKE!! Speechless about the cake, it was 115% better than the cake in my head, melted in your mouth. You are incredible at what you do, you have energy beyond measure and your positivity and ‘we can make anything happen’ spirit is infectious and so confidence inspiring. Thank you Karin!”

Shar Allen: Sam’s 40th birthday (half adults, half children!)

“Thank you for everything on our wedding day. We had the most wonderful time. Your skill, creativity, experience and superb care were appreciated not just by us but by everyone at the wedding.   Setting up such perfect arrangements through negotiations with us situated half a world away until just the last minute, was a huge but totally successful achievement. We really appreciated your ideas and suggestions. It all worked so well.

Your team were superb; courteous, unobtrusive, smiling and friendly, keeping everyone looked after and attended to. What a superb operation!  I know it was hard work for your team but the food was delicious….the scallops, prawns, the spring rolls, the main meals and salads, the chocolate ‘orgasms’……all super.”

Alison and David Sternberg Wedding


“Just wanted you to know that my husband and I were so very impressed with the service provided by Catering By Design at our friend, Lynne Hindes, birthday last week.

From the moment Ray and Jess arrived everything went so smoothly. I was amazed at how they were able to organise themselves in a fairly limited space and never had to ask a question! Their presentation, willingness to please and smiles were appreciated by all. The food was delicious. The whole thing was extremely professional. Ray and Jess – Well Done!

To you and congratulations on providing a wonderful service!”

Jennifer Coram-Pigott, Lynne Hindes 50th Birthday Party

“Just wanted to say that everything went really well and the the caterers were brilliant  – Graham was a top bloke and the staff were exceptional. Thanks so much and I’d recommend you to anyone I know who is having a party.”

Clive and Brioney, Engagement Party


“Thank you so much, Catering By Design, for our Management Team Dinner last Tuesday night. My guests were full on praise for your efforts. The food was magnificent and your service was exemplary. I thought you and your team conducted yourselves in a very professional manner. You even left my home cleaner than when you started! I look forward to catching up soon.”

Anita Pahor,
Opportunity International Australia Management Team Dinner


“Karin’s knowledge and exuberant personality just makes it so easy to let her do everything. Normally I would stress before a function, instead I took a nap knowing everything was going to be fantastic. And it was!”

Peter Ainsley,
Andrew’s 50th Birthday


“Catering By Design was a lifesource in helping make our presentation night such a success. It was important that our venue felt different and Catering By Design made this happen. Our event decorator let us down and Catering By Design came to the rescue helping to take the stress away. Feedback from our night was all positive – great food, great atmosphere. What more could we ask for?!”

Julie Tassone,
Presentation Night

“From the moment I contacted Catering By Design I was sure I had found the right caterer. Their visit to our home and suggestions .. were so very helpful and workable and many ideas they had .. I did use at the time of the party. Catering By Design put great effort into creating a party atmosphere and we have only had very positive feedback from our guests regarding great food and helpful staff. Thank you so very much.”

Gillian Jackman,
Alan Jackman’s 70th Birthday

“We would like to say an absolutely huge and enormous thank you for all your help andsupport in making our big day possible!! It simply could not have happened without you. (Please pass along our thanks to your awesome team as well). We had a truly fantastic day. It was exactly what we wanted. We don’t have time to list everything that we are grateful for but we have to mention the venue, the food, the band, the booze….brilliant.
Love Adam and KellyP.S. Thanks for the caricaturist, he was clearly a hit!”

Adam and Kelly’s Wedding

“Catering By Design is a star! We challenged them with cooking an Indian feast and they came up smelling like Rogan! Thanks for the good times!”

Edge Publishing, Company’s 3rd Birthday (Bollywood Theme)

“I am writing to express our appreciation for the great food provided .. on Friday, 4 March. The function involved catering for 12 interstate managers for a formal business lunch held in Sydney. Catering By Design worked with us to settle an appropriate food selection. The food was of very high standard, and .. quality, all of which she prepared herself.

Catering By Design was easy to deal with, was 115% reliable and efficient. Their service was fabulous and I have no hesitation in recommending them to others. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for such a great job. We were all impressed!”

Mark Holden, Couriers Please

“Last night (Wendy Harmer’s) was the most wonderful party I’ve ever been to. It was so organised without it interfering with the party – everyone had the most wonderful time. The bands were FANTASTIC ! Seriously – the food was great, decor perfect and the weather was kind – (I wouldn’t put it past you to have God’s direct line!). You are truly an amazing event organiser – a few people came up to me and thanked me for the organising – I made a point of saying that I didn’t do it ‘that girl over there is the brains behind it all’!!”

Wendy Harmer,
50th Birthday Party

“From my first contact with Catering By Design, they have shown nothing but professionalism. They knew exactly what I was after and everything  remembered was perfect. From stepping on the boat, the team at Catering By Design released any stress I had and were so calm and relaxed and took everything in their stride. Nothing was a problem and the food portions were more than generous. Everyone on the day raved about the food (quality, freshness and quantity!) and would not hesitate using or recommending Catering By Design. A huge thank you for making the day a success as it was!”

Kelly Truran,
Sister’s Hens Day

“Thank you for organising my 10 year old Birthday party. The thing I like best about the way you organised my party, is that you did everything I asked for, even water pistols for everyone. My friends thought that was really cool. My friends and I thought the food was totally excellent too.
I know my Mum and Dad really enjoyed being at the party and not doing any of the work and they got the biggest water pistols too. Thank you for putting on the best Birthday ever.”
Josh, 10th Birthday Party

“Thank you Catering By Design, we really appreciate all you did to help make Dad’s 115th a special day. Your helpful suggestions with a few practicalities on the day were very much appreciated. It was a delight to see how you involved the children and therefore made them feel they had their own special part to play in the days events.”

Cheryl and Brian Jay,
Fathers 115th Birthday


“Catering by Design was extremely flexible and patient with me while I was trying to organise this staff function. By their very nature, they were able to immediately restore calm and ensure that we had a successful afternoon.

The food was superb and served in a very relaxed but professional manner which added to the picnic atmosphere – although the quality of food was far better than I have ever had at any other picnic and to have it cooked for you was great.

Ultimately it was Catering By Design who ensured the afternoon was a success and the reward that it was meant to be for our team. Thanks again and yes highly recommended.”

Pennie Warren,
Human Resources Manager,
Australia and New Zealand Atradius


For the past eight years, Karin Slade, the Managing Director of Catering by Design, has managed our functions at home and on our 52ft Cruiser, Kahala. Karin co-ordinates our events, which range from presentation of the table, producing the menus, organising staffing and ensuring our guests are fully catered for.

Our guests in the past have included:

Lord Marshall of Kensington & Lady Marshall – Chairman of British Airways
Mr Robert Alying – Chief Executive of British Airways
Mr James Strong – Chairman of Woolworths and NRMA
Mr Geoff Dixon – Chief Executive Officer of Qantas
Mr Ken Chenault – Chairman & CEO of American Express
Dr Fausto Ceretti – Chairman of Alitalia
Mr Ken Borda – Chief Executive Officer of Deutsch Bank
Mr Joseph Mifsud Bonnici – Chief Justice of Malta
Mr Col Hughes – Chairman of National Tourist Authority
Hon. Joseph Fenech – Minister of Justice, Malta

Karin has always been 115% reliable and efficient and has in the past been called upon to organise a function within 3 hours of notification. With her abundant resources of energy, good humour and efficiency, she and her company, are an asset for your function requirements.”

Leslie Cassar,
CEO World Aviation

“I am writing to express my appreciation for the great food and great service provided by your company at our function to launch the Designer Grower Network logo on 26 November 2004.

The function involved catering for about 200 people between 5-7pm at our nursery and involved light food and drinks served in the relaxed environment of the Alpine Trade mart. Our guests comprised a wide cross section of our industry including garden designers, growers, journalists and representatives from the industry associations.

You worked with us to settle an appropriate food selection which was served by your staff at the function, together with a selection of wines and other drinks suitable for the occasion.

The food was of a very high standard and was exactly suited to the occasion and setting. It was served in a friendly and professional manner. The food set up and the cleaning after the event maintained the very professional standard. Several of our guests commented on the quality of the food and asked the name of our caterer; a great indication of the impression you made on the evening.

I found that you were very easy to deal with in relation to quoting and delivering what had been promised and providing prompt and accurate invoicing.

Your quality and service were exceptional from start to finish and I have no hesitation in recommending you. I would be pleased to speak to any of your prospective clients to give further information on our experience.”

Peter Knox,
Managing Director, Designer Grower Network

Catering by Design
Catering by Design
Catering by Design
Catering by Design
Catering by Design
Catering by Design
Catering by Design
Catering by Design


Loading Quotes...
See more our happy clients
Catering by Design Catering by Design