Catering by Design: Saving Time with a Cloud-Based Event Planning Suite
Catering by Design is the Denver-based, powerhouse catering company whose prolific rise to the top of the industry is no surprise to anyone who has attended one of their spectacular events.
Not long after their inception, the company produced the showcase event at the 2006 Catersource Conference & Tradeshow. Since that time, they have seen success measured in awards such as the International Catering Association Catie Award for Caterer of the Year, the International Special Event Society ESPRIT Award for Best Catered Event, and the Colorado Expression Magazine Icon Award for Best Overall Event.
That type of success leaves very little time for sleep: the team (11 sales staff , 250 on-site staff ), led by Chefs and Owners Cade & Ingrid Nagy, catered 313 events in 2013 alone.
“Social Tables helps us build and strengthen our relationships. The efficiency and collaboration blows our clients away, and saves my team an immeasurable amount of time.”
Brandi Lipe, Director of Sales, Catering by Design
In order to maintain their commitment to customer success while forging ahead in the competitive catering industry, the team turned to Social Tables to provide timesaving solutions and collaborative alternatives to their existing diagramming product.
With the quantity of events that the team caters, time in the office isn’t a luxury they are afforded — site visits, go-sees, and client management often see them away from their desks for hours at a time.”
“Because Social Tables is cloud-based, our team is able to use iPads to update diagrams as we walk and talk with our clients onsite,” Event Services manager, Stuart Holden notes. “It helps us build and strengthen our relationships. The efficiency and collaboration blows our clients away, and saves my team an immeasurable amount of time.”
“Social Tables brings the most value to my life in that it allows me go into the program from any location, and make an edit in seconds — instead of having to redraw the whole diagram at an immobile computer,” says Holden. “In this business, things change by the minute. Thanks to Social Tables, I can keep fresh, up-to-date information in front of my client so that we are always on the same page.”
When asked his thoughts on Social Tables as a whole, Holden replied, “We live for the next diagram we get to make.”