Chef TJ’s Simple Spanish Gazpacho

When I think of Summer eats, soup does not enter my mind. I say this because soup, to me, evokes comfort food, cold nights and warm bellies. Obviously Summer is warm enough, who needs soup? Well after today at Donovan’s Dish I have a new found love for cold soups. The thought of them has always been a turn off to me; I mean the point of soup is to be warm right? Well today I got proved wrong. We had a very stylish lunch go out today and on the menu, Spanish Gazpacho. Gazpacho is served cold and at room 1 (1) Continue reading Chef TJ’s Simple Spanish Gazpacho

Summertime and the Living is Easy

Big hats, sun dresses and Seersucker are in full effect to cool off on these hot and humid N.C. days. There’s no better place to show off your summer best than at a gathering of any kind where you and your illustrious friends can enjoy  Donovan’s Dish’s signature drinks in hand. You can choose from sangria, mojitos, blackberry mojitos, gin and cucumber, or a  glass of champagne.

Blackberry Mojito




With The Belmont Stakes and the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in not too distant memory and the 4th of July on the horizon, there’s no better time to get your “country club” on!


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Welcome to Merrimon-Wynne


What a big night for Raleigh! Donovan’s Dish was chosen to cater the exclusive Merrimon-Wynne grand opening, hosted by Jodi Strenkowski, owner of the The Merrimon-Wynne house. The ribbon-cutting ceremony kicked off the night with Lt. Governor Dan Forrest. Located at 500 N. Blount Street and originally built in 1876, this historic masterpiece is now part of the Blount Street Commons in downtown, serving as a miraculous wedding and event venue. Jodi purchased the home in 2013 and restored it with her own personal touch. Hundreds of experts involved in the wedding industry, along with brides and any others who expressed interest in the venue, were invited to attend this thrilling event. How exciting!


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A Winter Picnic


Wow, what a Winter Wonderland this was! Held at the American Tobacco Campus Full Frame Theater/Boiler Room in Durham, this Triangle NACE meeting was one for the books. The National Association for Catering and Events is made up of some of the Triangle’s most predominant event professionals in the industry. Their monthly meetings are not only educational, but they are networking productions. A very talented Joe Payne photographed the evening, capturing all of the excitement! Donovan’s Dish had the pleasure of taking part in this event, seamlessly catering to a winter picnic theme – just wait until you see all of the seasonal delights.


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Whimsical Alice In Wonderland Wedding Inspiration

“When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!”
― Lewis Carroll

When bride Courtney expressed her desire to have a vintage Alice in Wonderland themed wedding reception her planner, Paula Bass, knew that Kyle Overby was the designer to fulfill her dream! Kyle is the head of Donovan’s Dish Floral and Design Team. He created the most enchanting, floral fantasy in the ballroom of downtown Raleigh’s Sheraton Hotel for Courtney and Nick.

Upon falling down the rabbit hole, into Kyle’s world, we first saw the most adorable table top arrangements complete with towering teacups, playing cards, vintage keys, pocket watches, and bird cages.

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