Thanks for all of your kind words and suggestions. We decided to go with the Nicollet Island Pavilion which uses Mintahoe catering exclusively. I've heard great things about Apples and the food actually sounds pretty good, but we both absolutely loved the reception site. I'll keep you all update with our menu choices when it gets closer to that time of year.
Congratulations Kate! You don't have to give up chowhounding--maybe you'll, convert him!
Mostly, I wanted to say congrats, but, in order to keep it chowish (even though I'm sure this is probably not what you're looking for) I'll add that if you want to do something very casual, say a picnic outdoors (in October?, probably not) Famous Dave's does a great job with catering.
Oh, if only it were 18 years ago and you could get the same caterer I had for my wedding: Jolanda, of Jolanda's Hungarian Deli on Grand Ave. in St. Paul. Anyone remember this wonderful place? She made all the food for our event, and we had six different Hungarian tortes instead of one boring wedding cake. Oh, such delight! Our guests are still talking about the food twenty years later. Actually, Jolanda's daughter was the dessert baker - she started at Cafe Latte and was instrumental in molding their cake selection. I wonder if she's still around and still doing catering - she's a treasure.
My sister got married at the Minneapolis Women's Club, which is near Loring Park, the Walker, and La Belle Vie. It's a beautiful, Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL location, especially when it's snowing (it was a December wedding). All I remember about the food is that my brother-in-law-in-law - the People's Bakery baker - made their truly amazing chocolate wedding cake.
I second the idea for B.T. McElrath truffles, given that the wonderful Jamie's Truffles are now a bit iffy (Jamie is in the process of closing down, alas!).
Me, if I were getting married again, I might do it on the Stone Arch Bridge and see if Alma's would do the food. I remember eating at Alma's one night last summer and strolling the bridge afterwards, only to be confronted by a huge canopy in the middle of the bridge, where they were cleaning up from a previous wedding event. The iffiness of Minnesota weather might cause a modicum of stress, but remember that the best stories result from weather disasters! If there's a storm, you'd all be under a tent, and the stories would be great.
Or how about a soul-food feed catered by the Abundant Bistro? The theme of heart-stoppping love - and food - would be very appropriate.
P.S. Congratulations! But don't think of it as "biting the dust" - think of it as starting a new phase of eating together!
How about some excellent, organic, reasonably priced truffles from Legacy Chocolates in St. Paul on Marshall (near Izzy's)? I think they would be perfect for a wedding reception. You can specify the level of dark chocolate (e. g. 85%) and they have lots of wonderful pure flavors.
Wow - congrats!
Graves - been to nice events there (helped with f&b at one) - 150 would be a great fit for their space! $$$$
Chambers - haven't personally been yet - DH's work xmas party is coming up there - I'll report back... (much smaller than 150) Probably $$$$ as well....
St Paul Hotel - I went to a wedding there a few years back and it was excellent.
Broders is always good for catering.
I'll be back after some brainstorming!!!
Don't forget you'll need something for the rehersal dinner....
DO you need my address? Oct 2007 is wide open!
The courtyard of the Mill City Museum is a beautiful spot and D'Amico is their in house caterer. If you want to go the hotel route I organized a charity event at the Graves Hotel last year and the food was fantastic. On more of the DIY end we went to a wedding recently that had food from Broders and it was wonderful.
If you're thinking of doing favors, we got truffles from B.T. McElrath for our wedding last month. Rick was wonderful to work with and so helpful. They custom designed the box of 2 truffles to match our decor.