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MSP Catering Recommendations?

redcrab Mar 1, 2007 10:29 AM

Sorry if this is a little off-topic. Looking for recommendations for catering a rather informal open house/wedding reception in the summer for approximately 100 people on a restricted budget.

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  1. The Dairy Queen RE: redcrab Mar 1, 2007 10:58 AM

    It might not seem that chowish, and it definitely depends on how "informal" you mean, but Famous Dave's does a terrific catering job if you're on a budget. The "catering" fee (really, just their fee for delivering the food and setting everything up for you) is $25.00 and they will do all the set-up for you and provide paper plates, napkins, etc. They only ask that you bring back their serving trays, washed, a day or two after the event. You have to do your own clean-up, though.

    EDIT: I have a catering menu, about a year or two old now, but they have something called the BBQ blowout that feeds 24 people for $165. You can just multiply that by the number of people and/or supplement it with some of their other combos and a la carte items.

    The BBQ blowout is: 60 chicken wings, 4 slabs St. Louis spareribs, 5 pounds of Georgia chopped pork, two dozen buns. Choice of 4 quarts: Wilbur beans, creamy coleslaw, potato salad, or drunkin' apples.


    1. katebauer RE: redcrab Mar 1, 2007 10:58 AM

      I went to a wedding that had food from Broders and it was wonderful. I recently picked up some stuff from there for work and it was delicious, although on the expensive side for a business meeting lunch.

      D'Amico's also does catering, although it might be on the expensive end of things also.

      1. AnneInMpls RE: redcrab Mar 1, 2007 11:21 AM

        How about Abundant Catering? I haven't tried their catered food, but I loved the food at their short-lived restaurant, the Abundant Bistro. The restaurant served soul food, but I think the caterer(s) will make just about anything.



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        1. re: AnneInMpls
          The Dairy Queen RE: AnneInMpls Mar 1, 2007 02:14 PM

          Great suggestion! I would love to hear from anyone who has specific experience with their catering operation.


        2. cherrylime RE: redcrab Mar 1, 2007 02:34 PM

          never enough thyme on 42nd and Nicollet they do a great job.I'vebeen to a couple parties they did
          and it was really good both times.

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            littlefoodie RE: redcrab Mar 1, 2007 02:41 PM

            I agree, that broders does a lovely job. The owner of this newish little breakfast restuarant in south Minneapolis called the Collossal Cafe on 42nd St. also caters quite a lot. Judging from the food I have had at her restaurant her catered food I am sure would really be good. She's worth a call.

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              jaycooke RE: redcrab Mar 2, 2007 07:48 AM

              I second the recommendation for Never Enough Thyme. I've also seen the Chowgirls website and it looks like they have a great menu. http://www.chowgirls.net/

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              1. re: jaycooke
                mcgeary RE: jaycooke Mar 2, 2007 08:13 AM

                Chowgirls, absolutely! I was at a birthday party they catered a couple of weeks ago and the food was WONDERFUL. Great staff, too. My friends who hired them couldn't have been happier with the food and service.

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                redcrab RE: redcrab Mar 2, 2007 08:27 AM

                Thank you for the great suggestions! It's a good start, keep 'em coming. I'm leaning towards a mix of international flavors if our budget will allow.

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                1. re: redcrab
                  The Dairy Queen RE: redcrab Mar 2, 2007 08:52 AM

                  Oh, when you say "international flavors" that reminds me, Midtown Global Market will apparently do some catering. http://www.waysdelivers.com/ I don't know of anyone who has tried it, but it might be worth exploring. Also, I was at Everest on Grand recently and they say they do catering, too. Their momos (esp. the vegetarian ones) are awesome. http://www.hotmomo.com/Contacts.html


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