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Ranking Twin City Caterers for an October wedding?

Okay Chowhounds,

My financee and I have narrowed down our catering choices to four, and I am curious to hear if any of you have any experience (positive or negative) with them:

Lake Elmo Inn
Mintahoe Catering
Kraemer's Catering
Twin City Catering

We are trying desperately to have as "green" a wedding as possible. I've even considered using Goodwill plates and place settings, washing them, and re-donating them (but likely won't have to as china seems ot be included with most of these caterers).

I'm curious to hear what you all think. Thanks so much!!

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  1. Well, if there's any value in a 10 year-old opinion, aside from the fact that they're still doing excellent business 10 years later, Kraemer's catered both my wedding and rehearsal dinner. I have nothing but praise for what they did for us.

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    1. re: MSPD

      Thanks for the response.
      Though, I think you're right, 10 years does seem a little long.
      Any other more recent opinions?

    2. If I could be so bold, CrEATe catering by chef Phillip Dorwart catered our open house the night before my wedding (we had about 65 out-of-towners in our home we'd been in for only a month, crazy people that we were). They were phenomenal, bringing all their own serving plates, washing them and cleaning up after themselves so that I never even knew they'd been there. The food was UNBELIEVABLE! Braised oxtail sandwiches, citrus shrimp, gravlax, stuffed endive, stuff that had all our foodie friends raving for months. It's definitely a step up from the usual chicken-breast-and-wild-rice-with-green-beans or boring pasta that most caterers offer.

      1. I used Mintahoe for my wedding 3 years ago and they were great to work with. Lake Elmo Inn also has wonderful food and I was at a wedding in December at the Event Center they cater for and food was excellent (as was the remodeled Lake Elmo Event Center)

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        1. re: liesel

          Thanks! I've heard that Lake Elmo Inn has incredible food.

        2. Kraemer's Catering did my wedding and we got nothing but compliments. They do provide dishware, glasses etc. The waitstaff is superb and the staff is more then willing to discuss the most minute details. We just got married in September so we had a very recent experience. I'd be happy to discuss more with you :)

          Sars

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          1. re: Sar

            Awesome! Congratulations! We have a tasting with them on Wednesday of this week, so we'll see for ourselves. What was your favorite food that you had them cater?

            1. re: annierpcv

              They do really nice tastings. Full sit down meal with their linens dinnerware etc.

              Beef medallions with shrimp and chicken. SO good.

              1. re: Sar

                We had a tasting with them. It was pretty good... though, it was amazingly greasy. Too greasy, I think. Lemon Chicken too, I thought that would be on the light side... house salad was good, and the garlic vegetables were delicious.

          2. I love your goodwill dishes idea and will remember that should a need arise down the road (when there isn't a caterer with dishes to bring).

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            1. re: karykat

              also consider renting plates for a day from a party company. not that expensive, and the dishes will live on for many other events (& even match!)