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Jul 14, 2008 12:43 PM

Caterer in St. Paul?

Could anyone recommend a caterer in St. Paul for a party up to 300 people? I also need to order a tent and other party supplies. If there are any that specialize in Southeast Asian cuisines, that would be icing on the cake.

Thank you!

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  1. this party will be outside?

    on the se asian front i'd maybe call quang (not because i *love* their food--i do, i do--but mostly because they have a large staff!). they may do a large party like that, or be able to give a suggestion for a caterer (vietnamese).

    please let us know: price range and degree of service: full service, buffet, family style, self pick up/set up, and type of event (wedding, box lunch, brunch, cocktail party etc.) in order for us to offer appropriate suggestions.

    you are a pretty new poster, Vshu-- allow me to welcome you to the msp board area! there are many very knowledgeable hounds here who are very generous with their recommendations & i'm sure that they would love to help you-- more experienced than me as they are. :)

    if you are in need of cakes/ bakery goods for your party you might check out bravo! bakery, which sounds like it may be a good fit:

    Quang Pastry & Deli
    2719 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Bravo Bakery
    1106 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

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    1. re: soupkitten

      Thanks Soupkitten!

      The event will be outside and will be a 3 hour cocktail reception. The organization I am working for is still working on exact budget, but I will estimate anywhere between $50 - $75/person all in (food, beverages, rental, service),

      Thanks for the welcome! I acutally live in NYC and while I have coordinated events in other cities throughout the US, this is my first in the Twin Cities -- and most events have been in hotels, so no need to search for caterers. This should be a fun event to coordinate, as I lived in Woodbury from 1879 - 1982.

      1. re: Vshu

        It's not south Asian, and arguably very Americanized, but Rainbow Chinese restaurant regularly caterers and I'd feel very comfortable that they could pull off such a large event. We looked into having an event in their upstairs party space and I believe they quoted us $35/person for quite a lot of food.

        1. re: Vshu

          hmm. okay if it is a cocktail party, my first thought is that quang doesn't have a lq license! LOL! not that you might not want to coordinate the food separately from the lq-- if so it's still a good rec-- but i'm going to suggest a call to chowgirls. check out their menus-- might be a good fit. in addition i think they've coordinated some outdoor parties, which many establishments in msp just don't want to mess with. a backup idea: deco catering are quite professional and they do nice off-site work, although i have no idea if they do any se asian menus (in fact they specialize in scandinavian menus).

      2. Another possibility: Hoa Bien Vietnamese Restaurant. I don't know if they cater, but they have a HUGE party room with a dance floor, so they're experienced with large groups. No liquor license in the restaurant proper, though.

        Hoa Bien's food is quite good, but isn't in my top five Vietnamese list (which would be Saigon, Ngon, Trieu Chau, Jasmine/Jasmine 26, and Pho Tau Bay - note that all but Ngon and Jasmine 26 are very "downscale").

        And I think there are some SE Asian caterers on University Avenue in St. Paul. Perhaps a call to the office of the Asian Pages newspaper (a free monthly paper) might uncover some info. See their web site for contact info:


        Hoa Bien Vietnamese Restaurant
        1129 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

        1. Hello Everyone --

          Thanks so much for the suggestions! I got wrapped up with other things and forgot to check back! I will look into this!

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