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Air Force ROTC Dining Out

so1id Aug 26, 2012 04:37 PM

Hey everybody!

I am in charge of hosting a dining out for my Air Force ROTC detachment this year and I need help with choosing a restaurant around Minneapolis.

A Dining Out is a formal military dinner, usually accompanied by a speech from a guest speaker. It is designed to build esprit de corps and unit cohesion. It's normally held at officer's clubs on Air Force bases so ideally I am looking for a formal restaurant with a large enough private room to fit around 70 people for under ~$40 a person if possible.

Last year it was held in Vic's Restaurant so a place where we could have some cocktails before sitting down for dinner would be ideal.

Thank you in advance for any help!

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    justalex RE: so1id Aug 26, 2012 05:29 PM

    The first place that comes to mind for me is O'Gara's in St. Paul. Though I would not call it a formal place, they do have a large event room and they serve a wonderful prime rib.

    They are also very supportive of our military -

    If anything, they would probably be very willing to point you in the right direction if their facility does not meet your needs.

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      steve_in_stpaul RE: justalex Aug 27, 2012 05:43 AM

      Mancini's also was involved in Serve Our Troops and has banquet facilities.

      Disclaimer: Only been to Mancini's once in my life; nice piece of meat but I think Mancini's is best when you're enjoying meat and drink in a group and I was dining solo.


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      ChillyDog RE: so1id Aug 26, 2012 07:07 PM

      The Happy Gnome in Saint Paul has a party room that seats up to 80.



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        Brad Ballinger RE: so1id Aug 27, 2012 09:58 AM

        Heartland has a nice space. The $40/person might be a bit of a challenge, but is probably doable. Definitely worth a call. Very nice space.


        1. drew13000 RE: so1id Aug 27, 2012 10:48 AM

          I've been to formal events at Jax Cafe, in NE. Great food and even better bar! Can't speak to the price tag, but it's worth checking out.

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            so1id RE: so1id Aug 29, 2012 04:05 PM

            Thanks for all the suggestions so far guys! These have been really helpful.

            Regarding the budget: I do not need to create one as to be thrift.

            In addition, the place should have a bar with a cash option.

            If anyone else has any more suggestions then please let me know.

            Thank you very much!

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              semanticantics RE: so1id Aug 29, 2012 06:47 PM

              I'm pretty sure Jensen's Supper Club could take the party, and having attended a military wedding there, the bartender gave everyone in uniform a free drink. The food was pretty good. Great space, really old school. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but quite nice in.

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                MplsM ary RE: semanticantics Sep 4, 2012 05:26 PM

                Jensen's is nice and they make a good martini. The website says they can accommodate groups of up to 100. http://www.jensenssupperclub.com/grou...

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              KTFoley RE: so1id Sep 4, 2012 08:11 PM

              Stupid question perhaps, but have you checked out the Officers' Club at Fort Snelling?


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