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Aug 26, 2012 04:37 PM

Air Force ROTC Dining Out

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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  1. 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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    1. re: justalex

      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.

      1. 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. 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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