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BRIE CATER

Columbia Heights , MN
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604 40th Ave
Columbia Heights, MN US 55421 (map)

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763-781-0702

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BRIE cater- Catering with Passion, Service with Heart!

The name Brie is very special to our family and business. It all started about 12 years ago. When the owner Brian... Read more
BRIE cater- Catering with Passion, Service with Heart!

The name Brie is very special to our family and business. It all started about 12 years ago. When the owner Brian Rubenzer had to meet Mollies family for the first time in Chicago, he knew how to win them over. Mollies mom Steph, Grandmother Mamie and a few aunts where visiting. Brian had a trick up his sleeve. He ran to the grocery store and bought the ingredients to prepare Brie Encroute with fresh Raspberry and Blueberry Coulis. Needless to say the ladies approved!

Mollie and Brian’s third child was born the day before the 4th of July of 2012 and the name Brie was the first choice. In the hospital we fell in love with our nurse who took special care of Mollie and the baby, her name was Elle. We put the two together and named our daughter Brielle.

When we look at our children, it inspires and drives us to become better parents, employers and caterers for our precious clients. When coming up with the new name, Brian was in the kitchen and he looked over to Brie and she was laughing with a glowing smile. It was pure happiness. We believe that our customer deserve pure happiness during tender moments in their life. We have the experience and the knowledge to make your event error free with all inclusive pricing and of course our multiple award winning cuisine. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Stations
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan
What is your maximum catering capacity?
400

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maggie
Wedding:
10/6/2013
5.0/5.0
We had excellent service, the food was terrific and the presentation was superb. They had the entire place set up and cleared up very quickly and carefully. Everyone commented on the great appetizers and great entrees. Working with their staff was truly a great experience from Brian to Justin to Ray and the entire staff that handled our wedding. They all were very professional always offering to help with things, ask questions and answer the ones we had We could not have asked for anything better because everything was perfect. We would highly recommend them for any event, they are the best. Maggie
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Rian
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Lettuce Cater catered our wedding on Sept. 7, 2013 at Minnetonka Orchards. We didn't want a formal, plated, sit down dinner, so Brian put together an amazing buffet of heavy appetizers for us. The food was absolutely delicious, and I got nothing but compliments on it all night long. I've continued to hear from people, almost 2 weeks later, who say things like "best food at a wedding, ever!" I think people are generally sick of the typical wedding fare of beef or chicken with some sad little veggies and mashed potatoes on the side. This buffet was spectacular, and had something for everyone! People had their plates piled high - at one point I was worried we would run out of food, but Brian assured me he had brought enough, and I think people definitely got their fill!

A couple of guest favorites were the Voodoo Shrimp (curry dusted and wrapped in bacon - my friends and coworkers will not stop talking about them!), and the beef tenderloin skewers with mushrooms and gorgonzola sauce.

It was a really hot day out at the orchard and Brian and his staff did everything they could to make our guests feel comfortable and enjoy themselves.

In addition, my sister is a pastry chef and made six (!) cakes for the reception. Brian graciously offered to store and transport the cakes for us at no extra charge. This was huge because my sister was also my only bridesmaid, and had a lot of other stuff going on that day. I have no idea how we would have gotten the cakes out there if he hadn't been wiling to do this. His staff was amazing at cutting all 6 cakes quickly and efficiently, even as the vultures were diving in to try all 6 flavors!

I'm an event planner for my job, so I know how important it is to have food your guests will love, as well as impeccable service. Lettuce Cater provided both of these things well above and beyond what I expected. Thank you so much for making our wedding so memorable for us and our guests!
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Jamie
Wedding:
2/23/2013
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough positive things about Lettuce Cater, right from the start they were fantastic. They were the only caterer that offered a tasting at the first meeting with them, and Brian talked directly with us to make sure we received everything we wanted. They were above and beyond any other company we talked to, including items for no extra cost (plates, silverware, coffee and water tables, cake cutting) and most other companies charge you extra for those. The food options are incredibly broad so we had a lot to choose from. They were the only caterer to actually respect and stay within our budget we set. From the beginning Lettuce Cater made the planning a positive and fun experience rather than a stressful one.

We chose a buffet style dinner, and it was gorgeous. The salad was out on a huge wooden block like a cutting board, it looked so elegant and new. I received many comments that night on how delicious the food was and heard later we had one guest go up 4 times for more :). We had the chicken wrapped wild rice and roasted vegetables, bread, a spinach strawberry salad, lettuce wraps passed during cocktail hour, a water station, coffee, and they cut and put out our cake for us as well. We had 5 staff there (for 100 people) who were fantastic, they bussed all the tables and refilled everything but did so silently so we hardly noticed them moving around.

Lettuce arrived 3 hrs before the wedding to set up; they set the tables and folded all the napkins for us with the linens we provided. Lettuce Cater did better than I could have even imagined and from the start we knew exactly what the plan was. It was everything a bride could want - they took control and said here's what we'll do for you, didn't need any direction from me, which left me open to have fun and relax. If I could I would rate their value higher than 5 because they gave us more than anyone else could have AND stayed within our budget. Thank you so much Lettuce Cater!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough good things about Lettuce Cater! By far the best wedding food I have ever had and they were an absolute joy to work with! It is very obvious the owner, Brian and his staff love what they do and will work with you to create a menu that is perfect for your event! Brian and his team worked with my fiance and I during a very difficult time in our lives. We were originially scheduled to get married in September of 2013 but our wedding got drastically pushed up to Feb. 2013 after my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Brian and his team worked with our limited budget and created a menu that was amazing! To this day I still get guests that comment on how fantastic the food was on our wedding day! They went above and beyond to make our wedding meal special and we will forever be grateful to them! Brian and his team are by far the best in the business! I will refer Lettuce Cater to anyone and everyone!
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Bruce
Wedding:
9/7/2012
5.0/5.0
We are The Wedding Guys - Matthew Trettel and Bruce Vassar! We had the distinct honor of working with Lettuce Cater in creating a wedding dinner for "Foodies"! Do you know how hard it is to create a menu for a bride who works with one of America's Top Chef on The Food Network? Well Brian and the staff at Lettuce Cater amazed everyone. The taste was out of this world and the stylish ways in which it was all displayed was masterful! Our first time we worked with Brian he did an 8 course dinner with wine pairings for each course for 150 people including 3,000 pieces of china, crystal and flatware! Bring your creative ideas to Brian and his staff at Lettuce Cater and watch them come to life! Your taste buds will do a Happy Dance!
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Katie
Wedding:
8/26/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had very specific desires for our wedding, we also wanted to stick to our budget. We were so pleased with the professionalism and willingness of Lettuce Cater to meet our needs anyway they could. We were so pleased with our experience and the food was incredible!
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Sarah
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Our guests raved about our food.
We met Jules as our tasting, and things went so smoothly and so delicious. She worked with us within our budget because it was just as important to her as it was to us to be working together.
It was really important to my husband that guests enjoyed EVERYTHING about our wedding. Not "oh it was beautiful but the food was cold" - we wanted to hear no "buts"!
Our venue was at The Great Hall so we had 6 different places to choose from, and we did our share of tastings. Lettuce exceeded all expectations. From walking in to the door at our tasting - it was lovely! And they gave us PLENTY of food to taste. They didnt skimp on anything, we had two bags of things to take home!
As the wedding got closer, it was great to work with Kris. Her emails were precise and quick, she was always there to get a hold of for any questions and help. Thats important!
The chicken wild rice and pork pancetta still have us talking. Husband and i even joke about going back for a tasting just as a date so we can eat their food again!!!
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Nicki
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Lettuce Cater is an excellent catering company, the staff is very helpful and easy to get along with and the food is great!!!! It was delivered on time and very professional!! I would recommend them to anyone!!!
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Christina
Wedding:
12/3/2011
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough positive things about Lettuce Cater!! Jules was so easy to work with, the servers were friendly, service was great. The tasting was wonderful & the meals the day-of our wedding tasted just as great! They truly worked with us to fit our needs within our budget. The food was fabulous & highly talked about by our guests! 100%… Christina and Greg
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kpeterson
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
First off...YUM!!!!!! The food was delicious! I was looking around our reception at the end of dinner and lets just say, most of our guests were members of the "clean plate club!"

Our guests raved. It tastes and looks like restaurant quality food. You would never know that the Lettuce Cater staff was preparing a meal for 250 people simultaneously. The food speaks for itself and all the ingredients were fresh and delicious.

Jules made the whole planning process seamless. Even our tasting was beautiful! She went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with our choices. She even let us take a little "doggy bag" home to my dad who was unable to make the tasting with us. He really appreciated tasting the food and like my husband and I, had a very hard time narrowing down our choices!

They were even accommodating to a few of our guest with special dietary needs. They were able to make meals gluten free with no problem or hesitation.

The wait staff was also wonderful. At the beginning of the night, the lead server personally came over and introduced herself. We had a plated dinner and it went seamlessly. They even plated and put out our late night snack. We ordered gourmet pizzas--not from lettuce, simply because of our venue limitations--but they still served it with a smile and made sure everyone was taken care of!

I don't know how, but I will find a way to work with Lettuce again, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for the perfect caterer. Because Lettuce is it!
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Samantha
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Prices are very reasonable and the food was amazing!
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Lettuce Cater did a wonderful job and everybody commented on how good the food was. Matt and I unfortuantely were so busy talking, we didn’t get to eat much, but for what we hear, the food was great. We did get some of the sandwich leftovers, there were a lot of those! The staff was super friendly and easy to work with. We really appreciate thier willingness to work with us and make it work within our budget.
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Kathleen
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
I loved Lettuce Cater! Jules is amazing. Everytime I emailed her she got back to me within a hour no matter what time it was. I am getting tons of compliments on how good the food was. It is so not true about the bride not eating dinner because I ate my entire meal!
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Christine
Wedding:
8/13/2011
5.0/5.0
We received more compliments that the food at our wedding was the best food anyone has ever had at a wedding reception. Brian and I picked a more non-traditional fare of a family-style dinner consisting of pulled pork, roasted chicken, cashew coleslaw, cheesy cornbread, and a roasted veggie platter. And, there was no shortage of accolades given for the most terrific appetizers of balsamic, mozzarella, tomato bruschetta and deep fried mash potato bites.

Lettuce Cater & Chef Christian provided an unmatched and beautifully-presented meal. And, the fact that our friends and family are a bunch of foodies, and the meal wowed us and everyone else is probably the best compliment a caterer could receive! I also appreciated Dawn, the head server, taking such good care of Brian and I during the wedding. She made sure we had appetizers at our table and all of our needs were met. The extra special attention was a nice treat. Without question, Lettuce Cater truly enhanced our wedding experience and that of our guests. There is no doubt that in looking back at our wedding today and when we do in the future, that this is most definitely a highlight of the day.
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Casey
Wedding:
8/13/2011
5.0/5.0
Lettuce Cater was an outstanding choice for a caterer for our wedding day. Even today, several months after the wedding, we are receiving compliments on how great the food was and how friendly and responsive the staff was. Out of all the vendors I used, Lettuce Cater was definitely best in class in terms of cost, flexibility and service. I would recommend them to anyone!
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Megan
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Jules at Lettuce Cater was so helpful through out the planning process. We tried a few different appetizer items and a couple different food options and each item was delicious. We had so many compliments on the filet mignon and how tender it was. The staff was so good to us and got us anything we needed. The chef personally brought out mine and my husbands food and I loved it! I would highly recommend Lettuce Cater, I did not run into any issues working with them and Jules was awesome!!
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awilcox
Wedding:
6/3/2011
5.0/5.0
My groom and I chose Lettuce Catering because we were blown away at our tasting--the food was high-end restaurant quality! I was a little nervous because I heard a lot of brides say that many times the quality of food at the tasting is better than the reception but that was definitely not the case with Lettuce. Our reception food was as good if not better than the tasting. We had a buffet with a chicken dish and beef carved by a chef. I loved the carving station because it added a little touch of class and also made the meat so fresh. We had several guests tell us our food was the best wedding food they had ever had!

We wanted ice cream served for dessert rather than cake and Lettuce was able to serve that at no additional cost. They are so accommodating!

Our head server, Dawn, greeted my groom and I before the dinner and let us know we could come to her for anything throughout the night, which I really appreciated. All of the servers were friendly, helpful and efficient.

Jules is phenomenal. Anytime I had questions leading up to the day, she responded promptly, which is so important for a stressed out bride trying to keep track of dozens of vendors and hundreds of details. I am just amazed at how organized she is despite all of the events they have going on!

We couldn't have been more happy with everything!!
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hehopium
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
We loved working with Lettuce Cater. They provided outstanding service and professionalism, and I was very lucky that we found them as a cater for our wedding! We received numerous compliments on the food at our wedding. You can't beat them for the quality and price compared to other caters!

The entire Lettuce Cater crew were so helpful and prompt with any questions and made our wedding planning so easy! Thank you for making our wedding so memborable and working to ensure everything ran smoothly! We can't say enough how happy we were with Lettuce Cater and would definitely use them again in the future (and have recommended them to our friends)!
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knuts9
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
Fabulous food. Great price. Amazing service. I received compliments all night about the amazing food.
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Priya
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.9/5.0
I was planning our wedding from 1,500 miles away so my husband and father-in-law went to all of the caterer tastings for us. From the start they were very impressed with the food at Lettuce Cater and thought it was delicious. Brian worked with us to make our food fit our budget better and allowed us to have all of the choices that we wanted. He was very helpful when it came to answering details about our wedding. On the night of our wedding we had ‘butler passed h’orderves’ and the artichoke parm puffs in particular received great reviews. For dessert I wanted to do plain cheesecake with a toppings bar and Lettuce was great at working with me to accommodate this. The food ended up being great and we received multiple compliments on it from our guests!
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Kari
Wedding:
9/8/2012
4.9/5.0
They Nailed it, Stuck it or whatever you want to call it. Wonderful job on our wedding! Thanks again to their wonderful team and outstanding food.
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Kelly
Wedding:
9/8/2012
4.9/5.0
In September we had a backyard wedding with tents, linens, dance floor and all. It was a magical day and we are so very grateful for Lettuce Cater and the fact they played a major part in pulling off an amazing evening. We have received many compliments on the food from our guests. The catering staff were wonderful and professional. Brian the chef was amazing and very flexible.

Lettuce Cater was very easy to work with and the prices were very reasonable--especially considering the high quality of food. In fact, we were worried that the taste testing meal was too good to be true. Jules and Brian presented many tasty options that made it hard to decide on which we liked the best. I was sad to hear the Jules left the company a few months before our wedding. Especially after building a relationship over many phone and email conversations. However, when Kris took Jules place I was blown away by how sweet she was. She was responsive and helpful with all the many questions that came along the way.

I only have positive things to say about our experience with Lettuce Cater. I feel that we don't have to promote Lettuce Cater to family and friends because the food and service spoke for itself on our wedding day. For all the local brides-to-be out there: I strongly recommend Lettuce Cater!
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sarah
Wedding:
8/11/2012
4.8/5.0
the only downfall was their schedule for tastings. otherwise, we LOVE lettuce! and EVERYONE raved about our food. we had a lady come up who ordered the vegetarian even, she mentioned its usually the same everywhere and "meh" so she never finishes it. but she ate her entire plate and so did the entire table. my husband and i often wish they did evening tastings just so we could make a date out of it and go back! the pork pancetta and stuffed chicken - TO DIE FOR!
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caroline
Wedding:
5/26/2012
4.7/5.0
Lettuce Cater treated us like royalty from day one. We found them at a wedding fair where they were cooking on the spot rather than serving premade items. Free taste testing with full size meals and lots of appetizers. They accommodated all of our requests and modifications, including making some meals gluten free. They did switch staff in the middle of us contacting them, but they handled everything very well. Everyone told us they loved all the food. I just wish we could have packed up the extra meals to take home with us!
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Amber
Wedding:
7/12/2013
3.7/5.0
The experience my husband and I had with Lettuce Cater for our wedding was a bit of a mixed bag. Our initial meeting/tasting was with their event coordinator, Kris, who was absolutely phenomenal to work with. When I told her we wanted to do a cheese fondue for our cocktail hour but needed to be able to do a tasting of it before the wedding, she was ecstatic and told me everything I needed to get to her in order to make it happen at our tasting. She made everything so easy for us to understand and was great at coordinating all of the little details that come up when you do catering for a wedding. At the end of May, I tried to contact Kris again to get started on last details for the wedding. A week later, I got a response from the owner instead. For the next month, I went back and forth with him via email, asking the same questions multiple times to get an answer. I also had to go through and get everything I'd gotten changed about our order with Kris changed again, as none of those changes had been saved. I was really worried leading up to the day that things would go smoothly because of how disorganized the owner seemed to be.

The day of went fairly smoothly. All of the food (including the fondue!) was amazing. The timing for the fondue was great, but the timing for dinner hadn't been properly communicated to the staff that night. The head waitress was rather rude, especially to my maid of honor who took over getting things organized for us. Everything worked out in the end, but it was a bit of a push to get it there.

Overall, I still recommend Lettuce. Their food is amazing, their pricing is very reasonable, they do great work on custom requests, and are nice people. If you do go with them, STAY ON TOP OF THE DETAILS. Tell multiple people all of the details multiple times. Bring a printed seating chart and time schedule the day of. They're really very nice people who make very good food; they're just a little disorganized.
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