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Chowgirls

Minneapolis , MN
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1222 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 US (map)

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612-203-0786

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ABOUT US

Chowgirls serves up sassy catered fare for weddings and groom's dinners. We use local, organic, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible to create naturally good appetizers, meals, and... Read more
Chowgirls serves up sassy catered fare for weddings and groom's dinners. We use local, organic, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible to create naturally good appetizers, meals, and desserts. From American comfort food to vegetarian and spicy ethnic selections, Chowgirls' diverse menu offers a fresh approach to catering in the Twin Cities.

2012 Best Caterer (under 200)
Minnesota Bride

2011 Best Caterer (under 200)
Minnesota Bride

2010 Best Caterer (under 200)
Minnesota Bride

2010 Bride's Choice Awards for Caterers
WeddingWire

2009 Best Caterer (under 100)
Minnesota Bride

2009 Favorite Green Caterer
Minnesota Women's Press

2008 Best Green Caterer
Minnesota Bride

2008 Best Up-and-Coming Caterer
Minnesota Meetings + Events

2007 Best Caterer
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American, Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
Which of the following items can you provide?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

REVIEWS

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Alyssa
Wedding:
8/2/2014
4.7/5.0
Before we even chose our venue, I knew that I wanted Chowgirls to cater our wedding no matter what. They didn't disappoint. My husband and I did a full vegan wedding, and they did their best to help us plan a meal that the meat eaters wouldn't be scared to eat and enjoy. They set up and decorated the venue for us, and made sure it was clean when they left. Meghan was awesome to work with.
Before we even chose our venue, I knew that I wanted Chowgirls to cater our wedding no matter what. They didn't Read more...
Before we even chose our venue, I knew that I wanted Chowgirls to cater our wedding no matter what. They didn't disappoint. My husband and I did a full vegan wedding, and they did their best to help us plan a meal that the meat eaters wouldn't be scared to eat and enjoy. They set up and decorated the venue for us, and made sure it was clean when they left. Meghan was awesome to work with. Read less
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Shahzore
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Chowgirls was our main contact throughout the entire planning process and so helpful all along the way.
They helped us determine the best way to execute an integrated dinner/ceremony and talked us through every aspect of the wedding.
The option to have our contact at Chowgirls also serve as event consultant and handle table/chair rental was extremely helpful and well worth the additional fee. They found reasonably priced equipment, made sure delivery/pickup and on-site setup/tear down were executed very professionally.
The courtesy of additional staff during the actual event was also very much appreciated. Our guests felt well taken care of all evening.
Most of all, the FOOD was delicious and beautifully crafted/presented!
Chowgirls was our main contact throughout the entire planning process and so helpful all along the way.
They helped Read more...
Chowgirls was our main contact throughout the entire planning process and so helpful all along the way.
They helped us determine the best way to execute an integrated dinner/ceremony and talked us through every aspect of the wedding.
The option to have our contact at Chowgirls also serve as event consultant and handle table/chair rental was extremely helpful and well worth the additional fee. They found reasonably priced equipment, made sure delivery/pickup and on-site setup/tear down were executed very professionally.
The courtesy of additional staff during the actual event was also very much appreciated. Our guests felt well taken care of all evening.
Most of all, the FOOD was delicious and beautifully crafted/presented! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
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Amy
Wedding:
6/1/2014
4.8/5.0
Our food was so good! It was really important to us to support a local business who also uses local suppliers. We wanted our food to reflect the importance we put on feeding yourself well and it was perfect. We did sandwiches and appetizers. Everyone was really impressed and said it made it feel like not just any old wedding. Everyone at Chowgirls was fantastic with communication, customizing everything down to the platter tray sizes, and making it easy for our guests with allergies to partake. Only docked one star in flexibility because it was going to be extremely expensive to deliver to our venue 40 min away, much more than other caterers in the cities, but we found friends to deliver and they were really nice about helping them pick everything up and timed it perfectly, so it was worth it to us. Can't say enough good things, thank you!
Our food was so good! It was really important to us to support a local business who also uses local suppliers. We wanted Read more...
Our food was so good! It was really important to us to support a local business who also uses local suppliers. We wanted our food to reflect the importance we put on feeding yourself well and it was perfect. We did sandwiches and appetizers. Everyone was really impressed and said it made it feel like not just any old wedding. Everyone at Chowgirls was fantastic with communication, customizing everything down to the platter tray sizes, and making it easy for our guests with allergies to partake. Only docked one star in flexibility because it was going to be extremely expensive to deliver to our venue 40 min away, much more than other caterers in the cities, but we found friends to deliver and they were really nice about helping them pick everything up and timed it perfectly, so it was worth it to us. Can't say enough good things, thank you! Read less
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Sam
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I have been married for nearly 3 months and I am still receiving comments about the food at our wedding! Chowgirls absolutely exceeded our expectations! We consider ourselves major foodies and for this reason we usually really dislike wedding food. It's always boring, bland and cooked incorrectly. When we started looking at caterers we ruled out quite a few based on one sampling of their food, it just wasn't what we were looking for. We met Meghan from Chowgirls at a FIVE open house where she was giving out samples of their butternut squash soup shooters and OH MY GOSH! We knew based on that one sample we had to meet with them. Meghan and the rest of the staff were so much fun to work with! They helped us come up with a special menu based on some of our favorite meals and sat with us while we tasted our way through multiple dishes and appetizers. The day of the event they not only provided amazing food but went above and beyond to help with so many other things! If you're looking for a caterer that will provide something different, delicious and so memorable try Chowgirls. They really were one of the best parts of our day!
My husband and I have been married for nearly 3 months and I am still receiving comments about the food at our wedding! Read more...
My husband and I have been married for nearly 3 months and I am still receiving comments about the food at our wedding! Chowgirls absolutely exceeded our expectations! We consider ourselves major foodies and for this reason we usually really dislike wedding food. It's always boring, bland and cooked incorrectly. When we started looking at caterers we ruled out quite a few based on one sampling of their food, it just wasn't what we were looking for. We met Meghan from Chowgirls at a FIVE open house where she was giving out samples of their butternut squash soup shooters and OH MY GOSH! We knew based on that one sample we had to meet with them. Meghan and the rest of the staff were so much fun to work with! They helped us come up with a special menu based on some of our favorite meals and sat with us while we tasted our way through multiple dishes and appetizers. The day of the event they not only provided amazing food but went above and beyond to help with so many other things! If you're looking for a caterer that will provide something different, delicious and so memorable try Chowgirls. They really were one of the best parts of our day! Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
I would highly, highly recommend Chowgirls for your wedding. From start to finish, our experience with Chowgirls was easy, fun, and flawless. I knew that they would be the one when my mom, sister and I first went to the tasting. Meghan had it set up perfectly and everything we tried was SO delicious and fresh. From the blue cheese+honey appetizers to the brown sugar brined chicken, everything was just delicious. We had 200 guests and I can't tell you how many compliments we recieved from everyone. The biggest thing for us was that it was all local, organic, fresh food. My husband was shocked that his steak was one of the best he's ever had because typically when mass amounts are made, you lose that flavor, that "yum" factor in food. But Chowgirls is different, every single dish is prepared with care and tastes good down to the last bite. Thank you guys for filling our guests with such delicious food, we are blessed to have you be a part of our big day!
I would highly, highly recommend Chowgirls for your wedding. From start to finish, our experience with Chowgirls was easy, Read more...
I would highly, highly recommend Chowgirls for your wedding. From start to finish, our experience with Chowgirls was easy, fun, and flawless. I knew that they would be the one when my mom, sister and I first went to the tasting. Meghan had it set up perfectly and everything we tried was SO delicious and fresh. From the blue cheese+honey appetizers to the brown sugar brined chicken, everything was just delicious. We had 200 guests and I can't tell you how many compliments we recieved from everyone. The biggest thing for us was that it was all local, organic, fresh food. My husband was shocked that his steak was one of the best he's ever had because typically when mass amounts are made, you lose that flavor, that "yum" factor in food. But Chowgirls is different, every single dish is prepared with care and tastes good down to the last bite. Thank you guys for filling our guests with such delicious food, we are blessed to have you be a part of our big day! Read less
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S.D.
Wedding:
8/3/2013
4.5/5.0
We really liked working with Chowgirls! The people were wonderful and we decided to go with this company after talking with them, doing our research, reading reviews, and doing umpteen tastings with other caterers. We were aware that Chowgirls is not the cheapest caterers in the area, but we felt the most comfortable having them in charge of our reception.

Up to three days before our event, they were able to add extra kid's meals that we had not planned on needing and they were so reassuring that it would not be an issue. They were so flexible!

We LOVED our food at the tasting and were really excited to have everyone try it. Unfortunately, the food did not turn out exactly as planned on the night of our event. I will be totally honest in saying that a large part of it was our fault because we gave them a timeline of when to serve and because of the speeches, etc. it got waaaay pushed back! Our event coordinator came out to let us know that they were ready to serve any time, and it took at least another 15 minutes to get ready for them to begin bringing out salads. My recommendation is to let them know that even though they want to be respectful of your timeline and not stress you out, you probably would rather not have overcooked, cold food so tell them to give you a heads up that they NEED to begin serving in X minutes.

Also, it took a bit of time to get food to all the tables. Perhaps, we needed more servers or something to expedite the process, but we were happy we had bread for the tables while they waited.

Even though the food was not perfect, I would still hire Chowgirls in a heartbeat for another event. I learned my lesson in keeping to the timeline.

Tip: Try the bone-in chicken and the miso salmon... awesome!!!
We really liked working with Chowgirls! The people were wonderful and we decided to go with this company after talking Read more...
We really liked working with Chowgirls! The people were wonderful and we decided to go with this company after talking with them, doing our research, reading reviews, and doing umpteen tastings with other caterers. We were aware that Chowgirls is not the cheapest caterers in the area, but we felt the most comfortable having them in charge of our reception.

Up to three days before our event, they were able to add extra kid's meals that we had not planned on needing and they were so reassuring that it would not be an issue. They were so flexible!

We LOVED our food at the tasting and were really excited to have everyone try it. Unfortunately, the food did not turn out exactly as planned on the night of our event. I will be totally honest in saying that a large part of it was our fault because we gave them a timeline of when to serve and because of the speeches, etc. it got waaaay pushed back! Our event coordinator came out to let us know that they were ready to serve any time, and it took at least another 15 minutes to get ready for them to begin bringing out salads. My recommendation is to let them know that even though they want to be respectful of your timeline and not stress you out, you probably would rather not have overcooked, cold food so tell them to give you a heads up that they NEED to begin serving in X minutes.

Also, it took a bit of time to get food to all the tables. Perhaps, we needed more servers or something to expedite the process, but we were happy we had bread for the tables while they waited.

Even though the food was not perfect, I would still hire Chowgirls in a heartbeat for another event. I learned my lesson in keeping to the timeline.

Tip: Try the bone-in chicken and the miso salmon... awesome!!! Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
8/11/2012
4.8/5.0
Having been thoroughly wowed by a previous wedding, we had made a note that we wanted Chowgirls for our wedding someday.

Turns out, that's exactly what we got. It was difficult finding the perfect place they were allowed to serve at, as many places have "approved" caterers, which meant you're required to use the vendors of their choosing. However, this just helped us narrow down our choices by looking at locations for our wedding that had "open catering."

I started emailing them about 2 weeks after my engagement and they were always willing to chat and change ideas. We wanted a Crepe Bar, and Chowgirls had never done something quite like that. But after discussions, tastings, more discussions, and independent epiphanies on both sides, we came up with the perfect arrangement. They were completely willing and excited to try something new and different for our wedding, which was refreshing to say the least.

Throughout the process, Leah was always willing to help plan, change plans, remind us, warn us, etc. about the decisions we were making. As this was the first party either of us had held for 125ish people, it was quite welcome.

It is a local and organic caterer, so you have to be mindful of that (guest-wise and price-wise)- but as it was such good food and a good ethos, we had no problem paying for something that we wanted as opposed to the typical fare of meat, potatoes, and green beans.

The food was a big hit and I still have been getting complements on the rumaki and the crepes. Fantastic.
Having been thoroughly wowed by a previous wedding, we had made a note that we wanted Chowgirls for our wedding Read more...
Having been thoroughly wowed by a previous wedding, we had made a note that we wanted Chowgirls for our wedding someday.

Turns out, that's exactly what we got. It was difficult finding the perfect place they were allowed to serve at, as many places have "approved" caterers, which meant you're required to use the vendors of their choosing. However, this just helped us narrow down our choices by looking at locations for our wedding that had "open catering."

I started emailing them about 2 weeks after my engagement and they were always willing to chat and change ideas. We wanted a Crepe Bar, and Chowgirls had never done something quite like that. But after discussions, tastings, more discussions, and independent epiphanies on both sides, we came up with the perfect arrangement. They were completely willing and excited to try something new and different for our wedding, which was refreshing to say the least.

Throughout the process, Leah was always willing to help plan, change plans, remind us, warn us, etc. about the decisions we were making. As this was the first party either of us had held for 125ish people, it was quite welcome.

It is a local and organic caterer, so you have to be mindful of that (guest-wise and price-wise)- but as it was such good food and a good ethos, we had no problem paying for something that we wanted as opposed to the typical fare of meat, potatoes, and green beans.

The food was a big hit and I still have been getting complements on the rumaki and the crepes. Fantastic. Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
7/28/2012
4.9/5.0
Chowgirls was great to work with for our wedding! The food was so delicious (had our guests ranting and raving for days!) and the staff was wonderful. We had a tight budget to work with, and they helped us think creatively about the menu and ways to make sure everyone ate their fill, but we didn't break the bank. We decided to bring appetizers in from our favorite Mexican restaurant, and then had a Chowgirls buffet. The Chowgirls staff worked with us to make sure every detail was taken care of, and we were so happy with the result!
Chowgirls was great to work with for our wedding! The food was so delicious (had our guests ranting and raving for days!) Read more...
Chowgirls was great to work with for our wedding! The food was so delicious (had our guests ranting and raving for days!) and the staff was wonderful. We had a tight budget to work with, and they helped us think creatively about the menu and ways to make sure everyone ate their fill, but we didn't break the bank. We decided to bring appetizers in from our favorite Mexican restaurant, and then had a Chowgirls buffet. The Chowgirls staff worked with us to make sure every detail was taken care of, and we were so happy with the result! Read less
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Emma
Wedding:
1/7/2012
4.5/5.0
Our first tasting with Chowgirls took 3 hours, we didn’t need to eat for the rest of the day, and we knew we’d found our caterer. They do a wonderful job working with you to create an interesting menu that really speaks to you as a couple. The food was just as good on the day of the wedding as it was at the tasting, and the service was very good as well. The only complaint I have was that the person we originally worked with had to go out of town, and a few details were dropped in the handover (they didn’t plate and pre-serve our vegetarian entrée, so a few people didn’t get it, which wasn’t a huge deal because there were other options). Overall, I’d still recommend them without reservation.
Our first tasting with Chowgirls took 3 hours, we didn’t need to eat for the rest of the day, and we knew we’d found our Read more...
Our first tasting with Chowgirls took 3 hours, we didn’t need to eat for the rest of the day, and we knew we’d found our caterer. They do a wonderful job working with you to create an interesting menu that really speaks to you as a couple. The food was just as good on the day of the wedding as it was at the tasting, and the service was very good as well. The only complaint I have was that the person we originally worked with had to go out of town, and a few details were dropped in the handover (they didn’t plate and pre-serve our vegetarian entrée, so a few people didn’t get it, which wasn’t a huge deal because there were other options). Overall, I’d still recommend them without reservation. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
10/1/2011
3.8/5.0
I would recommend Chowgirls to any foodie couple who cares where your wedding meal ingredients come from. Chowgirls instinctively understood our desire not to have a cookie-cutter wedding or meal, and were very professional and responsive to help us plan a menu that was within our budget and tastes. They were especially great at working with us to help us write our menus, and were able to tell us which ingredients were local, organic, or both. This, to me, is the sign of a caterer who cares about the products they are serving, which every caterer should, but does not! Chowgirls even provided biodegradable dessert plates made from fallen palm leaves, which added a unique and green twist to our table settings. Some guests told me that it was the best wedding food they had ever had.

The only wrinkle we encountered was a miscommunication to our event staff that changed how our coffee was served (we wanted it at the tables but a coffee buffet was set up instead.) Chowgirls has profusely apologized for the error and a refund for the porcelain cups not used is in the works.
I would recommend Chowgirls to any foodie couple who cares where your wedding meal ingredients come from. Chowgirls Read more...
I would recommend Chowgirls to any foodie couple who cares where your wedding meal ingredients come from. Chowgirls instinctively understood our desire not to have a cookie-cutter wedding or meal, and were very professional and responsive to help us plan a menu that was within our budget and tastes. They were especially great at working with us to help us write our menus, and were able to tell us which ingredients were local, organic, or both. This, to me, is the sign of a caterer who cares about the products they are serving, which every caterer should, but does not! Chowgirls even provided biodegradable dessert plates made from fallen palm leaves, which added a unique and green twist to our table settings. Some guests told me that it was the best wedding food they had ever had.

The only wrinkle we encountered was a miscommunication to our event staff that changed how our coffee was served (we wanted it at the tables but a coffee buffet was set up instead.) Chowgirls has profusely apologized for the error and a refund for the porcelain cups not used is in the works. Read less
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