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Lancer Catering

Mendota Heights , MN
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1415 Mendota Heights Road
Mendota Heights, MN 55120 US (map)

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651-493-2880

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ABOUT US

Lancer Catering gives you access to some of the most spectacular locations in Minnesota, Tennessee, Utah and Washington. From grand ballrooms to sleek galleries, we will help you choose... Read more
Lancer Catering gives you access to some of the most spectacular locations in Minnesota, Tennessee, Utah and Washington. From grand ballrooms to sleek galleries, we will help you choose the perfect venue for the size and style of your event.

Select from one of our unique venues, or choose your own site. Either way Lancer Catering’s experienced professionals will execute your event with uncompromising excellence. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Stations
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Asian, Caribbean, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, Premium Liquor, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
4.1/5.0
We went into the wedding day with high expectations after our tasting. Unfortunately they weren't met. The bride's food was flavorless and cold. On the plus side, the staff was very professional, courteous and friendly. Other than the actual taste of the food, everything was perfect.
We went into the wedding day with high expectations after our tasting. Unfortunately they weren't met. The bride's food Read more...
We went into the wedding day with high expectations after our tasting. Unfortunately they weren't met. The bride's food was flavorless and cold. On the plus side, the staff was very professional, courteous and friendly. Other than the actual taste of the food, everything was perfect. Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
10/17/2015
4.8/5.0
We have had a great experience with Lancer Catering so far! The quality and taste of their food is amazing! They are partnered with our venue, The Science Museum of Minnesota, and it has been the easiest planning process with those two working so well together. I found that the price was pretty average compared to most other caterers, however it seems a little high in price to me. The great thing about them is they have so many options to choose from, and are very flexible on the menu planning to accommodate food allergies/sensitivities, as well as overall preference. They have many plated and buffet options and allow you to mix and match very easily to what you want to serve. Some of the buffet options are even broken down to region and specific culture, like American comfort food and Italian, which can make it fun if you are going for a specific theme with your food and/or overall wedding.
Their selection of appetizers and late night snacks is pretty impressive as well!
I would highly recommend Lancer Catering to anyone!
We have had a great experience with Lancer Catering so far! The quality and taste of their food is amazing! They are Read more...
We have had a great experience with Lancer Catering so far! The quality and taste of their food is amazing! They are partnered with our venue, The Science Museum of Minnesota, and it has been the easiest planning process with those two working so well together. I found that the price was pretty average compared to most other caterers, however it seems a little high in price to me. The great thing about them is they have so many options to choose from, and are very flexible on the menu planning to accommodate food allergies/sensitivities, as well as overall preference. They have many plated and buffet options and allow you to mix and match very easily to what you want to serve. Some of the buffet options are even broken down to region and specific culture, like American comfort food and Italian, which can make it fun if you are going for a specific theme with your food and/or overall wedding.
Their selection of appetizers and late night snacks is pretty impressive as well!
I would highly recommend Lancer Catering to anyone! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
4.6/5.0
Very friendly and helpful! Cheron responds quickly to even the smallest request, and provided suggestions when we had to review our catering options.
Very friendly and helpful! Cheron responds quickly to even the smallest request, and provided suggestions when we had to Read more...
Very friendly and helpful! Cheron responds quickly to even the smallest request, and provided suggestions when we had to review our catering options. Read less
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David
Wedding:
5/1/2015
4.5/5.0
Our wedding was held in the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. The venue staff was excellent! Particularly, the sales manager/organizer, Megan, was very responsive and helpful. They took care of the main set up, clean up, and serving. Whenever I had a question or concern, it was addressed promptly and fully.

That said, the cost was high. Some of the food was quite good. We were fond of the cheesecake martini bar, spring rolls, sushi, bruschetta, and vegetables. The Bulgogi and Korean tacos could have been better, but we eat Korean food often and have high expectations. One thing to note with this vendor is that they do not allow guests to take food out of the venue. It's use it or lose it. Considering there was a high-catering minimum cost, I'm certain we paid for a lot of food and/or alcohol that was not used.
Our wedding was held in the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. The venue staff was excellent! Particularly, the sales Read more...
Our wedding was held in the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. The venue staff was excellent! Particularly, the sales manager/organizer, Megan, was very responsive and helpful. They took care of the main set up, clean up, and serving. Whenever I had a question or concern, it was addressed promptly and fully.

That said, the cost was high. Some of the food was quite good. We were fond of the cheesecake martini bar, spring rolls, sushi, bruschetta, and vegetables. The Bulgogi and Korean tacos could have been better, but we eat Korean food often and have high expectations. One thing to note with this vendor is that they do not allow guests to take food out of the venue. It's use it or lose it. Considering there was a high-catering minimum cost, I'm certain we paid for a lot of food and/or alcohol that was not used. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
2/28/2015
5.0/5.0
We originally went with a different caterer in the beginning due to cost. We found out later that our caterer we decided on, didnt book our date and didnt have enough staff to accommodate a fully served dinner that evening. We had already sent out our RSVP cards with the 2 food options: Grilled Serloin, rosemary potatoes and asparagus as well as a pineapple/ mango chicken with yukon gold potatoes and asparagus and were stuck with those food choices. We were leaving for Cabo Mexico in two weeks to get married and had no time to finalize with a new caterer. I contact Lancer Catering and spoke with Kate Wheelock. She quickly put bids and a taste test together with in the week for us. Our food options we sent out on the RSVP's were not available at Lancer Catering but the chef was willing to re-create our original menu. At the taste testing, the food was better than the taste testing at the original caterer! Besides the food, I had navy blue linens that were folded in a fleur de lis on the tables. Normally there is an upcharge for this and it was included with Lancer Catering. The day of the event, Kate Wheelock arrived to make sure every detail was perfect. Missy was the event coordinator onsite and went above and beyond catering to every guests needs ie: my daughter and her special food requests, some of the kids wanted to switch to steak and holding my food so that I could eat once things settled down. The wait staff were exceptional and very polite! Jefferson was very professional and exceeded our expectations. The overall experience with Lancer Catering was perfect. I highly recommend Lancer Catering to anyone one wants exceptional food, service and professional staff.
We originally went with a different caterer in the beginning due to cost. We found out later that our caterer we decided Read more...
We originally went with a different caterer in the beginning due to cost. We found out later that our caterer we decided on, didnt book our date and didnt have enough staff to accommodate a fully served dinner that evening. We had already sent out our RSVP cards with the 2 food options: Grilled Serloin, rosemary potatoes and asparagus as well as a pineapple/ mango chicken with yukon gold potatoes and asparagus and were stuck with those food choices. We were leaving for Cabo Mexico in two weeks to get married and had no time to finalize with a new caterer. I contact Lancer Catering and spoke with Kate Wheelock. She quickly put bids and a taste test together with in the week for us. Our food options we sent out on the RSVP's were not available at Lancer Catering but the chef was willing to re-create our original menu. At the taste testing, the food was better than the taste testing at the original caterer! Besides the food, I had navy blue linens that were folded in a fleur de lis on the tables. Normally there is an upcharge for this and it was included with Lancer Catering. The day of the event, Kate Wheelock arrived to make sure every detail was perfect. Missy was the event coordinator onsite and went above and beyond catering to every guests needs ie: my daughter and her special food requests, some of the kids wanted to switch to steak and holding my food so that I could eat once things settled down. The wait staff were exceptional and very polite! Jefferson was very professional and exceeded our expectations. The overall experience with Lancer Catering was perfect. I highly recommend Lancer Catering to anyone one wants exceptional food, service and professional staff. Read less
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Sharon
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
We could not have asked for a more perfect caterer than Lancer Catering to cater our daughter's wedding reception. We worked with Cheron from beginning to end and she did a marvelous job of helping us with planning. She was quick to respond to voicemail messages and/or e-mails. The food was absolutely wonderful and the decorating was perfect. The ambiance was exactly what my daughter and son-in-law were going for - rustic but yet elegant. Dan, the on-site manager at the Lake Waconia Event Center was super. He had answers to all of our questions and went out of his way to make the reception perfect. Thank you Lancer Catering for a wonderful job.
We could not have asked for a more perfect caterer than Lancer Catering to cater our daughter's wedding reception. We Read more...
We could not have asked for a more perfect caterer than Lancer Catering to cater our daughter's wedding reception. We worked with Cheron from beginning to end and she did a marvelous job of helping us with planning. She was quick to respond to voicemail messages and/or e-mails. The food was absolutely wonderful and the decorating was perfect. The ambiance was exactly what my daughter and son-in-law were going for - rustic but yet elegant. Dan, the on-site manager at the Lake Waconia Event Center was super. He had answers to all of our questions and went out of his way to make the reception perfect. Thank you Lancer Catering for a wonderful job. Read less
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Dede
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Cheron was so easy and very helpful to work with. The food was wonderful. The timing on the food being served was perfect. Dan greeted me first thing at the reception to see if I had any other needs or concerns. Lancer Catering did a fantastic Job!
Cheron was so easy and very helpful to work with. The food was wonderful. The timing on the food being served was perfect. Read more...
Cheron was so easy and very helpful to work with. The food was wonderful. The timing on the food being served was perfect. Dan greeted me first thing at the reception to see if I had any other needs or concerns. Lancer Catering did a fantastic Job! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
9/20/2014
3.3/5.0
Overall I'm disappointed with our decision to use Lancer. From the beginning to the end, there were many bumps along the way and they really were the most stressful part of the wedding planning process. Their Corporate Director is responsive and straightforward which I really did appreciate, but the representative we had to work with (after the first one decided to not return following maternity leave) was inexperienced and not detail-oriented. I felt I had to constantly micro-manage the entire process. We were switched to another representative a few weeks before the wedding after I complained, and it would have been nice to have worked with her the whole time as I feel like our experience would have been improved.

During the actual wedding, the on-site manager broke one of our wine bottle decorations (for which we never received an apology). I also felt she did not effectively manage the events of the day either as there were definitely many things that could have been improved during the wedding itself. I felt like my husband and I were constantly pulled away from enjoying our wedding to correct mistakes (like them not providing 2 bartenders when we had 2 in our contract) which led to me becoming upset and losing my cool several times, which is not how a bride wants to feel on her wedding day!

The one positive is that the food did turn out way better than I expected and everyone commented that the brisket in particular was excellent. We had to go through two rounds of tastings to get to that point, but the food did exceed expectations.
Overall I'm disappointed with our decision to use Lancer. From the beginning to the end, there were many bumps along the Read more...
Overall I'm disappointed with our decision to use Lancer. From the beginning to the end, there were many bumps along the way and they really were the most stressful part of the wedding planning process. Their Corporate Director is responsive and straightforward which I really did appreciate, but the representative we had to work with (after the first one decided to not return following maternity leave) was inexperienced and not detail-oriented. I felt I had to constantly micro-manage the entire process. We were switched to another representative a few weeks before the wedding after I complained, and it would have been nice to have worked with her the whole time as I feel like our experience would have been improved.

During the actual wedding, the on-site manager broke one of our wine bottle decorations (for which we never received an apology). I also felt she did not effectively manage the events of the day either as there were definitely many things that could have been improved during the wedding itself. I felt like my husband and I were constantly pulled away from enjoying our wedding to correct mistakes (like them not providing 2 bartenders when we had 2 in our contract) which led to me becoming upset and losing my cool several times, which is not how a bride wants to feel on her wedding day!

The one positive is that the food did turn out way better than I expected and everyone commented that the brisket in particular was excellent. We had to go through two rounds of tastings to get to that point, but the food did exceed expectations. Read less
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Lancer Catering responded with the following comments:

Hi, Kelly. Thank you for the wonderful comments about our food. We are delighted that we exceeded your expectations.

We are very sorry to hear that we disappointed you in other ways, though. I sure wish I’d known earlier that things weren’t clicking with the new Sales Manager, as it sounds as if things went smooth again once we moved you to a different one. Cheron is one of our best managers, and so I’m glad at least, that you found her to be so competent. We all miss your original Catering Sales Manager, too, but we wish her well in her life as a new mom.

Your Banquet Manager feels just awful about breaking one of your centerpieces. I don’t offer it as an excuse, but she tells me that she didn’t realize that the bottoms were cut off of the bottles, so when she went to move it to get everything else on the table, the first one got tipsy and fell. She says she did speak with your husband about it, and apologized to him. We are so, so sorry for our clumsiness. I know that ideally it would never have happened, but please let us know the value of the centerpiece and we’ll be happy to replace it.

We apologize, too, that we did not have two bartenders at your event. We had a bartender call in sick that day and despite our best efforts, were unable to find a replacement. This should have been communicated to you immediately so that it didn't come as a surprise to you during your reception. We of course did not charge you for that second bartender.

Again, you have our sincerest apologies for letting you down, Kelly. Please feel free to contact me directly about the wine bottle decoration, and if there is anything else I need to know. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.

Sincerely,
Julie DuRose
Corporate Director of Catering
612.227.6281
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Ben
Wedding:
9/6/2014
1.7/5.0
Overall I wish I had never went through Lancer! it was if we were left to manage the event on our own. Management didn't know simple answers... Couldn't provide simple requests and seemed overall clueless about their own facility and the contents of our contract. The low point was when our food came out and looked nothing like what was shown to us. My advice would be: never go through Lancer at Como! Poor poor poor quality, service and overall experience!
Overall I wish I had never went through Lancer! it was if we were left to manage the event on our own. Management didn't Read more...
Overall I wish I had never went through Lancer! it was if we were left to manage the event on our own. Management didn't know simple answers... Couldn't provide simple requests and seemed overall clueless about their own facility and the contents of our contract. The low point was when our food came out and looked nothing like what was shown to us. My advice would be: never go through Lancer at Como! Poor poor poor quality, service and overall experience! Read less
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Debra
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
We want to thank you, everything was above our expectations of beautiful for our daughter’s wedding!
Please thank your amazing set up staff, the area where we had the ceremony was perfect.
Huge bravo to the decorating staff, the dinning area was exquisite, the table’s set so elegantly, we loved the area for the cake on display and Buttercream did a fabulous job with the cake, the candles on the table set so nice and the rose petals were added to the water and that extra touch was perfect please thank that wonderful lady for me who did all the set up and serving from Lancer.
Saving the best for last, Lancer catering and staff, you are the best! The food was presented so beautifully, the flavor’s were out of this world wonderful. Everyone enjoyed there meals and raved about how good it was! I was so proud we chose Edinburgh and Lancer catering!
I do not remember everyone's names, but the young lady that worked so hard with James to set up and serve the meals please let them know we appreciate there above and beyond care they took to make everything perfect.
The wedding coordinator, please let her know I appreciate her calmness and how she made sure the flow of the ceremony to the end of the evening went just right. The attention to every detail was amazing to us.
Last but not least, the bar tender. He was personable, everyone enjoyed talking to him and the single ladies said they spent way to much on drinks just to visit with him. He was great.
Everyone at the Edinburgh, beginning with the first meeting to the end of the evening made our daughters dream wedding come true.
We want to thank you, everything was above our expectations of beautiful for our daughter’s wedding!
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We want to thank you, everything was above our expectations of beautiful for our daughter’s wedding!
Please thank your amazing set up staff, the area where we had the ceremony was perfect.
Huge bravo to the decorating staff, the dinning area was exquisite, the table’s set so elegantly, we loved the area for the cake on display and Buttercream did a fabulous job with the cake, the candles on the table set so nice and the rose petals were added to the water and that extra touch was perfect please thank that wonderful lady for me who did all the set up and serving from Lancer.
Saving the best for last, Lancer catering and staff, you are the best! The food was presented so beautifully, the flavor’s were out of this world wonderful. Everyone enjoyed there meals and raved about how good it was! I was so proud we chose Edinburgh and Lancer catering!
I do not remember everyone's names, but the young lady that worked so hard with James to set up and serve the meals please let them know we appreciate there above and beyond care they took to make everything perfect.
The wedding coordinator, please let her know I appreciate her calmness and how she made sure the flow of the ceremony to the end of the evening went just right. The attention to every detail was amazing to us.
Last but not least, the bar tender. He was personable, everyone enjoyed talking to him and the single ladies said they spent way to much on drinks just to visit with him. He was great.
Everyone at the Edinburgh, beginning with the first meeting to the end of the evening made our daughters dream wedding come true. Read less
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