Vendor Spotlight | Brie Cater
TOPIC: Catering advice for your wedding day!
Can you tell us a bit about Brie Cater? We are a family owned small business that can deliver big, catering with passion and service from the heart. We offer approachable all-inclusive menus at a fair value. Our only business is catering events and our entire companies focus is on the success of each event.
Can you tell us a bit about the Brie Cater Owner? The owner Brian Rubenzer was trained as an Executive chef at the tender age of 22 by Danish Master Chef Kaj Sorensen. He graduated from St. Paul College with an associates in Culinary Arts and Business Management. His work experience comes from the Lake Elmo Inn, Marley’s located in Hilton Head Island, The College Club and the Pool and Yacht Club.
What types of events does Brie Cater to? What size guest count etc? Our main business comes from weddings of 75 to 300 people. Other events we do are drop off catering, fundraisers and company parties. We accommodate any special requests that come in from a neighbor that wants a gallon of chicken salad, a company that wants a Dim Sum themed event to a Grand Indian Wedding of 400. We like to satisfy the masses and always like a challenge.
Do you have a favorite wedding venue you prefer to cater? We have several favorite wedding venues. The top on our list are as follows: Semple Mansion, Lowertown Event Center, Kellermans, The Loft at Studio J, Vadnais Commons, The Wabasha Street Caves, and The Landmark Center. A venue we are looking forward to seeing open soon is the JX Venue. It’s hard to pick one venue that we like, the Twin Cities has some of the best venues in the country.
What is your favorite item on the menu and why? I love the Tuxedo Chicken with Black Truffle Mash, and the Asparagus with Micro beets and edible orchid. These menu items are always a success, and leave our customers wanting more.
What is your biggest piece of advice for a couple planning their wedding in regards to catering? Don’t forget to plan your marriage as well, it’s not all about the wedding, take marriage classes. Another piece of advice is to be happy on your wedding day, don’t stress the details.
What can they do ahead of time to make the day go smooth? Use a wedding planner you feel comfortable with that you know will go to bat for you and has a great relationship with vendors. Get all the detail on a document that can be emailed to all the staff working the event. We have our clients do this so it eliminates mistakes. It’s never too early to book a caterer and the further in advance you book—will help to guarantee the caterer you want at your wedding. Someone you like and feel confident with.