Linda - Dinner Party

Hello Jeff and also Amber,

Please know we really loved the entire experience of working with you!  The party went very well and Ryan was very attentive and so very professional.  To know we had a chef with us, well, it made the food even more tasty!  If you asked me for any improvements?  Only thing I can think of is I didn't get any almonds with my green beans almandine! There.  How's that for having something to work on in the future?! Ha!

Seriously, it was as seamless and as perfect as could be, surpassing my expectations.  To be honest, when I read customer reviews I often wonder if friends and relatives were the ones writing them to help a business.  But since I had no connections to you, it is my pleasure to tell you in all honesty that everything was lovely.  It was a great value, as Amber helped work within our budget.  My guests were very impressed and several asked Ryan for his card!  He didn't have any with him, but I gave them the info, so I hope to learn you gained new customers from the dinner.

If you want to give my specific name to potential customers, I am happy to be a reference for your catering. I will gladly hire you again if we do anything like this.  I often throw parties, so maybe we can see you sooner than later.  I'll look forward to it.

Thank you, again, for everything,



A quick shout out to our friend Jeff Conner.  We held a firm event last Thursday catered by Unique Dining.  The feedback from my team was tremendous.  The food was very good and plentiful.  The staging was beautiful.  The staff were efficient, courteous, helpful and professional.  Maybe most importantly, my partner mentioned that they really did a great job cleaning up.


Jeff, thank you for helping us succeed with this very important event.  I warned you that I’m extremely picky when it comes to food and presentation and you and your team did a fantastic job.  


Unique Dining gets a “highly recommended” rating from the folks at SeilerSchindel.



Lynn Peterson

I just wanted to say thank you to you and your team!  I was amazed by your team all day.  They are so friendly and helpful and hardworking!  And they seemed to be having fun with it all!  I really appreciate the hard work that was done by all.  The food was great too!  I am very impressed by it all.  I am looking forward to our event in St. Paul at the end of the month. We were very happy with the event! 

Thank you, again, for everything!

Lynn Peterson Marketing Specialist | Viking Electric Supply
Grill Master slicing

Melinda and Brad

Planning a wedding and reception can be very stressful and requires many decisions to be made. Not so with The Courtyards of Andover, which is an all inclusive event facility with multiple ceremony sites, banquet halls to accomodate large and small groups, and food service.

The outdoor ceremony site provides a picturesque event area with limitless photo opportunities. From our initial visit to our wedding day the focus was truly on us. Frank and Jeff exceeded all of our expectations. We never had one problem. They were very open to our needs and helpful with suggestions, regarding menu options, ceremony, and reception set up.

We were lucky to have the rain stop shortly before our outdoor ceremony. Frank and crew quickly and beautifully set up for our ceremony at the last minute. From the front line staff to the service personnel, all were very courteous and friendly. The food was beyond delicious. We received many compliments from our guests. The people and the capabilities at The Courtyards of Andover helped to make our wedding day the most amazing day.

Things moved along so smoothly and we never had to worry about a thing. To anyone who would ask about an event center, the first choice would be The Courtyards of Andover. There is no second choice. Thank you so much.

Melinda and Brad
Hot buffet

Nicolle Toth-Braunberger

As part of my job, I play the role of event planner quite often. When it came time to plan my own wedding at the venue I wanted (my Aunt’s ranch in Ham Lake), I bid out to about 20 caterers, all of whom I had worked with in the past. None of them were giving me exactly what I wanted. I needed someone that could work with the location, provide an upscale menu and I had a specific desert in mind.

I wanted crème brulee to be finished off with the torch, table side. I had also taken advantage of Haskell’s wine sale and procured the wine/champagne but needed someone to pour the champagne toast at just the right time as well as tend the bar. When I first spoke with Unique Dining Experiences, I shared these things with them. They said they had never done crème brulee in the past but were willing to look into it.

About a week later, we had our first face to face at the venue, they brought crème brulee for us to taste! Needless to say, I was impressed as I know the dish is labor intensive and this had been their first go at it – it was delicious. I appreciated that UDE was a family run business, all local. From the get-go, they made me feel confident that they would design my menu and deliver a wonderful meal along with the specific aesthetics I desired. They delivered. The morning of the wedding, my team of girls and I went to the ranch to take care of last minute items. Of course, that time went quickly and soon my girls were urging me to return to the hotel to get ready - not everything was done.

The UDE team offered to take over and complete what was still on my list. I am particular about the look of things and was concerned for a minute – I had no need to be. They took over and completed setting up the wedding favors and bread baskets exactly how I’d asked. The morning of the wedding, we had torrential rains until about 9AM so there had to be some changes in where catering was staged – they took everything in stride and even covered some things that hadn’t been asked of them. They worked so hard from 7:30AM to after 11PM, the entire family/staff – all with a smile. I’m getting a little choked up about it, just remembering all the big and little things they did to make our day such a special one.

One other thing – they even offered the left over food for us to keep and use later. I still have goat cheese in my freezer and used the cranberries at Thanksgiving – a nice little reminder of a magical day. I couldn’t recommend Jeff and the Unique Dining Experiences team more. You will be thrilled with the quality and level of personal service you receive should you choose to go with them. I STILL get comments from friends and family about how amazing the food was that day. That feels good. Hope this helps – don’t hesitate to let me know if there are other questions I can answer for you or you need advise on other providers (chairs/tents) in that area. My best

Nicolle Toth-Braunberger, IDS Center Concierge

Jamie Vosejpka and Doug Miller

Unique Dining Experiences made our first annual pig roast a huge success. Their know-how and foresight made our pig roast one of the most successful company events of the year. We are looking forward to working with Jeff, Mike and the rest of the staff at Unique Dining Experiences for our 2nd Annual Pig Roast. I highly recommend them to anybody, and look forward to working with them in the future.

Jamie Vosejpka and Doug Miller at CH Robinson-Eden Prairie
Grilling over a fire

Robert Holst

I write a letter of recommendation on behalf of Mr. Mike Conner. I have known him well for sixteen years. I first met him when I became President of Concordia in 1991 and I have worked with him in a variety of professional tasks since then. I give him my highest recommendation as a person of integrity, a responsible worker and a businessman who has provided excellent service at Concordia. He catered several events at Concordia and understands people, food and good business practices well. He is honest and caring; he wants every event to be a successful meaningful experience for those who plan the event and for those who participate. In the planning process, he listens carefully asking pertinent questions. At an event, he is a gracious host as he provides good food. I have heard nothing but praise about his attitude, skill and working relationship from staff here with whom he has planned and conducted events. I also know him as a talented and successful professor who teaches and mentors others well. Colleagues admire him and enjoy working with him. In summary, I have enjoyed working with Mr. Conner and have appreciated the quality of his work and the way he conducts himself and his business. I give him my highest recommendation without reservation. Respectfully submitted

Robert Holst, President, Concordia University-St. Paul

Pam Donato

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, things just flat go wrong. But, every so often when all the stars are aligned, everything that you could ever dream of comes true. So was the case for our 2007 Union Picnic! Thank YOU for single handedly aligning all the stars at our annual picnic this year! From the very first meeting, you made our planning committee so comfortable…The ultimate test was when our reservation number went from 270 (two weeks out from the picnic) to 400+ (three days ahead of the picnic!). You didn’t panic…you simply said in a very excited voice, ‘that’s great, we can do’! The food, 2 pigs, 9 whole hams, 200 hot dogs, 200 brats, potato salad, beans, corn on the cob, chips, buns…down to the last cup of lemonade was absolutely the best! You made us feel like we were dealing with family…thank you for providing more than we could have imagined.

Pam Donato, President, Jerome J. Keating, Branch 9, National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO


I was going to send you an email yesterday, but we were too busy cleaning up. The pork was absolutely excellent! Many of our guests commented on the quality and the cooking of the meat. Several members of my family are full time farmers, so those comments really have some merit. We couldn’t have been happier with your service and the quality of the food. Great work!


Shelby & Matt

Thanks so much! The day far exceeded my expectations! Brian and Rob did a great job! They were very friendly and appeased to the guest request to look at the pig, try the pig, and answer any questions that they had! The pig was FANTASTIC! People were saying that they have been too many pig roasts that just didn’t live up to the hype, but they were happily surprised that this roast exceeded their expectations! Thanks again for all the work that you guys put into the event! We really appreciate it!

Shelby & Matt

Kari Volkmann-Carlsen

I want to sincerely thank you and Linda for your extraordinary food and service for Voyageurs National Park Association’s 45th Anniversary celebration. Everyone had great things to say about the walleye (and everything else!), and we are so grateful you could adjust your plans on short notice to make a vegetarian option for some of our guests. Thanks for being a part of making the evening a memorable event for our members and donors. We are happy to recommend Unique Dining Experiences for your future clients. Best wishes.

Kari Volkmann-Carlsen, Advancement Director, Voyageurs National Park Association

Jill Webster

Sorry you couldn’t be there but all went perfect.  Your son is just like having you there—he even talks like you.  Thank you again for a wonderful experience.  You and your family do a great job.

Deli Manager, Valley Natural Foods

Brian Nalezny

It was awesome.  You guys did a great job and I will ask you to come back next year when we do our second annual pig roast.  I thank you for your help and getting this worked out with us.  You have a lifelong customer.

Brian Nalezny, Property Manager, Peak Campus Management, LLC


We couldn’t have been happier with the service, the quality of the food, the set-up and clean-up, and your son’s willingness to talk to people who were curious about the roasting process. I understand he gave out some cards, but please also know that Kurt and I both will continue to share positive references for you and your company. Thanks for making our daughter’s graduation party so memorable. We truly appreciate it.



I would like to Thank You for providing such a great meal on Saturday at our wedding. I cannot tell you how many people commented on how good the food was! Everything was ready on time, and went so smooth. I never even spoke to anyone from your staff that was there! I even liked the walleye, and I don’t typically eat fish! I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Thanks again, I will definitely recommend your services to anyone looking, and I think Kelsie at Coyland will, too!



Just doing a follow up on some things. Everyone at the wedding would like to give a shout out to Jeff and his helper for a fabulous meal! I know it was a hot day but the guys pulled it off and did a great job. So I would like to Thank You and your crew for helping make the day be a very memorable one for our family. Thank You.


Dawn M Chesler

I just wanted to tell you what a great job your son did.  He was very professional, very friendly and did a wonderful job keeping the food trays filled up!  We were very impressed!!! Thank You!

Dawn M Chesler

Tim & Bonnie

Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful groom’s dinner that you catered for us last Friday night.  The food was delicious…and everyone enjoyed it very much.  You were fun to work with…and everything turned out so well.  Thank you!!!

Tim & Bonnie

Melissa & Thad

We were very pleased with the service and quality of the food!  We’re still happily eating the leftover pork – it was all fantastic.  Thank Brian for us, they all did a wonderful job and we’ll recommend your company to anyone who needs catering services. Have a great day!

Melissa & Thad
buffet line at BBQ

Jerry and Jane Bergstrom

We just wanted to send a note to thank you for the wonderful service you provided at Austin’s Grad party last Friday evening.  We received so many complements on the food.  The pan fried walleye was such a fun idea and delicious.  The ribs were outstanding! We are so happy that we have another graduation in our home in three years.  Please keep a Friday evening open in June 2014 for us!

Jerry and Jane Bergstrom