The New, Improved Van Dusen Mansion

With stately turrets and beautiful stained glass, the Van Dusen Mansion in south Minneapolis lends a regal, romantic air to any event. Now, after recent renovations, the mansion is even more perfectly suited to weddings. The courtyard, surrounded by ivy-covered stone walls, offers a gorgeous backdrop for outdoor vows, evening cocktails or photo sessions. The event center, which seats 200, boasts white terrazzo floors from the 1800s, luscious wallpaper and sheer drapes.

But the Van Dusen is about more than just architecture and décor—it’s also about food. Mintáhoe Catering & Events, the mansion’s exclusive caterer, unveiled a new menu inspired by the property. “A lot of brides and grooms want hor d’oeuvres during a cocktail hour. They want food to be easy to eat, but they also want a cool presentation,” says Lisa Brenna, Mintáhoe event consultant. Because so many weddings at the Van Dusen make use of the mansion’s courtyard, Mintáhoe creates mini tacos served in individual baskets and mini crudité pails, which makes the food easy to carry as guests mingle in the open area.
When it comes to dinner, many couples want to know the source of their food. “Local is important to them and we can tell them which farm their duck is from,” Brenna says. Once dinner is done and the dancing gets underway in the carriage house, Mintáhoe serves late-night breakfast burritos to partygoers hanging out in the second-floor lounge.


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