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1] What kind of food do you serve?
Our style of food can be described as Modern American, with menus comprised of both classic fare as well as original, fresh takes on your favorite dishes. We make everything from scratch and use only the finest and freshest local, organic and fair-trade ingredients. Have something specific in mind? We are happy to work with you to come up with custom options. Inquire to start your proposal today!

2] What type of events do you cater?
Our menu options are designed to fit a wide range of needs, from casual gatherings to elegant galas and everything in-between. On a typical week we are delivering boxed lunches for corporate meetings, serving hundreds of guests at weddings throughout the metro area, and providing bar service and hors d’oeuvres for a private event.

3] Where do you cater?
We have relationships with some of the best venues in Minnesota.  Check out our venue list to find one that is right for you.  Not sure where to start?  Contact us to speak with a coordinator, who will be happy to help you navigate all the choices.

4] I’ve never planned a catered event before. What is the process like?
At Common Roots, the process starts by pairing you with one of our experienced Catering Coordinators, who will get to know you and your event. Be prepared to answer questions about the number of guests you expect, the style of service you are looking for (buffet, plated dinner, cash bar, etc), your ideal budget, and the kind of food you and your guests will love. Your Coordinator will then provide you with a proposal and assist you throughout the planning of your catering needs.

5] Does Common Roots offer tastings?
Yes, inquire with one of our coordinators to schedule your tasting.  There is a per person fee, which will be refunded should you book with us..

6] Can Common Roots accommodate dietary restrictions?
Yes! We are very accustomed to helping you meet the dietary needs of your guests. We are happy to customize menus or provide special meals.  

7] Does Common Roots offer bar service?
Yes! We offer full service bar service with a wide array of selections comprised of the best in local beer, sustainable wines, and spirits.  Don’t see what you are looking for?  Just ask.  We’d be happy to look into it for you.

8] What else can you provide, in addition to food and beverages?
Depending on your event, some of the services we regularly provide include service staff, bartenders and on-site chefs; composting and zero-waste; linen rentals; and china and compostable or reusable service ware.

9] What are the benefits of using composting and local & organic ingredients for my catered event?
Overall, our ingredients last year were 88% local, organic or fair-trade. We make everything from scratch (no processed foods here!), which means that you get the freshest, most seasonal options for your guests. Your event will help support local farmers, and will have a reduced impact on the environment.

When we say we strive to use local and organic ingredients, we really mean it. We never serve meat or poultry that is not grass-fed or free-range and raised within 250 miles of our kitchen.

10] What is Common Roots’ booking and cancellation policy?
Once you decide to book with Common Roots, a 25% non-refundable deposit is required to save the date.

11] Are there any additional charges that will appear on my final bill?
We pride ourselves on giving as accurate of an estimate to you in a timely manner.  See something on your estimate you are unsure about?  Feel free to ask.