Chowgirls Killer Catering now has killer digs: Solar Arts by Chowgirls in Northeast Minneapolis. Managing Editor Bobby Hart and I took up the Twin Cities-based catering company on their invitation to check out the event space for the first time recently.
After being greeted at the door by Uptown Valet, we “hoofed it” up a few flights of stairs (although the elevator was an option) to the third floor of the Solar Arts Building; Indeed Brewing can be found on the first floor while the second is home to a bevy of artist studios. The 6,500-square-foot industrial space was filled with furniture from Linen Effects and lighting from Avant Decor. The bar was stocked with signature cocktails and beer from Indeed, and DJ Suede and Vinnie Boom Boom livened it up. There were three food hot spots located on different ends of the space—a savoy cheese platter, a carving station with beautiful selections from Red Table Meat Co. and a decadent dessert table. Bobby made the most exciting discovery of the night: a shot of espresso from Spyhouse Coffee with some added bourbon and nutmeg to taste.
Owners Heidi Andermack and Amy Brown praised the Northeast neighborhood for staying true to its local roots (not a Starbucks to be found!) and the owners of the Solar Arts Building, Duane Arens and Larry Brandt, whose commitment to sustainability is in line with their own efforts, keeping their menu local and organic (they don’t call it the Solar Arts Building for nothing, what with 100 solar panels that provide 27 kilowatts of green electricity). With new bathrooms (which feature a lounging area, at least in the women’s bathroom), a glass-enclosed meeting room, a catering prep kitchen and bar (where Chowgirls is the exclusive caterer and bar provider), the event space is ready to be rented out for weddings, meetings and corporate events (capacity of 300 seated and more for standing cocktail functions). Sounds like the perfect spot for next year’s Minnesota Meetings + Events Best of Awards.