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Every gathering deserves Great Food...

At the George W. Neilson Convention Center, we strive to provide the perfect environment for your special day. Every detail of your wedding or reception will be a display of beauty and style. Elegant, spacious ballrooms. Exquisite catering. A professional staff to help you plan the details. And if you're inviting out-of-town guests, adjacent accommodations will prove convenient for your visitors.

  • Beverages
  • Snack Selections
  • Breakfast - Continental
  • Breakfast - Buffet
  • Breaks - 30 Minutes
  • All Day Meeting Planner Package
  • Salads
  • Desserts
  • Plated Lunches
  • Buffet Options
  • Dinner - Entrees
  • Late Night Cravings
  • Reception & Display - Pre and Post Snacks
  • Sweet Displays
  • Carving Station
  • Event Decor


If you have any questions or special needs, please don't hesitate to call Nicole Kangas at (218) 441-4003

Menu Selections

Choose a menu from the preceding suggestions or have us custom design a menu for your particular needs. Menus for food functions must be finalized at least 30 days prior to the event.

  • Outside Food and Beverage

  • The Sanford Center maintains the exclusive right to provide all food and beverage, and concession services. Any exceptions must be requested and obtained by prior written approval of the Director of Catering. Food items may not be taken off the premises; however, excess prepared food may be donated under regulated conditions to agencies feeding the underprivileged at our sole discretion.

  • Beverage Service

  • We offer a complete selection of beverages to compliment your function. As a licensee we are responsible for the administration of these regulations. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought onto the premises from outside sources. In compliance with regulations, we reserve the right to ask patrons for proper identification for alcoholic beverage service. We reserve the right to refuse alcohol service to intoxicated or underage persons. Alcoholic beverages may not be removed from the premises.

  • Labor

  • Catering personnel are scheduled in four -hour shifts for each meal period. These shifts include setup, service, and breakdown. Any meal function going over a 4hour period of time will be charge an additional $10.00 per hour per staff member scheduled.

  • Dietary Considerations

  • We are happy to address special dietary requests for individual guests. We will offer a Vegetarian dish for each meal service. Any other dietary restrictions will need to discuss prior to event.

  • China Service

  • High-grade disposable products will be used as a standard for coffee breaks, receptions. China service is available for all plated and buffet meals located in the convention center. All service on the Arena Floor will be high grade disposable unless pre-approved.

  • Cancellation Policy

  • In the event of a cancellation, no deposit refund shall be made. Cancellation of food functions must be sent in writing to your Sales Manager. Any cancellation received more than 15 business days of the scheduled event will result in a fee equal to 25% of the estimated food and beverage charges plus any base rental fees as outlined in the contract. Any cancellation received less than 15 days of the scheduled event will result in a fee of 50% of the estimated food and beverage charges plus any base rental fees as outlined in the contract. Any cancellation received after the Final Guarantee has been provided will result in a fee equal to 100% of the charges on the affected Banquet Event Order(s) or signed agreement, whichever is greater of the two.

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