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we cater to you.

It's true! You can have the Gastronomic Duo cook for you. Whether it’s a dinner party for friends and family, a business lunch, or special event, we will serve restaurant quality food with panache.

We select local, organic and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. We buy our food from the same short list of purveyors the Twin Cities’ best restaurants support. We know where our food comes from and why it’s the best. It’s a difference you can taste. And to take our local commitment further, we donate 3% of every catering sale to Second Harvest. By letting us feed you, you can also feed those in your community.  

We love cooking for intimate gatherings and in-home catering is our specialty, but we will gladly bring our culinary skills to your office, special event or party. We are pretty much open to anything, so just ask!

We are a small operation and are best equipped to cook for a group of no more than 12 (for now!). The smaller size also keeps things personal. Unlike a typical restaurant, you are given the opportunity to interact with the chef, to ask questions, and be entertained throughout the cooking experience. And because you are involved in designing the menu, we can create a meal specific to your interests and taste preferences.

We especially like creating adventures in eating. Want to expand your palate? We were given that challenge and delivered a feast we called, “Duck Duck Cow” which included duck rillettes, roasted bone marrow and foie gras sliders among other deliciousness. We had a game hunter challenge us to make his venison and pheasant into something special. We responded with venison tartar, scotch eggs in pheasant sausage, venison stroganoff and a classic crème brulee for desert.

Most recently we catered an engagement celebration dinner as well as a “welcome home” party for a newly wedded couple. Cooking as a couple, for couples, is one of our favorite things to do. And as an added bonus, we’ve even made some new friends along the way! Here’s what our fans are saying:

"Best wedding gift ever. What an amazing dinner! I think about those waffle ice cream sandwiches everyday.”   -Kelly

"When I knew the Gastronomic Duo would be catering an intimate family dinner at my mother’s home, I was excited to experience all of the fabulous food that was in store. But what we got was much more than that. Everything was superb — from consulting on the custom menu, to enjoying the wonderful warmth that Lori and Justin bring into a kitchen, to Justin explaining his cooking techniques to the guests as he masterfully prepared each dish, to being served at the table with excellent descriptions of each creation, to entering a kitchen after a multi-course meal to find every dish already washed – the experience couldn’t have been any better. There is really nothing better than having a gourmet meal prepared in the comfort of your own home. Thanks, Gastronomic Duo, for making my engagement dinner truly a night to remember!"   -Maija

Best money spent on food in quite some time! A dinner party of some close friends to celebrate the recent nuptials of a couple was made extraordinary by the lovely and talented gastronomic duo! Through consultation in putting together a menu, exceptional attention to detail and nothing but the best of ingredients made up one of my most memorable meals to date! Thank you Justin & Lori, can't wait to do it again!”   -Kristin

For more information or to book an event, please email Chef Justin D at We look forward to working with you!