Sontes Catering creates customized catered events that are a reflection of who you are.

Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner party or a wedding for hundreds, we can create an event that’s as unique as you are. Sontes Catering is located within Grand Rounds Brewing Company and is under the care of Executive Chef Jeff Schwenker, Tessa Leung, Event Manager Kristen Risser and General Manager Kelly Griffin.

Our services include:

Event Catering

With Sontes customized catering services your event will be a reflection of you. No cookie cutter events here! We want to help you express your personality in every way. Contact us to learn how we can create an event that’s as unique as you are.

Bartending Service

What’s a party without beverages? Our bartending service lets you be sure that every guest has his or her drink of choice in-hand. Whether you need a simple bar or would like a rare wine selection our bartenders can stock and serve it. And only Sontes Catering can provide beer by the brewers from Grand Rounds Brewing Company. Whatever your taste, we have just the thing to wet your whistle.

Event Staffing

For our experienced staff; warmth and hospitality are second nature. Creating a welcoming atmosphere and making everyone feel comfortable is what we do. Let us take care of your guests like we would our own friends and family.



(507) 292-8936



4 3rd St SW
Rochester, MN



email or phone for information & appointments


Get your Drink on

From hosted to cash bar and everything in between. Let us help you plan a reception to remember while making it seamless and on budget. Inquire for pricing!


HOsted Bar

Definition:  a bar (as at a wedding reception) at which drinks are served free. There are multiple options to stay within budget and have a great time!


Bar Menu

Beer, Wine, Mixers & Glassware are at your fingertips.  Let us know what you would like & leave the work to us!



Cash Bar

Definition: a bar at a social function at which guests buy drinks rather than having them hosted (open).



Going for the sleek all white porcelain dishes, or something more non traditional?  We have a few different options for you to choose. Inquire for pricing.

Option 1: Bamboo biodegradable Plates : (Bamboo Plates, Bamboo Fork, knife, spoon, basic linen napkin & water glass.) Gorgeous alternative to paper plates and earth friendly!

Option 2: White 9" in round porcelain dishes : (Plates, Silverware, basic linen napkin & water glass)

Option 3: Vintage “antique” round plates : (sizes vary from 6-8 inches)  (Plates, Silverware, basic linen napkin & water glass)

Wine glasses $1/glass   Champagne glasses $1.50/glass



Basic or Luxe Table Linens & Napkins

Worry about more important things than linen, and let us take care of this for you, There are many different options available for any type of event.  

Prices vary dependent on style and quantity : Inquire for pricing 


We are happy to provide candles and votives, but we believe in letting the experts work their magic when it comes to creating the perfect ambience. We work with a wonderful group of businesses and individuals that do amazing work, and we are more than happy to point you in their direction. Flowers, centerpieces, candles and chalkboards are just of a few of the decorative pieces these businesses offer.


Coops Barn

Coops Barn


Please note, most venues do require a percentage of the total food and beverage cost from your caterer to be allocated to their site.  Sontes caterings prices are our prices alone, we do not build in the outside venues cost.  Your estimate will independently reflect the added cost based on your venues requirements.  We apologize for this inconvenience,however it is out of our control.

Villa Bellezza, Pepin  

Rochester Art Center

Rochester Peace Plaza

Studio 324

Coop’s Event Barn, Dodge Center

Grand Rounds Brewing Company ***

Floral Hall at the Rochester Fair Grounds

Rochester Civic Theater

Your home or business

A home or office event with Sontes Catering will be the most relaxing party you’ve ever thrown! We do all the cooking and clean up so all you have to do is enjoy your guests.

***our sister company, no site percentage assessed***

Everything you need to know about us....

Everything you need to know about us....

What kind of food do you serve?
Our style can best be described as “Modern American.” We source our ingredients locally, buy from organic or sustainable producers whenever possible and make every dish from scratch so you and your guests enjoy the freshest and most flavorful food.

Even though we’re Midwesterners, we have experience making every kind of food you can think of, so if there is a particular dish or style you’d like at your event, please ask.

What type of events do you cater?
Our customized approach to catering lets us cater any kind of event you can imagine. Whether you hosting a lunch meeting for 10, a cocktail party of 30, or an extravagant wedding reception we can create a menu that is sure to please every guest.

Where do you cater?

 We have relationships with many event venues in Minnesota and Wisconsin. See our Venues page to learn more.

Can Sontes Catering accommodate dietary restrictions?
Yes! One of the advantages of our customized approach to catering is that we can easily accommodate guest with special dietary needs.

Does Sontes Catering offer bar service?
Yes! Our extensive licensing allows us to be the most flexible bar service provider in southeastern Minnesota. In addition, our partnerships with Tessa’s Office Wine Boutique lets us offer an unmatched variety of wines, beers and liquors. And we’re the only caterer offering locally crafted beers from our sister company, Grand Rounds Brewing Company.

I’ve never had a catered event before. What is the process like?
Planning an event isn’t nearly as hard as you think. Our experienced staff can guide you through the entire process. We want your event to reflect who you are, so we take the time to get to know you and what you have in mind for your special occasion. Planning an event is a conversation and we’ll ask a lot of questions including the number of guests you are expecting, the type menu style you want (cocktail party, family style, plated dinner, etc.), the kind of foods and flavors you love (and don’t love), and what your budget is. Once we have that information, we’ll develop a menu that fits your style and budget, and with your approval, make it happen! Simply go to "Contact" page and and answer the simple questiong and we can get your event planning on its way.

Does Sontes Catering offer tastings?
Yes, it is possible schedule a tasting. There is $50 per person tasting fee, which will be refunded if you choose to book your event with us.

Can I hire you to provide only bar service and not the food?
Minnesota law requires that the bartending service provider also provide food at the event. We are happy to work with you to provide beverage and food service that meets your budget and expectations and follows the law.

What else can you provide, in addition to food and beverages?
In addition to food and bar service, we can provide dishes, flatware and glasses and linens for your event, whether it’s a casual gathering or a formal affair. In addition, we offer event staffing and planning services.

What is your booking and cancellation policy?Weddings and Large events require a $2000 deposit due with contract to confirm caterer. Non-Refundable. In home or Office events require a $150 deposit due with contract to confirm caterer. Non-Refundable.  Cancellation policy will be determined per your contract.  

Are there any additional charges that will appear on my final bill?
Once your menu and guest count are confirmed, you will receive a detailed estimate of all charges. Please let us know if you have questions about anything included in the estimate.

When do I have to provide a final guest count? Final guest count is required 3 weeks prior to event. We are able to accommodate up to 100 more up to 2 weeks prior to event.  


Home Base:

4 3rd St SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Located within Grand Rounds Brewing Co. and near Tessa's Office Wine Boutique


Contact Us

Send us a note: The more details you can share with us the better we are at getting the best information to you.

The following information is helpful in order to expedite your request:

Day, Time & Year of your event/number of guests attending/where is the event occuring/approximate per person or overall event budget/any specific dietary restrictions or needs.

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