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Craig McEwen, Published April 07 2009

Catering to every need

Fargo’s Garden Pavilion serves for events, daily lunches

Just off Fargo’s Seventh Avenue North stands a 40,000-square-foot metal building that serves up everything from hot beef sandwiches to filet mignon and fettuccine Alfredo.

A dozen cloth-covered tables provide seating for about 65 customers at Garden Pavilion Restaurant and Banquet Facility, 1421 7th Ave. N.

That’s just one part of the business, which Roger and Brenda Teegarden launched in 1996 out of a mobile, 32-foot kitchen trailer.

One-on-One Catering and Elite Gourmet Catering are the other two business legs.

Slide away a wall, and the restaurant-turned-versatile-catering-facility seats up to 200 people for various types of events, including dances.

“Catering is the staple of the business,” said Roger. “The restaurant’s a nice addition.”

He spent several previous years in the food and beverage business including serving as chef at the former Tree Top Restaurant in Moorhead and executive sous chef at the Radisson Hotel in Fargo.

“I was always bored with all the things I was doing,” said Roger. “I’m a high-energy person. So I started my own business.”

The Teegardens bought the land in 1998, had the property rezoned for commercial use in 1999. They erected the building, opened the restaurant and expanded their catering business in November 2001.

Outside the building, they grow vegetables, herbs and fruit used in menu selections including herbal teas.

One-on-One Professional Catering serves customers within a 100-mile radius of Fargo-Moorhead. Weddings, company picnics and pig roasts are common events they cater.

Sister company, Elite Gourmet Catering, focuses on in-home fine dining, said Roger.

Elite Gourmet offers 12 separate menus ranging from Beef Wellington to chicken roulade, sauteed salmon and mustard or herb-crusted prime rib.

Sunday brunches are served twice a year at the Garden Pavilion, on Easter and Mother’s Day.

“We usually do about 200 people for Easter here,” said Brenda, serving this Sunday from about 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Readers can reach Forum Business Editor Craig McEwen at (701) 241-5502