International German Genealogy Partnership

Conference Dining

For your convenience we have arranged to have meals provided by the conference hotel, which must be pre-ordered. Buffets are available for breakfast and for the speaker lunches. Saturday night we are providing a Conference Banquet, a plated meal. It will be a nice evening to relax, enjoy music and of course Connect with other attendees.  
If you would prefer to explore local options, please see the Local Dining section below. Refrigerators are also available in all rooms at the Conference hotel. All food in the Conference area must be provided by the hotel catering. Water stations will be made available.
Breakfast Buffets will served each morning by the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest hotel and will cost $27 per person.
All breakfasts will include 
Chilled orange juice, fresh seasonal fruit, assorted muffins, breakfast pastries, preserves, sweet cream butter, freshly brewed caribou regular and decaffeinated coffee, assorted herbal teas.
Each day will provide a variety in offerings.  Menu may be subject to change.
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, and Breakfast Potatoes
Eggs with cream cheese, Sausages, and Hashbrowns
Scrambled Eggs, Kielbasa, and Breakfast Potatoes
Lunches - We will be offering two types of lunches each day.  The speaker lunches will be served as a buffet.  There will also be box lunches available for those not attending a speaker lunch. Menus are still being finalized and may be subject to change.

Friday Speaker Lunches: $39
The following items listed will be included on the buffet.  *Menu Subject to Change - final menu will be set in June.
Fruit Salad, Hearts of Romaine salad with Italian Vinaigrette and Ranch, Cranberry Almond Pasta salad, Grilled salmon with Kiwi Barbeque sauce, Turkey Schnitzel with Mushroom Gravy, parslied potatoes, and roasted asparagus, Assorted dinner rolls with whipped butter, Chef’s choice of three desserts, Caribou Coffee, decaf, hot tea and iced tea
Friday Speakers:
Bill Cole, M.A. "Breathe Life into Your Genealogy with the Power of Story." 
Storytelling is recognized today as a top communication skill. Learn how to uncover, craft, and deliver powerful stories that touch others and breathe life into your genealogy. (B/I/A) Luncheon Ticket Required.
Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G. "The Status of Your German Ancestor"
This presentation discusses the feudal system in Germanic territories in Europe. The structure of classes is described with an emphasis on correctly placing our ancestors on that social scale continuum. (B/I/A) Luncheon Ticket Required.
Friday Box Lunch: $30
Sandwich types to be determined.

Saturday Speaker Lunch Buffet: $39
The following items will be included on the buffet.  *Menu subject to change. Menu will be finalized in June. 
Fruit Salad, Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette and Ranch, Marinated Vegetable Salad, Grilled Chicken Bruschetta Hungarian, Beef Goulash, Mashed Potato, Green Bean Amandine, Assorted dinner rolls with whipped butter and Chef’s Choice of three desserts, Caribou Coffee, decaf, hot tea and iced tea.
Saturday Speakers:
Speaker: Baerbel K. Johnson, AG   Topic: "Our German Ancestors and Their Occupations – A Bit of Social History"
An overview of German society between the 16th and 20th centuries, from feudalism to the industrial age and an explanation of how feudal controls, taxes, and other obligations affected our ancestors lives. (B) Luncheon Ticket Required
Speaker: James M. Beidler Topic: "German Immigrant Waves: Contrasts and Sources"
“Pennsylvania Germans” in the 1700s were a different breed than the “German Americans” who immigrated in the 1800s. This presentation shows the differences in geography, economic class, religion, and aspirations. (B) Luncheon Ticket Required
Saturday Box Lunch: $30
Sandwich types to be determined.

Sunday Speaker Lunch Buffet: $39
Fruit Salad, Iceberg Salad, bacon, Bleu Cheese with Chive Ranch & French, German Potato salad, Seared Chicken with Amaretto Mustard Sauce, Tenderloin Tips Merlot Mushroom Sauce, MN Wild Rice Pilaf, Steamed Broccoli and Cauliflower, Assorted dinner rolls with whipped butter with Chef’s Choice of three desserts. Caribou Coffee, decaf, hot tea and iced tea
Sunday Speakers:
Speaker: Michael D. Lacopo, DVM   Topic: "Incorporating Social History into Your German-American Research"
Family history should be more than names and dates. Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a “must-read” bibliography for serious researchers will be discussed. (B/I/A) Luncheon Ticket Required
Speaker: Sigrid Pohl Perry, Ph.D.   Topic: "Tracking the Tribe; or How to Get Around a Wall When You Can’t Find the Door"
Using ship manifests, censuses, obituaries, etc., learn strategies to find traces of relatives/friends of an elusive ancestor whose information will provide new avenues to search. (I) Luncheon Ticket Required
Sunday Box Lunch: $30
Sandwich types to be determined.

Saturday Night Banquet: $60
The Saturday night German themed meal will include a Tossed Green House salad with Ranch and Balsamic dressing on the side followed by your main course meal of Lightly Smoked Pork Loin in a stone ground mustard demi glaze over a bed of caraway spaetzle with sautéed red cabbage.  
The Saturday night American themed meal will include a Tossed Green House salad with  Ranch and Balsamic dressing on the side followed by your main course meal of Seared Salmon with lemon chive bur-blanc accompanied by Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes and a medley asparagus and carrots.
Alternating desserts will be Flourless Chocolate Torte and White Chocolate Mousse with fresh berries.
Guests will only be able to select one entrée.

Local Dining
The Marriott does have an in-house restaurant, the Wadsworth, which seats 75. Update: it will now be open during breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner with a limited menu. In addition, there is a coffee bar called "Boundary Waters" that will be open from 6 AM to 12 noon. It will serve some light snacks. "The lunch break will be a generous two hours to allow time to eat, visit our vendors, and make connections with Partner Societies and other Attendees.
  • The Marriott also has a listing of nearby restaurants.
  • The nearby Arbor Lakes Shopping Area has a large variety of options.  Check their directory for complete listings.