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Dinner can be so much
more than a meal.

A magical meal is so much more than just food.

It’s a delicious feeling that fills you up

and lasts with lingering loving memories for a long time.

Dinner At The Mansion

Join us at The Cotton Mansion Boutique Hotel as Chef Jeffrey Zervas crafts a unique and historically inspired meals.
 
This one of a kind monthly dinner series begins with “A Trip to Paris”, a multicourse French inspired culinary celebration of the 100th wedding anniversary
and French honeymoon of Mary Louise Cotton and Phelps Kelley; just in time for Valentines Day.  
 
In March we will explore the elegance and excess of Duluth’s Gilded Era, savor the foods that guests like JD Rockefeller enjoyed when visiting The Cotton Mansion over 100 years ago.
 
April will showcase an homage to the Scandinavian peoples who settled in Duluth and built the city we know and love today.
 
Our final dinner of the series in May pays tribute to the stunning Cotton Mansion, a historical treasure.Excite your tastebuds with an Italian meal worthy of being served in this grand Italian Renaissance Mansion.
 
Seating is limited to allow for a one of a kind experience.  Reservations are required.
Please call or email us to reserve your place at our table. Only available at The Cotton Mansion Boutique Hotel & Events.
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Experience Overview

 

February 10 – A Trip to Paris

March 16 – The Gilded Age

April 20 – The Scandinavian Influence

May 18 – An Italian Renaissance

 

Menus Built Around Theme with 6+ Courses

Wine Pairings to Compliment the Meal

Historical Component Matching Each Theme

 

The Cotton Mansion Boutique Hotel & Events in Duluth, MN

6:00pm – 9:00pm

$129 per person + tax & gratuity

Reservations Required

 

2024 Monthly Dinner Series

Built in 1908, by Joseph Cotton, the Cotton Mansion is a 16,000 square foot Italian Renaissance mansion and Carriage House located in the historic mansion district of Duluth, Mn. Beautiful custom-crafted details include an incredible array of hand-carved stone, exotic woods, Fifteenth Century Italian marbles, stunning mosaics and hand-carved plaster frieze ceilings.  This jewel of Duluth makes for a one of a kind setting for these one of a kind dinners.

A Trip to Paris

February 10, 2024

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Chef Jeffrey Zervas kicks off The Cotton Mansion 2024 Dinner Series with a “A Trip to Paris”.

A Trip to Paris is a French inspired culinary and historical celebration of the 100th anniversary of Miss Mary Louise Cotton and Mr. Phelps Kelley’s three month honeymoon spent in Paris.

Journey through Paris, with an edible exploration of the foods and times from the 1920’s to today. A Trip to Paris will include multiple French inspired courses and paired wines set in the beautiful and historic Cotton Mansion. Celebrate your Valentine in a truly unique and spectacular way.

Photo by Sebastian Coman Photography on Unsplash

The Gilded Age

March 16, 2024

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Chef Jeffrey Zervas is back for the second dinner in The Cotton Mansion 2024 Dinner Series with “The Gilded Age Dinner”. A taste of elegance and excess, savor the foods visitors like JD Rockefeller enjoyed when visiting The Cotton Mansion over 100 years ago.

Journey through the Gilded Age of Duluth when the population consisted of more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the country and they dined like it! Enjoy an edible exploration of the foods and times of Duluth’s most prominent business tycoons and titans of industry. The Gilded Age Dinner will include multiple historically inspired courses and paired wines set in the beautiful and historic Cotton Mansion.

Photo by Alex Lvrs on Unsplash

The Scandinavian Migration

April 20, 2024

6:00pm – 9:00pm

The third dinner in our series with Chef Jeffrey Zervas is an homage to the strong influence of the Scandinavian peoples with “The Scandinavian Migration Dinner”. With flavors from several different Scandinavian cultures you are sure to delight in this Nordic fare.

Duluth is famous for its wealth in the early 20th century but little attention is paid to the people who built the Zenith City.  Our city owes more to the Finnish nannies, Norwegian dockworkers, Danish cooks, and Sweedish construction workers than they are often given credit for.  The Duluthians whose stories have been lost to history created the city we love to call home, not just in the buildings and homes that fill the borders but through the culture and life they infused into it.  Celebrate these unsung folks with us at “The Scandinavian Migration” Dinner.

Photo by Mgg Vitchakorn on Unsplash

An Italian Renaissance

May 18, 2024

6:00pm – 9:00pm

For our fourth and final dinner in this series with Chef Jeffrey Zervas we will celebrate the beautiful Cotton Mansion with “An Italian Renaissance”. This grand property was built in 1908 and features an Italian Renaissance architectural style.

The menu will be crafted around an Italian theme in honor of the mansion itself.  The property has not been open to the general public for most of it’s 115 year life but she still has so many stories to tell.  Join us for “An Italian Renaissance” Dinner to learn the secrets and stories of The Cotton Mansion.

Additional Information

Payment:

The price shown is per person.  Tax and a 20% gratuity are added at check out.  Full payment is required at booking and can be made with VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.  Ticket sales end 2 days prior to the dinner or once we sell out.

Arrival & Parking:

The dinners begin at 6:00pm with doors opening at 5:45pm.  Please do not arrive any earlier than 5:45pm, doors will not yet be unlocked as we prepare for the evening.  Please utilize street parking as on site parking is reserved for our overnight guests.  Entrance to the mansion is through the main door off of 1st St.

What To Expect:

Each dinner will include multiple courses with paired wine.  Every menu is created to flow from one dish to another and each dish is made from scratch.  As passionate history buffs this dinner series has been crafted around the history of the property and Duluth, we will be sprinkling in interesting history tidbits as the night progresses!  This dinner series is so much more than a meal, it’s an evening, an adventure, a moment, and a memory. A night with us lasts over 3 hours, consists of many courses and not only fills your bellies, but your hearts. With an intimate group and the utmost personal attention from Kirsten, Jeff and our team. It is our duty to give you an experience that not only feels magical, but priceless at the same time. Our dinners reflects the value of the best ingredients we can find, and our commitment to pay our staff fairly and consciously, the unique experience we work so hard to provide you with.

Cancellations or Refunds:

We are offering a very limited number of spaces for these dinners.  As such, all reservations are non refundable from the date of purchase.  If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your reservation to another person at no additional charge.  Please contact us with any reservation changes so we are able to prepare accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dinner for the 2024 series is $129 per person (plus tax & 20% gratuity). This dinner series is so much more than a meal, it’s an evening, an adventure, a moment, and a memory. A night with us lasts over 3 hours, consists of many courses and not only fills your bellies, but your hearts. With an intimate group and the utmost personal attention from Kirsten, Jeff and our team. It is our duty to give you an experience that not only feels magical, but priceless at the same time. Our dinners reflects the value of the best ingredients we can find, and our commitment to pay our staff fairly and consciously, the unique experience we work so hard to provide you with.

Yes!  Guests will be seated together at large tables.  This is a fun opportunity to share in this unique experience and hopefully leave with new friends.

Absolutely!  These dinners are a great opportunity to meet new people!

An evening with us consists of multiple courses made up of local ingredients including vegetables, fish, poultry, meat, dairy and grains. We do not offer substitutions. However, in most dietary restriction cases, we have found that it may simply involve skipping a course or two, which over the duration of the evening will still provide for an enjoyable experience. 

We are a full service Boutique Hotel with several of the floors occupied by guests.  The first floor common areas are open for dinner guests to explore and enjoy.  

Yes!  Simply select “Boutique Hotel” under “Vacation Rentals” in the top menu to see all of the rooms we have available at our three neighborhood Boutique Hotel Mansions!  We are usually fully booked for the weekends so be sure to make your reservations early!

Our rooms offer clean and tastefully selected furnishings with either 1 queen or 1 king bed(with the exception of The Billiards Suite which is a 3 bedroom suite).  All rooms come with a coffee maker, microwave, mini fridge, and a SmartTV connected to Netflix and Hulu.  Each of our rooms has a private bathroom, many with jetted or soaking tubs.  Our rooms are all unique offering differing amenities, please see the detailed room descriptions earlier on this page for full room details.

We love children, but at this time The Cotton Mansion is primarily an adult oriented facility. Dinners are open to guests 21 years and older.  

No, The Cotton Mansion does not allow pets.

We are located in the beautiful Congdon Mansion District Neighborhood of Duluth, MN

Have more questions?

We are always adding new events, follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Cotton Mansion Events to stay up to date!

 

We are also available for private events!