Month: December 2011

On December 28th Rick Nelson, staff writer for the Minneapolis StarTribune wrote an article recapping “the good and the bad and the comings and goings of the Twin Cities restaurant scene in 2011.” It’s a great article in the taste/lifestyle section.

He highlights various aspects of the food and beverage business around the Twin Cities. He touches on significant openings, the Mpls. street scene, change of addresses, reality TV, and several other hot topics. It’s well worth the read, but the section worth noting for CRAVE is the Entrepreneurs of the Year. He makes mention of our very own Kam and Keyvan Talebi (brothers and co-owners) as worthy contenders to receive the honors of Entrepreneurs of the Year. We’re very grateful to receive such praise in the community. Thanks for your continued support!

You can read the full article by clicking HERE.

Happy Holidays!

– CRAVE Team

The 2012 Capital One Bowl, between the Nebraska Huskers and the South Carolina Gamecocks, is set to kick off on January 2, 2012 at 1PM ET (2PM CT) at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL. The game, which began play in 1947, is one of the oldest of the non-BCS bowls in history. We at CRAVE want to extend a very special welcome to football fans traveling to Orlando for the big game.

If you happen to be a Husker fan traveling to Orlando, or a Husker fan living in Orlando, we have the deal you CRAVE this bowl game weekend! In support of CRAVE Restaurant Nebraska, we are offering a FREE tap beer, house wine or rail drink to whoever sports Husker Gear to CRAVE Restaurant Florida! This offer is valid from December 29, 2011 – January 2, 2012.

While our cheering will mostly be directed towards the Nebraska Huskers, we wish both teams best of luck this weekend. Nebraska’s inaugural season in the B1G Ten will hopefully be capped off by a win in the 2012 Capital One Bowl! Wear Red, Be Loud and Go Big Red!

– Nick

New Years Eve is just a few days away and we’re so excited we’ve decided to host a give away!

CRAVE is giving away a free New Years Eve dinner for 2 at CRAVE. Winner will also receive 2 tickets to Jeune Lune’s New Years Eve party!

The CRAVE New Years Eve dinner offers an amazing special chefs menu and the NYE Party at Jeune Lune is set to be a phenomenal event! This packs two great events into one special night for the lucky winner.

Let’s get to the details:

  1. Your reservation MUST be made via Open Table for New Years Eve at either the CRAVE Mall of America or Galleria (Edina) location.
  2. Reservation must be made by 5:00pm on Friday, December 30th.
  3. After making your reservation you must leave a comment on our Facebook wall post for this giveaway telling everyone you’ve made your reservation.
  4. Winner will be randomly chosen and notified on Friday at 5:00pm.

That’s it. Make your reservation now while there’s still availability. There is limited space and it’s going quickly!

– T.J.

On Friday, December 16th CRAVE opened its newest location in Coral Gables, Florida. It was exciting to finally open the doors to the public and begin letting them get their first taste of the next generation of fresh, vibrant, American food.

It’s been very busy from the get-go and even though this location has only been open a few short days, we’re already in high gear getting some of our lesser known services in action. These services include:

This blog post features a few pictures from events we just catered since opening our doors 6 days ago. Some of the menu items served included Mexican sushi, chicken satay, and hummus.

We’re an experienced, high quality company ready to bring our Catering Services to your Corporate Event, Gala, Dinner Party, Meeting, Wedding, Holiday Celebration, or Social Gathering.





















If you’re in the Coral Gables/Miami area and have any Private Dining, Delivery, or Catering needs feel free to contact Paula to see how we can help.

– T.J.







My name is Cari, and I’m sending you this email to let you know what a great job Elizabeth and Randy at your Orlando restaurant did tonight!! Bravo to them.

I visited your restaurant on Dec 11th with my family. My brother came to visit me as a surprise. We were a party of 14, and I called around to see who could accommodate us at such short notice. I called your restaurant and Randy answered the called. Right away he told me to come in, he was going to have a party of 50 at 11 am, but if we came before or after that time he would sit us down.

As promised we were sat and the service was spectacular. I was so impressed.

I work at Epcot, for a company name Guerlain we are  part of the LVMH group. I was having the Director of Fragrance coming in today to take the team out for dinner. I had reservations at another restaurant in the area I cancelled and called Randy the next day and made reservations for tonight. We spoke about what I needed and he was very accommodating.

Tonight we got to the restaurant Randy was there to greet us and our area was set just as promised. Lovely, but our director thought it was too small for our team (we were nine). We asked if we could move to another area. Elizabeth and Randy found the solution and it was perfect

Our server was attentive to our needs and requests. I believe his name was Andrew.

Overall the evening was perfect, the entire team had a wonderful time. Now you have 8 new customers!

So being in the same business of customer service I give Elizabeth, Randy and Andrew a perfect score of 10!!!

On behalf of the entire Epcot Guerlain Team we thank you.


– Cari

We’ve decided to begin posting some of the feedback we’ve received online. This feedback is critical in providing us details about our staff, our menus, and everything related to our business based on the individual experiences our customers have coming to CRAVE Restaurant.

Here is a recent email we received from a guest who stopped by for Happy Hour.


My friend and I stopped in for your happy hour tonight (first time at this location) and I accidentally spilled my “Cosmo” and broke the martini glass too. Out of no where came help from one of your staff (Elizabeth). She was so cool and calm and immediately ordered us both another drink on the house and helped us clean up the spill.

She was very professional and genuinely concerned about us. I was totally thankful and impressed. I will definitely return to your establishment. The bartenders were nice and helpful as well. Thank you for an enjoyable happy hour which could have turned out differently.

Janet P.

In case any of you missed it, one of the CRAVE chefs went on Fox 9 to cook up some great items off our menu. Click the ‘read more’ to watch and see which chef it was and which location he works at.

We’re very proud of our chefs and it’s great to see them highlight what we do best here at CRAVE, which is take care of you!

– T.J.

CRAVE Catering is proud to partner with Aria at the Jeune Lune for a New Years Eve bash to remember!

Today is the last day to enter into their VIP giveaway:


1. “LIKE” this page by December 7th and you are automatically registered to win VIP package for four people ($1,000+ value)
2. Winner will be announced on the event page on December 8th

New Year’s Eve at Aria at the Jeune Lune Saturday, December 31st, 2011 Featuring djs Jack Trash, Cities of Gold, D-Struct, Ben Clear, Tyler Hampton Toast with Aria at the Jeune Lune at its first annual New Year’s Eve celebration and opening of this historic space since Theatre de la Jeune Lune closed their doors in 2008.

In a space known for avant-garde performances, partygoers can expect the unexpected at this unique event. The talented DJs from will provide the musical backdrop for the evening to complement interactive art shows curated by artist Drew Beson. Jaguar Land Rover, CRAVE Catering and several other Minneapolis brands were eager to be involved inways that will delight and excite the evening’s guests.

Doors for this 21+ event will open at 9:00pm with entertainment, snacks and cash bar available throughout the evening. Advance tickets start at $35. Limited VIP lounge and beverage service packages are available by calling 651-321-1853.

Aria at the Jeune Lune
105 North First Street
Minneapolis, MN, 55401

– T.J.

CRAVE wants to bring our fresh innovative cuisine to you! Whether a business meeting, social gathering or special event CRAVE will deliver to your location. Not only do we deliver the food we also bring everything you will need to serve it and even set it up for you! All orders are delivered hot, ready to serve and include plates, napkins, eating and serving utensils. Remember, we make it from scratch so please call by 5:00pm for next day delivery.

Click on the location below to view or download a PDF of our delivery menu:

Minnesota Omaha Orlando

Feel free to email me for more information!

– Marlo

In addition to all the CRAVE staff we had on hand to serve hot meals to the needy this past Thanksgiving, we also had a fantastic photographer on site to capture this special day. She put together a video slideshow and put it to music to give you appreciate the great success we experienced.

Thanks you Suzanne for this wonderful video and hope you all enjoy the video!

The photographers name is Suzanne Shaff. Her contact information is below:
Suzanne Shaff Photography Worldwide

Thanks for watching!

– T.J.