I signed up for a contest on Facebook, for a free dinner for 2 and 2 tickets to a NYE party at Aria at the Juene Lune.
I won- WOOHOO!!!


My husband, Steve and I decided to get a sitter for the evening and rent a hotel room, downtown Minneapolis so we could really celebrate.  The night began a little on the hectic side.  To start, we were late leaving our house (as a 9 month old will easily keep you) then we got lost in Minneapolis, trying to find our hotel.

After finding it and checking in quickly, we ran about 4 blocks to get on the tram and just missed it, we literally watched it drive away!  After waiting 20 minutes, for the next train, we were  finally on our way to CRAVE at the MOA.
We are at the mall, yay!  But, we’re on the complete opposite side as CRAVE, booo!  We start running through the mall (me in 4in heels and a dress) and FINALLY get there at 7:45pm (mind you our reservations were for 7pm).  I kindly ask the hostess if we are still able to get in for dinner (in my head I’m begging her) and she says absolutely, and happily, immediately seats us, with not even a little grumpiness.  As a matter of fact, every single person working at CRAVE, that we met on NYE seemed to be in a great mood.  Everyone had a smile on their face and were joking around with each other.  You don’t see that a lot, it certainly made us in a better mood as I’m sure it did others.
Melinda, immediately comes over and takes our drink order, a St. Germaine Martini for me and a glass of Hess Cabernet for Steve.  As she’s getting our drinks someone must have told her the situation and that dinner was on CRAVE.  She comes back and says we are going “all out” tonight and insists we start off with a bottle of champagne. Hey, it is New Years Eve, right?  I don’t know what kind of champagne to get so Melinda chose the Gloria Ferrier Rose champagne for us and it was PERFECT!!  BTW- Melinda, is the best waitress I have ever had the pleasure of meeting!  So outgoing and a genuinely fun person to be around, she made our night a perfect 10  🙂


We ate what seemed like a ton of food.  To start we had the Sumo roll (my fav) and the Tuna poke.  Then we each had a cup of the seafood bisque.  For dinner, Steve, had the lobster crusted filet mignon and I had the sea bass with risotto.  Oh, we also had a bottle of the Hess Cab, with dinner but didn’t get very far through that bottle.  Not because it was bad, it was really good but because we were both a little buzzed after the bottle of champagne, not a bad thing either!  For dessert, we had a huge piece of chocolate cake and Shong, the sushi chef brought us some more sushi.  I’m not sure what it was but it looked and tasted magnificent!  We also each had a shot of espresso, to keep the night going, we had awhile before midnight!


After CRAVE, we got back on the tram, to take us back to downtown Minneapolis.  We met a couple a friends and headed over to Aria at the Jeune Lune.  It was crazy busy there!!  The food was also catered by CRAVE and looked delicious but we were too full to try any of it.
We danced, we drank, we kissed at midnight…. and we ordered pizza at 3am.  It was a great night and it’s all thanks to CRAVE, T.J., Melinda, Shong and everyone else at CRAVE, that night!  CRAVE at MOA ROCKS!!!


This was not the first time we have eaten at CRAVE, nor will it be the last time (especially since we bought gift certificates. Hope we helped Mike’s team a little).  We have not had one bad experience or one bad meal.  Everything has always been DELICIOUS!!!


Thank you, thank you, thank you, so much for such a memorable evening!
Tina Poser (Guest Blogger)

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

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 SIMshows.com 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 SIMshows.com 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. www.thejeunelune.com/newyearseve www.simshows.com www.facebook.com/simshows www.twitter.com/simshows

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

– T.J.

Happy Holidays!

To kick off this holiday season the CRAVE, Sopranos, and Urban Eatery restaurants are all teaming up to offer everyone a spectacular deal! We’re excited to announce that for every $100 in Gift Cards that you buy from any one of our restaurants you receive an additional $60 in FREE bonus Gift Cards. This is being offered from November 1st through December 31st, 2011. You can order these online or onsite in any of the participating restaurants. The exact details of the Gift Card program can be found by clicking HERE. It’s the holiday season…the perfect time to come in and use this extra $60 to treat yourself to an amazing Godzilla Roll, or an extraordinary specialty drink like the Pomegranate Martini. Either way you cut it you can’t lose. You get an extra $60 to spend on the most delicious food and drink in the Twin Cities. Remember, this FREE Gift Card offer is only available until December 31st, 2011. So order ONLINE now or stop by one of these locations. Click here to learn more about Sopranos Kitchen and Urban Eatery. If you have any question regarding the promotion please feel free to contact us at giftcard@craveamerica.com. – T.J.