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)