Category Archives: Corporate and Non Profit Event

The High Heel Dash

When my friend Matthew told me he was racing in the High Heel Dash for the Aegis Foundation, I know I had a perplexed look on my face.  The curiosity got the best of me and so I had to check it out.

Matthew is the marketing manager for the W Minneapolis – The Foshay and one of his best traits is being an active “citizen of his community”.  His participation with the High Heel Dash is just one example.

He added duct tape to his heels, as he couldn’t risk an injury since his softball team heads to Chicago for the World Series very soon.

My friend Rachel also raced.  It was apparent that the women racing took it very seriously!

And they’re off!

He placed a very respectable third place!  Way to go Matthew!

A Big Bowl of Fun!

Last night’s event, Eat Ramen Help Japan, was such a fun event.  So many friends, so much food and lots of funds raised to help Second Harvest Japan.  (Even though the event is over, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t contribute to the cause…)

Kenji, the organizer, along with Stephanie March and Stephanie Meyer, came up with this brilliant idea of selling bowls of ramen to raise money for the people of Japan affected by the natural disaster.  Now while his initial ideas of cooking all of this ramen himself and selling each bowl just shows how passionate he is, bringing in Stephanie and Stephanie resulted in this brilliant Ramen Off.  Get some chefs to serve their versions of ramen (the Asian equivalent to chicken noodle soup) and have them judged.  (Thank you for the great photos Kate N.G. Sommers!)

So what started out as an idea to raise a little bit of money turned into a great big social with people having a dynamite time eating, drinking Fulton Beer, singing karaoke and just having a good old time. 

The judges took their jobs very seriously.  Andrew Zimmern, who has been so busy, was fortunately in town and available to critique ramen from Masu Sushi & Robata, Create Catering (who also hosted the event at The Dining Studio), Dakota Jazz Club, Moto-i, Meritage and amatuer chef Noah Miwa.  At the end of the night Moto-i was announced as the overall winner of the event.


And you can’t send money without sending 1000 cranes.  While we didnt’ get 1000 folded, we did get a good start with close to 300.

Eat Ramen Help Japan

Often times when tragedy strikes, initially there is a lot of financial support and people throwing a helping hand.  As time passes, the memory of such devastation fades in the public’s mind, but the impact on those affected doesn’t fade so quickly.

Leave it to the generosity of chefs to put effort to raise money for Second Harvest Japan with a fun event as a reminder that those in Japan still need our help!  My friends at Create Catering are hosting the event!

Ramen-Off Fundraiser for Disaster Relief

Benefiting Second Harvest Japan

When7/21/11, Thursday,

WhereCreate Catering, 1121 Jackson St. NE,
Minneapolis, MN 55413 Directions

To buy a ticket check out their website:

Rooftop View

The VIP opening of Crave’s new downtown rooftop was a smashing success.    We laid down the red carpet, poured Moet, passed some food and had DJ Poet, of the Black Eyed Peas, entertain the crowd!

A fun party to put on and I was happy that everyone seemed to have a goood time.

Smile Network had an amazing array of rare wine and unique items for a silent auction that took place in Crave’s Private Dining Room.

Kara of Kamarron Design always does such a beautiful job selecting fabrics, colors and textures for the Crave Restaurants.  The finishing touches on the rooftop makes it a beautiful, yet comfortable space.

This might be my favorite ice sculpture from Ice Occasions!

Thank you to Noah Wolf Photography for the images!