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Ultimate Date Experience

Start your Saturday afternoon off exploring the North Loop with a variety of gift certificates for local shops, breweries, and more!  Then head to dinner with the hardest to get reservations in town at Gavin Kaysen’s Demi. Enjoy a unique dinner tasting experience including reserve wine pairings.  From there, head over to the Hewing Hotel for a one-night stay, including access to their rooftop hot tub + sauna and rooftop bar. In the morning, head over to Spoon and Stable for brunch, including cocktails and special seating.

Restrictions: Must be a Saturday evening dinner/Sunday brunch. Dates must be agreed upon by all parties.
Generously donated by: Jennifer & Jon Salveson and Spoon + Stable

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A Week on the Caribbean Sea in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Enjoy a week-long stay in a stunning two-bedroom penthouse in the heart of Playa. Arena Blanca is perfectly located on the trendiest street, next to open air restaurants and jazz bars, just a five minute walk to the Caribbean Sea.  This penthouse and rooftop has the “Wow! Factor” covered, with tasteful decor focusing on natural materials. Marble floors, mahogany cabinets, and beautiful furnishings abound. It features a large rooftop terrace with a jacuzzi plunge pool — perfect for sunning, drinking, dining, and lounging — and overlooks the city of Playa del Carmen and the twinkling lights of Cozumel Island beyond. Two bedrooms + loft and two bathrooms. Comfortably sleeps five adults. Experienced local staff provides concierge service for local sightseeing. This package also includes $500 towards airfare.

Restrictions: Not available December 15, 2021 – April 1, 2022. Date must be mutually agreed upon by both parties.
Generously donated by: Judy & Jay Hoeschler and Friends of the Crisis Nursery

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In-home Dinner with Stuart & Mary Harvey

Long time Nursery supporters, Stuart and Mary Harvey have generously opened their Edina home for an intimate home-cooked dinner for up to eight (8) of your guests paired with amazing wines.  Mary places a fresh, creative, and healthy twist on recipes from Barefoot Contessa and Half Baked Harvest to name a few. The Harvey’s special family favorite dish of chicken tetrazzini (which Mary first made for Stuart 34 years ago) has become known as the “meal that sealed the deal”, as it’s the one she prepared for husband, Stuart on the night he decided he wanted to marry her.  Mary, a Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery Board member, looks forward sharing her culinary skills while additional board members help serve you dinner.  Get to know GMCN Board members and enjoy an elegant, lovingly prepared dinner with your friends at the Harveys!

Restrictions: Date will be mutually agreed upon between both parties. No holidays.
Generously donated by: Mary & Stu Harvey


Private Wine Tasting for up to 20 with Solo Vino

Enjoy an evening of incredible wines with a tasting led by Chuck Kanski, the proprietor of Solo Vino – a St. Paul-based independent wine shop that likes to be the voice of the smaller, artisan vineyards that often times goes unheard. You will have the opportunity to work with Chuck to create your own theme and highlight wines you and your guests will love, paired with divine

savory and sweet foods. Based on your preference, the tasting can be virtual, hosted in-person at your location, or you can accept a special invitation from board member Libby and Tom Doran and allow them to host so you may enjoy your party at their home!  With food as beautiful as flower arrangements and wines ranging from light bubbles to deep reds, you can create an unforgettable evening for you and your friends.

Restrictions: Date will be mutually agreed upon between both parties. No holidays.
Generously donated by: Libby & Tom Doran and Janet & Steve Lerch










In-home Cocktail Class with Jason Suss, A Proper Pour

Learn how to make fancy restaurant style cocktails with Jason Suss, Owner of A Proper Pour. Your class will be held at your home where you will snack on tasty charcuterie from Graze Local and participate in a hands-on cocktail class, where you’ll shake, stir, and garnish your own cocktails. Jason will teach you all the history, tips, and tricks around spirits, flavors, and garnishes. This event is for up to 8 attendees.

Restrictions: Dates will be coordinated via email according to the availability of all parties. Good for 1 year from time of purchase.
Generously donated by: Jason Suss & Friends of the Crisis Nursery