At Nicollet Island Inn, Pair Fine Dining With Fine Entertainment


While newer, quicker dining trends have begun to dominate the hospitality scene in Minneapolis, many restaurants are still celebrating the tradition of fine dining.

One such restaurant is doing so by going back to the golden era, and pairing a fine meal with fine entertainment.

On Friday, Feb. 23, Nicollet Island Inn is bringing back its cabaret series with “Love Inspires.” From 6 – 9 p.m., singer Jennifer Eckes will take the stage to perform love songs from throughout the ages.

Owners Larry and Caryl Abdo want to take diners back to a time when a night on the town included great food, drink and showmanship in one place. To do so, they’ve forged with the Twin Cities Cabaret Artist Network to create a series at their venue. Through the network, their series will feature local accompanists, singers and directors that have repertoires to please all ages. Eckes will be Nicollet Island Inn’s second performance in the series.

In addition to live, the evening will also include classic cocktails and a prefixed menu by Chef Noah Balow.

The menu includes:

Passed Appetizer
White Cheddar and Thyme Gougères with Sea Salt
Chef’s Choice
First Course
Roasted Broccoli Salad - Pine Nuts, Chevre, Mustard Seed, Brown Butter Vin
Second Course
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin - Green Apples & Herb Stuffing, Speck, Green Beans, Yam Puree
Dessert Course
New York Cheese Cake Topped with Raspberry Puree
(includes Prosecco Toast)

Entertainment will take place from 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets cost $89 per person, which includes dinner.

Eckes has performed with the Minnesota Opera, Bloomington Civic Theater, the Ordway and has twice been a Fellow at Yale University’s Cabaret Conference.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Nicollet Island Inn online.