The Dine-Around: explore the Twin Cities and enjoy good food, conversation

For a Minnesota-inspired experience on the Dine-Around: A Viking ship near Erik the Red Nordic Barbecue and Barbarian Bar in Minneapolis.

What is the Dine-Around?  On Saturday night Conference attendees will have an opportunity to get to know each other better while enjoying dinner at some of the Twin Cities’ most delicious, fun and eclectic restaurants. Singles will sign up for one of the selected restaurants which has arranged for a group of 15-20 to sit together. The dinner arrangements give singles opportunities for conversation with other singles they’ve met at the conference and the chance to meet more new friends. According to a Dine-Around organizer, singles can nourish not only their bodies but their  hearts, souls and minds while exploring Minneapolis-St. Paul.

How do I sign up? When you arrive at the conference, you will find sign-up sheets for the Dine-Around near the registration area. It’s not possible to sign up in advance from this website.

When is the latest I can sign up? The Dine-Around sign-up deadline is Saturday at 1 p.m. in order to give Conference volunteers time to confirm reservations with the restaurants.

What restaurants can we choose from? NCSC is reserving tables at 25 local Twin Cities hot spots, including restaurants specializing in Italian, local Minnesotan, Asian, Mexican food and much more! Here are links to their menus to help you decide:

Masu Sushi at Mall of America                                                         

Ciao Bella, Bloomington                                                

Buca di Beppo, St Paul                                                   

Q. Cumbers, Edina                                                         

Erik the Red: Nordic BBQ, Downtown Minneapolis 

Chino Latino, Uptown Minneapolis                            

Tavern on France, Edina                                   

Lucky’s 13 Pub, Mendota                                        

Ginger Hop, NE Minneapolis                          

Granite City Brewery, Eagan                                

Cherokee Tavern, West St Paul                         

The Cardinal, South Minneapolis                   

Pinstripes, Edina                                   

Blue Water Grill at Hilton                                

Louis Ristorante & Bar, St Paul                                   

Cedar + Stone at Marriott, Mall of America                    

Pracna on Main, St Anthony Main, Minneapolis     

Psycho Suzi’s, NE Minneapolis                                                  

Twin Cities Grill, Mall of America                           

Cantina Laredo, Mall of America                   

What is the dinner price range? On average, dinner prices are from $15-$30

Do you have any specific recommendations?

  • For ages 18 to 35:  Psycho Suzi’s has an eclectic vibe and Pacific island feel. 
  • For ages 35 to 49: Pinstripes
  • For ages 50 and up: Ciao Bella
  • Local Picks: Cherokee Tavern has a friendly and local St Paul appeal; and Erik the Red is an authentic Minnesota restaurant.

How do we get to the restaurants?  For restaurants at the Mall of America, a hotel shuttle will be available. Groups traveling to other restaurants can go in a Conference attendee’s car, or take Uber or Lift. Bring cash to help cover the transportation costs. Here is a map of all the restaurants: Catholic Singles Conference Dining Around Map_50_3RD_Draft

Here’s what a veteran Conference attendee says about the Dine-Around : “It is kind of a go-with-the-flow event, that I find really fun. You sit with people you meet and have great conversation, then head back to the hotel for the dance.”