An intimate setting and small plate theme offer guests a sophisticated, romantic dining option

NISSWA, Minn. - June 06, 2011 - Grand View Lodge's new dining experience, Cru, announces its official grand opening, taking place June 28 through the 4th of July weekend. Located on the resort's main property, Cru boasts sophisticated small plates with local and regional flavors and features worldly wines, all against the backdrop of the property's intimate wine cellar setting.

Cru, a French wine term meaning great growth and harvest, offers a classic and quaint atmosphere steps away from the main lodge, providing the perfect dining experience for a romantic dinner or special get-together with friends. Executive Chef Michael Manders brings his knowledge of regional and local cuisine as well as over 20 years of experience to the new restaurant. Also contributing to ever evolving and exciting menu is Chef de Cuisine, Paul Fitzpatrick.

Their approach is traditional fare with an unexpected twist. The small plate cuisine allows for superior ingredients that please both the palate and the eye. Using the best, fresh local products available, infused with ethnic flavors, Cru's menu features such dishes as:

Baby Beets and Goat Cheese: Coach Farm's triple cream goat cheese, micro greens, candied walnuts, reduced balsamic
Pesto Marinated Prawns: parmesan polenta, spicy tomato compote
Lobster Thai Corn Chowder: corn custard, chili oil
Grilled Lamb Sliders: micro greens, vine ripe tomatoes, feta cheese, harissa, cucumber sauce

Cru's manager, Christine Iannelli, formerly of the Ritz Carlton South Beach, has relocated to MN to add her special touch to the service at the new venue. Iannelli and Grand View's Sommelier Timothy Edmunds, also of CRAVE restaurants, combined their expertise to create an extensive international wine list featuring a variety of vintages and other sought after selections to complement the range of tastes offered.

Cru is currently open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner service; call 1-866-801-2951for a reservation.

Grand View Lodge is home to a collection of distinct dining venues and inviting accommodations set amidst hundreds of acres of scenic forest. To keep up with Grand View Lodge's latest culinary events, news and special promotions, please "like" the resort's Facebook page. For additional resort information and to find out about food and wine packages, visit

About Grand View Lodge

Grand View Lodge is a family, golf and spa resort located on Gull Lake in the Brainerd lakes area. Since 1919, Grand View Lodge has provided guests vacation experiences with a wide variety of restaurants, seasonal activities and lodging options. Owned and operated by the Cote family, Grand View Lodge has Grand View Lodge has provided guests with relaxing vacation experiences for more than 90 years. Its roots grow deep in the history of the Brainerd Lakes area. Selected in 1979 for the National Registry of Historic Places, Grand View Lodge's Main Lodge offers one of the most well-preserved examples of early resort log construction in existence today. For more information, please visit