One week ago, I found myself at a wonderful lunch with great company and amazing food. Organized by Beth Engelman of @momonashoe, Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Naperville had a fall tasting and I was happy to be on the guest list for this awesome preview of the delicious food that will be offered on their menu. Thanks to Beth and Sullivan’s general manager Randy Deguzman for and afternoon of great food, great drinks and great company.
We were welcomed by Sullivan’s Knockout Martini’s. What girl wouldn’t want a martini for lunch? I love martini’s and any opportunity to try a new one is never passed up. This citrusy and light martin would definitely be on the menu for me when I return to Sullivan’s. Even though it was lunch time this day, it was Happy Hour somewhere right?
We then learned from the chef how they create their famous Sweet Potato Casserole. This is a seasonal dish that is often ordered by customers who take the dish home as an addition to their holiday meals. While the recipe was not as complex as you may think, because it surely tasted like it was a complicated dish to create, I will allow you to visit them and experience for yourself what the chef served up straight from the oven.
However before we had the opportunity to feast on the Sweet Potato Casserole we were treated to another seasonal drink. The Apple Bourbon mule, Sullivan’s take on the traditional Moscow Mule. What is lunch without more than one cocktail right? And again it had to be Happy Hour somewhere.
While we were enjoying the company a getting to know a little more about each other we were treated to a demonstration on the proper way to cook and open crab legs. We were then shown the largest crab legs I have ever seen on my life. We learned that proper scissors that will allow you to cut through the shell are the best way to open your crab legs. This way involves less labor and more eating. We were also able to learn a little about cooking, such as how long do you cook the crab legs and the difference between a yam and a sweet potato. What was lunch without a little learning included?
I believe by this time we were all waiting with baited breath to partake in the items on the fall tasting menu. Shortly after this demonstration we were treated to a scrumptious lunch which included steak (one of the best steaks I have had in some time), crab legs and sweet potato casserole. The lunch was divine. The portions were filling and the food was tasty and ensured that I would be back for more.
As if the food and drinks were not enough, Beth and Sullivan’s provided us this parting gifts to take home. My bottle of wine will come in handy during this holiday season. Beth’s thoughtfulness and creativity will ensure that there are some holiday craft projects going on in my house this holiday season.
Thanks again to Beth, Randy and Sullivan’s staff for an awesome afternoon. This was the perfect kickoff to my weekend and a great way to spend a Thursday afternoon. Sullivan’s Steakhouse is highly recommended for those who live in the Naperville area as well as those like me who live in the city. There is ample parking, you may have a short wait for a spot, and great ambiance. Sullivan’s gift certificates or reservations for a date night, family night or girls brunch would a great way to spend some downtime this holiday season. I am already looking forward to my next visit.