My first progressive dinner was this past week in honor of Northside Nights, the two-week restaurant promotion that runs March 11 – 24. When I first heard about Northside Nights I was quite excited – I’m a fan of Chow Down Midtown since it’s closer to our house than Devour Downtown, but heck, they all rock. Who wouldn’t love 3 courses for $30 or 2 people for $30, especially when many of the participating restaurants create special menus just to highlight their culinary talents? Seems like a no-brainer to me.
That was how we discovered and fell in love with Sahm’s Place at 65th and Keystone. Naturally, we narrowed all 30+ choices down to Late Harvest Kitchen. I’ll have a recap blog up about that experience soon.
I was invited to a progressive dinner as a media guest. Three restaurants, three plates – Sangiovese Ristorante for cocktails and appetizers, an entree at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, and the under-470 calorie dessert from Seasons 52. Three places I have never been to, until now. What a way to experience dining in Indianapolis!
Sangiovese is an Italian restaurant that is not new to Indianapolis. Recently updated along with the addition of The Container Store, Nordstrom’s Rack and the booming northside, Sangiovese is an intimate dining experience that will make you forget about the retail around you.
We were greeted by owner Chris Evans, who was charming and polite to our large group. Almost immediately after we sat down we watched plate after plate of appetizers fill the table and drink orders were promptly taken. This Northside Paloma is a mix of Patron Silver, grapefruit juice, a splash of soda and lime. A light and refreshing option for the beginning of the meal.
Mile-high bruschetta was one of the first plates cleared, with garlic, parmesan and fresh roma tomatoes.
This was put RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. Seriously. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Salami, pepperoni, mortadella, feta, olives and peppers were among a few other items packed onto this (heavy) plate. It was a little difficult to pass amongst the table, but having it right in front of me meant I didn’t mind if it didn’t move.
After 45 minutes we moved onto Sullivan’s Steakhouse, just a short drive away. Sullivan’s had another event and a packed house (mostly due to the popularity of Northside Nights), so we had a bit of a wait before we were seated. Glasses were filled with wine while steak, salmon and pasta entrees were placed out on a long table for us to pick and choose what we wanted.
I was further back in line so I didn’t have a lot to photograph, but I recorded one of those Vine videos while I picked from the different plates. I think I’m going to start a YouTube channel for all of my 6-second food videos. Who knows, maybe this will be “a thing.”
I’ll work on my video production skills.
We were treated to a special bananas foster, probably due to our wait since we were moving on to Seasons 52 for dessert. I tried a small bite, not wanting to eat too much, and I found it light and tasty.
Seasons 52 is known for their fresh, low-calorie menu, so when I realized we were going there for dessert I was a little curious. How could dessert be low-calorie? Just make it smaller. Glasses a little larger than shot glasses were filled with miniature versions of classic favorites like key lime pie and S’mores. I chose one filled with fresh fruit, a light ending to a filling dinner.
This was such a great way to experience three restaurants in one evening. Kind of makes me want to plan my own! Special thanks to Susan Decker for the invitation and Northside Nights for making this unique opportunity possible.