Asking Brooklyn-born Chef Joseph Sullivan, the owner of Bluffton's Mulberry Street Trattoria and the newly opened The Marketplace at Mulberry Street, for some menu suggestions for Sunday's super bowl was a no brainer. As New York Giants fans, I knew he, and his lovely wife, Elissa, would be making preparations for their own family's Super Bowl celebration, and I was all ears. I already knew I'd be making Sullivan's award winning "Chicken Portobello Soup with Pesto" to bring the team luck (there's a HUGE Giants fan living in my house, too), but I was looking to Sullivan for ideas on what else might go well with the soup. So, after a little conversation about football and food -- Italian style -- that is, with lots of love and passion, the Sullivan suggested some "Fried Ravioli with Caramelized Onion Dip" and an Italian hero with the "works." Perfect. I had an appetizer, "the" soup, and a super-size hero to round out the meal. But, what about dessert? Sullivan has that covered, too -- with an assortment of pastries like cannolis, sfogliatelles, cream puffs and eclairs. I've got Sullivan's recipes and instructions for the ravioli and dip, the soup and the hero here for you, but if you want the pastries, you'll have to drop by the Marketplace. With 48 hours' notice, Sullivan can have the pastries made for you and just about anything else Italian can you think of for your super bowl party -- such as, antipasto platters, trays of lasagna, sausage (homemade) and peppers and much, much more. The Sullivans work their restaurant and market seven days a week, but will be cutting out early on super bowl Sunday, by 3 p.m. By then, I'll be busy too. The soup will be on and soon after that -- the game.
Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.