Consider Yourself Part of the Family: Recipe for a Successful Family-Owned Restaurant: Cherish Family, Revere Loyalty
From across the cozy dining room, regular patrons of Bluffton's successful Mulberry Street Trattoria have grown accustomed to seeing the restaurant's executive chef/owner Joseph Sullivan hard at work. In the restaurant's well-appointed open kitchen, the "cool class" chef is focused and serious about his craft. He knows his clientele by name and what it is they like to eat. He regards them as "close friends who have become family." Sullivan's sous chef of ten years, the talented Heather Juel, follows suit, and the Sullivan family embrace her as part of the family, too. Working the front-of-the-house, Sullivan's wife, Elissa, and her mother, Ruth DeStefano, are vibrant, class acts, as well, and have a strong following of their own.
Commitment to Community
Mulberry Street Trattoria executive chef/owner, Joseph Sullivan, as well as other top area chefs and family-owned businesses, participate in numerous fund-raising and community events throughout the year, among them the "Iron Chef Competition" part of the Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival. Sullivan entered a mouth-watering flounder over polenta dish in 2008 (top left and right) and from last year's event (lower left and right), a delightful triggerfish salad. (Just visible behind Sullivan, in orange cap, is veteran Mulberry Street Trattoria sous chef, Heather Juel). This year's Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival is planned for October 17-25, 2010, when chefs will be challenged to create two dishes (in one hour) using two unknown ingredients in seafood and non-seafood categories.
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