Lidl Ireland hosted the exclusive Savvy Supper Club in the Crow Street restaurant in Dublin last week.
Hosted by J.P. Scally, CEO of Lidl, and Kathryn Thomas, Lidl ambassador, guests were treated to a three-course culinary menu that showcased a range of Lidl’s great-value and award-winning food and wine.
According to the discounter, the Lidl Savvy Supper Club demonstrated to guests that there is no need to compromise on the quality of food and wine that you can enjoy in the comfort of your home when you do a full shop at Lidl.
On arrival, guests were served a choice of cocktails, including an autumn berry Bellini – a fruity Bellini made with Lidl’s award-winning Prosecco Superiore and mixed berries – as well as a Lidl bramble cocktail.
The bramble cocktail was made with a refreshing mix of Wild Burrow Irish gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice and mixed berries, garnished with blackberries and a slice of lemon.
The menu for the evening was a collaboration between the culinary team at Crow Street – led by Dave Coffey, the chef, and Damien Quinn, the restaurant manager – and Lidl, to create a menu using the latter’s award-winning food and wine.
To kick off, starters included West Cork chilli and garlic prawns with Lidl Deluxe Spanish dry-cured chorizo, lemon and parsley, and the Lidl Deluxe Italian antipasto platter, featuring sun-dried tomato, olives, artichokes, fresh basil pesto, sun-dried tomato pesto, rocket salad, and grilled sourdough bread.
As a vegetarian option, grilled Irish courgettes, roasted peppers and a mini-mozzarella salad were served with toasted pine nuts and Lidl Deluxe aged balsamic vinegar.
For mains, guests had the option of choosing a chargrilled Lidl Deluxe Irish Angus 36-day-matured dry-aged striploin steak, crispy smashed baby potatoes, and sautéed mushrooms and onions with a Dundalgan Irish whiskey peppercorn cream.
Also offered were a pan-roasted Lighthouse Bay sea bass fillet with grilled Tenderstem broccoli, crushed potato and scallions with a tomato and caper salsa, and a red-lentil dahl with baby spinach, roasted butternut squash, pickled onion, and a yoghurt flatbread.
To top off the menu, a Lidl Deluxe salted caramel and dark chocolate mousse with fresh cream, an Irish Bramley apple and blackberry hazelnut crumble with Lidl Deluxe vanilla ice cream, and a Lidl Deluxe Irish cheese board – with Cashel Blue, Tipperary Brie, Cooleeney Camembert, a vintage Cheddar, grapes, honey and spices, poached pears and crackers – were served to guests.
The menu was paired beautifully with a white wine – the Lidl Winemaker’s Selection Chenin Blanc, from South Africa – and a red – the Chilean Malbec Reserva Privada.
At the end of the meal, guests were encouraged to guess the cost of it. The overall winner was Deirdre Reynolds, with a price of €3.74 for the three-course meal, showcasing how affordable it is to recreate these meals at home when doing your full shop at Lidl.