Wednesday, December 18, 2013

St. Elmo Giveaway

Historic St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis.
There are few establishments that when you walk in, you feel cooler for walking through the front door. Much more so than if you wandered into a Bud Light happy hour at your local chain joint.

St. Elmo Steak House is one of those places. For my Cleveland readers, I wish there was something I could compare it to. Imagine if Michael Symon's grandfather owned Sokolowski's and it was passed down to him and they served steaks. That is the best description I have. 

Outside St. Elmo during the SuperBowl.
I was fortunate to be in Indianapolis for the SuperBowl and St. Elmo was *the* place to be. One of the managers told me that at one time, over half the NFL team owners and Roger Goddell were all having separate tables. Crowds lined up to see who would be the next athlete or Hollywood star to walk in.

It was freaky to say the least.

Needless to say, I ended up down the street for dinner. 

Servers that have been at St Elmo over 20 years. 
Founded in 1902, St. Elmo has earned a reputation of fine food and professional service. I can tell you, I have never had a bad meal there *and* most importantly, I have never had garbage service. That is an important point, because St. Elmo is a perennial on every best of list for Indianapolis and has received awards from Forbes and Smithonian Magazine. St. Elmo even won a prestigious James Beard award in 2012. It is easy for a restaurant this popular and ingrained in the community to shrug and tell people to deal with what they get and don't throw a fit.

I always wanted to sit down with one of the servers or bartenders, glass of whiskey in hand, and hear the stories that they have accumulated about the celebrities that visited. I could hear Peyton Manning and Amy Poehler stories forever.
The walls of the bar. Yes, that is Peyton. 
The walls are filled with autographed photos of NFL superstars like Peyton Manning, next to Indy 500 legend Mario Andretti. The swag on the walls puts any Hard Rock to shame.
The wine cellar. 

There are so many nooks and smaller dining rooms, that your "special occasion" isn't overshadowed by the other birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, new job celebrations, etc. On any given day, there are between 12,000 and 15,000 bottles of wine available - in all price ranges.

The window out front does not lie.
The famous, sinus clearing, shrimp cocktail.
Yes, yes, the steaks are of course fantastic. But the other item St. Elmo is known for is their Shrimp Cocktail. This sauce, the same recipe from 1902, was featured on the Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate - spicy food edition" and has now been bottled for your enjoyment.

In the first 30 days of sales, they shipped this sinus clearing sauce to 47 different states and 50% of those bottles were sent out of state. Poor Hoosiers away from home.

I could go on for another page or so, sharing with you more stories of celebrities and wine and steak and shrimp cocktail, but I encourage you to get out to Indianapolis and visit for yourself. Indy is a great city with lots of huge events. Check it out.

Now, for the YAYY!

The peeps at St. Elmo were generous enough to let me wander around the restaurant and gave me a bottle of their cocktail sauce to giveaway! 

This is perfect for your upcoming holiday party, that is if you want to share.

There are a couple of ways to win your very own bottle of St. Elmo Cocktail Sauce. Make sure to leave a separate comment for each method of entry below. I let a computer pick the winner, so if you don't comment, you lost.

Bummer if you can't follow directions.

You can tweet daily, but make sure you come back and leave a comment. And don't fib. If you fib, I will publicly announce you as a liar, liar pants on fire.

Be cool. 

1. Leave a comment telling me the spiciest thing you ever ate.
2. Tweet the following: "I want to win a bottle of @stelmo's World Famous Sinus Clearing Cocktail Sauce from @clevelandchick!"
3. Follow @StElmo on the Twitter.
4. Follow @ClevelandChick on the Twitter.
5. Follow St. Elmo on Facebook.

You have until Sunday, December 22 at noon to enter. Remember, you can tweet once per day. Let's face it, if you tweet more than that, people will want to hurt both of us, so be cool.

Disclosure: I was given a bottle of cocktail sauce for myself, which will make me the hit of the party circuit. The other bottle is for the giveaway. I was also given an awesome private tour of St. Elmo.


  1. Hopefully this. Kirk

  2. the spiciest thing I ever ate was habanero peppers that I grew. omg. my eyes and nose and throat still burn thinking of them.

  3. Tweeted!!

  4. Not only am I now following St. Elmo, I also want to eat there. Sounds really yummy!

  5. And of course I'm already following you on the Twitter :)