After sending numerous tweets, working with 100.7 The River and advertising the Sitti Courtyard Summer Mixer through Facebook, July 26th had finally arrived! Kate and I got to the courtyard a little early and sampled the Fullsteam beers on special for the Young Professionals Mixer. Fullsteam supplied four amazing beers for the event, which are brewed using local North Carolina ingredients. The Fullsteam Southern Lager, El Toro Classic Cream Ale, Carver Sweet Potato, and Working Man’s Lunch were all on tap. One of my favorites was the El Toro, it was perfect and light for the hot summer evening. The El Toro is unique because it’s brewed with North Carolina grits! Who would have thought?
People started coming back to the Sitti Courtyard a few minutes before 6 PM and the crowd kept coming until about 8:30 PM. We had at least 100 people attend our first Young Professionals Mixer at Sitti! The event was a great way to connect Young Professionals living in the Raleigh area. I met so many new people at the Mixer ranging from all different fields including real estate, agriculture, lawyers, government, radio and more! The event was also great because it highlighted the beautiful Sitti Courtyard and food. A lot of people at the Mixer had no clue the Courtyard existed at Sitti or had never eaten at the restaurant. The Courtyard is wonderful for enjoying an authentic Lebanese meal or having your own private event.
I was thrilled with the turn out and plan on hosting another Sitti Courtyard Mixer in late September. A few brave Young Professionals were decked out in their summer outfits, including seersucker! Maybe in the fall we can have another suggested dress code, thoughts?
I can’t wait to see everyone again in the fall! Thank you to Sitti’s wonderful staff, Kitty at 100.7 The River, and all of my Twitter followers for helping to make this event such a huge success.
I’ve been planning the Sitti Courtyard Summer Mixer with my old college roommate, Kate. Sitti is one of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh and they have generously let us take over their courtyard on July 26th (thank you, Patty, Sean, and Patrick)! It’s difficult for young professionals to meet and we wanted to give people in Raleigh an opportunity to network. From 6 to 9 PM on July 26th I encourage any young professional in the area to attend this event. More information is below.
Fullsteam is one of my favorite, local breweries based out of Durham. Sean Wilson, the Chief Executive Optimist of Fullsteam Brewery is dedicated to using North Carolina ingredients in his beer. Of course I wanted Fullsteam to be involved with the Sitti Courtyard Summer Mixer. Their Sweet Potato Carver is made using pureed sweet potatoes produced by Yam Co. based in Nash County. The Summer Basil farmhouse ale, one of the most unique beers I’ve ever had the pleasure drinking, is made using pounds of basil from a local NC farmer. Perhaps the most interesting beer has to be the Wanderlust, made from Cheerwine syrup and over 40 pounds of cherries. You better believe I freaked out when I learned a beer was made using Cheerwine! Sean recently joined the Goodness Grows program and will be using the “Got to be NC” logo on Fullsteam’s products. He’s definitely supporting local foods and beer!
If you come out to the Sitti Courtyard Summer Mixer, you will have the opportunity to drink one (ok, not just one) Fullsteam beer at a great price! You’ll also get to eat some awesome Lebanese food from Sitti, a restaurant dedicated to using local NC foods. Did you know that Gravy and Sitti purchase a locally raised cow each week to use in their restaurants? Sitti also has been using Locals Seafood, a company delivering the freshest possible seafood from local NC fishermen to the Triangle area. I tried Sitti’s seared tuna kabobs this weekend and wow, they were awesome and fresh!
I hope everyone can make it out to this great event on July 26th! I’ll be wearing my seersucker and I’m anxious to meet new people.