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Seasons 52-Healthful eating meets fine dining


My dining experience at Seasons 52-Fresh grill was extremely memorable. How often have you been invited to dinner with friends and been a little stressed about finding something on the menu that would not completely derail your healthy eating efforts. Or perhaps the restaurant does have a few low calorie options-but they have not been rotated in some time and you've grown bored.

Now there is a place where you can dine from the entire menu and each entree is under 500 calories. Equally as exciting is the notion that each plate is brimming with food. No boutique size portions here.

No butter is served or used in food preparation at Seasons 52. I'd also like to note that at no time during the evening was I inclined to look for the salt and pepper shaker. The true flavorings of each dish rested on their own merit.

My absolute favorite of the night was the Lamb T-bone Chops with asparagus,truffle mashed potatoes and red wine glaze. The lamb was perfectly cooked -tender and moist and married with potatoes that resembled silk.

Also impressive was the Columbia River Steelhead Trout. The fish was extremely light and flaky,letting the flavor of the basmati rice and lemongrass sauce dance together. Being with a private party and served family style the setting was like being in the living room of a close friend.

Each course was served with its own appropiate wine. However the drink of the night for me was the Strawberry Kir Royal. Macerated strawberries with organic vodka, smooth and refreshing not at all overpowering.

Dessert service was breaktaking. The concept of mini indulgences was orginally created at Seasons 52 in Orlando in 2003. This is where the initial "saving" of calories with the appetizer and main course comes in handy. I had – not one – but three of the mini desserts and would not wish to choose between either of them. The Mango-Raspberry cheesecake was divine-the crust was a symphony within itself. The old fashioned carrot cake was unlike any I've had before and the Meyer lemon pound cake was just tart enough to breath spring into your palate. Loved the little lemon confection on top.

Season 52 offers an innovative seasonal menu to diners. Changing their menu four times a year keeps guests anticipating fresh features. With 21 locations in 12 states- Illinois will welcome their second location in Oakbrook Center in Spring of 2012.

Dana Marie Smith
Coldwell Banker Honig Bell of Naperville

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