By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Restaurants | Issue: February 2010
Ludger Schulz, Allison Dickens and Scott Sherrill have culinary treats to make Valentine’s Day extra special.
There are Valentine cakes, and then there is a Tulsa tradition – Ludger’s special Valentine heart cake. This masterful presentation features Ludger’s signature vanilla Bavarian cream cheesecake. This is the cheesecake that everyone raves about! It’s shaped in a heart, covered in chocolate ganache and topped with a red butter cream rose. Each cake can make eight people your special Valentines.
“A whole family can enjoy a Valentine treat at home together,” says Ludger Schulz, who has been in the business of pleasing people with exceptional food for 25 years, first in the restaurant business and now at Ludger’s Cakes & Catering.
“People remember our cakes all year long,” says Ludger, adding that many who call year after year increase their orders each time for the Valentine cakes. Managers order them for their staff to enjoy. Sales reps order them for customers. They can even be delivered, upon request.
Another Ludger’s Valentine treat is chocolate covered strawberries. That’s a dozen fresh strawberries dipped in milk chocolate, striped with white chocolate and presented in a long-stem rose box.
Ludger’s also offers full-service catering for takeouts or delivery to your door. Executive chef Scott Sherrill can handle anything from a small business meeting to a black tie gala or large wedding reception for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Numerous wedding and meeting venues have honored Ludger’s Cakes & Catering as a preferred vendor. A catering menu is available on their website, www.ludgers.com.
A new omelet bar is popular with their breakfast catering. At least a half-dozen omelet choices are available, along with fresh fruit, orange juice and danishes. To add to the enjoyment, a chef prepares each omelet right before your eyes. “The wonderful smell, the delicious food – everyone is happy all day,” Ludger says with a thick German accent and a hearty laugh.
Of course Scott and his staff of culinary trained chefs have a special Valentine’s Day dinner celebration. On Saturday, February 13, a gourmet Valentine’s dinner will be featured in Ludger’s private dining room at 6120-A E. 32nd Pl. in Tulsa. Guests will enjoy a six-course meal that includes Alaskan king crab in dark ale and Wisconsin cheddar soup, baby organic butter lettuce with warm hickory smoked bacon vinaigrette, pan seared gulf shrimp scampi, mixed berry sorbet, roast dry aged beef tenderloin, and a trio of Ludger’s unforgettable desserts. Each course will be introduced with an expertly paired wine. This casual cocktail dining experience is limited to 64 people. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with seating at 7 p.m.
All Ludger’s cakes and specialty desserts are made fresh to order. To be sure you’ll get your heart cake or chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day, orders are requested by February 8. The Valentine’s gourmet dinner with wine is $100 plus tax and gratuity per person; without wine, $75 plus tax and gratuity per person. It is limited to the first 64 reservations. Call Ludger’s at (918) 744-9988.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.