When I told friends that I’ve been researching Supper Clubs, their responses ranged from intrigue at trying something new, to trepidation of dining at a secret location with strangers.
Historically born out of out of paladares of Cuba, cities including London, New York and Amsterdam were quick to popularise the idea of Supper Clubs. As a pop-up dining experience that caters for individual tastes, Supper Clubs have evolved as an alternative to ordinary restaurants or stuffy dinner parties. With a recent survey by YouGov revealing that 40% of us now think that dinner parties are too expensive, time-consuming and stressful to bother with, Supper Clubs are most definitely here to stay.
I am lucky enough to have a great Supper Club close by in Warwickshire. Inspired by the idea of sharing good food, every month Alex and Sara Chambers throw open the doors of their home for the Squisito Supper Club. As owners of Squisito Deli, the couple extend their love of Italian cuisine to foodies who join them for a five course meal.
Squisito Supper Club menus make the most of fresh seasonal produce that is also prepared with the Slow Food ethos. Frolesworth free range chicken with green olives and Squisito preserved lemon, Sardinian pecorino with pink peppercorns and Warwickshire honey have all featured on their menus.
Squisito is the only Supper Club that I am aware of in Warwickshire, but there are a few more running in Birmingham.
The Tan Rosie Caribbean Supper Club is a chance to sample Caribbean dishes from Jamaica, Grenada, Trinidad and Cuba in the hosts’ living room in Erdington. Chef Monica says that their Supper Club is “a great way to eat fantastic home-cooked food, meet new people and broaden your knowledge of Caribbean food in a fun, friendly and safe environment.” You can also try their recipes at home from their new book, Tan Rosie Caribbean Supper Club Recipe Book for £8.99 on Amazon.
Over in Bearwood, baked scallops and prawns in saffron cream and duck in balsamic syrup with dauphinoise potatoes were main courses for the first R & R Supper Club held at the end of May. Cake maker Rachel (one of the Crafty Muthas) and professional chef Richard have teamed up to run a new monthly Supper Club for up to 20 people. Rachel says that guests can expect “a five to six course meal served over a good three to four hours with background music, atmospheric surroundings and plenty of chat!”
So what makes a successful Supper Club? Genial hosts who genuinely food and cooking, a popular cuisine and chance to try something new seem to be the winning combinations. With a bring your own drinks policy, you can expect to pay around £25 for a truly memorable Supper Club evening.
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