August 28, 2012
Time was, eating out was simple. You'd go to a restaurant, sit and be waited on, consume your food and pay the bill. Simple, right? And then there were dinner parties, where you'd bring a nice bottle of wine and talk about the real estate market or the latest movie releases over a long table with some people you know and some people you'd just met.
In the last few years, however, the supper club has come upon the scene. What on earth is a supper club, you ask? Well, it is not a restaurant or a dinner party but rather both, all rolled into one. Regular folks like us began opening their dining rooms to perfect strangers - for a fee - and culinary enthusiasts who enjoy informal settings began turning out gastronomic delights on a weekly - or monthly - basis. These supper clubs aren't always in someone's home, mind you. Oftentimes, they're held in empty neighborhood warehouses or even on board someone's yacht.
Many of the clubs began as a reaction to upscale restaurants with celebrity chefs at the helm charging outrageous prices for their creations. Now, the trend has spread worldwide and traveling foodies can usually find a supper club in most major cities in the world where they can not only enjoy a fabulous meal, but perhaps even meet some new friends.
One of the best websites for finding supper clubs across the world is the Supper Club Fan Group. According to the site, there are as many as 300 supper clubs internationally, though other estimates put their numbers in the thousands.
Would you be inclined to strap on an apron and open your door to an itinerant group of foodies who may just happen to be passing through your town? Heck, it could become your own version of Big Night or Babette's Feast, both wonderful movies centered on the glories of food.
Sounds like fun to me. You game?