Bringing the Supper Club home

Originally, Supper Clubs were restaurants that also served as social clubs in the 1920’s & 30’s. With simple menus and live music, Supper Clubs became a place where anyone would be treated with high class no matter what their income. Some of the Supper Clubs had gained notoriety as prohibitions roadhouses, but later became a road stop for families to meet and socialize all night from cocktail hour, and dinner, through nightclub-style entertainment.

Today there is a rising new trend. The Supper Club or Closed Door Restaurant is also known as an Underground Restaurant. These establishments are operated out of someone’s home, generally bypassing local health-code regulations and considered “illegal”. In some countries they are called Living Room Restaurants and are strictly word-of-mouth. Most people seek out an underground supper club because it is an anti-restaurant experience. They want to dine with strangers and expose themselves to new friends and new experiences in the food world. The ‘moving restaurant’ was started with the goal of bringing people together around the table over food. Meanwhile, the host can play restaurant without the investment. The chef can experiment with cooking without the shackles of pleasing the masses. Some of the known clubs throughout the US have clever names like Hush in Washington D.C. or Ghetto Gourmet in NY City. In other countries the names of the Supper Clubs are less about the secret and exclusivity and more about inclusivity. In France there is a Supper Club called New Friends Table, and in Australia one is called Just Sit.

Here at Lizzie and Lou you want to join the trend. We want to encourage our tribe to open their homes to old and new friends to create their own Supper Club. If this idea resonates with you, here are some tips:

  1. Come up with a clever club name and a menu theme. Such as, meals you have never made Or Pinterest meals Or international dinners.
  2. Choose the number of adult guests according to the number of seats at your dining room table.
  3. Don’t worry about the number of kids. They love their freedom. Have them do dinner picnic style on the floor. Try not to worry about the mess.
  4. Choose a menu that you feel confident with preparing and planning or something you haven’t tried yet.
  5. Depending on the number of families you invite, rotate the host. This could be a once a month gathering or a three times a year gathering.
  6. The host can plan the whole meal or provided the main dish. Guest can bring side dishes and dessert.
  7. Create a couple icebreakers if needed.
  8. Tidy the house a bit but try not to over stress about cleaning.
  9. An easy way to communicate with the group is through a group Facebook page.
  10. Have fun reclaiming your community!