Obsession Confession: Secret Suppers

So…yeah…there’s this thing I’m slightly obsessed about…this fabulously dreamy obsession…this far fetched idea of finding, attending or holding secret suppers. Are you familiar with this trend in the foodie subculture? If not, ohhh, let me enlighten you about this dark and daring side of the gastronomical lifestyle.

Supper clubs, underground restaurants or guestaurants…I know them better as secret suppers. The speakeasy of the modern day food culture, people everywhere are waiting for their chance to taste whatever some rogue chef has conjured up in the kitchen. No inspections. No rules. No regulations. Eat, drink and be merry – all the while knowing you are in a secret place eating secret food that is, most likely, illegally prepared. You see, it’s kind-of-sort-of-not-quite legal to charge people for prepared “restaurant” type food outside of a certified kitchen. But, come on…isn’t that the fun of it? You, amongst a table full of strangers – forcing conversation with the underlying knowledge that you are all in this together. It’s like being in the know about some sexy mistress while everyone else is outside of the inner circle knocking to get in. See? Obsession at it’s finest.

Last weekend…I found one…sort of. It was a dinner…not in a restaurant…but by a pair of husband and wife chefs. A harvest style table, a fantastic mix of new age music meets 70’s porn-a-funk-a-delic and free flying bottles of shared wine all made this a fabulous venue for this artistic “secret supper.”

For those interested, this meal consisted of seven “tasting” courses with an Italian themed twist…beginning with a glass of Campari liquor. On the first board was melon compressed in prosecco topped with crispy prosciutto, “caprese” tomato with basil, creamed fresh mozzarella and powdered olive oil and lastly, a whipped goat’s milk ricotta cream with candied lemon and cocoa nibs. Secondly, a mixed green salad with basil dressing and Parmesan cheese sided with a savory artichoke flan. The third course was a clear bowl of spring forager’s soup – a chicken based broth filled with dandelion leaves, white beans, asparagus and more. Next, there were two “meal” boards separated by a lemon basil granita to cleanse the palate. The first being a garlic sage duck sausage with sweet potato gnocchi, red pepper sauce and caramelized onions. Easter style lamb, minted peas and duck fat baby carrots graced the following board. Finally, for dessert, a fudgey chocolate nutella cake with caramel, hazelnut crumble and cherry rhubarb preserves. Oh, mah belleh.

I am not classically trained, but I think I could do this. Not only do I want to find MORE of these types of events to attend…but I would LOVE to have one of my own. Just to be happy being drunk, fat and happy in a “secret” location…enjoying good, creative foods with good, creative people…be on the lookout for an invite, my friends…but don’t tell anyone…it’s a secret.


10 Responses to Obsession Confession: Secret Suppers
  1. Corrin
    April 4, 2012 | 12:00 PM

    Of I remember correctly, a big portion of the book Not Eating Out in NYC is about supper clubs.


    • Toni
      April 4, 2012 | 5:43 PM

      Oh! I did read “The Art of Eating in” but haven’t read this one. Is it worthy of my next book buy?

  2. Walnut Ink Gallery
    April 4, 2012 | 12:25 PM

    Thanks for spending the evening with us. Art+Food+Wine….hard to beat it!

    • Toni
      April 4, 2012 | 5:44 PM

      A fab evening – I look forward to seeing what is next!

  3. Laila @OnlyLaila
    April 6, 2012 | 7:52 AM

    I’ve never heard of this before, sounds like a lot of fun!

    • Toni
      April 7, 2012 | 6:17 PM

      This one was tons of fun…I hope I can find more :)

  4. Alicia
    April 6, 2012 | 7:54 AM

    I’ve never heard of them but sounds like fun!

    • Toni
      April 7, 2012 | 6:17 PM

      I sure hope to find even MORE! :)

  5. Brandie
    April 6, 2012 | 11:21 PM

    I’ve never heard of this before, but now I’m super intrigued! How does one find one of these?
    And glad you were able to find one – seems like you had a good time. And good luck planning your own (which I highly encourage you to do. And then of course you must invite me 😉 )

    • Toni
      April 7, 2012 | 6:19 PM

      You know…I am still learning how to get invited..LOL. I’ve mostly just read about them in foodie type books. I found this one only because I know the chefs personally. I’m hoping by attending this one, it will spark more connections for others. Still throwing around the idea of my own…:D

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