For the past four years now, I’ve been part of a supper club group. There are 4 households involved, so we each host once a year and traditionally meet once a quarter. I usually host in Q3 – between September and November. I prefer to host earlier in the quarter but this year I’m hosting the first weekend in November. The dinners have 7 people in attendance (2 married couples, a single and me and MS). There really aren’t any real rules for supper club, but the main unwritten rule is that you must cook — no catering or ordering in. We started this because one of the members wanted to cook more, but since she’s a single woman she doesn’t have the opportunity to cook for anyone other than herself.
Supper club is a lot of fun, but can be a ton of work. The worst part of it for me is the clean up. Usually we drink about 1.25 bottles of wine per person and have dozens of dirty dishes. Thank god for dishwashers, eh?
Since we just returned from Paris a few weeks ago, so my menu is heavily influenced by the rich French food we enjoyed. Plus, it is fall, so I’m open to a heavy rich meal with friends. Plus, my new dining chairs have an obvious French flair — don’t you think?
I will be trying a few new recipes during this supper club too. My menu isn’t finalized yet, but here’s what I’m thinking so far.
- Assortment of Cheeses and nuts with popovers and bacon as the hors d’oeuvres
- Seared Scallops with a bacon butter sauce over wilted spinach for a first course
- Homemade French Onion Soup
- Chicken Dijon (with chicken thighs instead of drumsticks) served over herbed rice with haricort vert wrapped in either a carrot ribbon or bacon
- For dessert I intend on making homemade dark chocolate and sea salt bon bons (les bonbons) along with some purchased chocolates and other sweets.