Back in 2009 I started The Underground Restaurant, a home restaurant or supper club. My first night to go public was February 9th. I was both terrified and excited.
Since then there are hundreds of supper clubs in London, the UK and Europe. I also started Find a Supper Club, a site for the supper club community. Below is the manifesto I published at the time:
The aims of this project are humble. I wish to:
- subvert the system
- encourage a do-it-yourself attitude
- reinvent traditional notions of motherhood in Western society
- cook for other people
- stretch myself on a culinary level
- make new friends
- enable them make new friends (you can talk to other tables at my restaurant)
- convert the internet world to face-to-face interaction
- make real food (no towers or plate grafitti)
- be an ”invisible meta-legend vagabond anarcho-restauranteur”.
Now virtually every food writer/cookbook author has a supper club. Many restaurants started ‘supper clubs’ or pop up versions. Countless people, particularly women, have started new careers in food because of the movement I started. It’s been very successful. I am very happy about that.
I have a few pretenders to my crown as the Queen of supper clubs, but they all started later than me. I took the risks. I came up with the format: the pre-booking, the shared tables and plates, the themed meals. So yeah, back down bitches. You are all welcome, but don’t stand in my light.
Buy tickets at this link.
Home-made Tomato soup with Rosemary Focaccia
Gratin Dauphinois with Smoked Salmon
Orange Chocolate Mousse with Candied Orange and Chocolate-dipped Physalis
Do come along.
Early blog posts when starting my home restaurant: