Jackson and Levine run and host a supper club in an East London warehouse as a passion to get like-minded foodies around the table, enjoying a homemade meal and a glass of wine – or a few! But how do you host a supper club? They’re here on the Frame blog today with their top 10 tips.
Jackson and Levine wowed our Framers at their, ‘How to Host a Supper Club’ event on Monday 10th January in our Frame Old Street pop-up. Tickets sold out in a matter of days so we’ve added another date on Saturday 30th January 9:30-10:30pm.
So, how do you start your own supper club? Over to you J+L!
1. Think practically, how are people getting in, is there a buzzer, someone to answer the door
2. Somewhere for people’s coats to go and the shed loads of booze they’ll bring (magic market for names)
3. A bar area? Or can you refrigerate wine that people have brought? Buckets of ice out the back door?
4. Don’t underestimate help you may need – a friend as washer upper will be priceless!
5. Have you given the neighbours a heads up, an invite could keep them sweet
6. Make sure there’s enough space – borrow a table if need and space out settings carefully
7. People will Instagram everything – hide your laundry and plate up beautifully
8. Curfew, be strict, switch off music as a hint
9. Write a list with timings, stick on kitchen wall
10. Music sets the ambiance – think about your play list.
– Fashionably late is so played out. Arrive promptly. You don’t want to bypass the chance to have a snoop around and choose your seat – or even worse miss a canapé!
– Choose your wingman wisely. Take your chatty friend. Going to a restaurant is for catching up with a mate, going to a supper club is for meeting new ones!
– Fussy eaters need not apply. While we try and cater for all dietary requirements, a supper club is a place for experimentation and exploration. We, like many others, have a set menu. Be adventurous and try something new!
– Take pictures of the table layout and recreate bits you like at home. Keep the menu for inspiration at your next dinner party.
– Tag people you meet in photos of the evening. That way when you’ve forgotten everyone’s names the next day, you can still keep in touch!
– We are not too keen on themes but it is important to have a concept. We think less is more, that’s why we celebrate the seasons cooking simple British fare.
– When it comes to table design, expensive is not always best. We use Ikea tea towels as napkins (Tekla, 35p) – just cut the labels out and iron within an inch of their life. For our Nordic supper club we made our own serving boards from wood we found in a skip (well washed, we assure you). We spend nearly as much time transforming the space and the table as we do on the food!
– Always keep your eyes peeled – wherever you are! We have found some great serving platters and glassware at seaside charity shops, we also love a holiday market for unearthing interesting tableware. We are constantly on the look out for anything we can use at the supper clubs.
– Beg, borrow and (occasionally) steal. For our last supper club we went foraging around our neighbourhood in East London and found some beautiful pink sweet pea flowers (we do advise you follow foraging guidelines carefully). We also have been known to be pretty cheeky; asking the butcher for a discount, loaning tables from the neighbours and borrowing vases from the florist. You don’t ask, you don’t get. The worst thing they can say is no.
– Have at least one cold course. This can be whatever you want; a starter, a dessert. It will buy you time and is a lifesaver for those with a small oven and kitchen.
– Keep drinks topped up. As long as the wine flows, so does the chat! We break the ice with a house cocktail on arrival – it helps those pre-dining jitters.
– The most pricey cut is not always the best. Some of the most inexpensive pieces of meat can be delicious when slow cooked, your butcher can advise where to get bang for your buck.
(Elle UK, How to Host the Perfect Supper Club, October 2015.)
Book into our second event with Jackson and Levine at our Old Street pop-up on Saturday 30th January, 9:30-10:30am.