Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How To Hold A Supper Club

The latest idea that fascinates me is that of a supper club, or dinner group. There are a couple of ways to go about doing this, but the version that most appeals to me is this: A small group of people gather together on a regular basis (weekly, bi-monthly, monthly, etc.). On each occasion, one person or couple is in charge of making dinner, with enough food to serve however many people attend. This person/couple also provides copies of the recipe. The dinner is an opportunity to meet new people and learn about new foods at the same time.

The biggest obstacles to carrying off a scheme like this would appear to be:

a) Conflicting schedules. But meeting at a generally open time (like Sunday night, once a month) would seem to be an easy fix to this problem!

b) Food preferences/allergies. You can’t please everyone, and I think some picky people might do well to expand their boundaries. However, any one with food allergies or special needs should make them known at the outset so that a lactose-intolerant person doesn’t end up sitting down to a plate of lasagna!

c) Size. I think a group of 3-5 couples (6-10 people) would be ideal. When you get too many people and opinions and food preferences together, it might get a bit out of control. For this reason, I think a smaller group would be best.

That being said, nothing draws people together like food. I love the idea of the supper club, although don’t get me wrong, I also love sipping a simple soup at home on a quiet, cold evening with just me and my husband, and savoring the silence. But just think what you might learn from your fellow club members, what new experiences you might have, and what friendships might be forged!

Has anyone ever done something like this, successfully? If so, how did it work? If I do form a supper club, I will surely blog about it in the future...


  1. We had a dinner group going with friends in our last ward. It was a lot of fun. I think there were 4 other couples and we met together monthly. It was a fun way to get to know each other.

    Oh, and now that I think of it, the way we did it was that the 5 couples met for 5 months (each took a month) then we "broke up" to find 4 or 5 new couples in the ward to get know them better as well. (So there were 5 groups of 5 couples). Really fun.

  2. That sounds so fun! I would love to do something like that. Europeans do it all the time as part of their culture and I find that so neat.

  3. If I end up doing it, I'll let you know.


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