Top 5 Supper Clubs and Pop Ups this October
Written by: Sophie Taylor
You know you love a good supper club.
I bet you’ve secretly imagined creating your own, maybe even made a WhatsApp group with some foodie friends called ‘Supper Club Crew ✊’. Except now you just use it to talk about the meatball pizza you’ve just ordered and wasn’t it funny when Steve fell over in The Shaftesbury on Friday and didn’t spill his pint.
Well. Round up the gastronomy troops and get ready for some heavyweight dinner club inspiration this October. It’s our pick of the best foodie pop ups around. Yes, they are in chronological order because yes, they all sound equally alluring.
1. The Cheffy One
Smoke & Salt Team Up with Adam Rawson, 11th October
Adam won the YBF Award for Best Chef last year and has been working with Smoke and Salt for the best part of 2016, collaborating on pop up ideas. (Yeah, probably through a WhatsApp group called ADAM DA BOMB or something). At last their menu has arrived: a unique and mouth watering take on small tasting plates.
Smoke & Salt was an idea started and developed by two chefs with different backgrounds: Aaron Webster (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Penny Hill Park) who first came up with the idea in 2013, and Remi Williams (Deuxave Restaurant, Craigie on Main; both Boston, USA).
They’re a smiley duo and their enthusiasm is palpable in their menus. Not one to miss.
2. The Bookish One
The Literary Hour: Cider With Rosie, 14th October
Five course feast. I repeat, five course feast. Inspired by CIDER. I sat uncomfortably close to the person who decided to tell me about this one. Cheek to cheek we were.
The Literary Hour are a house of foodies creating delectable menus inspired by their most loved books they ‘once devoured at bedtime’. These supper club heroes are back this Autumn with a new chapter (I stole that from them. Good isn’t it). You can expect a harvest inspired feast infused with fermented apples and peppered with readings throughout. Oh, and it’s bring your own booze.
I’m going to go. And I’m going to bring cider. How do you feel about that? Good. Me too.
Don’t forget The Literary Hour give 10% of their profits to the Refugee Community Kitchen who they also volunteered with in Calais and Dunkirk earlier this year.
3. The Potent One
That Hungry Chef: Perfume an Edible Scent 5th Edition, 20th October
“Odours have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. There is no remedy for it” – Patrick Suskind, Perfume.
Persuade yourselves with That Hungry Chef’s edible scent pop up.
Have you ever wondered what cedar wood, vetiver or sandalwood might taste like? I mean, they smell delicious sprayed out of a glass bottle on to your neck, but I’ve never been tempted to drink from said bottle. UNTIL NOW. After months of nostril enlightening research and experimentation, That Hungry Chef have created an awe-inspiring menu like no other. Using organic and pure natural essential oils, absolutes and essences, they’ve designed a dinner that transforms the fleeting and surreal world of perfume into a meal. Blumenthal, eat your conceptual heart out.
House Rules: Carriages by 11pm. Don’t you just love that phrase. Whenever I read it I assume I’ll be going home via two white horses and the bus reaches new realms of sweaty disappointment afterwards.
BONUS FUN FACT: Want to know why The Hungry Chef is so hungry? Apparently it’s because he is too busy cooking you delicious international cuisine to eat himself. Which is wonderful and worrying all at once.
4. The Conceptual One
The Gramounce: You Have Not Been Honest, 23rd October
Edible sand, poppy liquer and mist. Get ready for some high concept shit at the Gramounce this October. At this particular supper club, the dinner is a gallery, the gallery is a menu and the exhibition is the supper club itself. YOU ARE ART. The menu is based on the art works, which by that line of thinking means the food is based on you. Did I get that right? I personally think I’d taste divine. Second helpings of this delicious mess if you don’t mind.
The actual menu involves a Kraken rum and poppy liquer cocktail, venison and berry bush as well as white edible sand and mist. Real life mist up in your mouth.
The Gramounce supper club funds art projects and organise dinners once a month in different locations around London. All the money raised is invested in art production or research. They collaborate with different artists to create the events. Run by artist Nora Silva, The Gramounce was born out of MilesKm as a fundraiser in 2014. With events changing every month, so far they have organised musical suppers, a food competition between Spain and Sri Lanka, as well as a Tortoise & the Hare food race with an Indian twist.
5. The Jazzy One
The Elmore Jam at The Cuckoo, 28th October
Who doesn’t enjoy a live jazz trio with their meal? On the 28th October The Elmore Jam supper club are teaming up with award winning Cordon Bleu Chef Alex Cooper of Underground Dining (you know, that supper club on the Victoria Line). They’ve created a gourmet four course meal inspired by the freshest of local ingredients with vegetarian options always available.
The Elmore Jam is the father daughter uber team Nick and Ro, who started the supper club in their home in Islington. Their backgrounds are in show production and design, which isn’t surprising when you see the kinds of events they produce from their most magical of chef hats. They rotate a rosta of professional chefs like a lazy susan set to live music with complimentary cocktails. I am all over this.
Not enough supper club inspo? Check back for more suggestions later this month. Greedy.
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