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.
Joined by over 50 other artists incorporating printmaking, painting, digital art, photography and small-scale sculpture, Tomorrow’s World presents us with utopias, dystopias, predictions, prophecies and visions of the future. We hit up the private view last Friday and it was pretty damn bleak, in the best sense of the word.
Carouse founders Chris, Theo and Ben – the charming folk behind Kentish Town’s Rose and Crown – have a new venture afoot and we couldn’t be more bloody excited to see it. We’ve been creeping in their windows, peering through the paint and sneaking glimpses at builders’ bums for a few months now (okay, maybe not the last one), watching these guys transform this cosy corner of Crouch Hill into a rather cool little boozer. Now they’re opening and everyone is invited. Come one, come all, and try all 20 of their beers on tap with us.
Last month I decided to try clubbing again. I don’t quite know what came over me, but I actually (brace yourselves) enjoyed it. I went to Body Hammer’s monthly party in Manor House and I’m here to tell you to go too, whether you love clubbing, hate clubbing, or really couldn’t care either way. #notspon
Rich, fried, buttery, potato-y vessels loaded with flavor combinations that go down rather well with craft beer, late nights and good times. Ha, who am I kidding, EVERYTHING goes down well with beer. You heard that right buddy, loaded potato skins are back with a bang (and a generous portion of bacon) and are currently being served at Old Street's The Magic Roundabout by street food pop-up Skins and we could not be any happier. Well, unless they were to stuff it with, say, Mac and Cheese or risotto. Oh, that's exactly what they do? Well paint me green and call me a cucumber.
Magical gifts, wonderful gifts, marvellous gifts, beautiful gifts, gifts, glorious gifts glo-ri-ous giiiiiifts. Please Sir, I want some more. It’s that time of year again and whether you love it or loathe it gifts will be purchased and presented into expectant hands. Stroud Green's very own Pretty Shiny Shop have compiled a gift guide to help ease the shopping shock. Imagine only having to trot to your local gift shop and tick off your entire shopping list in one fell swoop. Done, finito, terminado! To make it that little sweeter, it's also all very affordable... so you won't even have to pick a pocket or two.
Alright guys, it’s happening. The frosty charm of December is, once again, being beaten to a pulp by the capitalists’ wet dream: Christmas. The hideous twinkling of artificial outdoor lighting is starting to appear, with tourists flocking from far and wide to watch D-list celebrities press a button. Invitations to Christmas parties flood in from your multiple part-time jobs, ensuring you make bad decisions bi-weekly til next year. Supermarkets are selling 12-day advent calendars containing confetti, cookie cutters and candles for a flawless £50. And oh, how the mulled wine flows.
Who doesn’t love a cheeky statistic, correctly sourced? You know we do. Well, did you know that for every £1 spent with a small business, 63p is re-spent in the local area, as opposed to a measly 40p in every £1 re-spent locally with larger businesses? An absolute travesty, am I right? That 23p has to mean something, right, guys?! Guys? Guys, where are you going? Wait, there’s freebies involved too!
By gum there are a lot of winter markets this year. Fueled by sickly sweet mulled wine and overpriced pulled pork sliders, we’ve managed to wade our way through the murky waters of winter markets and find some decent looking ones round this here part of town. Don’t let our Grinch-esq vibes put you off (I’m more of a Pancake Day person myself) because, if you’re into markets, you’ll probably like these. Read on, if you’re merrier than us.
Take a short walk along Finsbury Park’s own sunset strip and you’ll find MoseyHome, an interiors retailer and styling consultancy who have invited us to collaborate with them on an exciting new series titled 'Style My Shop', in which they invite some of London's most talented interiors experts to quite literally style their shop. Interiors porn at it's finest.
Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown. Much like us, every year, when winter comes. It’s cold, it’s dark, and we know Christmas is on its way. But hey, it’s not all bad – the events round this time of year can be pretty swell. So don your scarf-shawl-blanket and get your frolic on, it’s time for fairy lights, scarfing mulled wine and stuffing your face!
Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!
Brush the cobwebs off your sexy banana costume; it’s that time of year to make a tit of yourself in fancy dress again. We’ve rounded up the most spine-chilling Halloween happenings in North London and, trust us, they sound horrendous. Be afraid, be very afraid.
God bless the Queen... of Hoxton. Or, more specifically, their rooftop - which happens to be one of our favourites in this here city of London. These guys are well known for creating beautiful, seasonal pop-ups which have included the Nordic Viking themed 'Skye Halla' and the Neverland inspired 'Bangarang'. This winter make way for 'The Moroccan Medina', a sky high hideaway inspired by the romanticism of the beguiling ancient city of Marrakesh.
Next time you need a caffeine hit why not take it from a cup brewed from Jamaican beans grown under a canopy of rainforest-preserving trees, whilst eating a home made vegan banana bread as you sit among an array of sweetly scented blooms. Welcome to Mento, Finsbury Park.