We have our monthly dinner club this weekend and wanted to share some tid bits on how it started.
At the end of a lovely dinner with another couple, we started talking about how fun it would be to do this regularly with other friends who shared a passion for great food and wine. We decided to call ours a dinner club, but realize it can be referred to as a supper club.
When we started talking about who we thought would enjoy this idea we realized that one of the hardest parts of this was going to be narrowing down our group. We ultimately decided on a group of eight. After several fantastic dinners, we learned that a group of ten would be better in case a couple had a prior engagement. Being in a dinner club is a responsibility, a fun one, but we all had to be accountable for attending/hosting as often as possible. Our group consists of five fun couples who we didn’t necessarily see on a regular basis before the club began and thought this would be a great way to get to know each other better. We definitely achieved that goal quickly!
We decided each family would host the dinner two times a year. On off months we have hosted pool parties, family dinners and dinners out. When hosting it was determined that you would provide the entire meal as opposed to each couple adding a dish. It is a huge undertaking, but a wonderful experience when you show up at your friend’s door with nothing but a bottle (or two!) of wine the other 8 months of the year. We always have fabulous food and wine, but it doesn’t have to be fancy….although in a competitive group such as ours…it normally is :).
Initially hosting this meal can seem overwhelming. We each did some research on dinner clubs and found very little inspiring information on the internet, Pinterest, or anywhere. In this digital age we found it surprising, so we just set off on our own adventure. Despite little guidance our “rules” that we established have worked well.
At our most recent dinner we were greeted with a champagne cocktail with St Germaine and a raspberry garnish. Appetizers were an assortment of tasty cheese and crackers, spiced nuts and a hot artichoke dip. For the main dish we were treated to the most fabulous bone-in pork chops simply seasoned and topped with caramelized apples and onions. Sides included mashed sweet potatoes that almost tasted like dessert and wilted spinach with garlic. To end the meal we had a warm apple, pear, cranberry cobbler topped with vanilla bean ice cream. Is your mouth-watering yet…ours is just remembering the meal…simple yet delicious.
Other examples have included a low country boil with shrimp, crab, sausage, corn and potatoes; Seared filets with lobster bisque and wedge salads; Crab cakes with lemon aioli, salad with basil dressing, garlic and fennel crusted pork shoulder on parmesan risotto; and a barbecue rib night by the pool with a watermelon, feta and onion salad, cheesy corn bake and twice baked potatoes. Each of these meals started with a signature cocktail and ended with a tasty dessert and were paired with great wine.
One amazing evening, we were presented with this tasting menu. Perfectly paired and delicious.
We look forward to what this weekend brings and will keep you posted on how it goes.
We would love feedback and are happy to share further insight to anyone who is interested in starting their own dinner club. It has become something we look forward to and have many great memories from the experience.
Until next time…