All posts tagged: Supper Club

A potato tasting challenge with Billy & Jack and Idahoan

My blog might be called ‘Got to Be Gourmet’ but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the more comforting foods in life. When I was a kid, one of my absolute favourite things to eat was ‘tuna and mash’ (and I’m not talking about freshly mashed up organic potatoes from the fields surrounding our house in rural Yorkshire. Oh, no. I’m talking the powdered variety!) I must admit, I hadn’t tucked into this particular food stuff since then (although I have a vague recollection of there being a bit of a phase at Uni!) so when I was invited to an event by Idahoan recently, I was more than a little intrigued. The food snob in me might have scoffed at going to an event about ‘powdered’ potato. But it sounded particularly interesting – Billy and Jack, MasterChef finalists (who I just adored during that particular series) and now successful supper club hosts, were going to cook a dinner with multiple courses, some of which would include Idahoan potato and some of which would include …

A Mushroom Supper Club at Cafe from Crisis

The very first event I went along to as a food blogger was at Food at 52, for the launch of a new curry cooking kit from Tastesmiths. At said event, I met the wonderful Liz O’Keefe, food journalist, chef, recipe developer and self confessed ‘fruit and veg geek’. She runs ‘seasonal dinner parties’ and so when I heard she was doing a mushroom themed supper club for homeless charity Crisis, I couldn’t wait to see what it would all be about. The event was hosted at Cafe from Crisis in Aldgate and we were greeted by Liz who introduced the whopping seven course menu (with drinks!) to us. She actually is talking about the food here, and not doing a rather jazzy dance… Given the seasonal theme of the supper club, the venue and place settings were beautifully decorated with flowers (some of which were edible). I’ll take you through the courses (note, there were a lot!!) Strawberry, cucumber flower and cider gin aperitif – the cucumber flowers were from Worcestershire glasshouse facility. The gin was …

John Gregory Smith Supperclub at Wringer + Mangle

Have you heard of John Gregory Smith? I came across him on Twitter some time ago and have been a fan of his cooking since I bought his book ‘Turkish Delights’ – as you might have guessed from the name of the book, he specialises in Turkish cooking. But you might also have guessed from his own name, that he isn’t Turkish. He has, however, spent over 10 years travelling in Turkey and getting to grips with everything the cuisine has to offer. As I’ve said before, having grown up in Cyprus where (whether people like to admit it or not), there are many culinary influences between countries like Turkey and the Middle East, I’m a big lover of this kind of food. And so when I saw John was hosting a supper club as part of the ‘Great British Flavours of East London’ series, I had to go! Tim and I went after work, to the event hosted at Wringer + Mangle in East London – I’d never been before but it was a …

A Tabl Dinner with Amba Chefs, Battersea

I’m thoroughly enjoying going to supper clubs and pop ups at the moment, partly because I’ve had a couple of negative restaurant visits of late. But I also find that the whole experience of going to a supper club is a lot more personal and friendly, and you learn a lot more about the cuisine and the people cooking it. You might have heard of a company called Tabl and I’m very proud to be one of their community founders. Tabl describe themselves as ‘the new home for pop-up kitchens, “secret” supper clubs and food adventures.’ A couple of weeks ago I went to one of their supper clubs, hosted by Amba Chefs. Amba Chefs is made up of Beth, Alison, Monica and Angela – pictured above. As they explain on their website, their passion for all things food led to them giving up their careers to train as professional chefs at Leiths School of Food and Wine. They have combined their backgrounds and cultures (Italian, American, Spanish and British) to produce a fantastic fusion of high …

A Little Lusciousness Valentine’s Supper Club

I started this blog a year ago, and fairly soon after, I met fellow food blogger Rosie of A Little Lusciousness at a chocolate baking class. We bumped into each other at a few events after that and I learned more about the amazing supper club which she runs, also named A Little Lusciousness. She’s the top rated chef on Grub Club, the leading website that allows you to book tickets for supper clubs and is in the midst of writing her own cookbook inspired by the seasons and surroundings. I’d been wanting to go along to one of her acclaimed supper clubs for so long, and finally had the opportunity to go on Valentine’s weekend with Tim. We’d had a few bad experiences going to big restaurants in London on Valentine’s Day so this seemed like the perfect alternative, plus it was a chance for Tim to pop his supper club cherry 😉 It was hosted in a gorgeous little cafe/restaurant in West London, and we were just salivating over the menu: Sparkling welcome cocktail …

Autumn Loveliness & Sofa Supper Clubs with Higgidy Pies

Autumn is quite possibly my favourite season for many reasons. I think people often assume I’d prefer the summer as I grew up in the Cypriot sunshine. But summer in Cyprus is very different to summer in the UK. Everything started earlier in the day, finished earlier, and involved daily dips in the swimming pool or sea. Hot weather in the UK, especially in London, makes me feel stifled and claustrophobic. Being on a tube in rush hour, stuck under someone’s armpit (the woes of being fairly short!) isn’t my idea of fun. Autumn however, is a lot more calm and collected. It’s sometimes sunny, and isn’t as cold and winter. I love it! It’s the perfect weather for snuggling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book (although I rarely need an excuse to do this!) This Autumn, Higgidy, the Sussex based pie and quiche makers are launching the UK’s first series of Sofa Supper Clubs – a unique dining experience, inviting you into a homely, comfortable space, giving you the …

A Malaysian Supper Club

I’ve been to a few supper clubs since I started up this blog, but they had all been hosted in a restaurant or event space. Last week, I finally got to try out the ‘real’ supper club experience at the home of Vi Vian, a fellow food blogger who runs Malaysian supper clubs from her home. We first met at a Square Meal blogger event a couple of months ago, and when I heard about her supperclub and the gorgeous food she serves, I knew I’d have to go! Vi Vian is an ex-restauranteur (she was the owner of the only Malaysian restaurant in Spain for five years!), was born and brought up in Kuala Lumpur, and studied and now lives in London. I took along my friend Ceri (if you’re a regular reader, I’m sure you’ll know of her by now!) as she went to Malaysia as part of her gap year travels and just adored the food.  I often wondered how it was possible to host a large group of people for dinner in …