The Supper Club Revival: Woodford Green couple host dining experience (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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The Supper Club Revival: Woodford Green couple play host to secret dining experience
Supper clubs are undergoing a revival across London as a new wave of foodies are inviting diners to join them in a secret dining experience.
Typically ‘underground’, with a secret menu and a restricted capacity, supper clubs are fast becoming a unique way to sample high quality, homemade cuisine.
One couple upholding the trend in Woodford Green are James and Lucinda Davey, 33 and 31, of Prospect Road, whose 12-person capacity supper club, The Griddle Project, is booked up until February 2014.
James, a revenue manager, and Lucinda, a research consultant, were inspired to set up a supper club gathering in their dining room after their honeymoon to Cuba.
“While we were in Cuba we attended so many little supper clubs like this. People open up their homes and invite friends, families and strangers to come and eat with them,” said Mrs Davey.
“Last year we thought it was time we give it a go. I get to teach myself new recipes and meet new people at the same time.
“People usually come in parties, but sometimes they come by themselves or as a couple which gives them a great opportunity to make some new friends.
“Our guests all come away saying they have had a great evening.”
The project started last May, with James and Lucinda joining the trend of supper clubs popping up all over London in people’s homes.
The couple suggest a £25 donation per person to cover four courses as well as small tasters on arrival, with visitors being able to bring their own alcohol.
The couple aim to make birthdays and celebrations particularly special.
“We love making it special for the one celebrating. There will be cake, as well as cocktails named after you, video messages from absent friends, colour schemes to your request, fabulous photos of you all around the dining room and games in honour of you,” said Mrs Davey.
In order to keep the experience intimate, supper club events are usually not broadcast widely, with social media and blogging forming the basis for attracting newcomers.
Redbridge Cllr Paul Canal, who attended one of the Davey’s events, said: “I had the opportunity to attend one of The Griddle Project’s evenings, and it is easy to see why it has become so popular.
“I can tell you the food served was the best I have tasted for miles around; it really was a very good evening.”
James and Lucinda urge anyone interested in attending an event to book well in advance in order to reserve a space at their dining table for 2014.
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