The last few years have seen innumerable pop up and underground restaurants emerge as the new, hip way to eat out. But among the pop ups and underground restaurants run by famous and talented chefs, there has been another phenomenon rising up in homes around the country: supper clubs.
A supper club is a social occasion centered around food and, for the host, it’s a blatant excuse to have dinner parties and meet people who share a passion for all things edible. Rather than being run by Michelin-starred chefs with 20 years’ experience and a list of accolades longer than their arm, supper clubs are run by normal people who just love cooking for others. And I’m just such a person.
Let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way first: I’m not a chef. I have no culinary training or professional experience beyond the couple days of work experience I’ve done in local restaurants just for the fun of it. What I do have is a love of food that has been a part of my life since childhood and a real desire to share that love with like-minded people.
Lucky for me, Follies in Folkestone has allowed me use of the bistro on Tuesday, October 7th to host my very first supper club. The focus is going to be on seasonal, local produce. I’m going to try my darnedest to source as much as I can from Kent and I’ve made my menu with that in mind. I hope that the meal is a celebration of Kent and of autumn which is a fantastic season for fruit and vegetables. As a bonus, Follies has rooms and rooms of fabulous vintage finds and antique furniture – all of which are for sale! So you may come for dinner and leave with a table, or a chandelier, or a butter dish!
Turnip and horseradish soup with crispy onions
Lamb belly fritters with pickled shallots, spinach and anchovy mayonnaise
Cod with beer sauce, roasted shallots, cabbage and bacon
Cobnut crumble of apples and pears with spiced cream
You should find the information below answers questions you might have, but please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any questions or concerns. If you wish to be notified about future events, you can follow A Crust Eaten on facebook and twitter and you can follow the blog on the right-hand side of this page.
Seating and Groups
The seating arrangement will be banquet style and hopefully it’ll mean that you will make lots of new friends on the night. I will seat groups of people together as best I can, but it is likely that you will be sat next to someone you don’t know. How fun is that!
The tickets are £30 per person and are available from Follies on Sandgate Road in Folkestone. Please contact Ami on 07904419695 to arrange a time to collect your tickets from Follies. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Once the tickets have been purchased you will receive an email confirmation from me which will include any further information you might need. The doors will open at 7:45pm and dinner will begin promptly at 8pm, we won’t be waiting for any latecomers!
The alcohol policy is bring your own and there will be a corkage charge of £4 per bottle of wine and £1 per beer. If you want to bring something other than wine or beer, please get in touch at email@example.com.
If you have any dietary restrictions, please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and I will do what I can. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the event I will not be able to offer alternative dishes on the night.
Should you need to cancel, please give me as much notice as possible by emailing email@example.com. Unfortunately if it is within 48 hours of the date of the supper club, no refunds will be given.