Last weekend was our February gathering for Supper Club. About 8 years ago we put out and also found a posting on the Cooking Light site looking to start a Tacoma area Supper Club . The posting we found was for a gals only supper club but we really wanted a couples supper club as we both were interested. We had tried to get something started initially just amongst our group of friends but it always turned out we ended up cooking time after time. Most of our friends were at a different stage of their lives at that point. So I had read in a Cooking Light magazine about starting a supper club with strangers, we gave it a try.
So one Sunday afternoon we all (the original 4 couples) met at a local Starbucks to feel each other out and see if we were interested in moving forward. It started with Robin & Shannon, Jenni & Arnie, Michelle & Tim (who have moved out of state sadly now) and us. We were all initially strangers. We decided we were all in and none of us stuck out as ax murders or anything so it seemed safe, although this was a new way of meeting people for all of us.
Over time the group grew; Kris & Jeff, Derek & Lisa, and finally Jason & Jodi joined our club. It's been a successful whim of an idea. We meet the 3rd Saturday of the month with the exception of July and August as summer just seems to get too busy for our group. For the most part we all honor our commitment and make it a priority with the occasional couple or two who can't make it.
The host/hostess choose the theme and assign accompanying dishes to the other couples. And everyone brings wine, beer or whatever drink they want for the evening. There was a time in our beginning that we all tried to stick to Cooking Light recipes but that soon faded into the background. After all these years of doing this we've hit many, many varieties of themes that I can't even begin to remember. A few I do remember; fondue night, Bobby Flay recipe night, Iron chef style secret ingredient nights (apple & hazelnut, lavender are a few of those that I remember), Thai, Mexican several times, Autumn theme, comfort food, Everything cooked on the grill, Italian, Mediterranean, the list is really too mammoth for me to accurately remember.
For this night our theme was inspired by Julia Child as picked by our hosts Robin & Shannon. They made Julia's Beef Bourguignon. G & I had made this same recipe just for the two of us shortly after we saw the movie so it was fun to try someone elses attempt.
|Robin's Beef Bourguignon|
Derek & Lisa made Julia's version of Cesar Salad and a green bean side dish. The salad preparation was so interesting. In Julia's version you don't make the dressing separately you make the dressing one ingredient at a time with your hands mixing with the romaine. It was delicious. Light and garlicky, not creamy and heavy. The also made the green beans with sautee'd garlic and shallot which were so fragrant and perfect with the rich beef.
|Derek tossing the Cesar Salad|
|Lisa's Green Beans w/ Shallots & Garlic|
Robin made some egg noodles with peas to accompany the wonderful beef bourguignon.
|Robin's Noodles for her beef|
|G's Whipped Cream|
|fried bananas for the crepes|
|The Crepe Bar|
|Jodi's crepe creation|
|My crepe creation|
|Lisa's crepe creation|