Gather. Eat. Laugh
"Neither restaurant nor dinner party, but both at once."
The Spawning of A New Era in Social Dining
The supper club concept was first born out of my sheer love to cook, host, and create the best evening possible for my friends in my modest living room. Little did I know that it would blossom to become a popular Friday evening activity amongst busy working professionals looking to unwind at the end of a stressful workweek and engage in some fun, real-life banter with other peers.
Communal dining is at the core of the supper club experience whereby the dining table takes centerstage as the original social network. We now live in a world where we’re connected to everything except ourselves. While the advancement of technology and the high degree of interconnectivity it has enabled has its merits, it is not without its flaws. In an era where the majority of social interactions are now conducted digitally via the smartphone, there is a growing disconnect with real life and our ability to communicate and foster new relationships in person has been increasingly jeopardised.
To that effect, I simply wanted an innocuous way to prevent people from being too consumed in their own “cyber world” that they forget how to build rapport and connect with others in person – all without technological assistance.
By gathering a diverse and curated crowd of like-minded individuals and serving them an authentic home-cooked communal meal in a cosy living room environment, an immediate sense of intimacy is created. Throw in some wine as a social lubricant and the alchemy becomes real: you get a dose of varied social interaction intermixed with good conversation, banter and sheer fun spread throughout the evening. All this helps to plant the seeds (which I have witnessed myself) for the formation of new, meaningful relationships that cut across new social pools outside the usual encounters in daily life.
How it Works
To attend, simply register your attendance online, and I will get back to you with some 'light' vetting (after all, I need to ensure the social chemistry of the group is right so curation is paramount). Upon confirmation of payment, your spot will be secured and the location of the next supper club will be revealed.
On the day of the dinner party, you simply need to show up and will be warmly greeted with a welcome drink to help get you quickly acquainted with other fellow diners. After brief introductions are exchanged, you are free to choose your own seating arrangement along the communal dining table.
Depending on the venue and type of cuisine, most of the food will be served 'family-style' to create the feeling of greater intimacy amongst the fellow diners (after all, sharing is caring!). Guests are recommended to bring a bottle of wine to keep the evening going.
* N.B.: I highly discourage the use of smartphones during the event, so please tuck those devices away. After all, this event is all about slowing down, breaking away from technology, and engaging with people in an offline and authentic manner again.