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Dublin Supper Clubs

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Foodies rejoice – the supper clubs of Dublin city are making the most of local produce, expert knowledge and a newfound taste for an experience out of the ordinary.


Dublin Supper Clubs

An underground culinary club concept

Food fans who relish non-conventional dining set-ups will love the idea of the supper club. Embracing the New York model, Dubliners have adapted this exciting underground culinary club concept, using it as an opportunity to share locally-sourced Irish produce and expert knowledge with friends old and new. Here, we meet some of the Dublin folk currently hosting supper clubs around the city…

Supper clubs allow space for creative, experimental menus from their chefs. Katie Sanderson's Living Dinners specialises in raw food, which she came to after a culinary tour taking her from the Alps, to Kenya, to America. Sanderson is determined to change raw food's bad rap for bland taste – judging by her always maxed-out meals, whether held in warehouses, art studios or Georgian buildings, her experiment is working.

Open Door Supper Club's Aoife Ní Chocláin imported the Supper Clubs idea from New York, but sources her grub even closer to home. Co-opting her parents into supplying vegetables from their farm, she has also foraged for berries and fruit from the garden of a convent her friends live in (we'll forgive her for stealing from nuns as she’s keeping it local. Ní Chocláin also hits up the Temple Bar Food Market, the weekly shangri-la for all Dublin food lovers.

Spend an evening exploring the wonders of unique Irish cuisine with Bia Beatha. Each month, a special guest hosts the evening and invites diners to taste some of the best food Ireland has to offer, with incredible courses such as woodland mushroom consommé with herb straws and Atlantic seatrout, leek cream and samphire butter. All hosted events are scheduled in advance and tickets available for purchase on the Bia Beatha website. The evenings commence at 7:30pm in The United Arts Club on Fitzwilliam Street.

Champion

Perhaps the biggest champion of artisan food in Dublin is Kevin Powell, the spectacles behind the weekly News of the Curd club held in his city centre house. "At the end of the day I admire anyone willing to show Ireland for what it is: an island of amazing artisans," he says. Powell has branched out into hosting themed brunches, pun-based pop-ups and an explicitly-named hot-dog stand in one of Dublin’s top nightclubs, The Twisted Pepper, taking a commendable alternative route to a full-time cooking career.

Of course, it's not all about the food. The beauty of supper clubs is the intimacy that stands in contrast to the little bubble you climb into when dining out in Dublin. Word-of-mouth keeps the clubs in business. Aoife Ní Chocláin notes that at her monthly get-together, "there are people there for the food experience, and others who are there just for something socially out of the ordinary.”

Dublin Supper Clubs
Dublin Supper Clubs

Foodies old and new

Supper clubs are a forum for foodies new and old, locals and visitors. Paula Sheridan, who runs a more clandestine club notes that "I had a holidaying Spanish couple to my first club, and now each time I throw one we have different friends of theirs stopping over."

Hours of foraging, the stress of cheffing and a big, dirty pile of dishes: what drives these enterprising cooks to spend their evenings in the company of strangers? Katie Sanderson sums it up best: "there's something rather magical about an evening that appears and disappears like it never really happened".

All of the supper clubs mentioned are delighted to welcome any guests. Take a look at their websites for dates, menus and bookings.

News of the Curd
Open Door
Hatch & Sons Supper Club
Hunt and Gather