The membership and culture of the group proves fluid over time, but the goal of uniting families with interesting conversation shared over delicious food has endured. We welcome those who come with an interest in cooking, but expertise in cooking is not required. Our ultimate goals is to share a meal with others.
When We Meet:
Typically dinners occur monthly-ish every 4-6 weeks, on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, from 5:30 to 9:00(ish) pm.
Where We Meet:
We take turns hosting in our homes, or on our patios, porches, yards. The address of the host is viewable only to those in the group. Once or twice a year we'll forgo our cooking to share a meal in a restaurant.
What and How We Do It:
• The dinner party host for the month sets how many people can RSVP for the event to the number of guests he/she can accommodate and chooses the theme or cuisine for the party.
There are opportunities to explore the cuisines of Bolivia, Italy, France, Spain, Brazil, Lebanon, Jamaica, South Korea, China, Ireland, Greece, Mexico, and themes of great variation including: Chocolate for Dinner, Citrus, a Harry Potter Feast, Farewell to Summer, Eat Pray Love, Vegetarian Feast, Spanish Tapas, Fall Harvest, Paella, Home for the Holidays, Ring in the New Year with Clean Eating, Top Chef, Breakfast for Dinner, BBQ, Fabulous & Fancy Finger Foods, Mardis Gras, Coffee, Spring Eggstravaganza, Cinco de Mayo, Basil, and Red, White, and Blue. We may also have opportunities for a couple non-meal events such as a cooking lessons.
The Reservation Supper Club Meetup page is populated with recipe suggestions for each course of the meal as a guide for dinner guests to choose what dish they will make and bring to the event. As dinner guests begin to RSVP, they post their selected dish to the comments section for the event so other guests can see what they are bringing and select other dishes needed to satisfy the different courses of the meal.
Typically, after all guests have RSVP’d, someone will be bringing an appetizer, salad, soup, entrée, sides, and a dessert. Fuller months may have more than one offering of a single course. We attempt to be adventurous in our chosen themes and make dishes we may otherwise not try on our own or serve in our own homes.
Participants should be mindful and offer to prepare different parts of the meal each month so that everyone has a chance to try their hand at making an entrée or dessert, etc. All food should be prepared in the participant’s home, and then brought to the host's home to share (remember to bring a serving utensil).
• General flow of our dinner parties:
Host: responsibility is serving a theme-inspired cocktail as dinner guests arrive and settle it as well as creating atmosphere for dinner with music, table décor, and providing all beverages for the evening.
Dinner companions: cook their selected dish at their home and bring to the host’s home (remember to bring a serving utensil!).
Following cocktails and appetizers is dinner, which usually includes a salad and/or soup course, entrée, sides, dessert and wine with each meal. The formality of the meal is determined by the host and ranges from formal sit-down courses, floor picnics, dining al fresco, but most commonly is simply a casual meal served family-style.
Each month we will determine whether kids will be in attendance or whether the party is an adult only affair. When kids are in attendance, there will be a kid table with kid friendly options. Adventurous children are welcome to try the cuisine of the month - while supplies last. Occasionally, we will host adult only events and pool resources for babysitting services.
You may be wondering if you have to be a good cook to be in this group? Not at all! We all hope to gain some creativity in the kitchen and build cooking confidence through this process. Not only will we do we get to sharpen our culinary skills, we enjoy each other’s company along the way!