Newhaverin Leith and life

14Aug/117

Breaking bread

Secret supper clubs. They're just a good idea. What's not to like? You sign up, you're contacted with an address and a menu, show up with wine in hand and eat in a stranger's house with other strangers. Secret supper clubs have all the attributes of what I consider a damn good time- food, booze and meeting new people.

Last night I had my first experience with a secret supper club in Edinburgh, Aoife Behan's My Home Supper Club. Named Molecular Spectacular, the night promised good food fashioned by a mad scientist and the results were fantastic. We were warmly welcomed into a big beautiful flat with a delicious glass of fruity vodka topped with a layer of dry ice fog and it wasn't long until the food started coming. Soft and crunchy balls of cheese and toast, delicate balls of liquor shots, fresh Vietnamese broth into which I injected noodles from a syringe, slow cooked beef with frozen horseradish and frozen beetroot and the hugest array of moulded jellies I've ever seen in my life. Everything was so delicious and the mysterious nature of some of the dishes made for great conversation around the table. Now, I don't have much in common with a table full of City bankers but the atmosphere and the reason for us being together in the first place meant I could have been at a table of train conductors and it would have been cool.

I'm also really impressed with Aoife's (and any supper club host's) willingness to open their home to strangers on a regular basis. The neurotic in me wonders about safety and insurance issues but hosting like this is the ultimate in humanity. It's good to know blind appreciation and trust of people is alive and well.

I'm really looking forward to doing it all again and I'm collecting local supper clubs on Twitter to keep up with the news. Follow Aoife @myhomesupper, The Crescent @CrescentDining, Meena Bahna @ChaiLounge77 for starters and I hope to see you around the table soon.

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  1. Leah, thanks so much for the lovely write-up. I didn’t know you were reviewing the night! I’m glad you had fun… and no need to worry I’m neurotic too and have lots of insurance and fire extinguishers! Hopefully we’ll see you here again soon. Aoife x

  2. Hi I am also another supper club I am holding my first event on the 27th of August places still available follow me on twitter “teaclubco” or have a look at my blog

    kind regards Wendy

  3. YET AGAIN YOU GAZUMPH ME! I’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET AN INVITE TO A SUPPER CLUB FOR AGES TO REVIEW FOR LEITHER MAG…NOT A WHISPER. FANCY REVIEWING THE NEXT ONE YOU GO TO?

  4. I’d be honoured, Billy. I’ll get in touch when I’ve got the next one booked. I’ll also pass details to you in case you want to sign up too. I just got wind of one in Leith and I’ll be looking into that for sure!


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