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THE RISE AND RISE OF SUPPER CLUBS
Underground supper clubs – restaurants usually run by amateur chefs out of their own homes – bred like fruit flies in London last year. This year, we’ll see them spreading further throughout Europe. And, as new venues open, the established supper clubs are evolving and innovating too. If you’re the owner of an already successful supper club, you may be looking to…
1. Expand and move up in the world like Hidden Kitchen in Paris, which upped sticks to larger, swankier premises to cope with demand.
2. Go semi-pro, by getting an agent and a book deal like the enterprising Ms Marmite Lover of The Underground Restaurant in London. She’s also running farmers’ markets and a foodie version of BBC TV show Dragons’ Den, all from her living room.
3. Take your supper club on tour, like the three friends behind Berlin’s The Shy Chef are planning to do next summer. “Many people who come to our dinners want to host something themselves,” says Costa of The Shy Chef. “So far we’ve had invitations to do our supper club in Prague, Amsterdam and Sydney.”