pastsuppers.jpgThis is intended to be an informal way to try new food, meet interesting people, and show off your culinary skills (even if they are limited to knowing where to buy the best charcuterie). Joe Wessels had a similar idea last year, and as I’m new in town and someone who loves entertaining, I figure it’s worth another shot. Here’s how it works:

1) Once a month, someone different will host dinner in their home for a limited number of guests. The host’s discretion decides the headcount limit, slots are first-come-first-served, and participants will be vetted for security reasons. As these meals will take place in private homes, anonymous eaters will not be allowed*.

2) The month’s host and dinner date will be posted on the blog; anyone can RSVP in the comments. Those whose RSVPs are accepted will be sent the venue address and other relevant details.

3) The host provides food and soft drinks. Not all food must be home-cooked; for example, a killer cheesecake from the host’s favorite boutique bakery will be more than welcome. A sack of White Castles probably wouldn’t be. Guests may wish to offer to bring extra food – nuts and chips or some nice cheese, for example – but they should arrange that directly with the host.

4) Others should bring a bottle of something – alcoholic or non – as their ‘dues’. The host is under no obligation to provide wine or beer for everyone, so if you want to drink something specific, it would be wise to bring enough for yourself – and polite to bring enough to share a bit with others.

5) Relax! Have fun! It’s in the rules, so you have to…or else.

*If nobody in the group has heard of you, Google has no record of your existence or lack of criminal record, and/or you’re cagey about your identity, you won’t be extended an invitation. In order not to saddle the hosts with the responsibility for making these judgement calls, I will play the bad cop and make the final call on whether someone is too much of a risk to invite. Sorry, but we like our limbs and our possessions and plan on keeping all of them. (I don’t expect that we’ll attract too many axe murderers, though it would be unwise to go into this without some security provisions.)


11 Responses to “About the Cincinnati Supper Club: Kitchen Edition”

  1. Peggy Allis Murriner Says:

    My friend just sent this site over to us……maybe because I’m a food junkie. This looks wonderful! I love the idea of good food, great conversation, and new acquaintances all in one evening! Do I just check out the website for the next event? Can I pre-emptively prove I’m not an axe murderer? Because that’s funny.

  2. Peggy, yes, just check back for details of the next supper. I’ll be announcing the host and date soon!

  3. I have to say, from reading my brothers site religiously, The Cincinnati Supper Club looks like such a great time. I’d love to be able to make it down sometime from Canton to attend one of these special events. It looks like such a fun time.

  4. Kathy Says:

    I am interested in joining the supper club. It sounds like a lot of fun. My boyfriend and I love to cook and have been looking for a group of people to do so with. I hope you are open to new members.

  5. if you or duncan need any more info on andrea or i just let me know what you need.

  6. Edward Says:

    I love your disclaimer… so glad I made it through the screening process…or was I exempt as a “founding” member.
    Anyway…great to see you and everybody on Friday… hope I can make a couple more before the babies come.
    Let me know if you have any cool pics..

  7. Just stumbled upon this and am terribly embarassed I didn’t know about it earlier. Kevin & I just may have to participate. I’m easy to vet – just go to the web site or If anything, I’m DEFINITELY on the Internet. 😉
    Congrats on such a wonderful and successful idea!

  8. Zoe Hutchins Says:

    My husband and I just moved to the area and would like to try this out. It sounds like a lot of fun.

  9. Zach Ulrich Says:

    I just went to the gathering last night and had a blast!! I looked on this site for how to get on a listserv, do you have one?? Otherwise, I’m afraid I’ll forget and not make the next one!!

  10. Mr & Mrs Royse Says:

    Brit and I have the pleasure of knowing the 5chw4r7z. We’ve only been able to make it to one dinner so far and had a blast!! Looking forward to August.

  11. Shannon W Says:

    Hello. I saw this website and love the idea. Is this an open membership?

    Is there a way to get “checked out” beforehand so when a dinner is posted we could grab a spot?

    Is there a certain rotation or can you host when would like to? Thanks for your help.

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