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Private Catering for Brighton Hen Do

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Private Catering for Brighton Hen Do

We were asked by Bex to provide a private supper club for her friend’s hen do in March, where a group of 12 friends were coming to stay in Jack Windmill for a long weekend.

The venue itself was stunning – Jack Windmill, nestled high up in the downs in Clayton, just a few miles from Brighton. A RIBA award winning piece of architecture, originally built in 1963 and reconfigured in 2016 by award winning architects Featherstone Young.

The evening was hosted in the Granary building, separate from the main house, which features a double-height entertaining space complete with a Steinway grand piano, where we set the table for the 12 guests. The kitchen in the Granary building was a dream to cook in – small in comparison to the other rooms, and clad completely in plywood, it was simple and functional with every detail thought out.

The menu for the evening was our very popular Italian Bellini’s and Cicchetti menu, which started with peach bellinis and delicate arancini, followed by chargrilled grapes marinaded in fennel seeds and Valdespino sherry vinegar served with burrata. The main course was my all-time-favourite dish, Diana Henry’s vincigrassi – rich with wild mushrooms and truffles, and that was followed with a dark chocolate mousse cake.

We supplied a wine pairing for the evening which featured Italian wines for the starter and main courses, and an aged Pedro Ximenez to perfectly complement the chocolate dessert, finished with a glass of ice cold hazelnut Frangelico made by monks in Italy.

It was a real pleasure to serve our food up on to beautiful ceramic plates from Jo at Brickett Davda. The earthy tones and gently-uneven shape of each plate enhances every dish put on them.

Liz from Flower and Fern provided the beautiful floral arrangements for the table which were full of honey-scented sweetpeas, pearly white lisianthus and painterly hellebores and looked stunning against the dark wooden table.

If you would like to make your hen do or birthday extra special with a private supper club then please get in touch with us, we’d love to hear from you.

Private Catering for Brighton Hen Do

Global Supper Club

A Global Supper Club

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A Global Supper Club

We were invited to take part in Sobremesa – a global dinner series by Sunday Suppers who curate four dinners a year, inviting people from around the world to partake as hosts. Each dinner takes places in a different city around the globe.

“The notion of opening our homes to friends and loved ones is of utmost importance. The gatherings are to be joyous, of mixed crowds, and represent each community’s flavours and spirit. We are excited to see this new wave of dinners and let the beauty of the unexpected unfold.”

The Fall meal was inspired by the earth and the processes of fermentation and natural aging. Fall connects us back to the earth; as the season shifts, the colour palette mutes and darkens to deep, warm hues. We turn inward, move at a slower pace and look for comfort. Spending more time indoors, we gather around the table with the ones we love.

The menu featured six courses and included bread with black garlic butter, pear, endive, fennel and smoked ricotta salad, short rib with chilli oil and garlic chips, braised olives, saffron risotto and a plum torte with espresso. A communal cooking element was included, using the smoked ricotta for the pear, endive and fennel salad.

We love working on collaborations, if you’ve got an idea then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

A Global Supper Club

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— the time after a meal when the food is gone, but the conversation around the table continues.

Campfire Feast Supper Club

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Campfire Feast Supper Club

Maddy at A Slow Adventure asked us to provide an Autumnal campfire feast supper club at her harvest retreat weekend at Wriggly Tin campsite in Hampshire. She was hosting 17 guests for a long weekend of yoga, creative writing and slow living to celebrate the season.

As part of the campfire feast we led a hands-on cookery workshop, showing the guests how to make some of the different elements of the meal. We made delicious quick-pickled vegetables, yoghurt flatbreads which we cooked on the fire, and a few varieties of spiced butter with different herbs, spices, lemon zest and chilli to melt over the flatbreads.

We served our cocktails during the cookery workshop which were made from foraged ingredients – there was a choice of blackberry and rosemary gin shrub, or a spiced pear collins, which were both delicious.

After the workshop, the guests took their seats at the table in the wooden hut next to the campfire which had been beautifully laid with candles, autumn flowers and beautiful menus designed by Everyday Artefacts.

We served a trio of starters; golden paneer which had been marinated in five spices and charred over the fire with mini rotis and lime pickle, charred baby peppers with salsa verde, and mini fire-baked potatoes with sour cream and tomato salsa. The light in the field was fading as we served the delicious warming butternut squash dahl alongside the flatbreads, spiced butter, pickles and a selection of chutneys. The final course was muscat poached pears with dukkah, and we followed this with homemade blackberry s’mores as we all sat chatting around the campfire.

It was a beautiful evening with lots of great conversations and we’re looking forward to doing more campfire cooking at future supper clubs.

Photographs from A Slow Adventure and Notes to the Moon.

Keep an eye on our upcoming supper clubs here.

Five Mile Feast Supper Club

Five Mile Feast Supper Club

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Five Mile Feast Supper Club

We were back at Andy’s gallery on Saturday for one of our famous Five Mile Feast Supper Clubs – a truly community-minded feast; three courses of delicious seasonal produce.

Not long after starting our supper club in 2015, we decided to host our first Five Mile Feast with the desire of supporting our amazing local producers. When we first sat down to plan the menu the task seemed very daunting, but we soon learnt that we had only scratched the surface of all the great local producers, suppliers and the generosity and kindness of people in our community.

This Five Mile Feast menu included little tartines with freshly podded peas, roasted radishes, pickled red onions and the creamiest, dreamiest local cheese from High Weald Dairy. Then there was a heritage tomato tarte tatin (tomatoes slowly cooked for 6 hours before being layered with onion marmalade and all butter puff pastry, and finally a baked strawberry cheesecake with delicious gelato from Gusto Gelato.

Our suppliers included The Sussex Peasant, High Weald Dairy, Gusto Gelato, the brilliant Knob Butter, a huge branch of rosemary from The Herb Kitchen, chocolate from Audrey’s, dinks from the Old Tree Co-op and Madame Jennifers Gin (distilled in Hove) as well as fruit and herbs from friends gardens.

And our supper clubbers on the night were fabulous – why are we still surprised?! It’s the sole reason we run our supper clubs; to meet the people in our community. So a massive thank you as always to our guests, you were wonderful and it’s beautiful bumping in to you on the streets now.

Liz from Flower and Fern took on the five-mile challenge for her floral arrangements and foraged cow parsley, silver lace vine and mock orange which looked beautiful and smelt amazing.

Thank you to the dream team Walker Gallery, Sophie Haslam, Brickett Davda and Flower and Fern.

Keep an eye on our upcoming supper clubs here.

Persian Supper Club in Brighton

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Persian Supper Club in Brighton

We had an incredible night on Saturday for our Persian Supper Club – we had been looking forward to this supper club for a long time as it’s one of our favourite types of food to cook and eat.

We transformed Andy’s gallery on Queen’s Place in to a beautiful venue for the evening and were lucky enough to have some of his original art work hanging on the wall. We teamed beautiful table linens and hand-beaten brass platters – that my parents collected when they lived in the Middle East over 30 years ago – with Brickett Davda’s beautiful hand made ceramics and amazing floral arrangements from Flower and Fern. Dressing a table is easy when you have talented friends!

The menu we designed started with Persian tapas of marinated feta, esme salad and smoked aubergines with home made olive oil flatbreads. The mean course was splitpea koftas, cucumber and orange blossom salad and bejewelled rice with tahdig – a crispy golden layer which is the holy grail of Persian rice. Dessert was muscat poached rhubarb with sweet labneh and pistachio dukkah. The highlight of my evening was when one of our guests, who is Persian, told me that the food reminded her of her Dad’s cooking – I couldn’t have asked for a better compliment!

Waitrose supplied a wine pairing for this supper club, which we were absolutely blown away by. The manager of the local Hove branch had contacted us before the event to say that he had heard about our supper club and wanted to support us. The sommelier at the store beautifully paired a wine with each course including an incredible Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro for the dessert.

And of course, our guests for the evening were wonderful and we feel very lucky to have met so many interesting people, some who had travelled down from London for our supper club. It was one of those evenings that really lifts you up – the spirit of the evening created a feeling of a true gathering; something meaningful and transformative.

The beautiful photographs of the evening were taken by Sophie Haslam – huge thanks to you Sophie for the photographs and for all your help on the night.

Keep an eye on our upcoming supper clubs here.

Persian Supper Club in Brighton

Thanksgiving Supper Club

Thanksgiving Supper Club

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Thanksgiving Supper Club in Brighton

Our Thanksgiving supper club was our biggest supper club so far and we had a blast! Stepping into the industrial kitchen at The Square to cater for 40 certainly made us take stock of how far One Supper Club has come!

The night began with Tony of The Sea, our resident DJ for the night, spinning an all American setlist whilst people enjoyed a cranberry fizz cocktail and some pumpkin arancini. Then came the indulgent mac n’cheese, oozing with happiness, and two true American sharing courses; platters flowing with roast vegetables, candied yams, stuffing…… and finally a choice of bourbon pumpkin pie or a pecan chocolate galette.

The lead up to the event, and the evening itself was a real team effort with friends and new faces helping to bring all of our ideas together. We’re so grateful to everyone who has helped and supported us in running our supper club and raising money for The Sussex Heart Charity. With special thanks to Emma and Emma at The Social Club, Louise Gorrod for the many hours of help in the kitchen(!), Antonia, Mel, Tony of the Sea, Emma Croman for the photographs and Flower and Fern for the floral arrangements. You can read a review of our Thanksgiving supper club by Brighton food blogger Eshé Brown here.

What a wonderful way to finish this season of supper clubs!

Vessels Supper Club in Hove

Vessels Supper Club in Hove

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Vessels – Autumn Supper Club in Hove

Our wonderful friend Simone opened up her beautiful shop – Keep it Living – for us to host two very special nights of our Vessels supper club.

For Vessels, we created a cozy autumnal supper club where we paired the beautiful ceramics at Keep it Living with the colours and textures of our seasonal dishes. We explored the relationship between how food is served and the way we experience it; with bright pink butter-glazed radishes served in delicate ceramic bowls, rich roasted cauliflower, sage and almond risotto in cozy individual vessels, and a delicious kirsch, black cherry and chocolate tart on elegant plates.

Both evenings were extremely special, but the Friday night really meant a lot to us as we hosted one of the amazing nurses who helped us out so much during Libby’s time in hospital. The night very much summed up what we hope our supper clubs are; an opportunity to laugh and enjoy some great company and food, but also to meet new people in an environment where we feel comfortable to connect with each other.

Find out more about why we started our supper clubs, and see dates for our upcoming supper clubs.

 

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Private Brunch for Product Photography

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Private Brunch for Product Photography

This beautiful brunch was designed for The Spring Oven to capture some new product photography to use across their website and marketing. The Spring Oven is a unique terracotta pot designed for baking bread at home using a steam baking process which creates a delicious crusty loaf.

So our menu for the brunch was all about celebrating bread and baking. We served up rhubarb-roasted peaches with pistachio crumb, granola pots topped with caramelised rye-croutons, a citrus salad, cinnabuns, avocado toast and baked vanilla french toast with blackberry syrup. The dishes were all designed to provide colour and texture for the photographs, and above all to taste delicious for our guests!

It couldn’t have been more beautiful; our incredible guests turned up on a sunshine-filled morning for a long, relaxed brunch full of good food and good company. The huge shutter doors were pulled wide open and with the sun pouring in our guests chatted and sipped on our prosecco brunch punch whilst enjoying all of our delicious food.

All of the bread for the event was baked in The Spring Oven, using a 10 year old sourdough starter kindly donated by Kane at Sugardough Bakery. We put together gift bags for our guests to take away which included their own pots of sourdough starter, gin and blackberry jam and a bread baking recipe book from The Spring Oven – we hope we’ve shared and inspired a love of baking.

This event was even more special as we got to work with our good friends Emma Croman who captured the morning beautifully with her photographs, and Antonia McKenzie who styled the venue and product photographs.

We absolutely loved working on this project and are so proud of the brunch and the finished photographs. If you have a product or service and are looking for a unique way to launch it or to capture photographs of it in use then please get in touch, we would love to help. Or find out more about our supper clubs and private catering services.

Private Brunch for Product Photography

Supper Club Collaboration

Supper Club Collaboration

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Supper Club Collaboration with The Simple Things

We love collaborating with companies and brands who share our philosophy of slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life, as The Simple Things magazine puts it, ‘taking time to live well’. So we couldn’t have been happier when they approached us about co-hosting a supper club with them as part of a series of supper clubs across the country.

We welcomed editor Lisa and a group of the magazine’s subscribers to our home to share a meal inspired by delicious springtime produce. We started with spring vegetable crudité including pink and purple radishes, sugar snaps and baby carrots, followed by risotto with buttered asparagus and peas. For the final course we served a duo of Prosecco berry jelly and caramel hazelnut tartlets.

The Simple Things sponsor, Neptune, provided us with a surprise host pack full of the most beautiful crockery, glassware and linen napkins for our supper clubs. We were blown away by their products and very happy to be part of this event.

We love working on collaborations, if you’ve got an idea then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Supper Club Collaboration

Supper Club Photography Project

Supper Club Photography Project

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Supper Club Photography Project

When we started our supper club last year we knew it was going to challenge us and open us up to meeting people in our community, but we really didn’t expect to meet so many amazing people or for so many opportunities to arise. One of the most exciting was being approached by Emma Croman who wanted to work with us to create a supper club photography project, documenting the process of running our supper club – from planning our menus and sourcing local ingredients, to cooking and hosting guests in our home.
We’ve been a fan of Emma’s photography for a long time having seen it in some of our favourite magazines, blogs and websites so we felt very fortunate to work with her on a project like this. Emma is creative, inspiring and a lot of fun to work with and we’re so pleased to now count her as a friend. You can see more of Emma’s amazing photography on her website.

We were preparing for an Italian supper club and sourced ingredients from La Cave a Fromage, our local Mediterranean deli Sage and Relish and New Haven Fish Mongers. We prepared an Italian tapas for the starter with garlic prawns, marinated white beans, mozarella-filled arancini, walnut and rocket crostini and chargrilled peppers. The main course was one of my very favourite dishes, butternut squash ravioli with handmade pasta in a brown butter sauce with crispy sage, and we finished with chocolate olive oil cake, Frangelico and esse biscuits (from the Polpo cookbook).

We had a great group of guests for the evening and the conversation and laughter flowed whilst we enjoyed the meal together.

We absolutely love working on collaborations like this and would love to be involved in other creative projects to do with food, community and local producers. If you’ve got an idea then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. Or find out more about our supper club journey.