Cam and I have been kicking around an idea for a long time now, and are finally figuring out how to implement it. The germ of the concept came from our upcoming (now postponed by a couple of weeks) Black Metal night, It Takes A Pillage, which has been a long running joke/actual great idea. It stems from our mutual love of music, and the belief that we can combine specific music with food and drink to create a full experience. We’re calling these nights Supper Club Sundays.
Now, I need to clarify what I mean by supper club. We’re not talking about the amateur ‘restaurants’ held in people’s lofts. The reference is to the supper clubs of the upper midwest that flourished in the middle of the last century. Places that looked like this:
These were joints on the outskirts of smaller towns that had a bar (or three) a restaurant, a lounge, and often a dance floor and live music. It was the whole evening for a couple or friends or a whole family. Growing up, these were the places that always had the best Fish Fry (the endless fried fish bonanza held on Friday nights in Wisconsin.) They served Prime Rib and Brandy Old Fashioneds. They had great names and great bartenders. They are pretty much dead.
Our Sunday Supper Clubs are similar in inspiration, if not in execution. We will be devoting one Sunday a month to a concept. Sometimes it will stem from the music, sometimes the drink, and sometimes the food; but all three will be integrated somehow. I’m thinking of this as a good way to exercise our diverse music tastes, while also changing up the playlist every once in a while.
So, what to expect? Well, the first one is Black Metal, with conceptual dishes based loosely on Nordic cuisine and mead. Think forests, darkness, and game. After that, we’re thinking of a night of vegan specials and cheap pitchers of beer while we play punk rock. Kentucky Derby weekend we’re going to play classic country (a particular favorite of mine,) pouring bourbon, and serving up some southern-influenced specials. I’m actually thinking of doing a version of Kentucky Hot Brown. In the heat of summer we’ll be playing Ska and Dub while serving shandys and French West Indian food. Beyond that, who knows? There’s a lot of music out there, and we like to listen to most of it.
Except Dubstep. There will definitely be no dubstep.