One Supper Club: Making a difference in the community
Isn’t it funny, you can have a glimpse of something and form an impression of it almost instantly but that impression isn’t necessarily the whole story, as I discovered when I attended One Supper Club’s Thanksgiving meal.
I came across the supper club over a year ago whilst I was scrolling through Instagram. Everything in their feed was beautifully photographed and styled, with that ‘cereal magazine’ look, so I assumed it was just another fancy pop-up I should try at some point. It wasn’t until I finally went along to an event that I realised how much more there was to it.
It all began in 2015 when husband and wife, Henry & Libby, arranged a dinner for the friends, doctors and nurses who had come to their aid when Libby fell unwell after the birth of their son. Just two months after moving to Brighton, Libby developed a serious infection in her heart that meant she couldn’t go home after she gave birth. It was a really difficult time for the couple, made harder by the fact they were alone in a new city. Thankfully they were shown lots of kindness and generosity from the Brighton community (yay Brighton!) This touched them so much that they decided to do something to give back.
As a gesture of thanks, they came up with the idea to host supper clubs from their home and donate the profits to The Sussex Heart Charity, which helps raise funds for training and essential new equipment. Since that idea three years ago things have grown and now the couple are hosting events at bigger venues, in order to raise more.
I went along to their last event of the year in November “Thanksgiving”, which was pitched as a twist on the traditional thanksgiving feast, combined with some of their other favourite all-American dishes. The venue for the night was The Square on New England Street (the same spot that Three Stack flip their pancakes every Saturday).
I met a whole bunch of wonderful people, in addition to tucking into lots of gorgeous homemade food, cooked by Libby and helpers. There were 40 covers to prepare for and Libby and her team did amazingly well, producing what seemed like an unlimited supply of food – including trays upon trays of particularly moreish pumpkin arancini balls.
Main courses began with a delicious miniature new york style mac ‘n’ cheese, with a crispy breadcrumb topping. Alongside this, a 2-hour cooked Sussex pork with a butternut and Gruyère cheese bake, as well as multicoloured Hasselback potatoes, honeyglazed carrots and parsnips, candied yams and sage & onion stuffing. Vegetables have never tasted so good… And for dessert, a choice of either bourbon pumpkin pie or a bourbon chocolate gallette.
The food was not the only area that love had been poured into either. The space was beautifully done out with flower arrangements on the tables and hanging garlands from the light fittings, fashioned with cotton sticks, eucalyptus and grasses by Lix from Flower & Fern. There was even a DJ (Tony of The Sea) spinning an all-American set – a first for me at a supper club! Several local businesses also donated goodies for the silent auction, which helped raised additional funds for The Sussex Heart Charity.
Rating: Must Go | Worth A Try | Give It A Miss
I think the fact that Libby and Henry are such kind and generous souls attracts like-minded people to these events and it’s definitely why I went away full of good food and with a couple of new friends, I hope to stay in touch with.
If you would like to try out One Supperclub and give a little to a great charity (and I recommend you do) head over here and signup to their newsletter to get details of their next supper club. Also, check out previous photographs of One Supper Club events shot by the very talented Emma Croman here.
*I was invited to dinner by Libby & Henry, although all thoughts on the supper club are fully my own and in support of the amazing work, the couple are doing for The Sussex Heart Charity!
+ Photographs shot by myself + Emma Croman (emmacroman.com)
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