My New cookbook releases April 15, 2011!
A supper club in the 1930s and 1940s was a gathering place for people to meet and enjoy an evening of fine dining, drinks, and usually live musical entertainment.
The setting was semiformal, which may have required a tie. The menu often included surf and turf, mashed potatoes, and Yorkshire pudding.
These supper clubs launched many musical careers and introduced the doggie bag. Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman are some of the well-known musicians who performed in supper clubs around the country during the swing/big band era.
The nostalgic appeal of these early supper clubs is attributed, at least in part, to the longing to recapture a period when people made time for each other. In today’s world where we eat many meals on the run, an intimate dinner with friends is a great luxury.
Friends at the Table shows how to take the elements of supper clubs gone by and re-create them in an evening of fine dining at home, without the expense of a restaurant. Included are ready-made grocery lists and plan-ahead tips to ease the stress of entertaining, as well as full menus with a variety of themes to help execute a gorgeous meal, making the experience as enjoyable for the hostess as it is for the guest. The planning has already been done, from shopping lists to easy-to-follow recipes and from selecting music to creating a beautiful “tablescape,”