They are essentially part-time restaurants that are often held in people’s homes or sometimes in temporary venues that are not normally used as a restaurant. They are great for meeting new people or relaxing with several friends.
You get to eat in venues that you would not normally get access to. This includes peoples’ homes, and other interesting venues. You get to eat food that is often hard to find in restaurants. Of course this depends on the type of supper club, but in my case, much of what I serve is “homestyle” dishes of Spanish origin, that I learned to cook as a girl from my family. Several of the dishes in Supper Clubs would only be served at large family gatherings and special occasions in their country of origin.
You get to meet other people, and this is one of the key features of a supper club. Again, this depends on the venue. Some have many small tables, and you might for instance be stuck on a table of 4 people, with 2 people you don’t really get on with for the whole evening. In my case I have one large table seating 12, but I also have small tables, so there are a selection of people around you to talk to. Thus you can “meet and mingle” and choose who you’d like to sit next to. I am not licensed so feel free to bring your own, and I’m happy to make Sangria. This fact keeps your bills down as I don’t charge corkage and you can bring your favourite wine! Beware though, you’re usually expected to share it! But others will share theirs with you too. It’s all terribly friendly.
We buy all the food in advance and prepare it for you, fresh on the day. If you book and can’t make the Supper Club, you are of course welcome to get someone else to come in your place, and I will do my best to reallocate your space. There is not a choice on the menu, you get what I cook! But you will not leave hungry, my friends and family would agree that I tend to overfeed people. I serve all my food family-style, so you get to try everything. With the average number of dishes at my supper club weighing in at around 12, there’s no shortage of choice to find something you like/do not eat/aren’t allergic to etc. The good news is that my menus are published in advance so if you don’t fancy it, you can book a different date with a menu you prefer.
If you like what you hear come and join me for an evening of delicious tapas and Spanish food at my home in Bishopston. I love cooking but the thing that I love the most is cooking Spanish food. I am a native Catalan and after all I have been eating Tapas for as long as I can remember. Tapas are simply a small snack taken with a drink or two, at lunch time or an early snack before the main meal. Spanish people may have a couple of tapas anytime of the day with a cold beer, generally we will not drink without eating something and originally this small snacks were given for free to anyone who bought a drink. Nowadays most bars will charge you for anything other than a bowl of olives and bread. But you can have several tapas at once to provide you with a full meal.
Tapas are simply a small snack taken with a drink or two, at lunch time or an early snack before the main meal. Spanish people may have a couple of tapas anytime of the day with a cold beer, generally we will not drink without eating something and originally this small snacks were given for free to anyone who bought a drink. Nowadays most bars will charge you for anything other than a bowl of olives and bread. But you can have several tapas at once to provide you with a full meal.
Tapas are ‘little dishes’ and they vary from region to region, but over time these have evolved and the personalities of thousands of bar owners has stamped them with the identities that they have today. Such is the diversity of tapas that in bars all over Spain and the world you can order virtually anything that takes your fancy. From an exotically-flavoured, spicy Moorish dish to a simple bowl of olives, the choice is entirely yours and there is a lot of choice! You can now eat any Tapa in all the regions in Spain. If you haven’t tried them yet then you have missed out on one of life’s gastronomic pleasures. It truly is heaven on a small plate! Tapas is essentially a style of eating rather than a form of cooking. It means sociability, friends and family. People who enjoy food, laughing together, talking (mostly about football and the state of affairs in Spain) and drinking in a relaxed atmosphere while nibbling away on little bites of intense flavour. You can keep it simple or you can make it as complicated as you like but whichever way you prefer it, but Tapas are best served with an evening drink among friends and lively company. You will not, I promise you, find a more pleasurable and flavour-filled experience anywhere in Bristol. These ‘little dishes’ will give you a tasty little mouthful of Spain, “sun on a plate” as I prefer to call them. So sit back, take your time and enjoy my cooking to the full. There is no better way in Bristol to sample the real essence of Spanish life and culture.