A brunch supper club combines two of my favourite things. After attending my first brunch supper club back in July, I am now a big fan of this concept.
I recently attended another beautiful brunch supper club organised by Dauphinoise & Debauchery. Run by two friends Cara and Alix, it was held in Alix’s gorgeous home in Camberwell.
This was their tenth supper club together, the theme of which was Italian Summer. I thought it was the perfect brunch supper club to attend to revel in the spirit of summer, especially given the moody nature of British weather. Also, with no fixed plans to travel over Summer, this was possibly the closest I would ever get to any sort of European summer break!
I was attending the supper club as a lucky plus one for UK Supper Clubs, an Instagram account I admire and have been following for quite some time. It is run by Rumbie, a management consultant by day but full time foodie and mum to her little boy Oscar. It was a chance to not only attend a supper club of my liking but to meet the face behind this successful account.
Upon arriving at the house, we were led to the back garden, where a long table had been elegantly draped in a white table cloth, punctuated by gorgeous sunflowers freshly picked for the event. It all looked very elegant and summery.
We were offered a refreshing homemade Aperol Spritz (and unlimited refills after that). For those not drinking, there was a non-alcoholic beverage available as well.
Prior to the event, our hostesses had asked us two questions: our secret celebrity amore and the song that makes the prosecco pour! I must say I was intrigued but happily obliged with my slightly cheesy and cringeworthy answers. Turns out that based on our responses, they had cut out mini versions of our respective celebrity crushes as place cards next to bespoke menu design. The songs we had chosen went into the playlist playing in the background all day on a loop. I was impressed with the thought and effort they had put into all these tiny details to get the audience participation right from the beginning.
We kicked off with some warming homemade Focaccia, which was absolutely divine.
The first course was the Pesto Asparagus Blini | Griddled Asparagus, Courgette Blini with pesto dressing and toasted almonds. It was well-cooked, looked verdant on the plate and had a mild kick to it.
The highlight of the day for me was Carbonara Eggs Benedict | Poached Eggs on Focaccia Toast, Crispy Pancetta. So far, the focaccia had been very popular with the crowds so we were pleased to see it make an appearance again as a solid foundation for the eggs.
The eggs were expertly poached and burst into the plate at the slightest prod, spilling all that vividly orange egg yolk. This dish is definitely up there with some of my favourite brunch dishes of this year.
The dessert of Orange Polenta Torte | Orange and Rosemary Polenta Torte, Ricotta Honey Ice cream was delightful. It was quite a massive portion, delicious to taste and not ridiculously sweet. I was pleased that they didn’t hold back for second helpings either.
On the day of the brunch supper club, we were blessed with beautiful sunny weather and a great group of people who we haven’t met before. But we instantly connected and chatted like long lost friends. Full marks to the two ladies and their generous and gracious hosting skills.
To add to their talent, they even roast their own coffee at home and we got to take a small batch of freshly ground coffee home with us as a goodie bag!
For me, it was a very professionally organised brunch supper club with the deft touch of homeliness. I am sure there was lot of hard work and stress behind the scenes, but outwardly both Cara and Alix were calm like swans, ensuring their guests had a good time. It is one of those supper clubs where you wish to linger until the sun goes down. I can’t wait to see what they organise next!
Disclaimer: I was invited to review the supper club and my meal was complimentary, but all photos, videos and opinions are mine.