Though some of them are still flying under the radar (you probably didnt hear about the Dinner Clubs picnic on Governors Island sorrrrry!), supper clubs are for the most part getting a wee bit overcommercialized and overexposed. As if the prospect of a Food Network/Whisk & Ladle collab werent enough, the club is also featured in a book out this week, Secret Suppers, in which Los Angeles Times contributor Jenn Garbee explores, as the subtitle has it, illegal entrees, covert cocktails, and underground [not anymore!] restaurants around the country. Of course the book includes recipes (for a drink called the Freshman Girl, in Whisk & Ladles case), but its a quote from Mark, the math-professor organizer of W, thats the real keeper.
We really dont want to be referred to as hipsters and we dont consider W a club with members and we prefer not to feel like were in a restaurant and we have a real aversion to the term foodie what member of the species isnt a foodie, a person who enjoys food? We invite people of all ages, and strive to do so (the oldest guest was seventy-six, the youngest, seventeen) which keeps a certain hipster demographic from developing.
So is this Food Network project just another ploy to weed out the hipsters?
Secret Suppers [Amazon]