Introducing.. Supper Club

I mentioned before (in my last post..)  about Supper Club.  I heart my Supper Club.  Oh-so-much!!  We started about a year ago with a group of people, one couple we knew very well (my very best friend and her-at the time- future husband) and two other couples we had never met before- friends of the future husband of my very best friend.  Catch all that? :) So..you ask.. What is a supper club exactly??  It can mean many things- and out of a handful of people, you would more than likely get a different answer from each person.  A supper club can be a glorified potluck dinner…a bunch of friends trying different restaurants together.. or can be hosted by a different couple each month-which is what I am apart of.  No matter how you spin your Supper Club- food and the friendship is paramount.  The food is often excellent, the company is entertaining and all is rounded out with delightful fellowship between the friends in the club. So.. I’ve decided to include my Chocolate Broccoli readers in on our fabulous time with food and fellowship.. hopefully inspiring you to create your own Supper Club.  Once a month you will get the pleasure of seeing not only what I prepare- but also what my sweet fellow club members have prepared for the group. 

Here are some simple tips for starting a your own Supper Club.
1) Invite your friends. You may want to include old friends or new friends in your entertaining. It doesn’t matter, as long as they enjoy cooking and are passionate about their food. You can select a small group or a big group, depending on the space you have available.  We set our table for a group of 8..including my fireman and me.

2) Set a schedule. Some supper clubs meet every other month, some meet quarterly. You can do whatever works for the members of your group.  Once a month is perfect for us.. I think we usually cheat and have grown to see each other more often these days.


3) Take turns visiting each other’s homes. Supper clubs usually rotate between the homes of the various members. This way no one is committed to always making the main dish or preparing their home for entertaining guests.  It works out to be every three to four months when I get the group at my house.

4) If you desire..divide up the cooking. The host of the supper club will usually prepare the main course with the guests bringing side dishes, salads and desserts. More accomplished cooks may choose more complicated dishes, while beginning chefs may choose simpler fare. In my Club, the host for that month prepares the meal- appetizer, entree, sides, and desserts.  Usually the guests will bring a bottle of wine, but it is not necessary.

5) Cook, eat and enjoy. The entire purpose of a supper club is to eat good food while spending time with people you like. Take the time to enjoy this delightful style of entertaining.

Meet my SC friends!
Travis and Jaqueline Our Hosts for the month of June..expecting a little one that was due- oh..about a week ago.  She was awefully brave (and hopeful!) to host with the chances of adding a 9th place setting in the mix to our Supper Club
Ashley & Jarrett Diana & Chris
Jordan and Amber

June Menu
Jalapeno Cheddar Dip with Pita Chips
Oven Baked Chicken with
Linguine & Marinara Cream Sauce
 
Steamed Broccoli
Asiago Cheese Bread- Store bought
Chocolate and Fruit Trifle

 Store bought dip- Costco

 
Super YUMMY- with ease of a store bough dip- no one has to know :)

One of my very favorite wines- Cupcake Red Velvet
 
Simmer and Boil- deliciously simple red sauce..

                                                            Dessert.. can we start here first?  Nothing wrong with that!


 Dinner is served!!
 

Oven Baked Chicken with
Linguine & Marinara Cream Sauce

INGREDIENTS
Chicken
8 (6 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts
Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray
1 cup Italian style bread crumbs

Sauce
1/2 large or 1 small onion, diced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce (such as Bertolli’s)
1 pint fat free Half and Half
Salt
2 tablespoons sugar
 
Broccoli
2 (16 ounce) bags frozen broccoli florets
Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon pepper seasoning to taste
 
2 (16 oz) box linguine noodles, cooked according to package directions
 
DIRECTIONS:
Chicken
Preheat oven to 350°. 
Spray each chicken breast with butter spray.  Coat with bread crumbs and place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Place in the oven and bake until no longer pink at the center of the thickest part, about 20-25 minutes. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before cutting.
 
Broccoli
Place broccoli and desired seasonings in steam basket over and saucepan filled with about 1 cup water, over medium-high heat.  Steam broccoli until tender, about 12-15 minutes.
 
Sauce
Sauté onions and garlic in butter. Add flour to make paste (add more butter if necessary). Add jar of sauce and stir til smooth. Then add half & half a little at a time until it’s the color and mixture desired. Sprinkle a little sugar into the sauce if needed.
Nutrition Information
Serves about 10 (1 breaded chicken breast, 2 oz linguine pasta, and 1/2 cup sauce)
Calories: 550
Fat: 12 g
Carbohydrate: 64 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 45 g
Chocolate and Fruit Trifle

INGREDIENTS:
1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup cold water
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups whipping cream, whipped
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
2 cups fresh raspberries
2 kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
 
DIRECTIONS:
Prepare cake batter according to package directions; pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
 
Crumble enough cake to measure 8 cups; set aside. (Save remaining cake for another use.)
In a mixing bowl, combine milk and water until smooth. Add pudding mix; beat on low speed for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Fold in the whipped cream.
 
To assemble, spread 2-1/2 cups pudding mixture in a 4-qt. glass bowl. Top with half of the crumbled cake; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon orange juice. Arrange half of the berries and kiwi over cake. Repeat pudding and cake layers; sprinkle with remaining orange juice. Top with remaining pudding mixture. Spoon remaining fruit around edge of bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
 
Nutrition Information:
Serves about 16
Calories: 295
Fat: 10 g
Carbohydrate: 49.2 g
Fiber: 3.1 g
Protein: 4.2 g
 
It was horrible..

See the original recipe here :)


The remainder of the evening was enjoyed on the back patio.. plenty of wine for the ladies (Peach Tea for preggo Jaqueline) and beer and cigars for the boys.  John Mayer Radio on Pandora made for a great addition to the evening.. and into the late night with laughter, banter, and plenty of firefighter stories to go around. 

Comments

  1. what a fun thing to do with friends! we don't do it formally, but we often have supper club with our friends! :)

  2. Jacqueline and Travis Tapella says:

    Finally got a chance to read this post and love your idea of including the supper club on chocolate Broccoli! Cant wait for next month when Landon can join us!

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