Something Yummy

Supper Clubs

I first launched my “at home” supper clubs when I lived in Yorkshire a few months before moving to the Isle of Wight.

As I love cooking so much, creating new things, recipes, dishes etc I wanted to be able to try these on people I didn’t know, not my family or friends who may give me biased feedback, but to people who didn’t know me, who were paying for it and of course, loved their food.

Back for 2022!

I have exciting news… I am bringing back my Supper Club nights, by popular demand! These are very intimate social/networking evenings, with 8 people maximum to enjoy a fine dining tasting themed evening, held in my own kitchen/dining room in Cowes. 

As some of you will already know, I hosted several supper clubs pre-covid, but sadly, due to the government restrictions, my last one was 2 years ago in January 2019! I am re-starting these on a regular basis, but with one amazing difference… This year we will be hosting the supper clubs with all money raised going to small, local charities here on the Isle of Wight. 

The format for the evenings is as follows:

 

Themed fine dining tasting menu of canapes on arrival, followed by 5-6 small-plate style courses, using local and seasonal produce created by myself. 

Chilled water will be provided, and guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic drinks, wine etc, which we can chill and serve if required.

Each evening will be dedicated to a different charity, with one of the seats being offered to a guest of the charity, who will have an opportunity to talk to the other attendees briefly about their charity in an informal, not-intrusive way.

It is a great opportunity for guests to find out more about local charities and their invaluable work, enjoy fine food and engaging company whilst at the same time having donated to charity with the ticket price. 

The price per person is a minimum donation of £70, with all money raised going to the charity. The venue (our own home), my time and Nancy’s (my wife & ‘day-job’ business partner) as hostess for the evening, is donated as part of our fund-raising efforts. While the ingredients cost will be covered by sponsorship from our ‘day-job’ Vehicle Consulting Solent.

The first evening is to be held on Saturday 29th January, with a “burns night” theme for local charity Isle Access, with Jan Brookes (CEO) as guest and we are looking forward to hosting Jan, learning more about the great work her charity does and of course a lovely social evening.  

We expect demand for these to be high, so tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis. If you would like to register your interest to attend one of these evenings this year, then please do so by emailing me at paul@something-yummy.co.uk

What are they?

Being totally honest I never expected them to be as popular as they are, but every one I’ve ever done has sold out in less than a day and I’ve now got people asking to go on a waiting list. The feedback is staggering and very humbling.

These are currently held at my home and for 10 people, which my son helps me by serving the food, water and any drinks my guests have bought with them (we serve chilled and flavoured still and sparkling water, and guests bring their own wine or drinks which we also serve).

People love the intimacy and I suppose the randomness of sitting in my dining room, while I cook in the pen kitchen and engage with them, they all sit around one table and it’s a mixed group of people, some know each other and some don’t. Some of the conversations around the table have been amazing to hear, different people from different jobs, backgrounds talking away over food. I love it.

The menu

Recently I have started doing corporate supper clubs, where businesses have bought their staff to enjoy an evening of fine dining – sometimes they ask for menu input on these – sometimes they leave it to me – which I prefer. I feel these will get more and more popular now as people can see the quality of the food and value they get. I always invite constructive feedback – it’s great for my development – I strive for perfection and these supper clubs have definitely helped my skills and cooking improve.

So what are my supper clubs? Well this is the last menu which will give you an idea of what you get:

Supper Club Review

What can we say about Paul’s supper club food? Quite a lot actually!

I have had the privilege and pleasure of being a regular attendee at Paul Thorley’s Something Yummy Supper Clubs and every time, Paul has managed to surpass expectations.

For me there is nothing better than seeing a beautifully presented plate of food offered up and then when eating, having the taste and texture measure up to the visual style. Whether cooking traditional English recipes or more exotic styles of meals, Paul has always conjured up not just a feast for the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes.

All of Paul’s cooking comes from the heart. He genuinely enjoys the process of researching his ingredients and recipes and the anticipation of watching his guests faces as they sit down and tuck in. Paul always buys locally and firmly believes in the concept of local is best. He regularly showcases local produce whether fish, meat or vegetables and the fact that he has suppliers offering their produce to him for free to create something with and put up on his Something Yummy website is a massive testament to both his cooking and him as a person.

I would recommend anyone who has a chance to join in at one of Paul’s supper clubs to do so, but not at the expense of my seat at the table!

Peter Robins

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I always use produce that’s in season, I believe that there is a reason it's in season, so it’s the best produce to use at that time. Also local is vital to me, the island is blessed with some of the worlds best locally sourced, grown and produced products. To find out more about upcoming super clubs and to book yourself in, please fill-in the form below.