I was in one of my own many worlds yesterday, staring out of the window, wondering why exactly I had decided to start up my own version of a supper club.... Sometimes I need to remind myself why I do half the things I do.... Just to keep me sane! Hehe.
Some of the mad brain schemes that I have started and not quite finished previously would include things such as my "101 Challenges in 1001 Days" which I have yet to complete....and have only until March 2012 to finish!
I also started training with the local Roller Derby Team last summer, having seen a movie about hard as nails girls who boofed each other off a track in quad skates whilst unleashing an indie-fuelled fury ...I thought it would be right up my street!...However...whilst spending more time lying on my back and not being able to sit without a cushion under the base of my spine for weeks on end...I realised this wasn't going to work out either!
And then.... The Secluded Tea Party was soon to follow, having been to the Delightful Underground Tea Party in Croydon one sunny summer afternoon!...I was well and truly hooked! I love baking (I am no pro, far from it!) but it gives me an outlet, where I don't have to eat it all afterwards = Perfect!
I have now started to enjoy drinking tea and can tell other people what to try if they aren't sure (Something I would have not considered to be true a year or so ago! I feel all grown up).
I love the ability to get creative and see people enjoying my home baking and unique events each month. This is one challenge that will never be finished...Or at least, I will not stop doing any time soon I hope!
And not forgetting the support that I received from Bakelady, Annies Supperclub and MsMarmiteLover herself, each one of them having invaluable information and advice that has helped me any time that I have been stuck as to what to do! The underground supperclub community is just fantastic!
So. A question to you!
What inspired and motivated YOU to start up your own Supperclub?
My inspiration came when I first read Msmarmite's blog about 2 years ago, I thought I can do that and did by creating The Secret Tea Room. I've never looked back.
'Just do it' was her response when I got in touch with her, so I did.
I started my Supperclub "Supper on the Terrace" after being told so many times.."you should open a restaurant". So I didn't open a restaurant I went to cook in one, every week-end, long hours, not enough control over what was being cooked, was enough for me to think...I love to entertain, I love the fine details, the little extras, I love people to feel comfortable, and I love attentive service. I need to do it my way.
I live up in the mountains in Rural Andalucia, where local fresh produce is in abundance,and delicious ingredients are plentiful..but very often not used in restaurants, or should I say rustic restaurants around here.."Pig n chips' if you're lucky
Now I have a view to die for, and huge terrace, so one year ago I opened La Rosilla, created a menu, which my guests had pre-chosen from, and welcomed 16 people for Supper - That night it RAINED. So 1 hour before a mad dash was made to clear my sitting room, and create a very cosy restaurant. It was a success.
I opened once or twice a month throughout the summer, no more rainy nights...Oh just one where, diners enjoyed the refreshing rain, with temperatures at 42 degrees, put napkins on their heads, and my daughter ballet Danced for them. I have themed events too, and in the winter I offer the 'Chefs Table" for 8 guests to sit around my Kitchen Table infront of the log burner.
I'm looking forward to and planning my new season, fastly approaching - with "Paella on the Patio", 'Tango on the Terrace" to name but a few.
I haven't found any other Supperclubs around here, maybe people aren't as mad as me...and I'm still trying to convince alot of people. But that's there miss out.
So if you ever in Andalucia - pop in and say hi.
Salut and Buen Provecho.
It's really easy to get carried away with the recipes and the taste testing and then panic about the marketing.
I have personally found Twitter and Facebook as well as blogging a great tool to keep people interested and up to date with what you are up to... so if you haven't done any of these, give them a go.
Twitter is fab for making new contacts, so can highly rate it.
Ms Marmite Lovers' Book is also very good for tips and words of wisdom on all supperclub topics, ESPECIALLY marketing and promoting, so give it a read...Buy it Here.
Hope to hear more from your adventures soon : )
My wedding. I can't handle never using again all the vintage china, the victorian cake stands, the pretty little bottles used for flowers. I need to cook. People loved it all and in my home, I am the only foodie. To everyone else here food is fuel, to me food is life :)