As you may have seen Ning is going to start charging to have this network. I haven't yet found a better network and in line with my policy of encouraging others I'm willing to pay the fee. I will consider whether or not to charge supperclubs a nominal amount in the future.
Since January 2009 when I started, as the pioneer in terms of reporting, documenting and starting my own supperclubs, I have worked hard not just to promote what I do, but to bring the movement along as a whole.
I've always seen The Underground Restaurant and supperclubs as a manifesto for good home cooking, a way of empowering people to start their own projects, be entrepeneurial.
I've been open about my ideas, shared my mistakes, my techniques, expressed my frustrations, successes and disappointments.
I'm concerned about how the establishment and big business are jumping on the bandwagon. Established restaurateurs are claiming to be supperclubs. Put 'popup' in front of any event and you can charge double it seems. It's a shame.
To me a supperclub at it's best is a home restaurant with good food cooked by amateur chefs. It's also an opportunity for professionals who wish to break away from the stifling hierarchy and bruising behaviour you find in restaurant kitchens and do their own food.
I think it's important to give guests value for money and to remember that your supperclub may be the first that your guest has visited: therefore you are representing all of us. A bad experience or disappointing meal in one supperclub has a knock on effect for all. We are all ambassadors for each other.
Good luck everybody and keep up the good work!