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Year in review: supper clubs were about more than just food in 2018

Written by
Paula Akpan

Delicious food has the power to bring people together and to tell stories. A new generation of supper clubs made the most of these qualities by dishing up dinners with a side of social consciousness

Fat Macy’s (pictured above)

This social enterprise trains and supports young people living in temporary accommodation, helping them move into their own homes. Chefs develop skills like curating events, cooking and financial planning. 

Island Social Club

Island Social Club’s Nyamming series is more than a meal, it’s an exploration of culture and roots. Each event promises delicious food and cocktails as well as spoken-word performances investigating different Caribbean traditions.

The Queer Bible Supper Club

If you’re an LGBTQ+ person looking to meet others within the community, this is a great place to start. The event encourages guests to share stories and get to know each other, with queer people of all ages, genders and sexualities coming to dinner.

The Sister Table (pictured above)

Set up by sisters Benjamina and Bonita Ebuehi, The Sister Table brings women together to share food and conversation. The siblings host monthly dining experiences in the hope of forging a community and a sense of belonging. 

South West Kitchen

Ellie and Ella launched South West Kitchen to show how tasty vegetarian meals can be. They also go into local schools to get young people cooking meat-free food.

Baboy Club

Launched in June, this Filipino supper club was a response to founder Maria’s desire to keep in touch with her Manila heritage. Through vibrant flavours and family-style sharing of Asian dishes like lechon kawali and turon, Baboy Club offers a peek into her wistful memories of the Philippines alongside tasty communal feasts.

Read our full list of ways London changed in 2018

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