Snakes & Ladders Birthday Supper

** this event is fully booked **
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We are delighted to announce our 2nd Birthday and the next instalment of The Open Door Supper Club! We are sliding nicely into Spring and in honour of St. Padraig we shall gather a hungry flock to graze on a scrumptious smorgasbord of Irish produce. Snakes & Ladders Birthday Supper will take place on Friday March 28th. 

I am now taking bookings -the menu will be revealed 1 week before the event. 


How do I Book?
Places are limited and it's first come first served -to reserve your place please email theopendoorsupperclub@gmail.com 
As soon as I am able to confirm your seat you will receive an email.


For those of you new to the experience of a supper club....you may have some questions;

Where does it happen? 
This event will take place at my home in Dublin, (close to the city center) on Friday 28th March @8.00pm finishing up around 11pm. 

Can I bring my own wine/beer/fizzy pop? 
Yes you can- you will receive a welcome drink on arrival, water on tap -please bring your own beverages for the rest of the evening. There is no corkage fee.
 
What will it cost? 
There is a suggested donation of E35.

What should I wear? 
Dress as you would if going out for dinner or whatever the heck you like.

Any house rules?
You will be in a house that is a home -please treat it as you would your own. Do come with an open mind, a sense of humour and a willingness to engage with others in conversation. You are welcome to come alone, in pairs or larger groups.

Cancellation policy-
If you are unable to attend please give me at least 48 hours notice and try get a replacement for your space. If you cancel within 24 hours of the event and are unable to find a replacement for your seat there will be a E15 cancellation fee. Please understand that the food is purchased in advance and we are not a restaurant.

Menu is subject to change -depending on availability of ingredients.

Please alert me, when booking, to any special dietary requirements you may have and within reason I will do my best to cater for you. Veggie option available upon request.

Peas & love,            
Aoife x

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June Supper Event

We are back and we're bringing the sun with us (fingers crossed behind back). It's been a slow, cold, anxious start to Summer this year but it is happening -albeit intermittently. The Open Door Supper Club is delighted to announce our June event -happening on Saturday June 15th. Once again the event will happen in my home, a Victorian era house, where you will sit alongside others -some friends, some strangers...strangers who will most likely be your friends by dessert! You will all be connected by the shared experience of going on a 7 course edible adventure ...and generally having a bit of craic. 



Apéritif
Rhubarb Schnapps on the Rocks

Amouse-Bouches
Sea Salt & Black Sesame Crackers with Dips

Le Start
Char Grilled Flat Breads 
with Aspargus & Cratloe Hill Sheeps Cheese

Palate Cleanser
Lemon Thyme Sorbet

Le Main 
Slow Cooked Commeragh Mountain Lamb Tagine

Le Sweet 
Iles Flottantes -Poached Meringue 
with Foraged Elder Flower Custard 
Goosegog Coulis & Praline

Le Fin
Herb Teas / Espresso
with Surprise Petits Fours


How to Book?
Places are limited and remember it's first come first served -to reserve your place please email me. As soon as I am able to confirm your place you will receive an email.
theopendoorsupperclub@gmail.com

For those of you new to the experience of a supper club....you may have some questions;

Where does it happen? 
This event will take place at my home in Dublin, (close to the city center) on Saturday 15th June @8.00pm finishing up around 11pm.

What will happen? 
10 people will sit together at one table, getting to know each other, over the shared experience of a meal. 
Can you bring your own wine/beer? 
Yes you can- you will receive a welcome drink on arrival but please bring your own beverages for the rest of the evening.
 
What will it cost? 
There is a suggested donation of E35.

What should you wear? 
Dress as you would if going out for dinner. 

Any house rules?
You will be in a house that is a home -please treat it as you would your own. Do come with an open mind, a sense of humour and a willingness to engage with others in conversation. You are welcome to come alone, in pairs or larger groups.
If you are unable to attend please do your best to give me at least 24 hours notice and try get a replacement for your space if possible. Understand that the food is purchased in advance and we are not a restaurant.

Menu is subject to change -depending on availability of ingredients.

Please alert me, when booking, to any special dietary requirements you may have and within reason I will do my best to cater for you.

Peas & love,            
Aoife x

In The Name of God -Good Friday Supper Club


The Open Door Supper Club are delighted to announce their '1st Birthday Supper' happening on Good Friday March 29th. Tongues are definitely in cheeks for this one, so do come with a sense of humour and join in the food fun!


Dear Lord it has been 1 year since my first supper club. Time and time again, I have committed the sin of gluttony and am also guilty of inviting others to partake in hedonistic, over indulgent behaviour. I try to keep the portions small -but there are many courses of them... I usually give a palate cleansing sorbet which, although in itself is light and refreshing admittedly it does also have a certain preparatory effect.... allowing one to ingest more delicious food after it's consumption....thus enabling more gluttonous indulgence. We have been having lots of fun, but there is a new pope and it's time to face facts about what's really going on here. Therefore, in an effort to cleanse myself of the guilt and wash away these sins I will offer up this next supper club to you and the new pope and to Jesus, although he is you and you are him, so it's the same thing...right?!



Here followeth the order of service -

Commandment 1
Thou shalt drink Rhubarb in the form of Aperitif

Commandment 2
Thou shalt nibble on Home Baked Crackers w. Watercress Hummus

Commandment 3
Thou shalt dine upon Blessed be the Cheese Makers Salad

Commandment 4
Thou shalt feast upon Mexican Mole served with Slow Cooked Shoulder of Pork

Commandment 5
Thou shalt cleanse thy palate with Blood of Christ Orange Sorbet

Commandment 6
Thou shalt feast upon Chocolate Egg Surprises

Commandment 7
Thou shalt conclude with a selection of Teas, Espresso & Petits Fours

Amen

For those of you new to the experience of a supper club....you may have some questions;

Where does it happen? 
This event will take place at my home in Dublin, (close to the city center) on Friday 29th March @8.00pm finishing up around 11pm.

What will happen? 
10 people will come together at one table, getting to know each other, over the shared experience of a meal.

Can you bring your own wine/beer?
Yes you can - you will receive a welcome drink on arrival but please bring your own beverages for the rest of the evening.
 
What will it cost? 
There is a suggested donation of E35.

What should you wear? 
Dress as you would if going out for dinner.
Any house rules?
You will be in a house that is a home -please treat it as you would your own. Do come with an open mind, a sense of humour and a willingness to engage with others in conversation. You are welcome to come alone, in pairs or larger groups.
How do I book?
Places are limited and remember it's first come first served -to reserve your place please email me. As soon as I am able to confirm your place you will receive an email.
theopendoorsupperclub@gmail.com  
 
If you are unable to attend please do your best to give me at least 24 hours notice and try get a replacement for your space if possible. Understand that the food is purchased in advance and we are not a restaurant.

Please alert me, when booking, to any special dietary requirements you may have and within reason I will do my best to cater for you.
Peas & love,            
Aoife x 

And remember as Brian said you ARE all individuals


Crab Apple & Sloe Sorbet -for a change

Inspired by Hugh Fearnleys recent Guardian article on the joys of foraging amongst hedgerows, I decided to test out one of the recipes from said article. I had the crab apples, I had the sloes; so the delightful pink sorbet said 'make me'. I often serve sorbets as palate cleansers at my supper clubs http://www.facebook.com/TheOpenDoorSupperClub and I love them because they do what they say on the tin. They are refreshing, enlivening to the senses and they do a wonderful job of cleansing your gob!

This sorbet is a little bit different...anyone who has ever eaten a sloe from the Blackthorn Tree knows well the effect it has on the mouth...the dark blueish/purple berry is so very visually tempting, looking so plump and  so juicy -BUT rather than inducing a flow of saliva it actually has the opposite effect and immediately dries the mouth. And so with this sorbet there is a similar after effect, not as in intense as a straight up sloe, but certainly unique as far as sorbets generally go.....you have been warned!

Here is the link for the recipe by Hugh, the article is well worth reading even if you live nowhere near a hedgerow.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/oct/12/wild-hedgerow-berries-recipes

Stewing the Fruit


Pretty in Pink



Points to note;
  • I did find that I needed more water than the original recipe said for the stewing...see how you go, but do keep an eye for the base of the pan drying.
  • I also found that I needed at least twice the amount of sugar than Hugh suggests ...not sure if it was because I used more sloes or not, as the recipe calls for a couple of handfuls.....large handfuls or small handfuls.....Hmmnn....
  • I actually added in some rose hip syrup and a spoonful of quince jam.

The October Open Door Supper Club - Celebrating Autumn

There is a chill in the air that says Autumn has truly arrived

.

The door is blowing open for the next supper club, which will take place on Friday October 5th.

The world divides into two kinds of people, those who love Autumn and those who hate it. I am a definite lover of this season and would like to at least attempt, through the menu, to make tangible some of the sensory things, which bring a smile to my face during Autumn. Leaves turning from green to crunchy brown, crisp morning air, warm mid-sky sun and frosty shadowy evenings....who knows what will happen! I won't make many promises, but I will promise you a crackling fire, warming, comfort foods and

interesting company

...so get booking and come celebrate all things Autumnal at The Open Door Supper Club on October 5th.

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October Order of Service

Warm Your Cockles

A Cocktail of Apple & Spice infused Whiskey with a Twist of Fresh Ginger

Amuse-Bouches

Selection of Seasonally Inspired Nibbles

Lucky Bags

Sweet ‘n’ Juicy Oven Roasted Wild Mushroom Parcels with a Kick of Star Anise

Fire & Ice

A Cleansing Sorbet of Ginger & Lemon

Bambi et Berry

Slow Cooked Venison with Juniper Berries & Creamy Comfort Smashed Spuds

Autumnal Orchard

A Crunchy Crumble of Delicate Quince with a Scoop of Cinnamon Nutmeg Ice Cream

Sweet & Small

Selection of Herb Teas, Builders Tea, Espresso & French Press Coffee served with Snickerdoodle Cookies

For those of you new to the experience of a supper club....you may have some questions;

Where does it happen? This event will take place at my home in Dublin, (close to the city center) on Friday Oct 5th @7.30pm

What will happen? 10 people will come together at one table, getting to know each other, over the shared experience of a meal.

What will you eat & drink? I do my best to source organic, local and seasonal produce for the menu. Guests will enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, to wash down some tasty nibbles, followed by 4 courses of

Autumn inspired food. Please bring your own alcohol or soft drinks to consume during the evening.

What will it cost? There is a suggested donation of E35.

What should you wear? Dress as you would if going out for dinner.

The menu will be sent out a week in advance- after which

please alert me to any special dietary requirements you may have and within reason I will do my best to cater for you.

Places are limited and remember it's first come, first served -if you are interested in booking a place, please email me A.S.A.P.

aoife_co@hotmail.com

Efa x 

September Open Door Supper Club -Parlez-vous francais?

After a very successful Italian supper club last month, preparations are underway for the September Open Door Supper Club...which will take place on Friday Sept 7th....we're going to keep jaunting around Europe and pay a visit to France. Expect to amuse your bouche, a la carte and ne regrette rien! So whether you parlez francais or you just fancy some delectable, home cooked French cuisine get booking folks!



Le Menu

Apéritif
French 75- Cocktail of Gin & Cointreau with a twist of Lime and a Dash of Fizz

Amuse-Bouches
Paté of Mackerel, Artichoke & Olive Tapenade with Crunchy Fresh Baked Baguette

Entrée
Gooey Melty Fondue with Cornichons

Palate Cleanser
A Delicate Sorbet of Rose & Lemon

Plat Principal
 Lapin a lá Moutarde –Braised Rabbit with Dijon Mustard    served with Seasonal Vegetables

Dessert
Apple & Blackberry Tarte Tatin with a scoop of Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Le Fin
Selection of Herbal Teas/Builders Tea/French Press Coffee & Espresso served with Petits Fours

For those of you new to the experience of a supper club....you may have some questions;

Where does it happen? This event will take place at my home in Dublin, (close to the city center) on Friday September 7th @7.30pm

What will happen? 10 people will come together at one table, getting to know each other, over the shared experience of a meal.

What will you eat & drink? I do my best to source organic, local and seasonal produce for the menu. Guests will enjoy an aperitif on arrival, to wash down some hors d'oeuvres, followed by 4 courses of typical French food. Please bring your own alcohol or soft drinks to consume during the evening.

What will it cost? There is a suggested donation of E35.

What should you wear? Dress as you would if going out for dinner. French influence is welcome -but not expected!

 Please alert me in advance to any special dietary requirements you may have and I will do my best to cater for you.

Places are limited and remember it's first come first served -if you are interested in booking a place please email me A.S.A.P. aoife_co@hotmail.com  Merci beaucoups :-) x 

Perhaps a French kiss even

 Get your French groove on.....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_words_and_phrases_used_by_English_speakers 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nXEx0WEJzw  ...Amelie Poulain :-)

The Triplets of Belleville  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-KChYBFiB0

August Open Door Supper Club - Viva l'Italia




It's back folks, the next installation of The Open Door Supper Club will be lifting off my plates & into your palettes on Friday August 17th. This time we're travelling to beautiful Italia...

 

Il Menú

Aperitivo
Aqua Verde- a Cocktail of Prosecco, Grappa & Lemon with a Basil Infusion

Antipasti
Fresh Baked Focaccia Bread Shots

Prima
Braised Octopus Salad

Seconda
 Pasta Fresca –Flaked Oxtail & Sage Ravioli

Palate Cleanser
 A Classic Sorbetto of Lemon with a Twist of Thyme

La Dolce
Hazelnut, Ricotta & Poppy Seed Torte with a scoop of Homemade Hazelnut Ice Cream

Bitter & Sweet
Selection of Herbal Teas/Builders Tea/French Press Coffee & Espresso served with Soft Bake Amaretti Biscuit Bites

 

 


For those of you new to the experience of a supper club....you may have some questions;

Where does it happen? This event will take place at my home in Dublin, (close to the city center) on Friday August 17th @7.30pm

What will happen? 10 people will come together at one table, getting to know each other, over the shared experience of a meal.

What will you eat & drink? I do my best to source organic, local and seasonal produce for the menu. Guests will receive a welcome drink on arrival, to wash down some nibbles, followed by 4 courses of piatti tipici della cucina italiana/ typical Italian food, ending with espressos and biscotti. Please bring your own alcohol or soft drinks to consume during the evening.

What will it cost? There is a suggested donation of E35.

Please alert me to any special dietary requirements you may have and I will do my best to cater for you.


Places are limited and remember it's first come first served -if you are interested in booking a place please email me A.S.A.P. aoife_co@hotmail.com  Grazie Mille :-)



'Dine we must and we may as well dine elegantly, as well as wholesomely' 
Isabella Beeton from her famous book Mrs.Beetons Book of Household Management