For those who love food, enjoy throwing parties, and are looking for a way to bring together new and old friends, have you ever considered starting a supper club?
It’s something that Kara Masi, a young professional in New York City, did with the help of a friend in 2008. Based out of a garden-level brownstone, hundreds of friends and strangers have since gathered around the table at Ted and Amy’s Supper Club. While Masi is no trained chef, she certainly knows her way around the kitchen. Moreover, she has an undeniable gift for bringing complete strangers together for a truly memorable meal.
I recently had the chance to attend one of the “supper club” meals at Ted and Amy’s. I was not sure what to expect — something along the lines of a dinner party with me being the lone duck in a sea of old friends? Or a gathering of strangers under the guise of a get-together set in a garden? I attended a Turkish-themed gathering prepared by chef Eric Sherman and the sisters behind Husnu's olive oil, partly because I love olive oil — and it sounded delicious.
Stepping in through the front door, not marked with any signs, I hesitated. Is this the right spot? With lights aglow inside and our evening’s chef working in the kitchen, something told me this was the spot (and if I ended up walking in on someone else's party, would it really be that bad?). I quickly learned that the real party was out back in the spacious, tree-lined garden all aglow with string lights. I arrived fashionably late, so there were quite a few guests already mingling, conversation effortlessly flowing. Tables were spread out under the trees, each covered with plates of eggplant salad, dips, flatbreads, and cheese-stuffed rolls called böreks meant for enjoying small plates-style, like you would an appetizer spread or mezze. And new food, from lamb and chicken kebabs to a hearty cucumber, tomato, and feta salad, continued to be served throughout the night.