In a private loft location in Melbourne, a supper club has been quietly emerging to rebuild connections after a year of isolation. Established by Tim McNamara, the Clandes.dine Supper Club came about last year when he relocated from San Francisco to Melbourne mid-pandemic.
As we can all agree, the humble dinner party has become a bit of a lost art over the last 18 months or so. But rather than mourn the loss, McNamara is bringing this age-old ritual back with flair—disco ball and all—to forge new connections over good food and drinks.
Taking the clandestine approach; upon arrival you’ll follow the glow of the candles up the stairs and you’ll be greeted by a large table fit for 15-20 people. The menu is by McNamara with the help of local suppliers, while drinks are all chosen by the folks at Diggin in the Cellars. Each supper club is unique too, with an immersive element and theme revealed on the night. So your supper club will be a moment in time, experienced by none other than those in the room.
So how does it work? McNamara curates diverse guest lists based on expressions of interest through Instagram—guests then pay a contribution to the night to cover costs (not for profit) and McNamara welcomes you into his home for a wholesome, damn lovely evening.
At the moment, there are three upcoming supper clubs for Season one over July and August that you can register interest for via the link in his Instagram bio. There’s a singles night on Saturday 17 July, then two further supper clubs on Saturday 24 July and Saturday 14 August. Get out of your comfort zone and get your hygge on, spots are limited.
Plenty happening around Melbourne. Scope out this block party happening in Abbotsford this month.
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