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"Tuesday Night Dinner" Supper Club

August 03 2012 - 11:42 PM

Tuesday nights just got a lot more exciting in Chicago thanks to Jeremy Leven and his Tuesday Night Dinner series.  Jeremy and his crew have created an intimate underground supper club that is gaining momentum across Chicago.

What began as a casual meet up between friends back in 2008 has now evolved into a true culinary experience.  Each month, the TND team creates a menu using locally sourced ingredients in various spaces throughout Chicago.  July’s dinner took place at SHoP (Southside Hub of Production); a community based art collective that hosts various events and artwork throughout the year.  This month’s theme was “Coming Home”; a menu inspired by Jeremy’s family recipes from childhood.  Four small plates (although no one left hungry) adorned the evening’s event.

The first course, a spin on green bean casserole made with haricot verde and yellow beans, sautéed in garlic and smothered in a reduction of demi glace, oyster mushrooms, sherry cream, and topped with crispy onions.  Up next, buttermilk soaked fried chicken wings paired with three sauces including a Filipino style teriyaki sauce, a coconut oil based vegan hot sauce, and a coffee/chipotle/cherry/barbeque sauce.

The main event was a meatloaf made from ground pork shoulder (yes folks, all pork…no beef) seasoned with rehydrated cherries in brandy and pistachios and served with piping hot, buttery mashed potatoes.  The grand finale was a sweet and mouth-watering blueberry basil potpie topped with an egg wash and warmed just before service.  Not to mention that all of the food was prepared in an ancient kitchen with one ancient stove and minimal equipment.  Then of course, there was the bar.

The SHoP space has a nifty little spot in the back of the house that includes a lit art installation above called “Red Flags”.  Accompanied by a few chairs, Lori of TND served up Whiskey Sours, Peach Sangria (both her recipes), and a Keg of Haymarket brewery’s IPA.  Need I say more?  Liz, TND’s coordinator and host wants you to know that family and friendship are first at their events.  They keep the price point low ($20 dollars per person if you can believe it) so that anyone can enjoy a true supper club experience.

To reiterate the community vibe, dinner is plated in front of guests while everyone is encouraged to pass the food along to their neighbors in order to embrace the family spirit. At July’s event, it was clear that this style of presentation and service fostered conversation between everyone therefore creating a warm and inviting dining experience.  It truly felt like coming home.  You don’t want to miss next month’s dinner.

Dinners commence the last Tuesday of every month.

Interested in checking out August’s dinner? Check out the details below:

Tuesday Night Dinner Series

Website:  http://tuesdaynightdinner.tumblr.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tuesday-Night-Dinner/122452997765365

Jirasek and Jeremy

TND crew

Jeremy Leven

 

 

 

 

 

 

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