You’re the type of Austinite who’s up on your restaurant current events: which chef is in or out, what trendy ingredient is featured in your dessert, or where the newest food truck will land. But if you haven’t dabbled in our city’s select supper clubs, you are seriously missing out. Change up your routine this summer with seven of the hottest supper clubs Austin has to offer.
With a cozy atmosphere like your best friend’s kitchen, Swoop House is the home to Supper Friends where guests dine at a charming 1930s east side bungalow. Its upcoming “Summer Comfort” dinner is prepared by husband-and-wife chefs Janina and Sean O’Leary (Janina, a James Beard semifinalist and CultureMap's Pastry Chef of the Year). The menu includes classics like fried chicken sandwiches and grilled flank steak with roasted corn and zucchini. Join them Saturday, July 16.
De La Terre
Centered around the idea that diets should be seasonal and food should be foraged and deliciously local, Austin chef duo Lori Bergeron and Anthony Nicaj started De La Terre with the intention to feed interesting and unique diners. The pair trained at Uchi and Barley Swine, respectively, and opened the doors of De La Terre (meaning “of the earth” in French) this May. Expand your natural palate at their next dinner on July 25 at Foreign & Domestic. There's also an upcoming vegan night on August 22.
What better way to enjoy a warm summer night than combining fantastic eats with favorite tunes? Foster ATX curates intimate gatherings with the mission of connecting aspiring cooks and musicians. The new-to-Austin service is always on the lookout for hosts, who can choose to host at home or other unconventional spaces around town. Foster hosts receive 15 percent of ticket sales. Insider tip: Dinners are BYOB. The next Foster ATX supper club is hosted by Pretty Thai on July 28.
With the influx of new Austinites in tandem with new restaurants arriving every day, EatWith launched in Austin during SXSW 2016 for tourists and locals alike. Guests at EatWith supper clubs get a magical dining experience by eating in the homes of chefs. Active in over 150 cities globally, EatWith might be the perfect solution to your restaurant rut. Check out the summer calendar here.
Taster’s Table Club
With over 100 restaurants opening in 2015, you might be feeling overwhelmed, but fear not! Taster’s Table Club is here to help foodies out. With a yearlong membership, Austinites are served tasting menus of new restaurants for $45. If you’re looking to tighten your wallet, but not sacrifice the restaurant experience, this is for you.
Chef Jesse DeLeon prepares a fresh, "coastal farm-to-table" menu with the Victoria Provisions supper club. It includes summer favorites like grilled pork belly with watermelon, sunflower, and fresh mint. With dining opportunities Thursday through Sunday and two seatings each night, this locally driven dinner is not to be missed.
Bread and Circus Supper Club
Organized by the fine people of Pink Avocado Catering, Bread and Circus is inspired by gatherings of the Roman times, and is held at Palm Door on Sabine. The supper club's June soiree featured a family-style dinner complete with a warm-weather favorite — spiked watermelon. Bread and Circus typically includes a vegan menu for our non-meat eating friends as well. Visit the Facebook page for updates on its next dinner.