A meal at a traditional supper club isn’t like going out to dinner at your average chain restaurant. The supper club experience honors a time when sitting down to eat was a special occasion that lasted all evening.
Wisconsin Supper Clubs profiles 50 supper clubs from all over the state. Author Ron Faiola interviews the proprietors and loyal customers and provides his own reflections on each club’s unique qualities and attractions. Full-color photographs highlight the distinctive interiors, classic dishes, and long-standing traditions, bringing the clubs fully to life. Organized by region, this book is an excellent guide to Wisconsin’s noteworthy supper clubs.
A meal at a traditional supper club isn’t like going out to dinner at your average chain restaurant. The supper club experience honors a time when sitting down to eat was a special occasion that lasted all evening. Supper clubs emphasize conviviality, slow dinning, and food cooked from scratch, all set in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Many supper clubs are family-owned and have been passed down through the generations. Supper clubs are a popular destination for locals, vacationers, and Midwestern foodies “in the know.”
[A] compelling, delightful and—not to make too much of it—important documentary…. Ron Faiola [is] a genius filmmaker.”
—Rick Kogan, WGN Radio
“I fell in love with these restaurants long before I’d ordered my first cocktail, and for good reason: the food was always tasty—supper clubs were doing custom-cut dry-aged steaks long before the practice became an urban fetish—and the vibe was always pure Wisconsin gemütlichkeit, leavened by a lively mix of locals and vacationing families.”
—David McAninch, New York Times