Saturday, October 15, 2011

Considering Tucson's Underground Supper Clubs

Posted By on Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 10:00 AM

In this day and age of homogenized media, food and so much else there seems to be a craving for things that are personal. I'm not saying mass production or anything is necessarily bad, but I am saying that there's a growing number of people who want experiences that don't come from factories or strip malls.

I think this craving plays a part in the growing attendance at farmers' markets, food trucks and other things that sort of reconnect people to more individual experiences. There's a similar phenomenon happening in the world of dining with the emergence of underground supper clubs in cities across the country, including Tucson.

I've come across two of these underground dining clubs so far, and both impressed. One of them is run by artists who serve amazing seven-course meals in intimate settings; the other is just off the charts as far as creativity, quality ingredients and presentation. Both offer an experience that you can't get at any restaurant, and both don't market themselves outside of small social circles, making them available only to those in the know.

Which is not to say that they are exclusive. Indeed, they are casual and light and open to whoever discovers them. But they do not advertise and there are very few spaces available. These details vary from event to event, as do the themes for the dinners and, sometimes, the locations.

I hope to see more and more of these operations. They showcase amazing food, the prices are fair and the experience is novel and fun. Much like food trucks, the money goes directly to those who put the effort into making the food. It's purist dining at it's best, and I hope you all discover one soon.

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