Curry Leaf - Sri Lankan Supperclub

We’re excited to introduce you to Mali, a passionate Sri Lankan supperclub host whose supperclubs are full of life. Read more of her story and inspiration below and if you want to follow her journey and her story, here’s the link to her Instagram.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your background. 

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I am Mali and I’m a self-taught chef. I moved to London 14 years ago from Sri Lanka to study. During my PhD I started developing a passion for cooking and blogging my culinary journey on Instagram. The positive feedback kept coming in and this inspired me to set about launching my very own Sri Lankan supper club.

As a result in 2018 Curry Leaf supper club was born. I’ve focused on creating traditional Sri Lankan dishes and given them a modern/fine dining twist. So it’s not only the food my guests have come to enjoy, but the wholesome dining experience is surely one to be remembered.

 What inspired you to cook?

When I was young living in Sri Lanka I spent a lot of time with my grandparents, and my grandmother was an absolutely amazing cook. I grew up enjoying her home cooked authentic Sri Lankan food. Over the years with practice and an inquisitive mind I have developed a unique style of cooking which brings a modern twist to traditional Sri Lankan food. I absolutely enjoy every second I spend cooking for friends and family most importantly my husband and 2 year old son. 

What makes your Supper Club special?

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I feel like Sri Lankan food is just starting to gain mainstream exposure in the UK. So with my supper club I wanted to recreate my fun childhood memories of the fantastic food I experienced but with a more modern fine dining flare. Thanks to “Curry Leaf” my guests get to experience many new dishes and absolutely fall in love with them.

For my supper clubs I make my own spice blends using unique Sri Lankan spices which allows me to create a very authentic balance of flavours with a few modern twists and turns. 

Hosting my supper clubs at home adds to the intimate and welcoming atmosphere. This allows me to interact with the guests for a very unique and special dining experience. 

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had/made? 

I have made so many different type of dishes not just Sri Lankan also I have gone to a lot of restaurants all over the world serving a variety of cuisines. But nothing beats my grandmother’s lamb curry! It is mind-blowing, nothing comes close to it.


Any advice for supper club guests?

Make sure you come hungry with your favourite tipple! Curry Leaf provides a great opportunity to meet new people from different walks of life who all share a common interest for great food and epic dining experiences.

Chulha Indian Kitchen - A love affair with South Indian cuisine

We’re really excited to introduce you to Pinaki who will be popping up her Indian supperclubs this summer (the first will be at Darleeling Express!) showcasing a real authentic Indian experience from Bombay street food classics to South Indian delicacies. If this has tickled your tastebuds, you can buy tickets here and you can follow them on Instagram to keep an eye out for more events!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your background

I’m Pinaki or ‘Ms. P’ to my friends! I am a globe-trotting doctor by training and spent years studying and eating soul-satisfying street food from every corner of Bombay. A decade and a love story later, I married into a Tamil family where food was central to life and much to my delight, traditional cooking cooled the hottest South Indian days. Two babies later, I found herself drawn more and more into my London kitchen to whip up that holy grail of authentic but easy and healthy (of course!) food from both my homes in India. The more I feeds people, the better I feel!

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What inspired you to cook?

I remember spending loads of time with my mum in the kitchen and she is the one who would cook up a storm in no time! She truly inspired me from a very young age! And after my marriage into a South Indian family I was curious about their cuisine and learnt a lot from old grannies and mum in law!

What makes your supperclub special?

My supper club is bursting with new ideas and stories - not your typical Indian meal or a regular take away  with oily and rich curries. It’s a journey from Bombay street food classics to South Indian delicacies ! Curries that are full of flavours that have never been offered before! 

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What’s the best meal you’ve ever had/made?

My best meals would surely include a South Indian style chicken biryani.. or a street food classic like a chaat!! Tangy and totally irresistible !!

Any advice for supperclub guests?

Advice is simple - come prepared to dig in with your hands ... get messy !! Come with an open mind about Indian food.. it can be different .. South Indian cuisine uses a variety of spices that are not used in a regular Indian kitchen ! Be ready to be surprised!!

We love that your menu and your ethos is centred around family and recipes you have loved from South India! Thanks for sharing your story with us - we can’t wait to get messy and enjoy your food soon!

Knife, Fork and Spooner - from Masterchef to supperclub chef!

Today we meet Si Spooner, one of our favourites from 2018 Masterchef who hosts delicious and innovative supperclubs in his home in the Midlands. If this interview sparks your interest, follow him on Instagram.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your background. 
I’m a self taught cook who after reaching the Top 10 of Masterchef 2018 launched Knife Fork and Spooner Supper Clubs. They are hosted in our old stone barn (which was formally a cow barn), you are treated to a delicious 4 course meal of local and seasonal ingredients that are sourced from the beautiful countryside that surrounds us.

What inspired you to cook?
I’ve always loved cooking, my Mum taught me to cook from a very young age. I became really passionate about it a few years ago when I quit my job in the city to look after our two children. I love cooking and watching the enjoyment on people’s faces when they eat my food and I’m lucky enough to have made it a full-time job!

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What makes your Supper Club special ?
It’s as much about the food as it is meeting new people and having fun. You get restaurant quality food but in an atmosphere that is more like an informal dinner party. You will get to try lots of things you might not have eaten before as well as enjoy twists on old classics. Our Supper Clubs are BYO so you can choose to keep things very good value or dust off that special bottle that’s been tucked away for a while. I am very lucky that my wife Nicola is in charge of front of house, she is an amazing host and will ensure you have a great time!

Whats the best meal you’ve ever had/made? 
A tricky question, we’ve been lucky enough to eat at some pretty awesome places but the meal that definitely ignited an even greater passion for food was at Vue de Monde in Melbourne. A truly spectacular experience where there was no menu just what they wanted to cook that day. I’ve taken the no menu idea into my Supper Clubs and my guests love the anticipation and trying to work out what the dish is before I tell them!

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Any advice for supperclub guests?
Come with an open mind both to new food and new people. You will get to try new ingredients and combinations at my Supper Clubs as well as meet all sorts of people from different generations, different places and walks of life. Come with an open mind to try new things and meet new people and you will have a great time! 

Love the idea of working out what the dish is before you are told! A supperclub and a tasty guessing game in one! Thanks for sharing a part of your story with us Simon and can’t wait to explore your restaurant supperclub soon!

Peckish Supper Club - Bringing global flavours to London!

Today we meet Gemma and Georgia, the lovely ladies behind Peckish Supper Club. If after reading this article, you want to find out more about them, follow them on Instagram!  

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Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
Peckish is run by two South London based friends, Gemma and Georgia. We both have made career changes in the last couple of years, from PR and advertising, and undertaken training at Leiths cookery school in London. We both currently work as freelance caterers and private chefs, so we were excited to have a food project we could work on together. 

What inspired you to cook?
We have both always loved cooking a wide variety of dishes and cuisines for friends & family and entertaining, in fact we both liked cooking so much we changed careers to do it more! 

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What makes your Supper Club special?
Our supper clubs are intended to be fun and relaxed, with different themes each time in keeping with what sort of food we like to eat at different times of year. We served hearty and rustic Italian food at the first Peckish in winter, focussed on the bright colours and flavours of Mexico for spring and our planning our summer events. They are held in a private venue with a maximum of 20 guests which creates the convivial dinner party atmosphere we are aiming for, with delicious food at an affordable price. 

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What's the best meal you've ever had/eaten?
We are pretty proud of the malfatti we served at our first supper club - guests loved trying something they mostly hadn't had before, and these lighter cousins of gnocchi are really delicious - especially when served with lashings of brown butter, sage and pecorino.

Any advice for Supper Club guests?
Bring a bottle and your appetite! 

It sounds like each of their Supper Clubs is really different…so you can keep going back for more! Thanks for sharing your passion for food with us Gemma and Georgia!

Kara's Vegan Supper Club

This week we meet Kara, founder of Kara’s Vegan Supper Club. If you like what you see then follow Kara on Instagram to find out more about her supper clubs.

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Tell us a bit about yourself and your background

Hi, my name is Kara and I am the founder of Kara’s vegan supper club. I have been a chef for 3 years now and love learning and being inspired by my husband who taught me everything I love about cooking. My background is waitressing and hosting for 20 years. I was lost for many years and didn’t know what to do. Till one day I started in the prep kitchen in my last job at a urban cafe and never looked back. I have been running my own vegan supper clubs for 2 half years now and its growing stronger each month.  

What inspired you to cook?

 Learning , watching and cooking with  my husband. I couldn’t think of anything else i would rather do than cook.

What makes your Supper Club special ?

The atmosphere,  I like to make my customers feel welcome and relaxed. I make an effort to go out and speak to every single person who sits and dines at the supper club. 

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Whats the best meal you’ve ever had/made?

My husband makes the best vegan "scallops"

(He owns his own pop up  proportion - check out his page proportion chef)

Any advice for supperclub guests?

Wear loose clothing as i love to feed you till your in a food coma!

Sounds delicious Kara! We love your passion and how loved up you are! Can’t wait for a seat at your table!

Year of the Pig - Chinese new year suppercLubs

One of the best things about supper clubs is the feeling of travelling without the costs and hassle that come with booking flights, finding hotels etc...so why not "travel" to China for this Chinese New Year and learn some things about Chinese New Year like:

Chinese New Year is accompanied by the start of a new animal sign from the zodiac every year. This year will be year of the Pig. You can find out more about Year of the Pig here: https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/pig/  

Happy year of the pig. Image: @fujibakery

Happy year of the pig. Image: @fujibakery

As the festival is focused on bringing luck and fighting off evil, showering and throwing away garbage isn't allowed for the first 5 days as  you  might be getting rid of your luck!

There are 7 lucky foods to eat during the Chinese New Year: fish (for prosperity), dumplings and spring rolls (for wealth), Sweet rice balls ( also known as "Tangyuan"  for family), Good Fortune Fruit (for fulness and wealth), Glutinous Rice Cakes (also known as "Niangao" for higher income or promotion), Noodles (for happiness and longevity)

Good furtune 🐽

Good furtune 🐽

It's not only celebrated in China but also other countries like  Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore. This means about 1/6th of the world's population celebrates Chinese New Year...

…so if this gives you FOMO then check out  these Chinese New Year supper clubs in the UK and follow us on insta for more uksupperclub inspiration :

Dinner Ladies Lunar New Year Supperclub

7-8 February

Phung Kay Vegan Chinese New Year Feast

2-3 February

Shanghai Supperclub

7 February

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