The Supper Club Book

The Supper Club Book

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The supper club of the Upper Midwest is unmistakably authentic, as unique to the region as great lakes, cheese curds, and Curly Lambeau. The far-flung locations and creative decor give each supper club a unique ambience, but the owners, staff, and regulars give it its personality. Author Dave Hoekstra traveled through farmland, woods, towns, and cities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, and Illinois, eating at salad bars, drinking old fashioneds, and most of all talking to old-timers, local historians, and newcomers. He discovered that far from going the way of so many small establishments, supper clubs are evolving, combining contemporary ideas such as locavore menus and craft beer with traditional Friday night fish fries and Saturday prime rib. He brings to life the memorable people who have created and continue the tradition, from the blind dishwasher at Smokya€™s to the Dick Watson Combo playing a€œBeyond the Seaa€ at the Lighthouse and the entrepreneurs and hipster crowd behind the Old Fashioned. Corporations have defined mainstream eating habits in America, but characters define supper clubs, and this combination oral history and guide, with more than one hundred photographs, celebrates not only the past and present but the future of the supper club.A native of Denison, Iowa, Lynn helped create Minnesotaa#39;s current sustainable building design guidea€” lines: ... We had to think about the best location for the bar, the kitchen being in the back but semia€”open, a little bit open but not ... The supper club was also the first facility in the country lit entirely by LED lights, which use 90 percent less electricity ... Theya#39;re not from a jar, off a Sysco truck, whatever .

Title:The Supper Club Book
Author:Dave Hoekstra
Publisher:Chicago Review Press - 2013


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