Last Saturday we hosted our Indian Street Food supper club. Our intention from the beginning was to showcase what authentic Indian street food is all about to our guests. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to India several times (over 15!). It’s a truly amazing country full of so much vibrancy, colour, culture and (of course) amazing food. The vastness of Indian cuisine never ceases to amaze me. From the delicious paper thin dosas in South India cooked on hot plates, to mouth watering North Indian Afghani chicken roasted in charcoal tandoors, there are so many different types of appetising dishes on offer! India’s huge range of cuisines can be seen best on the streets. Stopping at a road side vendor for a quick snack, on the way to work or whilst running errands in the city is a way of life for Indians. On one street you may see road side vendors serving up anything from hot samosas and spicy aloo tikkis to freshly pressed sugar cane juice!
Re-creating street food back in Manchester is one of my favourite things to do in the kitchen. In preparation of our street food supper club, Ma and I created a feast of a menu for our guests to enjoy..
The menu was a huge success! We had a great supper club evening and enjoyed sharing our passion for Indian street food with our lovely guests. Here are a few snaps from the evening..Potli Samosa
Guests in good spirits
We received some lovely feedback from our guests. Reading such comments are what makes supper-clubbing all worth it..
“Fantastic evening, the best Indian food I have ever eaten” Paul W
“Such a warm welcome, wonderful food and a great evening!” Zoe A
“Superb food and hospitality. A very memorable evening. “Andrea B
We had a fantastic time hosting our Indian Street Food supper club. A significant proportion of the donations made to us are given to charity. On Saturday night our guests helped to raise over £80 for our nominated charity Narayan Seva who help young adults and children to get over Polio & other conditions so a big thank you to all of you who joined us!
Our upcoming supper clubs are fully booked until 2013 but if you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See you soon!
Earlier this year, we started offering guests the opportunity to book a private party at The Spice Club with the idea that if people wanted to celebrate a birthday or special occasion, they could do so whilst enjoying a customised menu consisting of fresh, delicious, home-made Indian dishes, in an intimate surroundings with their friends or family. When I initially put it out there, I wasn’t sure how it would go down but within a couple of weeks, we had three private bookings. The first booking was from Carol and her friends. Upon booking, Carol requested if we could do a cooking tutorial so we got a planning.
Ma giving our guests a food tutorial
Carol and guests watch on…
Result of tutorial: Fresh Spinach pakoras
The chowing down begins…!
We really enjoyed our first private booking. They left full and happy and later on that evening, I received a lovely message from them saying: “We had a fantastic and inimitable curry evening with you – with the BEST Indian Food I have ever tasted ! Thank you and all your family so much for your wonderful welcoming hospitality !!!”
Our second private booking was from food blogger, Natalie (www.butteredcrumpet.wordpress.com). Natalie had dined with us before earlier in the year and had reviewed us on Taste of Manchester . She later re-booked a private party with us and brought along her family! I was especially looking forward to hosting Natalie’s private supper club as that was the first supper club I hosted on my own without the help of my Ma! Thankfully, everything went smoothly and Natalie and her family enjoyed themselves.
Our third booking was from Jools who had also dined with us before and joined us again with his friends and family to celebrate his birthday. Jools told us he wanted the menu to be a surprise but he did request we include our paneer stuffed okra dish which he tried the last time he came!
The Birthday Boy
We’ve had a blast hosting private parties so far and look forward to hosting a lot more! If you would like to book a private table at The Spice Club, please email: email@example.com