Mother’s Day this year was going to be a quiet affair [given I’m 32 weeks pregnant and have a chickenpox ridden toddler] but I did have something extra special to look forward to – I was going to a supper club run by Chappell & Caldwell.
Founded by St Albans resident, Ali Young, Chappell & Caldwell offers bespoke cookery lessons and private chef services for dinners, celebrations and parties at your home. Since April 2016, Ali has also been hosting highly successful supper clubs at Charlie’s Coffee Shop (87 London Road, St Albans). Each event has a different theme showcasing Ali’s impressive culinary skills – and with only a handful of tickets available each time, you’ll need to get in quick to save your space. Past supper clubs have included Spanish regional cuisine, a Scandi-Supper, the food of Piedmont in Northern Italy, and a 30 mile challenge in which all ingredients used had to be sourced within 30 miles of St Albans.
As Ali’s friend and neighbour, there was only one thing holding me back from attending…I’m vegetarian…and up until now the set menu format meant it wasn’t possible to offer a vegetarian option (although allergies and intolerances can usually be catered for). So when I found out the next supper club was going to be a celebration of vegetarian food, I quickly secured two tickets for me and my husband.
Now, I should say that my husband is a committed carnivore and made several jokes about popping in to Prime for a steak on the way home. But I’m pleased to report that instead he was made to eat his words. The food was simply sublime. Over 5 courses, we enjoyed a feast of:
- leeks with romesco
- turnips with pea shoots
- wild garlic gnudi, sage butter and chard
- risotto of radicchio and red wine (served with homemade bread and butter, no less)
- honey panna cotta, almond cake and blood oranges. *Photos at the bottom of the post.
Each supper club is bring your own booze, but I did receive a list of recommended accompanying wines a few days before (which can be purchased from Flagship Wines). Given my pregnancy I sadly couldn’t partake in the delicious wines on offer but I did have a little try of a divine Nero D’Avola and I am reliably informed from those who did drink that the suggested wine selection was heavenly.
Chappell & Caldwell run supper clubs throughout the year but tickets sell out fast, so I encourage you to sign up to the newsletter to make sure that you stay up to date.
I’ll be otherwise engaged for the next few months…having a baby and enjoying a glass of cold, crisp dry white wine (ok maybe 2……alright 3). But I look forward to going to another Chappell & Caldwell supper club as soon as I can.
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