The supperclub rage is sweeping across the country, and it’s heading your way very soon. These unique dining experiences mix fine food and interesting themes and provide a great way socializing with like-minded foodies over a delicious meal.
These ticketed dining experiences started off with people holding special dinners in their own home, but have evolved to interesting venues such as unused churches, bell towers, and even train carriages, with celebrated chefs also joining in the craze! Also known as Closed Door Restaurants, a Supperclub is the next best thing to a restaurant dining experience.
Valentines Mansion, a grade 11* listed historic house in Ilford, Essex, has teamed up with a Michelin trained chef to bring you a special dinner inspired by the tradition of perfume.
“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath in our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it” Patrick Suskind, PERFUME.
That Hungry Chef, Pratap Chahal has created a menu inspired by and using traditional perfume ingredients from the gardens at Valentines to create an edible scent. Just like a perfume, the dinner is divided into a top, middle and bottom note with each perfume revealing itself either immediately, in 15 minutes or right at the end of the meal. Each course has a delicate balance of perfume allowing you to taste new and exciting flavours without being overpowering.
“When Valentine’s Mansion approached us about the possibility of collaborating for an evening of fine dining, I jumped at the chance of cooking in such a historic venue with a fabulous history. Their stunning gardens will also be providing a lot of the ingredients for the dinner which is inspired by the tradition of perfume making as I’ll be using historic and natural perfume ingredients to create a scent that you eat as well as smell. Being one of my signature cooking styles, I wanted to create an Edible Scent that reflected the mansion, gardens and, of course, the fleeting English summer.” comments Pratap.
On arrival, guests will enjoyed a welcome drink of Gin, Elderflower & Litsea Cubeba, an evergreen shrub with a sweet citrus flavour. For the main course, guests will have their senses tantalised with a selection of scents and flavours including lavender, tobacco, and rose geranium. The dessert course is a dream come true for chocolate lovers! Pratap has cleverly designed a mouth-watering chocolate tartlet combining the aromatic flavour of Frankincense. The full menu can be found here http://ow.ly/PFIs3002xFJ.
Guests have the option of choosing the wine flight option and enjoying a glass of with each course, carefully selected and perfectly paired to compliment the flavours of each dish. The option of purchasing bottles is also available.
Perfume: An Edible Scent Supperclub will take place at Valentines Mansion on Friday 17th June at 7pm. Prices start at £50 per head (not including drinks).
For more information on the menu and to book on-line, visit http://ow.ly/PFIs3002xFJ. Pre-booking essential and spaces are limited.
Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XA (Gants Hill Underground Station on the Central Line only a 5 minute walk away. Pay & Display Car Park on site)