A GROUP of local women are beating the recession by turning their own homes into a restaurant for the evening to host dinner parties.
The three ladies, who are all talented chefs, were inspired by the popular ‘Come Dine With Me’ programme which follows a group of people having dinner at each other’s houses to be in with the chance of winning a cash prize.
Emma Frame (43) and Alison Halley (44), both from Bearsden, and Gill Cowan (47) from Milngavie, set up the ‘Supper in the Suburbs’ club because they still wanted the experience of eating out with friends but were fed up of paying too much in over-priced restaurants.
Anyone who goes along to a dinner is asked to give a minimum £20 donation and in return they get canapes, a three-course meal, a glass of bubbly followed by a coffee or tea and piece of homemade tablet.
The underground dining phenomena works mainly through word of mouth with friends and neighbours being invited to the pop-up restaurant in one of their houses.
Emma said: “The club goes by many names, including guerrilla dinner, secret restaurant, supperclub or even guestaurants.
“The concept is simple - it is basically a restaurant in the chef’s living room. We love to cook and entertain and would like to offer people the best table in the house - our own homes.
“The food is delicious with a choice of two options per course. Book your own table with friends or make a secret booking and join like-minded people, they could even be your next door neighbour.
“It is a great way to spend time with friends or make new ones.
“So come join the revolution and overthrow outrageously-priced meals, hurried service, and soulless atmospheres at restaurants.”
Here’s a taste of the menus - individual monkfish and scallop pie or carrot, honey and ginger soup served with Balmoral bread, pork wellington served with savoy cabbage and a port and red wine jus or butternut squash and rocket cannelloni served with a tomato cream sauce with herb bread and rocket salad, and for dessert, warm apricot and almond cake served with an orange cream or chocolate and tiramisu parfait served with a white chocolate ice-cream.
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