April and I recently had the opportunity of being a part of the first ever Twelve Supper here in Atlanta. What’s Twelve Supper, you ask? Well, it’s a supper club with 12 people, where each person is simply given a course number and a word to inspire your dish. It’s made up of normal folks, with no culinary prerequisite. Average people preparing dishes and sharing it with others. It’s the gathering of folks around food and drinks for the sole purpose of building community. It was started by James Martin and his wonderful girlfriend Jen West. (James is also the designer of the last two iterations of the Atlanta Disloyalty Card, as well as a Creative Director of great Atlanta startup and iPhone app, Triplingo.)
The concept, based loosely on the Burger Coalition that James Martin also helped co-found, simply exists to bring folks together, to build community and to use the common bond of good food and drinks to bring people together. As someone whose been a part of both the Burger Coalition, and now Twelve Supper, I can attest to the great asset this is not only to Atlanta, but what can be done in other cities as well. The Burger Coalition also hosts monthly gatherings in Birmingham, and I imagine there will be Twelve Supper gatherings there, too. What’s great about both, is the small number of people invited to be a part. This leads to optimal conversation, and allows for greater depth in those conversations.
As for the dinner, I thought all dishes were amazing, and dishes I’d buy in a restaurant, honestly, which again, is a surprise considering none were chefs. As for my dish, I had Course 2, and my word was “Head.” I made a traditional Chinese soup, called Lions Head Soup, which featured Napa cabbage, carrots, and pork meatballs that also included Honeycrisp apples sauteed in Kraken Rum. It was very good. April got Course 3, and her word was “Spike”, so she cored out Honeycrisp apples into small cups, and filled them with cider “spiked” with Kraken Rum. Very tasty, and once the cider was gone, you could eat the apple.
If you live in Atlanta, I’d highly recommend getting on the list for one of these, either the Twelve Supper or the Burger Coalition dinners. They really are a great way to get out and get to know folks in the community doing cool things. And to get to eat great food and drink great drinks on top of it is icing on the cake.