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L.Nightshade Jul 7, 2011 09:34 AM

With the numerous restaurant closures in Bellingham recently, I thought it might be time to try a different idea for dinner.

I am interested in forming a supper club in Bellingham for people who love to cook.

The exact format is open to discussion.
Some possibilities…

Each member prepares and brings a dish, pot-luck style.

All members bring ingredients and cook together.

Thematic dinners with each member selecting a course, using COTM, or choosing a country's cuisine, or an otherwise specific style of cooking.

Possible wine or cocktail pairings for those who indulge.

Venues could rotate among those members who would like to, and are able to, share their cooking and eating spaces.

Nothing high stress, nobody gets "chopped," just a group of people who like to cook, enjoy others' efforts, and try new things.

If there is some interest in this idea, I will post an email address and we can discuss logistics off the board.

  1. Freida Jul 7, 2011 11:01 AM

    I love this idea. We're not in Bellingham but we're not far away, would be happy to be involved.

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    1. re: Freida
      L.Nightshade Jul 7, 2011 01:35 PM

      Delighted that you are interested! Let's see if we get another response or two, and we can set something up.

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      sasha1 Jul 7, 2011 10:23 PM

      Perhaps - I would like to hear more details about the group - when you've got a group!

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      1. re: sasha1
        L.Nightshade Jul 8, 2011 10:50 AM

        Well, stay tuned. "Details" will be created by the group once we have one!

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        laurachow Jul 9, 2011 10:02 AM

        i am a member of the Bellingham Vegetarian Supper Club and the format is just as you described. We meet monthly, for the most part, in people's homes. The meals are potluck and they are the best potlucks you'll ever attend. There is a theme for each gathering. It is very casual, nice people, good food. Just a chance to socialize and share a meal. We have lots of members who aren't vegetarian, but are adventurous cooks and eaters and are happy to prepare and enjoy vegetarian meals. There is no pressure to host. Many of us have small homes and aren't able to host in our home. Also, people can limit the number of people to sign up for the dinner, if they have a small home.

        The gathering this month is open to everyone. We will be at the Lake Padden Park playground shelter from noon to 3 pm Sunday, July 24. Bring a vegetarian potluck dish, place setting (if you don't want to use disposable), a blanket or chair (only seating is at the picnic tables under the shelter), and any outdoor games/toys you enjoy. Children welcome. The founder of our group will be there and she can share how we got going. This is our third year and we are always happy to have new members.

        Find us on Facebook at Bellingham Vegetarian Supper Club to get more info! We have a list of past themes and other info there. Please join us on July 24!

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          L.Nightshade Jul 9, 2011 10:25 AM

          Wow Laura, thanks for all that info. I will try to come to your potluck at Lake Padden. Sounds like I can learn something about getting a group going. Hope to see you there!

          PS as for the potluck dish, does it need to be vegan or are dairy and eggs OK?

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            laurachow Jul 9, 2011 07:55 PM

            Excellent! Look forward to meeting you there. If you want to preview what people are contributing to the potluck, there is a link to a signup sheet on our Facebook page. But you don't need to sign up for this potluck, since we are putting out public invites. Feel free to share the invite with others.

            Food does not need to be vegan. We're okay with dairy/eggs, just not chicken or fish (which some people seem to think is vegetarian).

        2. Vetter Jul 12, 2011 06:13 PM

          Another interested person here. I can't host but I can cook up a storm. Better than pouting about losing the Bistro and worrying that Prospect is next and then holding on for dear life to the real Mexican cooks who toil away in humble environs, lest we Hampsters find ourselves left to Bob's Burgers, cold and alone. Okay, being a little overdramatic, but yeah, I don't get how a town with such good ingredients lacks a strong food culture. I'm all about making one!

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            L.Nightshade Jul 12, 2011 07:27 PM

            What a great response. So happy you are interested. See my response to all posters below.

          2. L.Nightshade Jul 12, 2011 07:34 PM

            Freida, Sasha, Laura, and Vetter:

            We've had a few responses so I've posted an email address in my profile. I hope you will all drop me a line and we can talk about where to go from here.

            I'm planning on attending the Bellingham Vegetarian Potluck that laurachow mentioned. Hopefully I'll get some ideas about getting us going, what works, what doesn't.

            I look forward to hearing from all of you!

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              Neecies Jul 26, 2011 08:13 AM

              Hey, sign me up! I'm a seriously good cook with a big home kitchen recently head-to-toe remodeled with the idea of group-cooking in mind. I live in Birch Bay.

              1. re: Neecies
                L.Nightshade Jul 26, 2011 08:41 AM

                Wonderful! Please drop me a line at the email in my profile. We'll be figuring out dates and locations by email.

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                  Neecies Jul 26, 2011 09:25 AM

                  Actually, I saw your instruction to do that re email. But I can't figure out how to get into someone else's profile! Only my own...HELP!

                  1. re: Neecies
                    L.Nightshade Jul 26, 2011 09:32 AM

                    Just click on my name in this post!

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                      Neecies Jul 26, 2011 09:55 AM

                      I already did that and I've read all kinds of interesting things about you, but I don't see an email address anywhere! Where, exactly, would it be?

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                        Neecies Jul 26, 2011 09:56 AM

                        You seem to be online right now. Let's talk. Here's my phone number--I'll edit it out of this message in 30 minutes.

              2. L.Nightshade Jul 27, 2011 12:39 PM

                We are now in the process of planning a date for an initial get-together. We will be sharing some food and discussing possibilities. Any newly interested parties are welcome to make contact here, or to the email address listed under "location" in my profile.

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                  laurachow Jul 29, 2011 10:36 PM

                  Good luck with your group! Hope you can get something started.

                  1. re: L.Nightshade
                    ChezFran Aug 21, 2011 08:55 AM

                    I am interested in these Dinners, Thank You!

                    1. re: ChezFran
                      L.Nightshade Aug 22, 2011 08:16 AM

                      Happy you are interested ChezFran! We've had our first get together (lovely group and great food), and planning is underway for our second. Drop me an email using the email address in my profile under "Real Name," and I'll send you some details!

                  2. L.Nightshade Nov 1, 2011 09:19 AM

                    The Bellingham Supper Club has now had two gatherings, both with wonderful food and great people. Our third dinner is being scheduled for November. We are not all from Bellingham, with members as far north as Birch Bay, and as far south as Mount Vernon. Although we have a decent sized group, there are always some people that can't come due to schedule conflicts, especially during the holiday months, so we are happy to hear from potential new members. If you are interested, please click on my profile and drop a line to the email address posted there.

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                    1. re: L.Nightshade
                      LotusRapper Dec 23, 2013 09:09 PM

                      Ok, this would give me yet another reason to come down, not that I'm short of 'em as-is :-D

                      LN, does your BSC have a website or FB page ?

                      1. re: LotusRapper
                        L.Nightshade Dec 27, 2013 07:47 PM

                        I've sent you an email LotusRapper; the supper club is still going strong!

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                          laurachow Dec 31, 2013 12:53 AM

                          Glad to hear your club is still going strong!

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                            LotusRapper Dec 31, 2013 09:32 AM

                            I emailed you back, LN. Sorry for the delay. Would love to be on the mailing list and drop by when we can :-)

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