Startin a dining club in Novi/Farmington Hills [DTW]
I've been involved in two....what are you looking for...couples...everyone cooking together vs bringing the food prepared at home...the host sets the theme...host provides the recipes and have the others them or just try to follow a theme? There a lots of options...I think you have to consider which direction you're thinking about.
Two of my friends and I started a very casual/informal weekly dinner club. We have been friends through middle school, high school, college, and beyond. Most of the time it's the 3 of us and our husbands/boyfriends, with different friends as guests from time to time. We all love to cook and what we usually do is each bring ingredients for our assigned dish (one couple does apps/drinks, one couple does entree, one couple does dessert), and all prep and cook together. Usually the couple planning the entree emails to the others what they are planning on making, and everyone else plans their dishes to go with it. Sometimes we have a theme and sometimes we don't. For instance, one time we made Seva's Enchiladas Calabaza for the entree and had guacamole, salsas, and chips for the app, Mexican beer, and Mexican spiced cake truffles for dessert. This week we did General Tso's Cauliflower, General Tso's Tofu, homemade sushi, and banana tarte tatin for dessert. From week to week we switch who plans which dish, and take turns "hosting" at our houses. Sometimes if we've had busy weeks we'll meet at a restaurant instead.
We've been doing this almost every week for over a year now, and are working on a cookbook that we will print with Shutterfly or Artscow or something for each of us. I just love our weekly dinners and if my husband and I ever have to move, it's honestly what I'll miss most about the metro Detroit area.
Good luck with your dinner club!!
Here's a picture of one of our dishes this week: Sweet Potato Tempura and Avocado Sushi! It was our first time ever making sushi... so forgive the asymmetrical rolls. We love trying out new recipes and techniques together! :)