Quarantine Chronicles: I Tried A Virtual Supper Club

Lockdown life has really taken over. The one thing that’s been getting me through these socially-isolated days? Food. Whether it’s freshly baked brownies or a dinner that doesn’t consist of pasta and something frozen, it’s the elevated edibles that have been keeping me going. But now, there’s something that’s really bringing the restaurant experience to our homes, and that’s Deli Cat & Sons‘ virtual supper club.

The Deli Supper Club is a weekly chef’s masterclass and dining experience that takes place on Thursday evenings over Zoom. It’s simple; you book your spot, the ingredients are delivered to you and you follow an acclaimed chef as they take you – and your fellow foodies – through cooking. After that, you can stay on the call and eat with everyone else or exit and make a night of it with whoever’s in your house.

Last Thursday, I did exactly that. I showered, put makeup on for the first time in weeks and dressed up for my night in. But it wasn’t just any night in. A few hours before the supper club, we received an email that contained the menu and zoom link, then a delivery packed with all the ingredients for dinner. All we needed to do was chill the drinks and pop the food in the fridge. Easy.

Kicking off at 7.30pm sharp, we joined chef Daniel Ferreira and a bunch of other diners for an intimate masterclass in all things food. We shook up our pre-batched cocktails (just add ice) and prepared dishes like roasted heritage carrots with tahini yoghurt, pomegranate + dukkah, with Farro risotto with marinated mushrooms, kale + herb pistou for the main course.

From the ingredients supplied and prepared to the menu itself, the quality was high. Daniel was on hand to help with any questions we had – whether someone was behind on a dish or missed a step. The dishes were far more intricate than I’d usually put together and we even had leftover sauces and herbs. I loved that the starter and main were both ready at the same time, so there was no hanging about once the time came to eat.

If you’re after a date night at home? This can be it. Fancy a boujee restaurant-level meal without having to think about the menu? Look no further. Put this virtual supper club on your lockdown list. Combined with their online grocery delivery, the City spot has really stepped up during the coronavirus crisis.

Fancy taking part yourself? Tickets cost ยฃ50 and include ingredients, cocktail, a bottle of wine plus an interactive live chef masterclass. Get yours here.

The verdict: 10/10

The damage: (ยฃ50, though this was complimentary)

What we ate: 

  • Rosemary roasted garlic almonds
  • Roasted heritage carrots with tahini yoghurt, pomegranate + dukkah
  • Farro risotto with marinated mushrooms, kale + herb pistou

What we drank: 

  • Beet Down x2
  • Les Mougeottes Chardonnay

Dinner in pictures:

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After lockdown? Youโ€™ll find Deli Cat & Sons at 2 Broken Wharf, Queenhithe, London, EC4V 3DT.

London Girl โœ–๏ธ

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