East Dulwich Supper Club Triumphs Again!

East Dulwich Supper Club Triumphs Again!

When I started the East Dulwich Supper Club (known by those in the know as EDSC) back in 2011 I never, not in a million years, thought it would gain the following that it has. Honestly, it’s a bit of a cult!

EDSC fulfils several roles – it allows local people, past and future clients, friends, family and fans to get to enjoy our food, but also it allows us to try out new ideas, and to train up young front of house staff, and our apprentice chefs too. Last night was the first time ever that we had two very new chefs in the kitchen without a senior to guide them and on the whole, they did pretty well.

Canapés served included the last of the English Asparagus – which we embraced by wrapping it in Courgette with Cream Cheese and a little Coriander flower from our garden on top (if you have never had Coriander flowers before please do try them – they are amazing, quite sweet with just ’just a tiny hint’ of coriander to them).

Our starter kept with the Asparagus theme (you really have gotta make the most of it now before it goes woody) along with Feta, Pea Purée, Endemame Beans, Broad Beans (from the allotment) and Pea Shoots. The boys put a little Lemon Dressing on top and boom! Delicious

Main was fillet of Sea Bream with Puy Lentils which had Cherry Tomatoes and Olives in them. This was served with a gorgeous Salsa Verde. The chefs were a little disappointed with their presentation here and the look of the lentils and to be honest, I probably agree with them but the EDSC really is all about learning and I had to let go at some point. All guests know this too and still they are very supportive and join us each month.

Dessert. Well. Dessert was pretty amazing. Peach Melba Cheesecake. Not quite what everyone was expecting and out came the phones – mine included! A Vanilla Cheesecake topped with half a roasted Peach, topped with Raspberry Sorbet, Coulis on the side as well as real Berries and Lemon Balm. It looked as good as it tasted and then some!

Thank you to Adams Catering Hire who sponsor the EDSC and provide all the crockery, cutlery and glassware and to Simply Linens who provide the table linen and napkins. All of this really enhances the evening.


Andrea's First Event - Celebrating 60 Years of Marriage!

Andrea's First Event - Celebrating 60 Years of Marriage!

Our newest team member Andrea Baptiste tells us about her first event as a fully fledged Event Planner……

Thursday 21st June was the date of the first event I had planned from scratch since joining Suzanne James.

With the wonderful Sharon as Event Manager, Head Chef Natalia and Chef de partie Karen I didn’t feel too much pressure, confident that my weeks of planning would all come together beautifully for a very special 60th wedding anniversary at the Dulwich Picture gallery.

We opened with a champagne reception on the lawn of the picturesque gardens.  After some shuffling and reorganising of family members for a photo to commemorate this very special occasion our guests were served with a wonderful selection of canapés including  English Asparagus with Cream Cheese and Chargrilled Courgette, my personal favourite Quails Egg Benedict Royale and finally English Pea Blinis with Cromer Crab Salad & Pea Shoots.

Before our guests were served dinner they were treated to music by the host’s children. With not one but two professional musicians in the family to delight the guests, and even a warm up by our host on the saxophone!

Speeches followed dinner, including a specially delivered telegram and a quiz.

Then it was time to serve our wonderful dessert of Volhrona Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart with Clotted Cream and Popcorn. As always it was a clear winner for the night – every loves it!

The evening really did fly by. It was a truly lovely night, and a fantastic induction to my working life with Suzanne James with fantastic guests and smiles all round. It’s a great feeling to see an event come together when you have planned it from start to finish and I am looking forward to many more!


Southwark Business Awards

Southwark Business Awards

Thursday, 21st June was our busiest night of the year so far and with absolutely everyone out on events we were sadly unable to attend the Southwark Business Awards Black Tie Gala Dinner, where to our great pride we were Highly Commended in the category Best Business for Hospitality and Food Excellence.
The judges recognised our;
  • First class customer service and amazing food
  • Great ambience, with a safe, clean and healthy working environment
  • A sound approach to employee selection, training and development
  • Commitment to sourcing high-quality products and ingredients
  • Service innovation and differentiation.
Thank you to the Southwark Awards team from our very happy chefs and front of house team…
See the full list of winners here.


Back to the Future!

Back to the Future!

Sue has been working for herself for many years now, over 20 in fact and along the way she has met some incredible people, worked in many incredibly special places and been given unbelievable opportunities. Nothing brought this home to her more than working at the Museum of the Order of St John for Charterhouse Development Capital last night. They were her very first client when she was a private cook in the 90’s and last night they booked one of her favourite venues to host their AGM! Here is Suzanne’s account of a very special evening……

“Seeing so many familiar faces, and old friends, away from their office was quite strange, but as always they came to the kitchen for a chat; we talked about our children, our partners, how we are all getting older and absent friends. Not many people know this, but my first child was born in 1999 and he is now an apprentice chef with us. Both Ollie and I were at the event last night, and the poor soul was so embarrassed when some of the guests remembered me being pregnant with him at an event many years ago!

The evening opened with champagne and a tour of the museum with the Director. This is possibly one of the most fascinating and engaging talks you will find in any museum throughout London, if not the world. Guests then enjoyed Canapés from our bespoke range, including the much loved Quails Egg Benedict Royale, Hand Dived Scallops with Coriander Butter and Pancetta and the age old favourite of Pecorino Sables, Goats Cheese, Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Basil Pesto – which we have never been allowed to take off the menu! Sweet Canapés included Mango and Passionfruit Cheesecakes and Salted Caramel Chocolate Tartlets. Always winners!

It is evenings like this that really do allow me to appreciate what’s great about this industry and how I have served it as well as it has served me! It was a lovely evening from my side – and theirs too I was told!”


Goodbye Harri, Hello Andrea

Goodbye Harri, Hello Andrea

Event planner Harri left us at the end of May to pursue a new career in the Police! We wish her all the luck in the world, and feel sure her hospitality skills will come in handy, especially on a Friday night at kicking out time!
We would like to introduce you to Andrea, who worked alongside Harri throughout May and is now making a fantastic job of picking up the reins.
Make sure you say hello if she answers the phone to you!


Supper Club Sponsorship

Supper Club Sponsorship

It seems that everyone wants to sponsor our Supper Club events these days!
Alongside our ongoing relationship with Filippo Berio and Aperol, we will now also be sponsored by Gordons & Tanqueray Gin, Captain Morgan Rum, Smirnoff Vodka and Baileys for our events at fifty seven.
We will be creating some amazing cocktails with these spirits in the coming months, and are open to ideas, so please Email us with your favourite cocktail recipe!


Horniman Conservatory hosts the Wedding of the Year!

Horniman Conservatory hosts the Wedding of the Year!

Huge congratulations to Amy & Jason who got married with us at the Horniman Conservatory last year.  They have just won the “Wedding of the Year” award with Your London Wedding Magazine.
We absolutely loved helping them plan their special day, and planner Amanda still has one of the ‘lucky origami cranes’ made by Amy’s mother on her desk!
You can read more about Amy & Jason’s wedding in the May/June Edition of Your London Wedding (issue 59) – out now!


Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb!

Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb!

Happy May everyone!  Isn’t this weather glorious? Not ideal for us red heads, so I have been mostly lurking in the shadows with my Factor 50, but it is so lovely to see the blue skies – England at it’s very best!  As the days are getting longer and the sunshine is getting warmer we are getting excited about the summer, and looking forward to this glorious time of year when it really does feel as if love makes the world go around!
We have been busy planting at our allotment, and harvested the first of our forced rhubarb in April, I can’t wait to share some of our summer harvest with you later in the year as part of our East Dulwich Supper Club menus.


From 11B to No.10

From 11B to No.10

We have always known that Suzanne’s son Freddie is destined for success, most likely by taking over at SJHQ (11B Barry Road) but it seems he may have his sights set on a slightly more central address!
On Monday, 12th March we provided lunch for the education secretary Damian Hinds, chef Ainsley Harriot and others at No 10 for the launch of the Commonwealth Big Lunches project.
Created by educational charity the Eden Project in partnership with the UK Government, The Big Lunch is rolling out to 53 countries this year, encouraging people to get together to celebrate friendship, food and fun with the people they live alongside. Celebrations will be happening across six continents, which is incredible.