Secret Supper Club
Catered by The Chef and I, and hosted by Pretty Picnics, the Secret Supper Club is a unique dining experience ~ a secret location, secret menu, live entertainment and great company!
Join us for a culinary delight at a long table in a unique secret location under the stars, beach side, in the country side, a theatre, gallery or chapel.
The Secret Supper Club is the original Macarthur unique dining experience and is loved by many locals and visitors!
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A “mystery dinner” is the entree to a foodie tour of Sydney’s historic Macarthur, writes Kerry van der Jagt.
It’s 8.30am on a Friday and my phone beeps with a text message: “Tonight is the night. Please meet at the Shire Town Hall, Picton at 6.30pm sharp.”
Since making an online reservation two months earlier, this is the first information I’ve received about the time or location of a Secret Supper Club I’ve blindly signed up for.
From our starting point in Camden, an easy 60-minute drive from downtown Sydney, Picton is a further 15-minutes drive southwest. The wind and rain has chased the locals indoors as we gather under the soaring arches of the Shire Hall, the amber lights from its lace-covered windows bidding a warm welcome. Once inside, we are met by the clamour of excited guests, sipping champagne and nibbling canapés to the background music of a male vocalist.
After welcome drinks we enter the “dining” room, where rows of tables set with white cloths, fresh flowers and candles line the colonial-era room. Completed in 1869, the site has been used as the Lower Picton Public School, School of Arts, council rooms, and more recently, for plays by the local theatre group.
But tonight, the Shire Hall is the venue for an underground dining experience known as Secret Supper Club, the brainchild of local foodies, Paula and Craig Wolland from The Chef and I Catering, and Jo Rapisardi from Pretty Picnics. Held once a month at a mystery location, the event is capped at 110 guests, with most dinners booked out months in advance.
I start with a mixed entree of warm camembert with pomegranate syrup, fig and pistachio and mini-beef wellingtons, and continue with marjoram roasted lamb rack with pistachio panna cotta, an adventurous combination that tastes of the countryside. Premium beers and wines flow throughout the evening, while dessert is a Baileys, ricotta and berry chocolate basket. Everything is ridiculously good.
Since its beginnings in March 2014, venues for Secret Suppers have included barns, art galleries, museums, private gardens and historic estates.