The power duo Alice Levine and Laura Jackson have teamed up yet again to put on another supper club to follow on from their previous successful oh-so-cool dinner events.
1. What is a supper club?
We like to think of our supper club as somewhere between dining in a restaurant and going to a friend’s dinner party. We seat everyone around our big communal bench and have a mixture of sharing platters and individual dishes. We usually start the night with our signature cocktail – Hendricks Gin and Piper Heidsieck Champagne with a dash of elderflower cordial. As people arrive we always have a small something, a seasonal canape, to tide people over until dinner is served. Everyone makes a contribution to the evening in advance rather than paying for separate plates.
It’s as much about the atmosphere as it is the food. We like to typewrite our menus and create take-home gifts for the people attending, like berry compote or rhubarb syrup. For the supper club this time around we have the amazing North London floral designer Foxgloves and Glory decorating the dining area with beautiful autumnal blooms for the table and window sills – which just makes the space feel so special.
2. What is this supper club in aid of?
This supper club is our first working alongside a charity – and we think this partnership is a great fit. We are collaborating with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (his instagram here), so this is our biggest yet, with 40 people sitting down to eat. The Foundation does amazing work educating children in schools, teaching adults in the community and training and inspiring unemployed young people to become exceptional chefs. Their technique is simple: they use the magic of food to address the social issues that have arisen from a lack of food education.
3. Have you collaborated with Jamie Oliver before?
We have! Just this summer we were asked to cook a course for his supper club at The Big Feastival event which he puts on every year, on the farm of friend and collaborator Alex James. We did a beautiful Indian inspired Eton mess, with rosewater cream and edible flowers.
4. We have gifted you some Habitat dinnerware to use at the supper club- do you both have Habitat products in your own home?
Oh yes. We both have a rather sentimental attachment to Habitat pieces, as we grew up with the brand. Alice’s parents had the classic Breuer chairs, and she “borrowed” one of the set for her own flat. And in terms of modern pieces we both love the kitchenware. Laura has the fantastic French bistro Picardie glasses and Alice loves the minimalist Tubie. Bedding is always the first department we visit though!
5. Do you have any collaborations that you are working on for the future?
We have some really exciting projects coming up. Working with BluTop Ice Cream (@blutopicecream), a small batch ice cream company based in South London, for the first time has us brimming with ideas. In fact Richard Makin, the founder, is providing one of his delicious autumn flavour combinations for the supper club; salted toffee apple. We can’t wait!
If you want to attend one of Jackson&Levine’s fabulous supper club evenings, check them out on www.jacksonandlevine.com/supperclubs !
Thanks girls and all of us at Habitat wish you the best of luck in the future!