A friendly, relaxed evening centred around excellent food and conversation – what more could you want, especially given the last few months that all of us have endured. This is why we are so pleased to welcome back Chef Susan Davies and the much loved Leigh-on-Sea Supper Club, here at Create98.
We caught up with Susan recently as part of our #culinarytourism campaign, giving us a chance to learn more about what inspired her love of cooking and what diners can expect from the supper club experience.
Susan, it’s wonderful to be planning to host you once again at Create98. For those who might not know you just yet, can you tell us a little more about you?
Absolutely! I’m Susan Davies and I host ‘Leigh-on-Sea Supper Club’. I started cooking professionally five years ago, inspired by my career as a Gardener. I know that may sound strange, but having been a Gardener for fifteen years and having a young family, I really started to take more care with what we were eating; where did our food come from, how was it produced, and I especially took an interest in organic food – which is at the very heart of Leigh-on-Sea Supper Club.
Whilst at college in Westminster, I also worked with the amazing local Chef John Lawson, at ‘Food by John Lawson’. I was inspired by John’s ethos that food we eat should benefit our health. After working in a restaurant environment, I decided to set up Leigh-on-Sea Supper Club to create an intimate, relaxed experience for people who love food!
So tell us more about Leigh-on-Sea Supper Club?
Our supper clubs are a way for people to come together over their shared love of food. Every event is something different, as we cook with seasonal produce and really focus on what is fresh and available locally at that time. The menu is usually simple yet really interesting, allowing us to showcase all of the natural ingredients and create a plate that wows people.
Our events are usually smaller and more intimate so that people can have a relaxed conversation over their meal and interact with me whilst I cook, so that they can ask questions about the menu or just talk about food in general.
That sounds wonderful! You have a few different events coming up over the next few months? What can people expect when they attend?
I often start with a welcome cocktail for everyone (a non-alcoholic version is always available) and then I get to work putting together a lovely four course meal, talking to everyone about the food and the recipe as I go. Whilst I’m cooking everyone gets to spend time just relaxing and chatting – the whole point is that people get to enjoy an experience, which is about so much more than just the food. Also, we can cater for most dietary requirements, so people just need to let us know with plenty of time – nothing stops anyone from enjoying one of our events.
We can’t wait! Anything else you would like to mention before we finish?
I’ve spent the last five months over in Spain, which although not in the best of circumstances, has been a wonderful experience that has really made me thankful for time, and just having the opportunity to relax! We had a small, shall we say, less than ideal kitchen, but I still managed to cook some wonderful meals using local, seasonal produce, plenty of inspiration for dishes to recreate now that I am home.
But I really can’t wait to host supper clubs again. I know people might be nervous of venturing out, but we’re taking all the precautions we can to keep people safe. We want everyone to be able to come along and not have to worry about anything, we’ll take care of everything, they just need to be ready to relax and have a wonderful time.
The next instalment of Leigh-on-Sea Supper Club with Susan is a Mama Mia! Greek Inspired Feast on the 5thAugust at 7:30pm. Visit our website to book your place now.