Chuck’s Supper Club: An Elegant Dinner
It's the middle of winter, and you're slipping into the "what's-for-dinner" doldrums. Here's an idea: Host a supper club party in your home. Invite some friends over, tie on aprons and prepare a special dinner together, then linger over a leisurely meal.
We've created an elegant menu that's guaranteed to boost your spirits. It showcases cold-weather produce at its peak, including broccoli, fennel and citrus. This menu is designed for eight people, working in teams of two. With everyone lending a hand, the meal will come together in no time—and you’ll have fun preparing it, too. Here's how we suggest you organize the party:
The base for the pomelo-mint sorbet needs to be refrigerated for at least 6 hours, so as the host, you should prepare this in advance. On the night of the party, one team can freeze the sorbet in an ice cream maker.
Team 1: Prepare the tapenade and crostini for an appetizer and set it out for everyone to snack on while they cook. Then the team can finish making the sorbet.
Team 2: Make the broccoli-leek soup.
Team 3: Prepare the roasted potatoes. Because they require 45 to 55 minutes to roast, the potatoes should go into the oven as soon as possible (after Team 1 bakes the crostini). Then Team 3 can cook the braised fennel on the stovetop.
Team 4: Prepare the lamb chops. They can go into the oven after the potatoes are taken out.
Before you know it, your kitchen will feel warm and cozy, filled with good friends, lively conversation and enticing aromas. What could be more comforting on a cold winter evening?