Secret Suppers are an exclusive underground supper club that roams the nation. Chefs perform interpretations of various trends and themes for an intimate group of VIP guests. Secret Suppers is a production of Dishcrawl, a locally run company focused on re-imagining the way people think about food, drink, and their community. Here in the nation's capital secret societies play a vital role in everyday life, so attending a Secret Supper event is quite fitting. We were invited to experience the first DC Secret Supper with an exclusive 6 course dinner made by two local chefs.
|Chef James explaining the menu.|
|Chef James' shrimp vs. Chef Nate's mushrooms|
|Chef James' wintergreen salad vs. Chef Nate's arugula salad|
|Chef James' chicken vs. Chef Nate's salmon|
|Chef James' banana cake vs. Chef Nate's red velvet cake|
We were not sure what to expect from this first Secret Supper event. Organization seemed a little scattered at first, and the entire dinner was a bit long lasting well over 3 hours. A few others at the table remarked that they appreciated the full size courses and the extra starters, however would have preferred a cohesive 6 course menu that flowed and progressed together, rather than a course vs. course battle. I agree about 60%. I found the playful competition between the two chefs to be a fun format and gave a little spin to the common tasting menu concept.
The restaurant ambience was perfect for this secret event - dark and mysterious. However the long banquet table setup was a little awkward for serving, as we were in a tight space. We eventually resorted to simply passing each dish down the line, which might not have been a problem for only a handful of guests, but there were over 20 sets of hands touching eat plate - germaphobes beware.
|Chef James, Chef Sean, Chef Droop, Chef Nate|
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