I've always had a hard time answering the question, "what type of food do you serve at your supper club?"
When I started VEA Supper Club back in 2011 (geez, that seems like an eternity ago), the idea was simply to bring people together over a shared meal and of course, great drinks. VEA stands for Vivek's Epicurean Adventures, which was a blog I ran back in the day. I realize now, it was probably the worst name ever. The blog was a place for me to share recipes with friends and family, but as I got included into the larger body and world of food bloggers, it served as an avenue for challenging me to become a better cook. Trying new things became a passion for me - joining a CSA, making my own bacon at home, learning about the food culture of the place I live and traveling the world to try new and interesting cuisines. After a while, however, I cared less about writing recipes and instead wanted to tell stories.
So, then I got to thinking. As a mediocre writer, I was pretty lazy at putting together posts. While I used to post 3 times a week, it started to become once a week, then twice a month, until having a blog no longer challenged me to be better. I figured there had to be another medium to say the things I wanted to say and to push myself creatively. That's when it clicked. Why not tell my stories by creating an experience for others, centered around the things I loved most - great food and strong drinks!
VEA Supper Club was born out of that idea. It has never been pinned down to any single cuisine. It is, however, grounded in my story - what I call, "an Indian kid who grew up in the South." With that value, the cuisine necessarily evolves because it should and it has to - which I hope provides a great experience for you, the diner. There are times where I'm really interested in cool ingredients - whether meat or vegetables - and that drives the menu. I'll oscillate between my interests in cocktails, beer and wine as we come up with drink pairings (but there will probably always be champagne).
At the end of the day, it's all about delivering something tasty on your plate, something you haven't had before and hopefully something you'll come back for.
Thanks for coming and I hope to see you at dinner soon.