Wisconsin Supper Clubs; Plus, A Substack Get-Together In Chicago
All of your subscribers want the same thing: a dinner date with Jolene! ❤️
Aww, I love this so much, Jolene! I never realized how special supper clubs are before they started getting a lot of attention over the last decade (or maybe I got old enough to realize that what's just commonplace and normal for me is unique to the rest of the country; I don't know). Anyway, you did supper clubs justice 😊
And I know I've already said it a bunch of times but meeting you in person was beyond wonderful -- the highlight of my August, for sure. You're such a gem and I'm grateful for you! (Now, really, do come stay in my guest room and we'll go to the Hilltop for fish fry 😉)
Next meetup at Reds or Mars?! Thanks for including me Jolene 🙂
Bravo, Jolene! And now I want an old fashioned and a burger. There’s something very cozy and nostalgic about supper clubs. This history is new to me so thank you. Question: what do you wear to a Supper Club? I’m picturing smoking jackets and fedoras. :)
Another delicious slice of nostalgia, Jolene. I wonder why Anthony’s closed. But in the other hand it’s probably a small miracle that any such places survive today. I always meant to get to a Wisconsin supper club when we lived in Michigan but it didn’t happen. We did get to a couple of fish boils, though!
This was fun Jolene! Shared with a lifer transplant from Wisconsin who proceeded to talk about Old Fashions for a bit. When I moved to MN for the first time, I worked in a rural location and the only sit-down restaurant nearby was a "Supper Club". It took years for me to understand the term but the place (Wiederholts) is still great. I am convinced the Supper Club will survive -- I sure hope so.
I am so hungry right now and I don't want to wait an hour after I eat to swim in that lake! xoxo
Oh, this get-to-gether and supper club storytelling put such a smile on my face. Thank you for sharing it with us! (Plus, I had no idea about the Wisconsin originality in the old fashioned, very interesting...)
Did you know there is a traditional supper club on the south side of Chicago? Get yourself to Petey’s Bungalow!
I love everything about this post.
So interesting to read about these supper clubs. A unique bit of history that I’d love to visit one day.
I loved the stories of the supper clubs and photos of the foods; my mouth is watering! I'm going to get me a meal at a supper club -- somewhere, real soon.
I would go for the relish tray alone! What a fun dining experience! Thanks for sharing this, Jolene!❤️
I can’t believe I’ve lived in the Midwest my whole life and never heard of a supper club until now. Time for a road trip! Also, those pork chops look DIVINE.
Just a marvelous piece of nostalgia, Jolene! I loved it and am sorry to hear of the closing of this cool supper club. The Substack meetup looked like great fun--and great pictures! We encountered a couple of supper clubs during our travels, though we only ate at one--the Knotty Pine Supper Club in Victor, Idaho, located, as you might expect, in a cute log building. After reading your newsletter, I wish I’d ordered a relish tray and a brandy old fashioned! Coincidentally I just picked up a book you may like: “Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club,” by J. Ryan Stradal. It’s about the trials and tribulations of a family that owns a struggling Minnesota supper club.
Supper clubs? Who knew? Thanks for another informative piece.