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In response to the international lockdown, a tasty virtual offering from hospitality group The Initiative is bringing high-end cuisine into the homes of amateur cooks. Each week, a highly respected guest chef will guide you through a three-course meal, and the best part is you get to eat along with other participants, too.
The brainchild of four hospitality experts from various regions in France, the Deli Cat & Sons team are also on hand to assist with the rotating menus available every week. On Thursday, 30 April, for example, former Michelin-star executive chef of Aquavit London, Henrik Ritzén, is creating a culinary masterpiece based around a simple Nordic menu (see below), drawing on his affinity for seasonal, organic ingredients. Those taking part see all the courses in advance and are sent all the ingredients they’ll need once they sign up.
Charred asparagus with Nobis dressing
Baked cod/salmon, pickled vegetable salad, baked beetroot and sandefjord sauce
Chocolate cake (kladdkaka) and whipped cream
The process to join in is straightforward, and adaptable to every individual need.
Participants have to register online in advance, and can include any dietary requirements they might have. Once a spot has been purchased and secured, the ingredients will be sent directly to your door within 24 hours by Deli Supper Club. There will be instructions on how to join the live feed ahead of time and some additional cocktail ingredients in the package, so you can have a drink while waiting for the supper club to begin.
Each package costs £40, with £5 going to help those in need in the hospitality industry. The Initiative hopes to create food-care packages to help hospitality workers who have lost their income during the lockdown period.
“When the UK went into lockdown, we knew we needed to reinvent our existing offerings,” says Youri Michel from The Initiative. “We wanted to ensure that we could protect the employment of our workers, continue to satisfy customers and support those in the hospitality industry who have been affected by coronavirus. We have also set up an online grocery store, which donates £1 from each order to a food bank for hospitality workers and delivers to the door, in addition to our new virtual supper club series which we hope will provide some enjoyment and relief at home during these tough times.”
Spaces are limited, as the virtual supper club aims to keep an intimate feel, so be sure to sign up early if you’re at a loose end. If you do miss out on Ritzén’s masterclass, another expert will be on hand the week after, and every Thursday for the foreseeable future.