Soul Food Girls Supper Club – The New London Way to Dine?

Are home-run supper clubs London’s new way to eat out? Becca Carter and her sister Elly Perry, AKA The Soul Food Girls, think so.

From rum and chilli-cured salmon and honey jerk chicken wings to Jamaican popcorn and Zimbabwean maize-meal, the Soul Food Girls Supper Club has African-Caribbean dining down to a T.

Feel intrigued? Well if you like the sound of curried goat and Caribbean wine pairing (unusual we know!), the Soul Food Girls Supper Club could be the next night out for you.

Soul Food Girls Becca Carter and sister Elly

Soul Food Girls Becca Carter (left) and sister Elly Perry

Sisters Becca and Elly tell Oh So London about this new London dining trend.

Hi girls! So tell us a bit about yourself. Who are the Soul Food Girls?

Hi! We’re two sisters living in Tottenham, North London. Becca works in the wine industry and Elly has just finished a journalism degree.

So how long has the supper club been running and where did the idea come to focus on a fusion of Caribbean and African inspired recipes?

We held our first supper club in April. We’re both big foodies and really wanted to share our love of fusion food. Becca’s husband Farai is half Jamaican, half Zimbabwean, so a lot of our foodie influence comes from there. It is food that we love to cook, it’s fun, full of flavor and spice and we wanted to find a way to share it with others!

So is the supper club concept becoming big in London?

It definitely is! It is already a massive thing and there seems to be new ones popping up all the time.

What’s so unique about it that you can’t get from eating out in a London restaurant?

Supper clubs are great, you get home cooked meals, in interesting environments served and cooked by people that really love the food. You can guarantee they’re serving dishes they love and every supper club is unique.

Oh So London hears curry goat is your signature dish – is this always the main meal at Soul Food Girls Supper Club?

Yes, our main course tends to be curry goat as it’s our speciality but the other four courses do change. As well as our more exotic influences, we get inspiration from European cuisine and try and craft a menu with good flow and a range of interesting and delicious flavours. We also try and have a non-meat option for vegetarians.

So how often do the supper clubs run and where are they held? Do you do all the cooking yourselves?

At the moment we are holding them on a monthly basis, and it all happens in our home in Tottenham where we make everything pretty much from scratch and transform the living room into a little restaurant!

Soul Food Girls Supper Club, North London

Wow! How many people can you cook for and how long does it take you to prep?

We cook for 12 people, as this is as many as we can seat, however given the right location we’d love to do this on a larger scale. The preparation times are different for each event, depending on what we are serving. Usually we start the bread and marinate the goat the day before. The morning of the event, we’ll get up early to start baking and getting everything else ready for that night.

African-Caribbean fusion food at the Soul Food Supper Club, North London

What kind of people come to the Soul Food Girls supper club?

All sorts of people, that’s the great thing about it – you never know who’s going to walk through the door and you get to meet so many interesting people.

Are first time diners nervous of what to expect?

It depends. Just as we don’t know what to expect from them, they don’t know what they are walking into either. But I think as soon as they sit down for a welcome drink everyone’s relaxed.

What’s the usual format and what should people bring?

All our suppers are BYO, which is great as people can bring their favourite drink whether it’s beer, wine, rum or whatever! We serve a welcome drink and guests can choose from our cocktail of the night, Red Stripe, or a Caribbean soft drink, usually Ting.

We hear you also do wine pairing at the Soul Food Girls Supper Club through Becca’s knowledge of the wine industry (where she works). Does this happen at every event?

Yes that’s the plan. Our food can be hard to match with wine but we think that with thought, it is possible to find interesting bottles that bring out the best in Caribbean-African food – without spending a fortune!

Great! So what’s the atmosphere and the diners’ reactions like? Do you get many people coming back?

Elly’s at the door to greet people when they come in. We don’t really know what guests talk about when they first arrive because we’re busy getting the starters ready! Each of our supper clubs have been completely different too but everyone’s reactions and feedback have been really positive. Everyone seems to love it!

Upside down pineapple and rum cake Soul Food Girls Supper ClubWhy should people try out the Soul Food Girls Supper Club?

Because everything we do is done with so much passion and love. We set a great atmosphere with our playlist, and love welcoming people into our home – and serving delicious food!

When you’re not slogging away in the kitchen, where are your favourite places to eat in London?

We love Polpo, French & Grace, Meat Liquor (especially when hungover!) but we love discovering new places all the time. Our favourite thing ever has to be a St John custard doughnut (or two!)

Are supper clubs the new (Oh So) London way to eat out?

Definitely!

The next Soul Food Girls’ Supper Clubs takes place on July 20th. Tickets are £25, plus £1.75 booking fee, available through Edible ExperiencesTickets for their August 10th night will go on sale later this week.

Read about The Soul Food Girls in The Guardian