Armeritta Supper Club // Dortmund
Why do supper clubs only flourish in the “cool” cities? Why not in Dortmund? Us in the Ruhr Valley, or “Ruhrpott” in local language, aren’t we cool enough? These were the initial questions, and one phone call and 48 hours later Dortmund’s first supper club was born. The name Armeritta Supper Club is a small declaration of love for the region and its people, many of them until not so long ago steel workers or coal miners whose families were leading a rather modest life. Arme Ritter means Poor Knights, better known as French Toast, traditionally a poor-man’s dish. It’s made from old bread soaked with milk and egg, then fried in butter and for the less poor sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.
Serving poor-man’s dishes is certainly not what the knights of Armeritta Supper Club have in mind. Their menus are composed from seasonal, regional and as far as possible organic ingredients. In order to find the best quality, they often visit local farmers or search for suppliers whose products go beyond the ordinary. The style of the dinners varies between traditional and gourmet cuisine. For each course, there is a different wine suggestion. And no matter if you book a BBQ Deluxe, the Wild Boar’s Menu or Italiani con Amore: Whatever can be homemade will be homemade, the pasta, the bread, the broth, the taco shells and even the bratwurst.
The Armeritta Supper Club is a true family affair, kicked-off by a lady knight and her future brother in law, both dedicated cooking maniacs who got their partners involved as well. The atmosphere is relaxed, like if you were going to a friend’s house for dinner. If you want to visit the kitchen, feel welcome! Also, unlike many other supper clubs, the hosts don’t stay in the background but join the table and eat together with everyone else. The large table offers room for 16, the 4 knights plus 12 guests. Usually, more than half of those are strangers who found out about the place from hearsay or Google. The others are friends, neighbours, work colleagues – or guests who come back again.
Dinners are organized monthly, though they would love to do more if time was allowing, or even open a restaurant one day. But the restaurant will probably remain a dream until they win the big lottery jackpot. In the meantime, turning their living room into a restaurant from time to time is a great way to live their foodie passion. Every event is different. The next one on November 10th will be a traditional St. Martin’s Goose dinner, 4 courses including wine at €45. The price is calculated to cover the expenses, making profit is not the purpose. In December the knights of Armeritta Supper Club are inviting for a cookie swap. The idea of food swapping comes from America: People meet somewhere to offer their homemade products – in this case cookies – in exchange for something that others have brought. Dortmund’s first cookie swap will take place on 1st December, the entrance is free of charge. The knights will serve some snacks and drinks and hope to meet many likeminded people. More information can be found on the Armeritta Supper Club blogsite or on Facebook.