Magic Garden Supper Club // Dusseldorf
Abracadabra, and straight from the garden onto the table! This is the magic formula for Magic Garden Supper Club’s just-in-time-supply system, as modern logistics would call it. Until just an hour ago, the salad on your plate will have stretched out its roots into the soil, happily photosynthesizing in the sun. In terms of freshness, that’s hard to top by even the most ambitious greengrocer. And the magic goes on: This private wonderland is located right in the middle of Dusseldorf, just a stone’s throw away from famous Kö, the main shopping street right in the city centre. It’s the home of multiple varieties of vegetables and old fruit trees, some of them almost forgotten, all grown organically under the caring hands of The Magic Lady and The Gardener. Medium term, carrots, beans and apple trees will share the space with pigs and chicken, that’s the plan – and a beehive, too. Because living conditions for bees can be quite challenging these days, let alone in cities.
Once a month, The Magic Lady and The Gardener will set the table for 10-12 strangers who want to share some magic culinary moments in a unique location. Their supper club project is still brand new, and whilst reading this you are amongst the very first ones to know. The hosts are a young couple, both around 30 years old, with one daughter soon turning 1 year. Their cooking can be described as freestyle because they don’t keep to any particular cuisine. Instead, they want to remain open for new ideas and inspirations and let curiosity guide them. One source of inspiration are the cookery classes where The Gardener (who is in fact a clockmaker by profession, restoring old mechanical clocks) works part-time. His wife is a hairdresser, specialized on styling brides for the most beautiful day of their lives.
Most of what gets served comes directly from the garden, so is by nature seasonal, regional and also strictly kept free of any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. What doesn’t grow on their own magic grounds will be bought from certified organic suppliers such as Demeter, Bioland or Naturland. The menus they create are mostly vegetarian, or pescetarian in nowadays terms: Meat is never contained but one course might come with fish. Sounds like boring eco food to you? More like better-world-philosophy than a culinary delight? Well, for sure this isn’t the place where you will find strawberries and asparagus in December. But how about Thyme Goat Cheese Pralines with Red Pepper, Pumpkin Parsnip Soup with Noilly Prat and Riesling, Loup de Mer with Cress Butter and for dessert a Curry Crème Brulée? Doesn’t the mere idea of such meal make your stomach start to rumble? If it does, then sorry to let you know that you have just missed the Magic Garden Supper Club’s inauguration menu. But more is to come soon. To be kept in the loop, best go right now and like the Magic Garden on Facebook or subscribe to the RSS feed or email newsletter on the blogsite.
The next dinner in early December will be dedicated to – heads up, gourmets in and around Dusseldorf: Truffles!!! Apparently a truffle pig is already on its way to the Périgord, a region in the southwest of France that is world-famous for its black truffles. And whatever it comes back with will surely be turned into something exquisite: Just trust the magic!