Tischgeflüster Supper Club // Augsburg
Sometimes you don’t know what you are looking for. You might not even be aware that you are looking for something – until it finds you. Randomly running over the pages of a magazine, an article on supper clubs caught her attention, and immediately Signorina Kittina Fragolina’s knew: This is what I want to do! It took her rather seconds than minutes to get Don Tom, her husband, on board. And so the Tischgeflüster supper club – table whispers for the non-German speakers – was born and Augsburg no longer a white spot on the secret supper club map.
The hosts are both natural born foodies, so to say: Don Tom, half Peruvian, spent many years of his childhood in Peru where his family was running a cebicheria, a traditional seafood restaurant. Whilst his brothers and sisters were serving the guests, Tom preferred to stay in the kitchen with Doña Teresa, the chef and also the family’s nanny. She taught the 12 year old boy how to prepare all those traditional Peruvian dishes like Cebiche de Pulpo, a seafood salad marinated with lime juice and coriander, Secco de Cordero, a type of lamb stew, or Chilcano, a soup from skipjack tuna fish with different herbs and lime juice. In Tom’s head, 500 years of different culinary styles merged to what became his particular Fusion Cuisine.
Signorina Kittina’s family background is Italian. Italy is her second home, and the passion for food something that her parents passed on to her. They would take her up and down the Ligurian coast to enjoy sumptuous meals and visit fairs and local farmers’ markets when she was just 6 years old. Since always Signore Massimo, her father, has been particularly interested in the traditional way of food producing. He makes his own cheese, brews beer, grows olives to produce olive oil, cultivates old varieties of tomatoes and together with his wife runs a ristorante sottofondo, a home restaurant for friends.
So if there is something like a culinary gene, no doubt that both, Signorina Kittina and Don Tom, have it in their DNA. They have been dreaming for a while about opening a “real” restaurant together. But due to a lack of time and financial means this isn’t going to happen anytime soon. The Tischgeflüster supper club is the perfect small-scale operation they can handle besides their jobs, various other activities and their family consisting of 3 daughters and a dog. And most importantly: It allows them to try out new recipes, entertain guests and meet new people. Between 6 and 10 are usually sitting at the table, a mix of friends of friends and complete strangers. They enjoy 3-6 courses made from mostly regional and seasonal ingredients, as far as possible from certified organic cultivation. Each menu has a different motto, often influenced by Italy or Peru. But the hosts’ curiosity goes further than that, seeking for new inspiration from Thailand or India for example, or when trying out exotic spices that Signorina Kittina’s brother brings back from business travels. The price per person varies between €25 and €59 including aperitif, water, coffee and digestive. For any other drinks like wine or beer the motto is BYO, bring your own. Tischgeflüster doesn’t charge a corkage fee and will do its very best to free some space in the fridge, but that cannot be guaranteed.
The supper club is currently having a short break because Signorina Kittina is indulging in her other passion, which is re-decorating the house. The renovation works should be done shortly, and Tischgeflüster will be back on 16th December with a pre-Christmas dinner, an innovative interpretation of seasonal flavors combined with traditional and non-traditinal elements. The menu has just been published on the Tischgeflüster blog site where you can also subscribe to email news. So this is your chance if you live in Augsburg or nearby, or if you don’t: Let others know who do.
A Peruvian recipe provided by Don Tom for “Papa y Yucca a la huancaina” can be found here.