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Travel Minute — Where ‘Supper Clubs’ Still Thrive

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The phrase “supper club” may sound like something out of the ‘50s or early ‘60s, but in Wisconsin, at Wisc supper clubs book jacketleast, they’re alive and well. But what IS a supper club exactly, anyway?

A supper club is a very particular kind of restaurant. Despite the word “club,” there’s no entertainment and no membership list. Supper clubs are usually set in scenic, rural areas, and the menu almost always involves home cooking. Their interiors reflect their settings—lots of wood and probably animal heads mounted as trophies on walls. Diners don’t go there for a quick meal.

In Wisconsin, there are still hundreds of supper clubs. And 50 of them have been memorialized in a new book called, simply, Wisconsin Supper Clubs by Ron Faiola. The book’s subtitle is “An old-fashioned experience.” He’s also made a documentary featuring some of them.

Supper clubs, said one New York Times writer, were doing custom-cut, dry-aged steaks long before fancy steak restaurants in big cities. Dining in one was a leisurely, family experience, and many of the establishments have been owned by the same family for generations.

Find a link to the video and the book here.