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Often times, the best meals take place at home. That is why ROSA ET AL Townhouse created the Supper Club, a special private dinner that takes place once a month on the townhouse premises.
What is a Supper Club?
A supper club is a traditional style of dining that is only open after supper hours and it functions as a club where people socialize with no membership fee. Supper clubs involve dining with strangers in intimate venues which can be a chef’s own house or a restaurant.
History of the Supper Club
“– Going to the supper club wasn’t really about dinner; it was a social event.”
NATALIE RINN
Taste Cooking Magazine
In 1937 London, the first supper club in Britain, Half Hundred Club, was established “to combine good dining with economy” and hosted in random locations. Members were limited to 25 and they each could bring along a guest, possessing “no unsociable characteristics” that may hinder conversations. Over time, the concept of supper clubs evolved in London to fulfill the need for casual get-togethers and social connections over food.

During the the 1930s in the United States, the concept of supper clubs became popular in the midwest. supper clubs were places where people socialized and celebrated with alcohol. They would show up in their best outfit to enjoy a fancy meal with drinks and this would go on for many hours. Some consider supper clubs the country version of the urban nightclub, but more casual.

A similar concept of underground dining called Paladares has emerged in Cuba in 1993. Paladares are small, family-run restaurants, usually in a converted part of a home. The name came from a Brazilian telenovela that was aired on Cuban TV called Vale Tudo and showed a restaurant chain with the name Paladar, the Portuguese word for “to taste”. Nowadays, they are a huge part of Cuban cuisine and its history.
Our Supper Club
The Supper Clubs are informal and intimate evenings that gather people from different backgrounds, creating a community around a table that feels like you are at a friend’s house. The ever-changing multi-course seasonal dinner set the pace of  conversations and fuel the curiosity about ancestral gastronomic practices in Portugal.
STARTING AT 5000 pax
WINE OR COCKTAILS PAIRING STARTING AT 2000 pax
LOCATION: ROSA ET AL TOWNHOUSE
DURATION: UP TO 3 HOURS
CAPACITY: 16 PEOPLE Dining Room – 24 PEOPLE Garden
VEGAN OR OVO-LACTO-VEGETARIAN OPTIONS AVAILABLE
Inspired by the Atlantic Diet, characteristic in this region and gathering the fresh food, each Supper Club, is crafted by a team of talented cooks and artisans. The food is made from scratch, by hand, focusing on high-quality organic ingredients and locally and regionally sourced products. Thus, renewing the centuries-old traditions and techniques of gastronomy, where fermentation gains a prominence.
The Supper Club is an experience open to the public, local, regional, national and international beyond the inhouse guests. It that follows the tradition of carte blanche dinner that Patrícia and Emanuel Sousa – brothers and owners of ROSA ET AL Townhouse – have been performing with guests since 2012 in the interior room or in the garden Townhouse.
Each Supper Club will represent a distinct experience, personalized by the seasonality of the food.

The courses will always have the pairing of Portuguese wines or signature cocktails.

 


When the hottest days approach, suppers in the aromatic garden transform the whole experience as the guests will be hugged by the aromas that are oftentimes are included in one of the courses of the dinner. The scents of lavender or rosemary tell us that we are in a real sanctuary in the heart of the city. And throughout the year, the supper club receives the special participation of national and international chefs.
They are invited to have dinner at four hands or in takeover format, in delivery to the concept of sharing, of respect for the essence of Portuguese products and the recreation of the philosophy that is in the basis of the yearly meetings.
Our suppers club can take place around town or anywhere in Portugal. If you fancy a specific location or if you would like to partner up with us, we will be happy to hear from you.
We are always eager to know more about other chefs and cuisines, talk to us if you would like to partner up with our team or if you have a local product you would like to share.
THE TOWNHOUSE KITCHEN THE DAILY BRUNCH
The cookbook by the siblings Patrícia and Emanuel de Sousa, photographed by Daniel Zachrisson, and edited by François Le Bled, offers a series of recipes, tips and personal insight for the home cook

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