interior of the Del Bar

I was on a mission with April’s cover story. My plan was to define the supper club and explain exactly what this eminent part of Wisconsin dining culture looks like today.

My mission had a fatal flaw: I assumed the supper club tradition had a hard and fast history that would offer a path to explain it and show its evolution in a succinct way. I decided to accept defeat forthrightly with the first sentence of the story in the April issue. What I did discover — after diving into Ron Faiola’s latest book about supper clubs and through case studies of one old, one new and two soon-to-open restaurants — was that the answer was a lot simpler than I thought.