supper club

The modern supper club in Madison

The history of this beloved Wisconsin dining tradition is still being written, and a few Madison-area restaurants demonstrate just how much has changed — and what’s stayed the same.

The history of this beloved Wisconsin dining tradition is still being written, and a few Madison-area restaurants demonstrate just how much has changed — and what’s stayed the same.

Preserving history at Driftless Social

Another set of Schmock brothers are prepared to reincarnate Smoky’s in their own way.

Another set of Schmock brothers are prepared to reincarnate Smoky’s in their own way.

The Del-Bar remains a classic

At The Del-Bar, it feels like less has changed than has stayed the same. In this case, that’s a very good thing.

At The Del-Bar, it feels like less has changed than has stayed the same. In this case, that’s a very good thing.

The Madison modern supper club meal of our dreams

If we could create the best modern supper club meal from start to finish, meant to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace, it would look something like this.

If we could create the best modern supper club meal from start to finish, meant to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace, it would look something like this.

Editor's note: It’s simple, really

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.

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.