The Supper Club Diaries

The Supper Club That’s Quietly Taking Over the Members-Only Dining Scene

By Emily Cappiello, Departures Magazine

This invitation-only group has attracted the likes of Sandra Bullock and Elijah Wood. Now, it’s continuing its expansion across the U.S.

Several times a month, members of the “in-crowd”—from top talent scouts and brand ambassadors to bankers, media moguls, doctors, high-profile lawyers, and models—in several major cities sit down to enjoy a night of networking, chatting, special entertainment, amazing food, and craft cocktails, all due to the work of Tamsin Lonsdale, founder and creative director of The Supper Club Inc.

Now, The Supper Club—which hosts more than 40 dinner parties and 20 events for its members, who pay up to $10,000 per year to join—is expanding its reach. Founded in London and then expanded to include New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco, the company will be launching in Austin and Chicago in the coming months.

“The Supper Club is always poised for growth; as a business we understand the need to grow but without sacrificing the intimacy and quality of the member base,” Lonsdale told DEPARTURES.

Lonsdale works with top chefs in each city, creating custom menus for each event, paired with fine wines and handcrafted cocktails. At a recent event, Tom Colicchio cooked for members at a multi-million dollar private waterfront estate in East Hampton and personally introduced the dishes. Nicolas Feuillatte poured the champagne, Hendricks Gin crafted the cocktails, and Audi provided the transportation.

Beyond the food, the venues are unique, ranging from a polo field to a private estate, rooftops, gardens, vineyards, buzzy new restaurants, gorgeous ballrooms, and fabulous penthouses, setting the stage for an enviable experience that also includes a focus on art, music, and fashion.

To up the ante, The Supper Club also recently launched the Passport Series, only open to a handpicked group of members. Lonsdale and her team whisk those members away to exotic locations around the globe, including South Africa, Ibiza, Bali, and Cuba. The duration of these trips is from five to 10 days and includes carefully curated experiences—including film and music festivals, sporting events, private tours, and members-only parties, dinners, and lunches—with accommodation at some of the best villas and hotels in the world, Lonsdale says.

The cost of each event is included in the annual membership fee. The fee ranges from $1,000 per year for a Fête Membership, which includes invitations to up to six signature parties per year, to a VIP membership for $10,000. The VIP membership includes invitations to up to 40 dinner parties per year, 20 signature parties, and three Passport Series trips.

The Supper Club also offers a $2,000 Entrepreneur Membership, a local membership designed for those 27 and under, which allows access to unlimited events in one Supper Club city.

However, just having the funds to pay for a membership doesn’t automatically get you admitted to the group. The Supper Club is strictly by invitation or referral only. An online application and two existing member references are required for consideration to join the ranks of A-list members such as Elijah Wood and Sandra Bullock.

“The Supper Club is built upon the quality of the crowd,” Lonsdale said. “Our members are the very foundation of what makes our club so very special. We bring together a dazzling group of inspiring, passionate, talented, stylish, smart, charismatic, and international individuals. When they meet each other, sparks fly and amazing connections are born.”