The phenomenon of the supper club—as unique to the Upper Midwest as great lakes, cheese curds, and Curly Lambeau—is explored for the first time in this attractive and engaging book. Revealing the rich history behind these time-honored establishments, it defines the experience for the uninitiated and reacquaints those in the know with a cherished institution.

Unfortunately, modern norms have changed since the early days when supper clubs were at the peak of their popularity. Stricter regulations and a changes to a fast-paced lifestyle have slowly hindered the people from enjoying a measured culture. The memories and histories of these age old institutions have been engrained in many minds. This book captures this essence.

Painstakingly researched, the book documents modern supper clubs in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, and Illinois, bringing to life the memorable people who created the tradition and keep it alive. It goes on to explain how combining contemporary ideas such as locavore menus and craft beer with staples like Friday night fish fries and Saturday prime rib has allowed the clubs to evolve over time and thrive. With numerous photographs – many from Chicago’s acclaimed Paul Natkin – this combination of social history and travel guide celebrates not only the past and present but the future of the supper clubs.

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