A good December night: four friends hosting twenty-five dinner guests in one capacious Williamsburg loft for a multi-course dinner with unlimited cocktails and wine pairings. This Friday -- if you act fast -- the Whisk and Ladle Supper Club invites Gothamist readers to a dinner party -- revamped, with a seasonal menu featuring Black Bear. The cost? $40 – 50 dollars a head, depending on the cost of ingredients.
Friday’s Whisk & Ladle Menu:
Port-Poached Fig stuffed with Goat Cheese
Strawberry Black Pepper Granita.
Beef Tenderloin with Black Bear Romesco and homegrown sweet potatoes (from the neighbor's garden boxes).
Dessert and cocktails are TBD.
Spots at the table can be secured by inquiring through the Whisk & Ladle website – creative bookings are recommended rather than simply trying to claim a spot. It’s not first come, first serve, but admittedly kind of random admittance based on emails that pique their interest.
Last night Gothamist stopped by for a fully vegetarian Whisk & Ladle menu: cream of apple soup with toasted hazelnuts and fried bread, beet and gorgonzola risotto with Brussels sprouts, a spinach-daikon-oyster mushroom salad, and the highlight of the night, heavenly salt-caramel cookies with earl grey ice cream. We sat amongst a hodgepodge of small-to-medium sized tables in the candle-lit apartment while the dual chef-hostesses scuttled around serving courses, topping off wine glasses, refilling water.
Food is cooked for those with an open-minded palate — someone who will try crocodile or black bear, be amenable to last minute changes, and dive right into one of their strong cocktails, like the Booker T — a concoction of peanut vodka, homemade honey syrup, soda water, and flaming orange zest garnish.
Friday’s cocktail hour starts at 7:30 p.m.; dinner is served shortly thereafter, but come on time for mingling. Courses are paced so dessert is served around 10:15 p.m. and then you’re welcome to linger and chat or work your way out. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable—if privy to strike up a conversation with a stranger.
In addition to twenty-five open spots on Friday, there are five spots are open for Sunday’s “Evening Brunch” featuring DJ’s David and Morgan from Apes & Androids. It will be the last Whisk & Ladle dinner in 2007. Dinners will continue bi-monthly in 2008 on Saturday nights. Sign up for the mailing list on the website to be informed of dates, events, and menus.