SOUPED-UP SUPPER CLUBS
Every other foodie has opened up their home to hordes of gourmands. So where does the supper club go next? The Pale Blue Door in Dalston mixes up the concept: proprietor Tony Hornecker describes it as “an installation of an underground speakeasy I pop up’ in my studio/home now and again”. Knock three times at the blue door down a back alley off Kingsland Road and you are ushered in by drag queens before tucking into a three-course meal while being entertained by tarot readings.
Elizabeth Shepard, of Green Onion Guerilla Cooking, agrees that informality is the key: “We put everyone around big tables, give them platters of food and let them dig in and get to know each other. There’s lots of interaction.” While Hornecker has turned the supper club into art, Elizabeth has moved it outside. Last summer she threw her first picnic club in Victoria Park.
Even pop star Lady Gaga calls herself a performance artist now. And why not? The contemporary auction house Phillips de Pury recently explored the intersection between art and music: its Art + Music season in November saw Jarvis Cocker, Patrick Wolf, Micachu and the Shapes playing in its huge gallery space in Victoria, surrounded by art and photography inspired by music. Andy Warhol’s Michael Jackson screenprint hangs alongside works by musicians such as Pete Doherty.
“London is a great city for watching music in pubs and various other watering holes but there isn’t so much going on in unusual locations, such as warehouses or galleries. That’s more Berlin or NYC,” says Alban de Pury, who helped to organise the event. “I’d like to see that sensibility in London.”
Watch out for more art + music events at the Phillips space in Howick Place in 2010.