At the Underground Supper Club, you may not get to break bread with Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn or share a glass of wine with Jerry Saltz, but you’re still guaranteed fascinating conversation and beautifully plated food: chicken-basil croquette with peanut sauce; braised pork tamale with beets, carrot, daikon and fried yuca; gingery coconut chicken with chili-infused honey and potato gnocchi; masala chocolate cookies. Ramon Ruiz, the founder of the club, offers an eclectic menu that features locally supported agriculture and meats. His main goal is to bring together foodies, art lovers and people from all walks of life to share food and conversation. The vibe is causal and intimate, more dinner at a friend’s house than at a busy restaurant. You’re allowed to stay as long as you want — there is no second seating. The dinners, which range from $40 to $50, include three courses, plus wine.
To date, Ruiz has organized two dinners at Dames Coffee and Espresso Bar, both of which sold out. To receive an invitation to dinner, you must be on Ruiz’s mailing list. (Sign up via the blog.) Following your RSVP, he’ll send you information regarding location, menu and a secret password.
Ruiz has teamed up with Jersey City gallery Woolpunk Studios to host the next soirée, which is set for tonight, April 20. The event, titled “Dinner with Gertrude Stein,” draws inspiration from Gertrude Stein’s salon dinners as much as from the gallery’s current exhibition, which features the letterpress prints of Peter Duffin and Sam Larson of P.S. Press. Due to overwhelming demand, the event is sold out. Do not fret. The next dinner, titled “Spring Harvest,” is set for Saturday, April 28, at Steam Café, which is located at 276 Newark Avenue in downtown Jersey City.
To confirm your participation for “Spring Harvest,” a $25 deposit per person is required by Thursday, April 19 — though maybe you can beg him to include you if there is still space. For your convenience, here’s that link again to finalize your reservation and save your seat.