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For the Love of Supper Clubs

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Trish Lenarchich serves a brandy old-fashioned at Diamond Jim’s Stoneridge Inn, Hales Corners. Photo: Ron Faiola

Ron Faiola, creator of the coffee table book and movie, “Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience” – and soon-to-be-released sequel, “Wisconsin Supper Club: Another Round” – shares his enthusiasm for these special places during a Sampler Lecture Series Monday, April 4 at McHenry County Historical Society in Union.

Faiola gives us 11 reasons why supper clubs are easy to love:

  1. Prime rib or surf and turf specials every Saturday night.
  2. Pre-supper relish trays (preferably served on stainless steel).
  3. Christmas lights strung across log structures year-round.
  4. Manhattans and old-fashioned cocktails automatically served with brandy.
  5. Waitresses who call you “Hon.”
  6. Jell-O served as a salad option.
  7. Walleye is a regular menu item.
  8. No cappuccino, ever.
  9. All-you-can-eat fried fish on Fridays.
  10. Grasshopper and pink Cadillac cocktails that are large enough to share.
  11. Bonus: A musical trio in the bar that knows how to play “The Girl from Ipanema.”

Do you have any good supper club memories? A favorite supper club? Photos? Share with a comment or email


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