The Supper Club Book by Dave Hoekstra
A Celebration of a Midwest Tradition

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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. 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, this combination social history and travel guide celebrates not only the past and present but the future of the supper clubs.
 

About Dave Hoekstra

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Dave Hoekstra has been a staff writer for the Chicago Sun-Times for 27 years, and has also written for the Chicago Reader, the Journal of Country Music, and Playboy. His previous books include Ticket to Everywhere, a collection of his Sun-Times travel columns, and An Unofficial Guide to Chicago.
 
Published June 1, 2013 by Chicago Review Press. 304 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Cooking. Non-fiction

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This delightful book offers an excellent slice of American life as it once was and still exists in remaining supper clubs. Garrison Keillor offers a charming Lake Wobegon-like foreword that gets readers off to the perfect start in this combination oral history-guidebook. Colorful chapter titles i...

Jun 21 2013 | Read Full Review of The Supper Club Book: A Celeb...

This delightful book offers an excellent slice of American life as it once was and still exists in remaining supper clubs. Garrison Keillor offers a charming Lake Wobegon-like foreword that gets readers off to the perfect start in this combination oral history-guidebook. Colorful chapter titles i...

Jun 21 2013 | Read Full Review of The Supper Club Book: A Celeb...

This delightful book offers an excellent slice of American life as it once was and still exists in remaining supper clubs. Garrison Keillor offers a charming Lake Wobegon-like foreword that gets readers off to the perfect start in this combination oral history-guidebook. Colorful chapter titles i...

Jun 21 2013 | Read Full Review of The Supper Club Book: A Celeb...

This delightful book offers an excellent slice of American life as it once was and still exists in remaining supper clubs. Garrison Keillor offers a charming Lake Wobegon-like foreword that gets readers off to the perfect start in this combination oral history-guidebook. Colorful chapter titles i...

Jun 21 2013 | Read Full Review of The Supper Club Book: A Celeb...

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