At-home Dining with Epsom Supper Club chef Laura Scott
Foodies rejoice! Epsom supper club host and private chef Laura Scott is bringing special occasion dining to your home with her At Home Dining service. Take away never tasted so good.
Epsom Supper Club extraordinaire Laura Scott is bringing the experience to your own dining table with a delicious three course dinner available for collection (or delivery) each week.
The December menu is out now, and there’s a wonderful choice of four starters, mains and desserts – traditional festive dishes with a twist. Smoked salmon, ricotta and spinach arancini and truffled celeriac parsnip and Parmesan soup feature on the starters menu, and the mains includes a turkey, ham, melting cheese and onion pie as well as a shin of beef with pasilla chilli. Among the delights on the puddings menu is Apple, pear and mincemeat crumble and individual Christmas pavlovas. Check out the full menu here.
Laura is also offering a festive cake box menu which includes goodies like gingerbread with a salted caramel buttercream, mince pies, peppermint candy cane brownies, speculoos blondies and Terry’s chocolate chunk cookies. Washed down with coffee for me and Mr M, and hot chocolates for the kids, these were a massive hit. I’d struggle to choose a favourite, but do love a homemade mince pie. Although the gingerbread was also divine. For the kids, the brownies were a winner alongside the cookies.
The beauty of at-home special occasion dining is that it can be whatever you want it to be. Light the woodburner, dim the lights and cosy up in your living room for a relaxed dinner by the flickering flames of the fire. Or go all out with white linen, silverware and candles for a full-on posh dining room experience.
Laura’s operating her at-home three-course meal menu all through December until Christmas Eve, so there’s also the option of serving up restaurant quality food to the folk in your Christmas bubble on 23 or 24 Dec.
SCOFF & QUAFF
I’ve been to Laura’s Epsom Supper Club, so I knew I was in for a treat when I ordered dinner for two, plus a festive box as a treat for the family. We ordered from the November menu, and for us it was spiced sweetcorn soup with homemade brioche rolls followed by an aubergine and mushroom bourgignon with miso smashed potatoes and Asian style greens. For pud, we had a baked lemon cheesecake.
Laura delivered our dinner about midday, and after a quick peek inside the packages, we popped them into the fridge for later. Reheating was a doddle. Laura includes detailed instructions, as well as an ingredients list so you know exactly what’s gone into your dishes.
The soup went into a pan and was gently heated on the stove, while the everything else was reheated in the oven for vary lengths of time – lid on for the bourgignon and greens and lid off for the potatoes. I popped each dish into heated dishes so we could serve ourselves and – hey presto – dinner was served.
I’m a big fan of Laura’s food, and this dinner was no exception. Nothing at all is lost in the re-heating process, and there was something quite cosy and relaxing about have a posh dinner at home.
I’m a big fan of soup, and regularly throw together a batch on a Sunday to eat during the week for my lunch. But wow. Just wow. Laura’s spiced sweetcorn soup was seriously good – gorgeously smooth with a subtle smokiness and perfectly spiced.
Moving on to the mains, I have to say – this is my kind of dinner. It’s comfort food at its heart, but it’s way more snazzy. The bourgignon had a smooth deep flavour and was perfectly accompanied by the potatoes and greens.
And then the pudding. Cheesecake has always been my favourite, and Laura’s was gorgeous – smooth with a hint of tang, and served with raspberry ripple whipped cream.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Special occasions, those who are avoiding going out but still love to eat great food, anyone who doesn’t fancy cooking.
Not for: A delicious three-course dinner delivered to your door – what’s not to like about that?
The damage: Laura’s At Home Dining Service is £25 a head for three courses. The Festive Cake Box is £10 for a selection of four cakes and two cookies. See Laura’s full cake menu here.