This unique dining experience launched on 31 March 2014 with twelve diners taking seats. What was originally intended as a one-off event for foodies and food enthusiasts has grown into an inclusive, invitation-only, private club that has hosted 59 suppers over three seasons. Season Four launches on 31 March 2017 offering all those who are interested in broadening their social connections into new areas based on common interests. We like to think of this as a very localized version of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all rolled into one. Instead of sitting at your computer, we provide you a seat at the table and participants take it from there.
Connections made at the CSC have continued beyond the table and we encourage our members to meet outside of the supper club. Our desire to provide a highly-localized version of virtual social networks over food has unfolded through our first three seasons and we are hoping our future suppers will match or exceed our previous expectations. Your presence and active participation is the key to a great evening at the Cerines Supper Club. We know how to set-up the space, serve delicious food and create an event that has value. That’s the easy part. The magic of the event really comes from you and the other guests. Read our post on our inaugural event here.
We inaugurated Season Two on 31 March 2015. To feel the vibe, Neil Aitchinson’s video of the event can be viewed here:
Season Two highlights included our second and third live music event, Christmas Martini Jazz Lounge and CerineSummer. Our summer series of supper clubs focused on the Spice Trade Routes Through Cyprus: Asia Minor; The Republic of Venice; The Levant. We hosted our first Holiday suppers at Thanksgiving and Christmas and our first Christmas Brunch.
Season Three saw a massive interest in private events, where participants reserved the entire space for a private party or a small, intimate supper. Christmas at Cerines was expanded into two suppers to accomodate all of our interested participants, dining amongst the Christmas trees and bespoke decorations at Cerines. Brunch was back in the new year and we also held our second Brunch (and last event of Season Three), celebrating Spring and the laying of our new flock of chickens with freshly-baked bagels and other treats that are now available for order by Cerines Supper Club participants.
Season Four begins with supper no. 59 on 31 March 2017! We’re planning a few off-site events and offering participants a new luxury service called Cerines Private Table.
A supper club is not just going out to eat. It’s an experience. To give you a better idea, a member has described the Cerines Supper Club as “the future of dining out.” It’s not a restaurant. The Cerines Supper Club is not about gimmicky food-themed events you find at touristy hotels. No, the food we prepare by hand and serve ourselves arrives at the table with passion. Everything we serve has a story and locally-sourced when available, so we have a personal connection to the food we make. This is the common thread in everything we do at home with a large family on a small island. The Cerines Supper Club is not just about stylish dinner parties. You’re invited early and everyone leaves late. Really late. Cocktail parties, live music events, dining al fresco, brunch and other Mediterranean-inspired food events are just a few of the gatherings that members will be invited to attend at Cerines all with one common purpose: connecting people and sharing ideas over great food.
How it works
1. There is no membership fee. Interested individuals either are nominated by a previous participant and will be asked to fill out an application.
2. You will be selected to attend an event based on common interests of other attending members and not in order of your membership request. Guests are required to leave a minimum contribution at the end of the supper. Everyone contributes the same minimum. If you’re really happy, please leave something nominal for the little helpers.
•Be polite, friendly and cheerful. Essentially, all the things you were taught to do in school.
•Be a reliable guest. For Season Four, suppers will take place on Fridays, unless reserving a private supper. (Click here on how to reserve a private supper). We’ve only been able to make this Cerines Supper Club work because like-minded, committed individuals are involved.
•It’s an inclusive club. You stay as long as you like, come as often as you want but things like frequent unavailability, repeated tardiness, last-minute cancellations or a single no-show will lead to a “Soup Nazi” situation… :-O
•Arrive promptly at the designated time, no later than 10 minutes after the start time. Exceptions to this can be made with prior notice. Sometimes things happen, let us know!
•Use of social media is encouraged. Please use the hashtags #cerines and #cerinessupperclub.
•At the end of the evening, guests will fill out the comment card and leave the contribution in the marked envelope that will be provided by your hosts.
•Frequency of invitations means you really have enjoyed the experience. Our most active participants are rewarded by invitation to Cerines Private Table.
4. For Season Four, invitations will be sent three-four weeks in advance or– for last-minute availability– up to three days in advance of the supper.
5. Upon receiving the invitation (always sent digitally), guests are required to:
•Respond within 72 hours to the invitation. You can request more time to confirm. If you’re invited, the seat is held for you until you decline it. Please accept or decline within this time-frame so that we can accomodate other participants. For those participants eligible to reserve Cerines Private Table, final confirmation must be made within 72 hours of reservation.
6. Once the participant has accepted the invitation, the Digital Information Guide will be sent at least 48 hours prior to the event. The contribution is the same for each event and is announced at the beginning of each season. For Season Four, the contribution remains unchanged.
A note to interested applicants, guests and participants: You are kindly asked to drink responsibly. Cocktails and wine are part of the experience and what is offered is based on what we believe compliments the experience. The goal is to connect in a meaningful way and while it’s okay to get a little loosey-goosey, it’s counter-productive to consume so much that your personality changes. We are also concerned with your safety and the safety of others after you leave the event. Cerines Supper Club, the hosts and their dependents do not accept any responsibility for your actions once you leave Cerines or the event venue. Only you know your physical limits so we do not accept responsibility for your choices during or after the event. Please remember that local police are set up with road blocks to test drunk drivers.