This week, I went to check out the Bon Appétit Supper Club (http://www.basupperclubandcafe.com), a pop up restaurant located conveniently in Midtown Manhattan ~10 blocks away from my office! I am a huge fan of the “pop-up” phenomenon – the thrill of catching a limited engagement just makes you feel so…”in the know”.
The Bon Appétit Supper Club is only open to the public from 11AM to 3PM this week only, and it features simple cafe dishes (sandwiches, soups, desserts) from top chefs like Rick Bayless, Cat Cora, and Daniel Boulud. There are also cooking demos, book signings, and Q & A sessions throughout the day to keep you entertained.
I snuck out during lunchtime to try to get a taste of all the culinary delights.
As you can see, the space was set up just like any other NYC lunch spot, but the difference is that for the same price (under $10 a pop) you get food designed by renowned chefs! I headed straight for the sandwich section and snagged a yummy vegetarian sandwich with marinated peppers, zucchini and smoked ricotta by Nate Appleman. It was really simple, yet the pepperonata (made with fennel, capers, red pepper, and red wine) gave it such a complex savory flavor that I was sad to finish it off.
Next I hit the dessert section for a treat. And with all the selection under the $3 mark, it was indeed a hard decision to choose only one! I settled on a fluffy looking Venetian Apple Cake by Gina DePalma, and it certainly did not disappoint. The muffin/cupcake texture was moist, with just the right amount of sweetness and a bit of cinnamon spice. It tasted like a hybrid of apple pie, carrot cake, and pumpkin bread – deliciously appropriate for fall!