Grace Parry headed south to the Social Pantry supper club ‘Bloody Love a Party’.
On a cold blustery evening I made my way to the Social Pantry in Clapham, a small café on Lavender Hill run by Alex Head, the chef extraordinaire who was hosting her ‘Bloody Love a Party’ supper club showcasing the best seasonal food amongst the excellent company of strangers.
Decked out in distressed wood, subtle colours and exposed brick, The Social Pantry kept things casual with a really fun vibe. A long table was dressed lovingly with pots of herbs, candles and glinting bottles of Peroni Nastro Azzurro Alta, their new sharing bottle.
Tiny jars of aged Parmesan chunks lined the table for us to pick at with drinks, so we settled in with our nibbles and got to know the neighbours. All the guests had heard about the supper club from varying outposts: friends of the host, locals looking for something different, and foodie fanatics who love trying new experiences.
Starters arrived on a gleaming white oblong plate, with a mound of salty black olive dressed rocket at one end and a blushing pink ball of Parma ham wrapped mozzarella at the other. It was a lovely celebration of good quality Italian ingredients, with just the right balance of flavours and textures.
Everybody’s favourite, pork belly, was served for the main course. The golden square of pork topped with a sliver of crispy crackling came on a smear of velveteen celeriac puree, all doused in a glossy and intensely meaty gravy that sang with woody herbs. It was a simple plate of food executed perfectly, and judging by the empty plates that went back into the kitchen it was pretty clear everyone loved it.
We had a short breather, the perfect opportunity to chat and top up on some our chilled Peroni. We talked about everything, from the woes of Christmas shopping to the trials and tribulations of being a dog owner in London. Then came dessert, a rich dark chocolate tart drizzled with a smooth chocolate sauce and a shard of sweet, nutty hazelnut brittle, a naughty but nice end to a great evening. The Social Pantry sure does throw a bloody good party!
Eat Travel Live was invited by Peroni Nastro Azzurro to celebrate the launch of their Alta sharing bottle.
Peroni Nastro Azzurro launches their second bottle innovation – Alta – the new 750ml sharing bottle created to be enjoyed, together. Created with Italian passion and attention to detail the 750ml bottle brings Italian style to your dining table.