Everything you need to know about Dundee's newest supper clubs

Dundee's Festival of the Future will run this month, from 17-21 and as part of this, foodies can look forward to two pop up dining events.

Published 4th Oct 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The intimate supper clubs will take place in rarely-seen parts of the University of Dundee on 19 and 20 October.

On Friday 19 October, the supper club will be hosted by the current Principal of the University of Dundee, Professor Sir Pete Downes, who will welcome eight guests into his office in the University’s Tower Building.

“I am looking forward to welcoming guests to my office and to have the chance to tell them about the work we do to transform lives, from the local to the global, here at the University,” said Professor Sir Pete, who has played a key role in developing Dundee’s status as a global player in life sciences.

“Like most people, grabbing a sandwich at my desk is the closest I usually get to dining at work, so it will be as much of a novelty for me to enjoy a lovely two-course in my office as I hope it is for them!”

This supper club will include short talks by two University of Dundee alumni, including Hayley Scanlan, who will provide a fascinating insight into life as one of the Scotland’s top fashion designers.

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The second dining event will be held in the University of Dundee’s School of Life Sciences.

Diners to this supper club can look forward to a guided tour of the 'Spirit Molecule' exhibition by the artists responsible for the artwork - Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Phillip Andrew Lewis – as well as short talks by world-leading researchers from the School of Life Sciences.

“This supper club’s going to be an incredibly exciting evening,” said Gill Veal of the Parlour Café.

“Heather and Phillip’s exhibition fuses biotechnology with botany so we’ll be serving a vegan supper which uses every part of plants – from root to tip.

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"Guests at the Supper Club will enjoy dishes packed with explosions of flavour which highlight the fabulous versatility and taste of vegan cooking, which many people consider is the future of food.”

Both supper clubs will include a two-course meal prepared by the team at the award-winning Parlour Café.

“As a chef, autumn’s my favourite time as there’s always an abundance of fabulous produce, especially in this corner of Scotland,” said Gill Veal of the Parlour Café.

“The menu for the supper on 19 October will feature local, seasonal ingredients, with meat or vegetarian ghoulash served in pumpkin bowls, followed by a dessert made from windblown apples.”

Places at The Festival of the Future Supper Clubs cost £20 per person (two courses, including wine) and must be booked in advance.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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