Saturday, 17 November 2012

The Grazer's Joe Beef Inspired Pop up Supper Club

A couple of weeks back I dragged myself and the other half out of our cosy flat on a saturday night with the proposition of eating dinner with some strangers in a shipping container. Whilst he was imagining some sort of terrible scene from season 2 of The Wire I assured him the evening would be much more civilised than that.

Anna of The Grazer was hosting a pop up supper club in the newly created Ouseburn Arts Club, housed in two rather cosy shipping containers. A Joe Beef inspired pop up. You know how much I love that cook book (see previous posts here and here) so she wasn't at all surprised when I booked in for my places. I wasn't the only one keen for pork and a couple of hours later and all the places had gone.

After hot toddies and introductions we sat down to a smorgasbord of home made delights, including the infamous Joe Beef beer cheese, which was totally delicious, home cured salami, potato salads, pickles, and my favourite the rollmop mackerel, so succulent with a light tanginess.

The main event is a Joe Beef Classics and one which i'd tried at home complete with my take on their BBQ sauce. Everyone has gone CRAZY about pulled pork recently and three huge joints of pork shoulder had been happily cooking away for the last 9 hours, specially delivered half way through the night. Served with BBQ sauce, rather amazing beans (when I tried this recipe they turned out very odd), soft white rolls and an apple and seed coleslaw.

The night was rounded off with coffee, and selection of delightful little puddings; a chocolate and hazelnut pot, some rather boozy jelly, cinnamon apple crisps and little pumpkin muffins. The food was as well prepared and presented as you would imagine if you've ever read Anna's blog, i.e. incredible, but it was all the lovely little touches in an unusual setting that got me, the incredible wood burning stove, and candle lit table and at the end of the room an old animation made out of silhouettes was projected and really created a warm wintery feeling about the place and made for a rather unique saturday night. 

Anna's hosting the events once a month, look out for announcements on her twitter  but you'll have to be quick the next is already sold out!


  1. Hi there. Im doing a pop up restaurant at the settledown cafe in newcastle on 8th December which may be your cup of tea.
    Could we possably get a tweet from you to get the word out.
    twitter @midnightmeat1

    1. Thanks for the comment - sent a tweet out earlier - sounds just my cup of tea, LOVE picklebacks! is it going to be a one off or will you be doing more?

    2. If its succesful plan is to do it once a month,doing something bbqy at each one. Thinking short ribs for the next one.

    3. ahhh short ribs, this is music to my ears! Hope it goes well for you, will have to try and get myself some tickets, can't resist the bbq.

  2. wow this is lovely thing you are doing. try to use some other SMM service as well for getting a great feedback.
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