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Full Moon Supper Club reaches two year anniversary

I enjoy the offerings of Chef Tory O'Haire and his Full Moon Supper Club.
Foodie participants

Foodie participants /Chris Freeman

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Last month's Full Moon Supper Club menu

Mussels Aupres de la ma Blonde
Poutine with yellow peas and cheese curds
Tourtiere du lac-St.-Jean (Quebecois meat pie)
Sauteed spinach
Maple-chile glazed carrots
Salad of bitter greens
Tarte au sucre
Canadian Whiskey
Hard Cider
Small-batch Beer

The meal, moments before being served.

The meal, moments before being served. /Chris Freeman

The menu board

The menu board /Chris Freeman

How many of you have heard of the Full Moon Supper Club? Anybody? Unless you are a hardcore foodie, this monthly event is likely slipping by you unnoticed.

The Full Moon Supper Club is the brainchild of Tory O’Haire, aka The Starving Artist, who is a private chef here in Grand Rapids. You may have seen him most recently at Fork Fest serving gourmet shaved ice or as a judge at the Grandwich competition.

Every month, O’Haire uses his culinary expertise to take foodies around the world on an eating adventure without leaving the city of Grand Rapids.   He has done 24 of these to date. Examples of this include cuisine from France, Budapest, Russia, most recently Montreal. Each month offers a new and interesting menu for $30-$60 dollars a head, and is a pretty inexpensive way to experience the gastronomical offerings of other countries.

The trip is part picnic as well, as all of the participants bring their own tableware to the event. The location changes from place to place depending on who is able to provide a feasible venue, but O’Haires’ own apartment is the default locale if none other are available.

In addition to this professionally cooked meal and home brewed hooch created through culinary alchemy, you get to talk in detail about how these dishes are created and share some of the many personal experiences that Chef O’Haire has accumulated in his culinary journeys. In my case, I was also introduced to 14 new people who are equally excited about food and whom I had never met before. It was a tremendous opportunity to get out and experience something distinctly unique.

If you have a passion for food, this is the experience that you were waiting for. You can follow O’Haire's efforts on the Facebook page “The Full Moon Supper Club.”

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