Dialogue 515: Iowa Supper Clubs
Join us for a very special – and tasty! – Dialogue 515 where alum Megan Bannister (CLP ‘18), author of the book Iowa Supper Clubs, will lead us through a discussion about the delicious details of an Iowa staple at Jesse's Embers, one of Des Moines’ most notable supper clubs.
From relish trays and Old Fashioned cocktails to prime rib and fried fish, supper clubs are a quintessential part of Midwestern dining culture. In Iowa, hundreds of supper clubs once dotted the state’s rural highways and byways, serving as havens for hungry travelers and community gathering places for small towns. Opened in 1912, the Lighthouse Inn Supper Club in Cedar Rapids is one of Iowa’s oldest supper clubs. In their heyday, Iowa supper clubs were also home to nefarious activities, with frequent visits from mobsters, bootlegged beverages and illegal gambling. Supper clubs like Archie’s Waeside and Breitbach’s Country Dining have even won James Beard Awards.
Iowa Supper Clubs is available for purchase at Beaverdale Books, Storyhouse Bookpub, Barnes & Noble, and through Amazon/Kindle.
Participation in Dialogue 515 is open to 2021 alumni member donors at all levels. Light appetizers will be served. Cocktails available for purchase.
Due to the indoor dining format, we ask that you please only attend if you have been vaccinated for COVID-19.
Thank you to our Dialogue 515 Sponsor