Make money cooking - start a supper club

07 November 2020
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Are you a foodie looking for a way to make a bit of extra cash on the side? Do you like meeting new people?

Well, the good news is there are many ways to turn your favourite hobby into a thriving business! One of the most exciting to pop up onto our radar recently, is to start a supper club of your own.

With their roots in the cabaret culture of the 1930s and ’40s, supper clubs are experiencing a revival as affordable alternatives to fancy restaurants and opportunities for diners to connect more authentically.

Read on for the MoneyMagpie guide to starting your own supper club from home.

What is a supper club?

Woman setting the dinner table

Basically, a supper club – also know as an underground- or secret restaurant – is an eatery that you set up in your home.

You cook for as many guests as arrive and, traditionally, they leave you a ‘suggested donation’ to cover your costs and – maybe – make a bit of money. It’s a bit like Come Dine with Me on a larger scale, but without the film crew or sarcastic voiceover.

If you haven’t come across them before, there’s a clue in the name – they’re ‘secret’ and ‘underground’.

This is partly because supper clubs started off as a cheap way to dine out in the recession, but also because there are a number of rules and technicalities around commercial food preparation in a domestic kitchen, which supper clubs help you bypass.

What are the rules?

Dinner place setting with &quote;The Rules&quote; written beside

The rules are – in short – rather complicated, all hinging on how long you’re running your supper club for and whether it’s casual or formal.

Should I register my supper club?

The law says that you don’t need to register as a ‘food premises’ if you run your business for less than five days in five consecutive weeks.

So, if you throw four supper club evenings over a period of two months, you don’t need to register with your local council.

If, however, you are hosting two supper club nights a week you should

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