The Door County Historical Society will host a winter luncheon and triple-feature presentation “Exploring Wisconsin Supper Clubs” on March 17. The lunch and programs will be at the Lodge at Leathem Smith; the first program begins at 11 am. The triple-feature includes a screening of the documentary Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club, a supper club-style luncheon, and a presentation by filmmaker Holly De Ruyter on the making of the documentary.
Supper club restaurants were the hot dining trend in the mid-20th century. They provide a place for people to spend their evenings enjoying cocktails, home-cooked, high-quality food, and sometimes entertainment. The supper club scene slowly faded from the rest of the country, but kept a stronghold in Wisconsin communities due to a culture that allowed it to thrive.
After a supper club luncheon, De Ruyter will answer questions and talk about her experience making this documentary. After moving to Chicago for college, she realized how much she missed Wisconsin culture and lifestyle. In 2009, she decided to make a documentary exploring one of her favorites aspects of our culture – Wisconsin supper clubs. After six long and challenging years, she was happy to bring the story to the screen.
Doors open at 10:30 am and the first program begins at 11 am, followed by the noon lunch, and the final program immediately following lunch. Plan to arrive early for check-in. The Lodge at Leathem Smith will serve a plated luncheon that includes a choice of cold-water broiled cod, a six-ounce tenderloin, or a combination plate of the two. Accompaniments are garlic mashed potatoes, fresh grilled vegetables, lemon caper sauce, bread, coffee and assorted bars. The lunch and program fee is $25 for society members and $29 for guests. To make a reservation, mail checks to the Door County Historical Society Office, PO Box 71, Sturgeon Bay 54235. For more information, call 920.421.2332 or email [email protected]