In a few days, Berlin can be happy to be home to a brandnew Supperclub "Travels with my fork" Supperclub. The new underground restaurant consists of Mel Lang and Kelsie Mortimer. Since nearly two years they already run a food blog called Travels with my Fork , when they started the blog, they both were living in Glasgow. Later they moved to London, helped to found the London Cooking Club and volunteered at Ms Marmite Lovers Underground Restaurant. Now they live in Berlin, to be precise: in Spandau. On 30th October, finally the doors will open to their own foodie heaven. Just enought time to learn more about them and their club.
REISEFREUNDE: You will start this month with you own supperclub - what will happen on the first night?
TRAVELS WITH MY FORK SUPPERCLUB: For our first night we are planning a Mexican menu in order to celebrate the Dia de los Muertos festival. We love Mexican food and as this is a holiday that has a strong food focus we thought it would make a great theme for the night. We're going to welcome our guests with one of Kelsie's masterful margaritas and serve some totopos with a few of our favourite salsas a red tomato one that Mel has been making for over 20 years, and a tomatillo one. Tomatillos are green tomatoes. Then, once everyone has arrived we'll start the meal. First course will be a zingy salmon ceviche. Ceviche is a method of 'cooking' seafood. You marinate raw salmon in lime juice for several hours and the acid in the lime juice is what actually cooks the fish. For the main course we'll pull out all the stops by serving Mole Poblano with Turkey. If you've never had mole you're in for a taste sensation. Mel's going to start the sauce a couple of days before the night to really let the flavours develop. There is a lot of different chiles, spices and fruit that go into it, and at the very end, you add a bit of chocolate which adds to the magic. It's heavenly. The turkey and mole sauce will be served with some Mexican style savoury rice, and we'll round out the course with a fresh salad of mixed greens. Dessert will feature Mexican flan which is the same as creme caramel. We're happy for our guests to bring their own wine/beer and in case they've forgotten we'll do a raffle for bottles of wine. Kelsie assures you that in our raffle, everyone wins.
Q. Tell us a little more about you - what are your hopes and plans, your favorite dishes etc. anything you would like others to know about you!
A. We are both food obsessed. We met and fell in love due to discussions about food. We've entertained various ideas and plans for our future. It's no surprise that they revolve around food. Our current 5 year plan is to have a kind of artistic retreat center for people to work or collaborate on projects. We'd provide a beautiful environment and delicious meals to sustain our guests.
Q. I found on your other blog "Travels with my fork" that you were thinking of asking for help from Berliners tio get chairs and tables? What happened? (If we would have known sooner....... we've got so many friends in Berlin!)
A.We got some cutlery donated from @misterrios and in return we've invited him for our upcoming vegetarian supper club night (next November). We also got a couple of offers for general help and have to follow up on them as well. In general, we received a lot of other well wishes from people. The problem was when we posted that we really didn't know anyone in Berlin. We still don't really. We are hoping the supper club will change that!
Q.You moved from the US to Scotland, to London and now to Berlin? What is next on your list so when and where would you like to settle down?
A. Ha Ha. When will we settle down? That is a question we ask ourselves so many times as we really dislike moving. We have to leave our friends and family behind which makes us sad. However, we have a chance to learn a new language, experience a new culture and add to our growing army of friends. The world is our home, and no we have no idea where we will be next.
Q. So you will start your own supperclub in famous Spandau, an outskirt of Berlin, which is at leasts known to everybody over 30 through Spandau Ballet. You are bloggers, foodies, photographers, Mel is a trained chef - why did you go to Spandau? Is West-West-Berlin rocking again?
A. It's strange as before we moved to Berlin we were deciding where to live. Kelsie is a big 80's music fan and she instantly thought of Spandau because of the pop band. However, we initially ended up in Pankow because the relocation agency that was helping us recommended the area. We lived in Pankow for about 5 months but it didn't really suit us. We love where we live now as we are closer to the forests, river and lakes. We love Alt-Spandau also. Such a mixture of people. We have been able to source more ingredients that we like in the former West. We imagine that the people who venture this far will discover how special this part of Berlin is. At the end of the day, it's our love of food that brings us together and we're looking to widen our network of food loving friends.
And of course West-West Berlin is rocking again because we are here!!!