Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club is a documentary premiering 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14 on Wisconsin Public Television.
The documentary explores the cultural and historical events that shaped supper club culture in the badger state. Current supper club owners and patrons discuss the institution’s past and imagine its future.
Filmmaker and WPT history producer Holly De Ruyter sat down with us to talk about the documentary.
Supper Clubs 101 premiered Thursday, July 23 on Wisconsin Public Television. The original documentary, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the hometown restaurants that are serving hearty meals and a dose of nostalgia, got viewers talking on social media. Check out what fans had to say below! Missed Supper Clubs 101 or hungry for more? Watch it here! Or, keep reading to see some of the great online responses we saw during the premiere! Continue reading Supper Clubs 101: More Than Just Dinner Conversation→
Take a fresh look at an Upper Midwest culinary tradition with Wisconsin Public Television’s newest documentary, Supper Clubs 101. The documentary is available online now and makes its television debut 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 23.
The documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at the hometown restaurants that are serving hearty meals and a dose of nostalgia. From the history of the term “supper club” to a look at supper clubs’ symbiotic relationship with state agriculture, you’ll get a tasty tour of Wisconsin’s culinary history.
Dive into the history of Friday fish fries, a tradition that caught on during Prohibition, and explore how supper clubs’ nightly menus have been shaped by deep-rooted traditions.
In addition to a look at the history of supper clubs, Supper Clubs 101 explains how modern research conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is helping today’s supper clubs serve fresher produce, meat and dairy. It also includes a look at local brews with UW-Madison food science professor Jim Steele, who is supplying up-and-coming beer brewers with tools for better beer, thereby helping supper clubs draft pints with local flavor.
Watch Wisconsin Supper Clubs at 8 p.m. Monday, May 9 on Wisconsin Public Television.
Talk about a delicious show to watch! This program will have you licking your lips and raiding the refrigerator in search of the detectable Wisconsin fare that you’ll see on your TV screen. Big steaks. Relish trays. Lobster tails. And, as much fried fish as you can imagine. It’s all part of the Supper Club tradition.
Feel inspired to visit some of the great restaurants that are featured in the program? The show’s producers have links to each of them — from The Liberty Inn in Beloit to Marty’s Place North in Arbor Vitae (one of my favorites) — on their web site.
If you can’t wait to watch this delicious program, check out the trailer below!