Case in point: Erik and Amanda Niel’s brainchild, the Scenic City Supper Club. This dining series, which features chefs from Chattanooga and the surrounding areas, works to bring food and beverage professionals together in a non-competitive culinary atmosphere. “The idea behind it was to foster a sense of camaraderie and community amongst all the people who work in different restaurants in Chattanooga,” Erik says.The Scenic City Supper Club features one event for each of the year’s four seasons, and each serves up hors d’oeuvres, a four-course meal, and dessert in some of Chattanooga’s dreamiest venues, including Urban Lawn and the Tennessee Stillhouse. Erik attributes the resurgence of supper clubs’ popularity to the entertainment aspect of dining out.
“I think it mirrors the popularity of restaurants as a whole,” he says. “People come to restaurants to be entertained. I think as people have gravitated toward this idea and the desire to have something similar in their home, there’s certainly been a resurgence.”