Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club

Price: Tickets: $10 ($8 for THELMA members)

Pay homage to Wisconsinís supper club culture during a talk, film screening, and Q&A session! The bar opens at 6 pm.

Red Cabin at Green Acres will have food samples to get the taste of a Wisconsin Supper Club! The night begins with Mary Bergin, author of Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook, talking about supper club cuisine. Then at 7 pm filmmaker, Holly De Ruyter presents her documentary, Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club. Travel to a place where the fish is fried, the steaks are cooked to perfection, and brandy is king. In Wisconsin, the unofficial home of the supper club, state residents are top consumers of the brand and fish fry is a weekly religious event.

Discover the origins of the supper club and explore the cultural and historical events that shaped supper club culture in the badger state. Listen in as current supper club owners and patrons discuss the institutionís past and imagine its future. Best viewed with an Old Fashioned in hand.

Meet Holly L. De Ruyter: Director / Editor / Producer Holly is originally from Oneida, Wisconsin, just outside of Green Bay. She grew up eating cheese curds, watching documentaries on PBS, earning Girl Scout Badges, drinking kiddie cocktails at supper clubs, and catching large-mouth bass to mount on her bedroom wall. Hollyís love for documentaries brought her to Chicago where she earned a degree from Columbia College in film and video concentrating in documentary production. While living there she realized how much she missed Wisconsin culture and lifestyle. In 2009 she decided to make a documentary exploring one of her favorite aspects of that unique culture Ė Wisconsin supper clubs. It has been a long and challenging six years to make this documentary, but Holly is happy to be bringing the story of the Wisconsin supper club to the screen. Holly currently lives in Madison with her husband Brian and her mounted largemouth bass from her youth.

Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook The supper club is a tradition and now somewhat of a phenomenon found in the Upper Midwestern states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa. They are so retro that they are coming back into vogue. Travel through the Badger State and discover what made these supper clubs and the iconic fare stand the test of time. With more than 60 recipes from 40 supper clubs, Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook will uncover the secrets to the food and the drinks that keep people coming back to these landmark eateries any time of the day.

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