Seasonal treats on the menu

October 26 2018

Local food writer Lia Leendertz and food stylist Anna Shepherd have teamed up to create a new monthly seasonal supper club, held in the event space at new Gloucester Road bar, Alchemy 198.

The Almanac Supper Club will be loosely based on Lia’s bestselling book, The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2019, which celebrates every month of the year through sky watching, tides and folk stories, as well as through seasonal food and celebratory recipes. The Almanac 2018 led to rave reviews and a monthly appearance for Lia on the Cerys Matthews show on BBC 6 Music.

At the Almanac Supper Club, Lia and Anna will talk about the dishes and their connection to the moment in the year. Anna will bring the expertise she has honed creating beautiful, unfussy, flavour-packed vegetarian food for her own supper clubs and through her work as a teacher at Demuth’s in Bath. Anna is a vegetarian food writer, food stylist and cook. She has worked on a number of vegetarian cookbooks, from Anna Jones’s A Modern Cook’s Year, to The Mezze Cookbook, both styling the food on the pages and developing and testing recipes for them. She has taught and cooked at food festivals, in village halls and in homes around the country.

Lia says: “I am so excited to be bringing The Almanac to life in the form of this monthly supper club. Anna and I are planning to combine traditional celebratory recipes from every month of the year with ingredients that are in season. Our December Supper Club will show how vegetarian food can make a delicious festive meal. You may think there is little to celebrate in January and February but we aim to prove you wrong! We want to provide a regular cosy, fun and delicious way for people to mark and celebrate every month of the year. We’ve already lined up supper club dates from January to July!”

 The first supper club falls on Wednesday 12 December, 7.30pm in the gallery area of Alchemy 198 which will be beautifully styled for the festive season. Seating will be communal, so don’t be afraid to come along on your own and make new friends.

Tickets, £25, available at Alchemy, 198 Gloucester Road or at