Tamara Reynolds and Zora O'Neill's underground supper club began as a regular gathering of friends in 2003. It originally revolved around HBO's Sunday-night lineup-not a high-brow gathering, but we always ate well. With the advent of TiVo, we cut ourselves loose from the TV and devoted more time to cooking, talking, drinking and dancing in the kitchen.
The dinners took a significant turn when Tamara invited a then-acquaintance she'd dubbed Dapper Dan. His wild enthusiasm for the meal made us realize we were doing something special, something people didn't get enough of in their daily New York lives.
Dapper spread the word among his friends, and they began to invite their friends, and soon we realized we didn't have enough money for the rent each month. Thus began the cash donation—plus a bottle of wine. After a radio spot and some newspaper articles, we hosted a new wave of enthusiastic strangers—and we found ourselves with a full-scale phenomenon on our hands.
Sunday Night Dinners may now happen any night of the week, but we've kept the name because it expresses the spirit of the gathering. The menu is different every time, as is the guest list. As Zora travels for work, Tamara has taken the helm of the project, hosting the dinners at her home in Astoria. She documents the meals at The Sunday Night Dinner.
Forking Fantastic! describes the Sunday Night Dinner in more detail. Download the introduction here.