Welcome to the home of the South Supper Series!
The South Supper Series is an exclusive dining experience hosted by South Catering. Dates, times, and menus are top secret and are only shared with e-mail subscribers the day tickets go on sale. Spots are very limited and tickets are available on a first come first served basis.
The concept of the South Supper Series was adopted from old, southern supper clubs, where family and friends met for food and fellowship. South Catering owner Matthew Register wanted to start an event where people from various places and walks of life could gather together in a relaxed, backyard atmosphere. Long community tables, rustic family furniture, local ingredients, and other decor make the Supper Series a comfortable place where guests can relax, hang out with new and old friends, and enjoy being together.
The first South Supper Series was held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Southern Smoke BBQ in Garland, NC. Leading up to the event, the entire back property of the restaurant was renovated to give diners a complete, at home feeling. Appetizers were served at 5:45 PM and dinner began at 6:30 PM. The first Supper Series menu featured scorched jalapeno pimento cheese, deviled eggs, Cajun black-eyed-pea salad, gazpacho, Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork BBQ, beef loin with an ancho chile rub, New Orleans style shrimp, five cheese macaroni-and-cheese, Burch Farms collards, AJ Family Farms pork belly and Burch Farms sweet potato hash, grilled vegetables, smoked quail and Heritage Family Farms andouille sausage gumbo, and strawberry shortcake. Live music was provided by local musician Ann McLelland.
The second South Supper Series was called a Night in the Lowcountry. Held in the fall of 2015, the theme of the evening focused on many of Matthew and Jessica's favorite foods from various locations of the Lowcountry. Inspired by a trip taken to Charleston, NC, they wanted to put together a menu that showcased many of their favorite dishes there. They also wanted present an atmosphere appreciative of southern decor and culture with much of the decor coming from local farms, fields, and produce. The menu included pimento cheese with smoked bacon jam, shrimp and grits, fried oysters with a garlic aioli, turnip pot likker, Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork smoked BBQ, frogmore stew, shrimp and okra, pork belly and smoked gouda macaroni and cheese, Burch Farms collards, Charleston red rice, Burch Farms turnips, hot ham and collard soup, and buttermilk pie for dessert. As an added bonus, Bob Garner of PBS was in attendance to enjoy the night and film a segment for his popular show NC Weekend.
The third Supper Series took place on Saturday, April 16 and centered around cuisine from the Mississippi Delta area. "A Juke Joint Saturday Night," as owner Matthew Register referred to it, began as patrons entered the Southern Smoke property through old, repurposed doors. We wanted people to feel like they had been instantly transported into the Mississippi Delta, not only through the menu selections, but also through the music selections and decor. When planning this event, we asked ourselves, "What is is about the Mississippi Delta that has us all so enthralled? The people? The music? The food? The endless fields of rice and corn? The hole-in-the wall gems that house some of the best music and food you've ever encountered?" Once you've spent time in the Delta, it's something that never leaves you. A feeling begins to grow deep down in your soul that never goes away. We wanted the night to be an opportunity for people to take a night to step back in time to a much simpler place while allowing us to share with them one of our favorite culinary regions. In addition, BBQ expert and Holy Smoke author John Shelton Reed was on site to sign copies of his new Savor the South cookbook entitled Barbecue. The menu included Delta tamales, shrimp etouffee, sweet tea brined ham biscuits with apple pie jam, pickled eggs, kool-aid pickles, pickled sausage, wood cooked Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork BBQ, Memphis dry rub ribs, fried catfish with comeback sauce, red beans and Sledge Mississippi rice, marigold tomatoes, stir fried Burch Farms collards, pimento cheese macaroni and cheese, smoked duck and oyster gumbo, and assorted hand pies for dessert.
The most recent Supper Series, themed "Southern Roots," was held on October 15, 2016 and was a very emotional evening for the community and dinner guests. Garland, along with many other areas in the Southeast, had just been heavily impacted by Hurricane Matthew. In the direct aftermath, some roads were washed away, homes were destroyed, families were displaced, and lives were even lost. Residents of Garland came together to help one another in such a heartbreaking time and, as the community began to put itself back together, Matthew made the decision to move forward with the Supper Series. Before the meal began, Matthew spoke with a full heart and thanked guests for making the trip to Garland after so much devastation in the South. He also informed them that a portion of proceeds would be going to support hurricane relief efforts in our area. In addition to monetary contributions, some guests even arrived with bags full of food, cleaning, and personal hygeine items that were later distributed to local citizens in need. Southern Roots, aptly and ironically named, was such a special event because it allowed people to experience southern hospitality at its finest. In the South, things just have a habit of showing up at just the right time. The menu that evening centered around many dishes that incorporated seasonal root vegetables and recipes showcased staples from our southern tables. Appetizers included an heirloom tomato tart, "Cain" salad, and brown butter dumplings in an andouille broth. For supper, guests enjoyed BBQ, fried chicken with a hot honey sauce, butternut squash and roasted apples, sweet potato poon, mashed turnips with Ashe County cheese, smoked potato salad, and a collard, cornmeal, and sausage soup. For dessert, Jessica baked chocolate chess pies and lemon chess pies. Once again, the Supper Series was a delight and the weather was absolute perfection. As the evening wrapped up, folks that came as strangers left as friends and everyone made plans to see each other again really soon.
If you’re interested in attending a future South Supper Series, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be notified when the next series has been planned. Prior to tickets going on sale, Southern Smoke BBQ may begin dropping hints on social media. However, we will ONLY announce the OFFICIAL Supper Series date through e-mail.
We hope to see you at our next Supper Series!
Click on the image below to browse through some of the highlights from previous Supper Series events!
Slideshow photos courtesy of Lindsey Miller, Brooke Cain, Jason Frye, and Jessica Register