Travel Picks: World's 10 best secret dining clubs

Fri Dec 5, 2008 7:04am EST
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - For gourmet food lovers seeking somewhere different to eat, a number of secret dining clubs have popped up around the world, mixing guests and wines.

Web site Travel + Leisure has compiled a list of the world's 10 best secret dining clubs (here ) This list is not endorsed by Reuters.

1. Supper Underground, Austin, Texas, United States

Despite demanding day jobs, Hannah Calvert and her business partner opened SUG in 2006 as a way to meet their desire to cook, entertain, and even matchmake. From a 1,500-person mailing list, they select 30 a month to dine in secret locations from flower-filled nurseries to stately private residences.

2. Hidden Kitchen, Paris, France

Seattle transplants Braden (a chef) and Laura (a baker) decided to throw dinner parties to make friends after moving to Paris. After 18 months, their dining atelier, which is also their apartment, has seen hundreds of diners. Dinners start with an aperitif and end with petit fours in a silver jewel box.

3. Clandestino Suppers, Chicago, United States

Supper club veteran and chef Efrain Cuevas launched a new culinary club earlier this year with bimonthly Chicago-style locavore dinners held in lofts and gardens. His favorite events, however, are collaborative meals with artists in their gallery, such as a Caribbean comfort food feast inspired by Puerto Rican painter Edra Soto.

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<p>Members of the Supper Underground are seen in Austin, Texas in a handout photo. REUTERS/Randy Ho/Handout</p>