Your November Food News: Supper Club, Boutique Bar in Downcity & Crepes on the West End

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Supper Club reimagines the restaurant experience

Take the scratch-made brewery fare experts at Solid Gold Provisions and the charcuterie-style private caterers of Brown Paper Bounty and you have a collab made in heaven. Their new reservation-only, limited-seating dinner series Supper Club recreates warm gatherings of times past in a slower, thoughtful public dining experience featuring creative cuisine made with locally produced goods. “When the idea was presented to us from the folks at Rooms & Works, we jumped on it,” says Brown Paper Bounty’s Lauren Le Blanc. “Being a small business during this time has been filled with uncertainty and anxiety, but more importantly, it’s been a time to rethink, redesign, and grow in this new world.”

Biweekly three-course dinners served on the first and third Wednesdays of each month evoke a warm atmosphere in the Rooms & Works common space, an industrial setting in a historic mill building. A November 18 dinner will offer a spin on traditional flavors of the season, ideal for a Friendsgiving get-together. 55 Cromwell Street

 

High-end drinks and Mediterranean apps in Downcity

Downcity recently welcomed its newest upscale cocktail lounge to Exchange Street: Marcelino’s Boutique Bar. With a vision of crafting a high-end experience – down to the mood-setting music, chic velvet armchairs, and gold accents – expect elevated cocktails and global flavors. Co-founder Marcelino Abou Ali explains that the menu was inspired by his Mediterranean heritage, and with a keen attention to detail, the space is designed to host warm, memorable nights in the city.

The modern and mostly vegan Mediterranean fusion fare, served mezze-style and paired with specialty cocktails, “will provide guests with the most exquisite experience of our passion and creativity for earthy flavors,” ensures Ali. Sip seasonal flavors like lavender, apple, and anise while tasting small plates like hummus dishes and flatbreads, or the Tajin Salmon Carpaccio, featuring pickled veg, pine nuts, and a sesame seed sauce. 1 Exchange Street

 

Crepe Corner brings European sweets to the West End

Natacha Legein originally opened Crepe Corner in Smithfield to share the flavors from her upbringing in Belgium and the French Congo with Rhode Islanders. Having proven their popularity, Legein and her husband (and business partner) Anthony Adagboyi have relocated the cafe and patisserie to Providence’s West End. Along with crepes, find a rotating selection of authentic French and Belgian pastries you won’t see in your typical New England bakery, like couques suisses – Belgian sweet rolls – and Galette des Rois, a puff pastry dessert also known as King Cake.

Crepe Corner’s new Westminster digs feature an outdoor patio to enjoy either a sweet or savory crepe breakfast outside, while an indoor display lets you browse daily specials, seasonal cakes, and artfully made macarons. “We’re particular about great customer service in a nice, relaxing atmosphere,” Adagboyi says. “We also have an extensive gluten-free and vegan menu – the goal is to cater to all of our customers.” 1577 Westminster Street

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