Chile rellenos from Bona Sera's Mexican Street Food Dinner.
Drag queens. Mexican street food. Bunny Bash. How do the Bona Sera Supper Club organizers come up with this stuff?
“Wine!” they told examiner.com recently. Of course!
Wonder Woman (or Barb, who would only give her first name) and Bad Fairy (or Annette, ditto on the name details) have been putting on underground dinner parties for nearly a year; January will mark the one-year anniversary.
The next mystery meal is set for Dec. 5, and
there are only 10 seats left (UPDATE: It's now sold out!), according to the dynamic duo. This event's theme is Bad Fairy Does Italy, which will feature a menu showcasing ingredients from Bad Fairy's recent trip to Italy. The word is that there will be smuggled, er, imported ingredients.
But of course one of the specials on the menu is the location. Wonder Woman and Bad Fairy release the secret location to the underground dining rave two days before. They wouldn't spill to examiner.com where Sunday's meal will be served but if past events are any indication (the first one was held at a historic mansion in the ballroom) it is sure to be spectacular.
Underground dining has been a huge foodie trend in cities such as San Francisco and Chicago, where Wonder Woman called home before settling in Ann Arbor last June.
Wonder Woman, who is a social worker by day, says she was inspired to start Bona Sera Supper Club after going to similar events in Chicago, where chef Efrain Cuevas runs Clandestino, also a community dining experience that focus on sustainable and local foods.
“It was such a great way to meet people being new to town and being a social worker I thought I’d really like to do this,” says Wonder Woman.
One of the things that makes Bona Sera Supper Club unique is that the crew is doing it for a worthwhile cause. Sunday's meal will benefit Alternatives for Girls (AFG), a nonprofit in southwest Detroit that serves homeless and high-risk girls and young women. Acting like "Robin Hood" for charities, they pick a charity based on suggestions and who they think is in need. For example, their Bunny Bash raised more than $600, according to their Web site.
Preparation for the meal usually begins with Wonder Woman and Bad Fairy throwning down in "wars," when the two prepare recipes for a group of tasters who decide the winning dish. On the day of, the Bona Sera crew down tons of coffee in the morning and hit up the farmers market to see what looks good. "For example for this party we want to serve swiss chard, we’ll go to the farmers market and see what good vegetables are available, whatever’s good and local."
Both Wonder Woman and Bad Fairy love to cook; Wonder Woman worked as a sous chef in Cincinnati and managed a deli, Bad Fairy worked at an Ann Arbor restaurant before going west to San Francisco where she worked as a food reviewer. They are joined in the kitchen by Fuego, a chef from Chicago who has been to all of them and a culinary student.
For more information, check out their Web site. All events are BYOB and don't forget to hold on to your forks!