Manchester Union have announced their first ever Manchester Union Supper Club, where each month they’ll be working with a chef to present an exciting menu matched with their lagers, and served in the taproom and brew house.
The first event is set to take place on Thursday 26th August and they’ll be working with the amazing Caroline Martins of Sao Paulo – who’ll be presenting a modern Brazilian-British fusion menu.
Caroline has extensive experience of working in Michelin-starred restaurants all over the world, and even trained at esteemed culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, and last year during lockdown realised that there was no real Brazilian fine dining options in the UK – with most offerings either steakhouses or all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants.
Looking to offer something more than just “beef and barbeques”, Caroline set about creating the Sao Paulo project to showcase the diverse mix of cultures and cuisines that exist in Brazil.
With regions colonised by the Germans and the Dutch, as well as the Portuguese, and vast African populations, Brazil is ridiculously diverse, and with many micro-climates, the result is an incredibly rich mixture of ingredients and culinary techniques.
Sao Paulo is Caroline’s chance to showcase some of the traditional dishes from Brazil, but with a modern fine dining twist. It also enables her to use authentic ingredients from Brazil that are rarely, if ever, seen in UK restaurants and supper clubs.
And this is where the ‘British’ part comes in, as Caroline has curated an impressive network of some of the best suppliers in the region in otder to bring the ‘Best of British’ to her Brazilian dishes.
She’s working with a long list of local suppliers, including Cinderwood Market Garden, Shipton Mill, Dormouse Chocolates, Platt Fields Market Garden, Butcher’s Quarter, and Out Of The Blue Fishmongers, as well as a Brazilian couple in Dunstable who started producing their own Brazilian cheese using a traditional technique from the state of Minas Gerais.
Their Sangiorgio’s Minas Cheese is now the basis of her signature dessert ‘The Mushroom’.
For the Manchester Union Supper Club, Caroline has worked closely with the team at the brewery to pair some of their outstanding beers with a few of her favourite Sao Paulo dishes. Guests will experience ingredients and flavour profiles that they’ve never tried before – and Caroline hopes that it will help broaden people’s horizons when it comes to Latin American food offerings.
Most of all though, Caroline hopes that people “have an unforgettable time, drinking great beer, and eating delicious food with their mates!” And I’m sure we all will.
Manchester Union x Sao Paulo Supper Club
Date: Thursday 26th August
Venue: Manchester Union Taproom
Cost: £45 per person
The ticket price includes starter, main and dessert and two sharing plates – beer matched to each dish and a welcome drink.