Scenes From the Pineywoods Supper Club

Featured photo: Gabriel Balderas of El Cabo Verde grills oysters as the sun sets on Caddo Lake during the first Pineywoods Supper Club event. 

When farmer Evan McCommon, of Princeton, Louisiana’s Mahaffey Farms, attended a Delta Supper Club event in Clarksdale, Mississippi, he was impressed by what he saw. Supper clubs are members-only organizations that stage elaborate dinners in off-the-beaten-path locations, and they’re currently experiencing a boom in popularity throughout the South. The dinners often feature well-known guest chefs and a charitable fundraising component. McCommon brought the idea for a local supper club to his friends at Sainte Terre and the Pineywoods Supper Club was born. Memberships are $100 per year and can be purchased here. The club plans to host six to eight events each year.  

Recently, the club held its first full-blown supper at the historic Jeems Bayou Fishing and Hunting Club on Caddo Lake. A fantastic, four-course menu spotlighting local ingredients was prepared by guest chef Cory Bahr of Heritage Catering, there was music by the Red River Valley Band and libations by Shreveport’s Red River Brewing Company as well as guest sommelier Wallace Levy McKeel. I tagged along, shot photos and tried not to lean against any hot surfaces. Here’s what a Pineywoods Supper Club event looks like:

A photo of oysters
Oysters are grilled for guests as they arrive at the Pineywoods Supper Club event on July 29.
A photo of diners
A giant, “L”-shaped table wrapped around the screened-in patio at Jeems Bayou Hunting and Fishing Camp for the first Pineywoods Supper Club event.
A photo of chefs talking
Guest Chef Cory Bahr confers with Gabriel Balderas during the Pineywoods Supper Club event on July 29.
A photo of food
A pickled shrimp and local watermelon salad was the first course at the Pineywoods Supper Club event on July 29.
A photo of a band
Red River Valley band performs during the Pineywoods Supper Club event on July 29.

“Like” the Pineywoods Supper Club on Facebook or visit their website for more information.

For more information on local dining experiences in Shreveport-Bossier, check out our local food guide, Eat Here: A Food Lover’s Guide to Shreveport-Bossier

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