Just days after his second-place finish in the prestigious Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off in Lafayette, Chef Anthony Felan of Shreveport’s Wine Country Bistro pulled off something equally impressive: Felan placed tickets on sale for his first-ever underground supper club, and the event sold out in less than an hour. In an environment where some underground dinners and pop-up dining experiences have struggled to find audiences, the apparent popularity of Felan’s 2nd Act Supper Club seems like a vote of confidence from area diners, who scrambled to purchase tickets to a BYOB dinner with no menu, no location and no advertising. The sold-out dinner will be held at an as-yet-unannounced location on Sunday, July 16. The menu and location will be shared with ticket buyers on the day of the event.
“By day I’m a restaurant chef, that’s what I do,” Felan said. “The ‘second act’ represents something that I do to experiment, get out of the norm and do something for myself. It’s not me stepping away from Wine Country Bistro at all, it’s just a side project to have some fun, meet some new people and pair these meals with historical sites.”
2nd Act Supper Club events aren’t aiming to be fancy, Felan said, describing the ambiance as “mismatched plates, very Bohemian.” The food will be the star of the show, along with what Felan believes will be a series of exciting, historic settings. He’s particularly excited about the location of the first event, which hasn’t officially been announced but has been correctly guessed by folks on Facebook. It’s a historic downtown Shreveport site that has not hosted many public events in recent years.
“I want to stretch my wings, here, and really showcase some exciting foods, but I also want to showcase Shreveport,” Felan said.
To find out about 2nd Act Supper Club events, diners are encouraged to join Felan’s secret Facebook group or like his business page on Facebook. He plans to host at least one 2nd Act Supper Club dinner per month, which may increase to twice monthly.
Felan is also serving a four-course beer and BBQ pairing meal at Red River Brewing Company, 6-9 p.m., on Sunday, July 2. You can check out the menu for that meal in the Facebook event or purchase tickets here – it’s a pretty great deal at $40 per person for four courses of beer and barbecue.
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Featured Photo: Chef Anthony Felan poses for a photo with Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser after Felan’s second-place win at the 2017 Lousiana Seafood Cook-Off in Lafayette.