Axbridge progressive supper
Axbridge Progressive Supper: here's how it works
A couple or pair of friends prepare a course (starter, main or dessert) of a three course meal in their home to cater for 8 people – themselves and 3 pairs of mystery guests. We ask that everyone prepares a vegetarian option alongside whatever they are preparing.
Each course is for a set time, at the end of which everyone gets up and scrambles, or staggers as the night wears on, to get to the next course – which could be anywhere in Axbridge.
6.30-7.15pm Assemble in the back room at the Lamb Inn on Axbridge Square, to draw out of a hat where you will be dining. Buy a raffle ticket to help boost funds for local charities. Have a drink and a chat with fellow diners.
8.45-9.45pm Main course
11pm-Midnight. Late drinks, free coffee and the results of the raffle back at The Lamb
How is it organised?
The name and address of each pair preparing a course go into a hat for that course three times. Between 6.30pm and 7.30pm travelling diners go to the Lamb Inn to draw from a hat their three courses and where they will be served, while those providing a course draw two courses. So each couple then know where they will be eating having been given the course and the address. Most people providing a course hang a balloon outside their home to help guide diners looking for their address.
I don't have anyone to partner with, can I still join in?
Each year we have people in the same position and we've managed to connect the singles up to make up a travelling couple or some have even hosted a course together. Get in touch via our Facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see what we can do. Of course you can come with a member of your family. In the past sisters have teamed up, dads and daughters have joined in and even friends of very different ages from the book club have created a course and taken part.
What if there's no tickets left for the some of the courses?
In order for the supper to work, we have to make sure that we have an even number of tickets sold for each course. Some courses are more popular than others and will sell out faster. If there is sufficinet demand we will release extra tickets throughout the month and let everyone know when they are going back on sale. You can always email us at email@example.com if there is a specific reason why you'd need to do a certain course and have been unable to book.
Do I have to cook?
No, not everyone has to cook, in fact one in four couples travel. This means you make a bigger donation to charity and travel to every course.
If I’m preparing a course how much should I spend?
There’s no limit. Some people provide enough food for a small army or of a quality to impress a professional chef. For just a few pounds a tasty cottage pie or pasta can be served, although since it is a special occasion pushing the boat out won’t be frowned upon. And you won’t lose marks if you hire a caterer, employ a butler or get teenagers to serve the drinks!
Where does the ticket money go?
The progressive is a fundraising event and all money goes to Axbridge causes with the exception of a very small amount which pays for flyers and leaflets around the town. There will be a shortlist which you can vote for on the night. If you have a charity, club or group in mind – then let us know in advance.
Do I need to take a bottle for the hosts on each course?
No, the hosts will provide wine and non-alcoholic alternatives – although if you do – your hosts won’t object.
What does black tie and posh frocks mean?
We want it to be a special evening and for everyone to dress up, but don't worry you won't be thrown in the rhyne if you don’t have a bow tie – we just ask everyone to make an effort.
I dont want to pay by card, do you accept cash or cheques?
Yes, we will also accept bookings via firstname.lastname@example.org or you can phone Harry Mottram on 07789 864769