Can you keep a secret? The hottest new name in Ibiza gastronomy isn’t a slick restaurant, a celebrity chef or a new style of cuisine – rather, it’s a unique concept surrounding unique, one-off, open-air dinners held in top secret, authentic Ibiza locations throughout the summer.
Founded and hosted by Ibiza locals – David Beynon and Peachy Keane – with a passion for food and drink, a love of sharing meals with friends and inspired by the abundance of quality produce found in the Balearics, Clandesdining Club celebrates the rich agricultural heritage of the island, fusing it with a sense of fun, intrigue and innovation.
After two much-talked about, successful events in 2013 – read White Ibiza blogger Miss W’s review of the debut Clandesdining Club dinner here – the concept has expanded in 2014 to incorporate five different locations, chefs and themes between August and October… although of course, due to the clandestine nature of the affair, details are shrouded in secrecy until seven days prior to each event.
Here’s what we can tell you however: You don’t want to miss this!
Locations range from little-known farms found at the end of bumpy, dusty dirt tracks to off-the-map, hidden locations and will be announced privately two days before each event, only to those who have booked to attend the event… Expect huge, communal style tables beneath the stars, open-air makeshift (yet professional) kitchens, great music, a melting pot of interesting people from different cultures and above all, a little slice of authentic, Ibiza magic!
A series of celebrated guest chefs from both on and off the island will be applying their skills, knowledge and flair to the Clandesdining Club in summer 2014, including Mark Poynton (Michelin starred Restaurant Alimentum, Cambridge), Adam Simmonds (The Pavilion Restaurant, London and 2014 winner of The Great British Menu), Fred Bolin (Disappearing Dining Club, London), Steve Durham (The Hospitality Sorcerer), Tim Payne (Sands, Ibiza and formerly of Paradise, London) and Simon Smyth (Laurelito, Ibiza). Keep your eyes on the White Ibiza Gourmet Blog the week before each event for a sneak preview into each chef’s mobile kitchen and an insight into their top secret menu plan.
The cost of each event is 85€ per person, for a four course meal and a welcome drink (a cash bar is also onsite at each event). To reserve your seat at any of the future Clandesdining Club events, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, stating which date you are interested in attending, how many guests and include a contact number.
Want to know more? The team from Clandesdining Club gave us a few hints about each event…
August 7, 2014
Secret location: One of Ibiza’s oldest organic farms, passed down through the generations, and farmed by the same family for almost 1,000 years. Fast on its way to becoming one of the largest eco farms on the island, this location is known for traditional produce and championing a return to the traditional ways of ecological farming originally used by their ancestors.
Guest chef: A truly sensational Ibiza inspired menu sure to wow the palates of every guest has been devised by a chef with over 25 years’ experience cooking in some of the finest restaurants in England, two of which held a Michelin star.
August 21, 2014
Secret location: Ibiza is renowned for its delicious local meats and so the base for this event is a rare breed farm responsible for reintroducing some great meat products to the island.
Guest chef: Known for applying global cooking techniques that achieve complexity of both flavour and texture to his menu, this week’s secret guest chef has been making an impressive mark in the UK where he holds a Michelin star.
September 4, 2014
Secret location: A beautifully appointed 400-year old finca at the heart of a working ecological farm. This oasis of calm in the north of the island uses permaculture methods to grow tomatoes, beans, potatoes, many variety of fruits as well as saffron, almond, olives and carob.
Guest chef: One of the most loved private chefs on the island, this week’s mystery guest in the mobile kitchen is a British chef at heart whose cooking is inspired by his Mediterranean surroundings.
September 18, 2014
Secret location: Within the vineyards of one of the largest wine producers in Ibiza, fusing rare and indigenous grapes with expert knowledge to create balanced and elegant wines inspired by the islands long history in wine-making, dating back 2500 years to the Phoenicians.
Guest chef: Hailing from one of the best-loved pop-up dining clubs in the UK, this week’s guest chef knows all about working on a secret scale like Clandesdining Club!
October 2, 2014
Secret location: For the final Clandesdining Club event in the summer series, expect a dinner and dance feel in a beautiful hidden valley in the centre of the island. Bring your dancing shoes!
Guest chef: Having held Michelin stars in his last two restaurants, the final guest chef for Clandesdining Club 2014 plans to prepare a mouthwatering dinner using the best organic produce the island has to offer.
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