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JEZ reveals ATL’s underground supper clubs.

For Food’s Sake

Twelve
Egg drop soup with cotton candy, anyone? Twelve challenges foodies to go beyond their comfort zones with unique cuisine brought by dinner party guests. Chosen at random, 12 people are given a course number and a word, then it’s game on. Whether you’re assigned to bring a main dish or a cocktail, the potluck-style supper club brings together eclectic people to experiment with food. The dinner experience comes to Atlanta every other month. Sundays, @twelvesupper

PushStart Kitchen
Hosted in the home of Zach and Cristina Meloy, PushStart Kitchen has been in the biz for the past three years. Zach’s daring experimentation with texture and flavor (such as honey goat cheesecake with basil ice cream), along with an artistic presentation, have garnered PushStart a cult following. It will be ending its run come mid-October as the Meloys get ready to launch a new resto, Better Half. Thursdays-Sundays, $60-$90 with cocktail pairings, @pushstartcook

Gather Supper Series
Started by Alex Lassiter, Nicholas Miller and Tom Merrihew, Supper Series offers evenings with chefs from restaurants like The Iberian Pig, No. 246 or The Sound Table. The experience comes from watching what happens when they throw out the rule book and prepare meals to their fancy. Plus, you can indulge in stories that inspire their craft. Each dinner is held for 10 nights at 7:30 or 9:30pm, depending on the menu. $45-$150 with cocktail pairings, @gather_

Souper Jenny Underground Supper Club
The soup-and-sandwich maven of Atlanta, Jenny Levison, and her crew host underground suppers that keep everyone guessing of their locale and yearning for food experiences crafted by Atlanta’s renowned chefs, such as Linton Hopkins and Richard Blais. To get in on one of these dinners, email Levison (souperjennys@aol.com) and tell her why you’d make a perfect dinner guest. Saturdays, $125-$150 with cocktail pairings, @souperjenny

Atlanta Underground Market
Nothing beats home cooking—and when you get 20 vendors who agree on that, you know you’re in for something good. Atlanta Underground Market opens its doors to about 600 people, who nosh on food prepared by local home cooks and food entrepreneurs. The events are themed and welcome dishes such as a Calcutta Jewish plate (lemon-onion tofu with raisins, almonds and okra in a tomato-tamarind sauce) while providing live entertainment. Locations are revealed the night before the event. Saturdays, $5 to enter, cash for plates, @aumfoodies

PorKman’s Table Fight the Fright Sunday Dinners
Ben Portman’s love for cooking drove him to open his West Midtown home to 12 guests every Sunday for a meal worth recording Game of Thrones for. With an affectionate ode to bacon, the dinner raises palettes with dishes like roasted pumpkin soup with cheddar and spiced pear. Proceeds of the dinners also go to local charities. Sundays, $50-$75 with cocktail pairings, @porkmanstable

For Food’s Sake
Spend an evening eating exceptionally well in an ever-changing secret location while raising awareness about farmers, chefs, artists and charities. For Food’s Sake offers guests a glimpse into the life of a farmer while serving up dishes prepared by a host chef. The servers are graduates of the charity 180 Kitchen, a program which offers resources to less fortunate Atlanta families. Saturdays, $75-$85, @forfoodssake

Yard 54
The first brunch “supper” club is hosted in the home of Muss & Turner’s Sous Chef Rawle Fraser, who takes the meal to a whole new level. Courses such as sweet tea-braised pork cheek with smoked grits, cider-braised kale and vanilla pear compote make it OK to set an alarm for Saturday mornings. Yard 54’s intimate brunch is limited to eight to12 people and aims to start the weekend on a positive note. Saturdays, $45-$60, @yard54

Sufficiently Amused
Started by Bad Dog Taqueria chef Tracy Mitchell with Sous Chef Juliana Shields and sommelier Susan Maschal, Sufficiently Amused translates one ingredient (such as beets) through multiple courses. The 20-guest dinner club hosts themed dinners every few months, and locations are not revealed until the day before. Ten percent of proceeds go to charity. Sundays, $95-$150

Burger Coalition
Sharing a love for good eats and good conversation, James Martin and Dan Gavin used food as a way to get together more often. The idea expanded into Burger Coalition, which brings people together to try patties at new restos. Limited to five people per dinner, seats for this party fill up fast. Wednesdays, @burgercoalition