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Wisconsin Supper Clubs book will feature photos and stories of 50 supper clubs; their food, drinks, scenic locations and decors.

The Story...

What you see in the video clip, you'll get more of in the book.

My documentary, Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience was released in April of 2011 and since then it has been broadcast on PBS stations nationwide; it was written up in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Milwaukee JournalSentinel, various print magazines and online blogs.  I was also a guest on Rick Kogan's Sunday Papers show on WGN in Chicago. 

The Topic:  Supper Clubs

Wisconsin supper clubs have been a dining tradition for generations, but as corporate chains increase, are these family owned establishments fading away or will they find a resurgence with their unique identities and scenic locations?

The Book

Like the film, my new Wisconsin Supper Club Book will show why supper clubs are such a big part of the Badger State's food culture and the full experience of supper club dining: a brandy old fashioned sweet at the bar, relish trays at the table, huge portions of steaks, seafood and game, and the friendly, loyal customers who have been dining at their favorite places for so many years.

This will be a "coffee table" book loaded with photos and stories of approximately 50 Wisconsin supper clubs from each corner of the state to everywhere in between. Like the movie, this book will make you hungry for your favorite supper club meal.

If you've seen the movie and enjoyed it, you are going to love the book! 

The book has a Midwestern publisher and it will be released in the Fall of 2012. 

Dear Backers:

Your money will go towards some new photography equipment and accessories (my perfectly good Nikon N90s film camera has to stay at home, I'm going digital now).  Plus I'll be adding some hard drive storage and back up storage for the thousands of photos taken on the road.

Backers choosing the autographed book option will receive their copies as soon as I get them.  As noted, Supper Club DVDs (with bonus footage) will be sent out in April, otherwise they will go out with the book or other rewards in November (or earlier if depending on when the book arrives from the printer).

Updates

I will be checking in from my travels on my Supper Club Movie Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Wisconsin-Supper-Club-Movie/192517397441732

As well as posting updates via Kickstarter.  Thanks for your support and who knows I might be at one of your favorite supper clubs very soon.  Recommendations are welcome!

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    A "Thanks to..." you on the Wisconsin Supper Club Movie Facebook page right now, just for being a backer.

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    A Wisconsin themed postcard sent to you signed by Ron Faiola from the road while working on the book, plus the "Thanks to..." you on Facebook.

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    Autographed DVD of Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience (includes bonus features not seen on TV), plus the postcard and Facebook Thank You. *PLUS* a special DVD with never released outtakes from the movie, including one supper club that didn't make the final cut.

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    Autographed Supper Club book sent as soon as it arrives from the printer, plus postcard and FB thanks.

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    Autographed copy of the Supper Club Book, plus the signed Supper Club DVD, and bonus outtakes DVD, postcard and Facebook Thank You.

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    All of the above: Autographed Supper Club book, signed Supper Club DVD, bonus outtakes DVD, postcard and Facebook Thank You. PLUS a signed copy of my "Fish Fry Night Milwaukee" DVD with bonus footage.

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    All the above and your name listed in the "Thanks to" credits in the book.

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    All of the above, plus a list of 100 Supper Clubs with research notes and locations.

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    All the above, plus dinner for two with Ron Faiola at one of the Buckhorn's famous Lobster Boils this summer. Dinner includes: drinks at the bar, and the lobster boil with all the sides. Advance reservations are required for June 27, July 24 & 25, August 28 & 29 and Sept. 26 Lobster Boils. DVD, postcard and thanks can be sent in April and book when released.

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    Dinner for four at Ishnala on the night they reopen for the season, Thursday, May 10, 2012. Ron Faiola will be your host for the evening and will take photos of the dinner for the book. The evening starts with drinks at the Arrowhead bar, followed by a dinner drinks and dessert. (Travel and hotel accommodations if needed are not included.) This reward includes the DVDs, book, postcard and Facebook thank you.

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