A Trip Down Butter and Egg Road

July 30, 2012 by Kari Karch

Last year while dining with some girlfriends of mine, I ended up chatting up another group of girls who were sitting right next to us that resided in Canada and were in town on a weekend vacation. They were total foodies and had been recommended to the restaurant that evening, so I thought it was only fitting to invite them along while us gals were painting the town red. Long story short, I remained in contact with them and they recommended I meet their friend Ivy who owns a traveling supper club. I’ve briefly heard of this new trend in the culinary world, but I have yet to have seen one locally. Curiosity really struck a chord with me seeing that I love the word travel and supper. How fun would it be to jump on a flight to New York or better yet, Paris, to dine at the top restaurants with fellow food lovers you have never met and spend an evening sharing your most intimate culinary tales. Ivy contacted me via email and extended the invitation to dine with her at Longman and Eagle the following week. She invited me and my boyfriend to partake in an unforgettable dining experience with her company, Butter and Egg Road for an intimate ten course foodie extravaganza. In these situations, I am usually preparing myself for a time-share monologue where at the end of dinner a free microwave is presented to each individual in attendance. Low and behold I was way off base.

Jason and I arrived at the Michelin star rated eatery and highly anticipated the introduction to our lovely hostess, Ivy. She greeted us with open arms and also introduced us to her close friends who all were from Canada and traveled with her to taste some of the country’s most delectable dishes. There were ten folks in attendance and most everyone at the table were meeting for the very first time. Now this might seem intimidating to some, being forced to dine with those you’ve never met and have an unnatural conversation, but for Jason and I, we were right at home.

The first course was as follows:

‘Sunray Venus clams, chorizo, fingerlings, fermented black garlic, absinthe broth, Chartreuse foam, and micro cilantro paired with Dopff au Moulin ‘Cuvee Julien’

I was completely wowed by this gastronomic endeavor. Every course that followed had invoked a different emotion and the table of new friends shared stories that suited each pairing. The stories, the laughter, and the memories we will take away from that night can never be compared to.

Longman and Eagle was a phenomenal experience, filled with some of the most amazing courses and wine pairings to boot. I loved everything about that night, especially all the new friendships I made and full bellies that we all waddles away with. Once in a blue moon you have to get out of your daily routine and just go with the unexpected. Thank you Ivy and thank you to everyone that made our evening delightful.

To learn more about Butter and Egg Road check out Ivy’s website:


Happy eating everyone!


Kari Karch

Kari Karch is a 19-year veteran of the culinary industry, creator of Kiss the Cook, and the head chef and spokesperson for the Kenmore brand. She has made many notable appearances on ABC Morning News, on WGN, on the Cooking Channel and as a judge for the World Food Championships.