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The Supper Club: Where dining is a class act

September 9, 2009 |  7:01 pm

Supper-Club-blog Sitting around a long dinner table at Octavio Becerra's Palate Food + Wine are 24 impeccably coiffed young guests. Among them are "Mad Men" actor Miles Fisher, designer Tiffany Saidnia, Eater L.A. editor Kat Odell, a Prada runway model, an entertainment attorney and several musicians. Crystal Meers, Los Angeles editor of Daily Candy, chats with William Kopelman, an art consultant who tells of his newest project -- negotiating the potential sale of a bronze cannon from the HMS Victory, a British battleship that sank near the Channel Islands in 1744 -- to a very important and wealthy "man of the sea."

At the center of the table, dressed in a vintage cream-colored cocktail dress, her golden blond hair carefully arranged around her shoulders, is the dinner's host: British socialite Tamsin Lonsdale.

Lonsdale, 31, runs a business called the Supper Club, which has chapters in London, New York and now Los Angeles. The Supper Club is what some might call a social networking club, but Lonsdale and her members -- all successful, attractive professionals in a variety of upwardly mobile careers -- dislike the word. Networking, they say, implies something needy and self-serving.

If it's not networking, then what is it? What young, popular person needs to pay an annual membership fee of $2,000 to $5,000 for a dinner invite? Members say the Supper Club is about fraternity and food, not "networking." It's a club based on the luxury of belonging ... and exclusivity.

To read the rest of Jessica Gelt's story, click here.

On a side note, Lonsdale is hosting a grill party and cocktail reception at BLT Steak in West Hollywood on Thursday, Sept. 24, which is open to interested members of the public who sign up via the Supper Club's website. For more information on the Supper Club, go to www.thesupperclublosangeles.com or call (310) 801-3768.

Photo: London socialite Tamsin Lonsdale, left, chats with Michele Ouellet. Lonsdale runs the Supper Club. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times