Polly’s Paladar is a private supper club in the heart of downtown Nevada City. Every month owner Megan Mccollam invites a different chef to create a unique menu. This month guest chef Evan Coben hosted “Because Rainbows” and every course was a different color. Guests feasted on steak tartare, curry roasted carrot soup with caramelized cashews, scallops over rice with popcorn, collard pappardelle pasta with braised kale and pork shoulder. For the sweeter side the menu included burnt orange anise candy soda, pomegranate blackberry cassis curd, white coffee and jet black cookies with a final lavender and hibiscus vanilla cake. Ursula Young’s artwork provided a colorful compliments to the room. I’ve profiled the supper club on the blog before, click here, here and here for previous events. Polly’s Paladar third anniversary event next month will be “Ci Mangiamo” food of Northern Italy with local chef Jes Taber.
When I asked Megan to think about over the last several years and name some of her favorite ones she replied, “My favorite paladars? I loved Sylvan Brackett’s Peko Peko Paladar, Dany Lamote’s dia de Los muertos Paladar, Eric Veldman Miller’s “the big easy” Paladar. Our first year, I loved Samantha Hinrich’s Greek Easter Paladar.”
The Paladar has been profiled in Outside magazine and “started with a make shift back porch kitchen and thrift store tables and people lending me chairs for guests. It also started with members signing up on a torn up piece of paper and now with the help of many technologically literate family and friends, it’s all automatic and online. I have chefs emailing their resumes to me and actually adding Pollys Paladar on their own resumes. I have folks driving from the bay or Tahoe to attend dinners. I have nearly 1000 members now and am floored by how this concept has taken off. I genuinely do not believe that the supper club is mine. I feel that it belongs to all of us. I hope that we continue to have the Paladar as a new type of gathering place and as a new way to interact with each other. The fact that Nevada City has embraced the supper club the way it has amazes me, ” says Megan Mccollam. Post a comment and share your favorite Polly’s Paladar exerpience, if you’ve been. If not, feel free to suggest to Megan future menu ideas or guest chefs.