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Iowa Supper Clubs

Iowa Supper Clubs Book Cover

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Iowa Supper Clubs is written by Megan Bannister and published by Arcadia Publishing and The History Press.

From relish trays and Old Fashioned cocktails to prime rib and fried fish, supper clubs are a quintessential part of midwestern dining culture. In Iowa, hundreds of supper clubs once dotted the state’s rural highways and byways, serving as havens for hungry travelers and community gathering places for small towns. Opened in 1912, the Lighthouse Inn Supper Club in Cedar Rapids is one of Iowa’s oldest supper clubs. In their heyday, Iowa supper clubs were also home to nefarious activities, with frequent visits from mobsters, bootlegged beverages and illegal gambling. Supper clubs like Archie’s Waeside and Breitbach’s Country Dining have even won James Beard Awards. Discover the delicious details of an Iowa staple.

The book is currently available for through all major booksellers including Amazon and You can also purchase the book directly through my website by clicking the link below.


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Local Retailers

Beaverdale Books | Des Moines

Danish Windmill | Elkhorn

Des Moines Mercantile | Des Moines

Heart of Iowa Marketplace | West Des Moines

Kae Apothecary | Mount Vernon

Onion Grove Mercantile | Clarence

SCOUT of Marion | Marion

The Shop at the Des Moines Art Center | Des Moines

Sioux City Gifts | Sioux City

Storyhouse Bookpub | Des Moines

Upcoming Events

In conjunction with the book’s release, author Megan Bannister will be participating in a number of signings, pop-up dinners and other special events.

Interested in hosting an event? Let’s chat!