Manchester chef launches supper clubs to bring people together for a good cause

These supper clubs which support the Greater Manchester community will raise money for Eat Well MCR this Christmas

Eat Well MCR is a collective of Manchester-based chefs and hospitality professionals working to provide meals to children and families experiencing homelessness, women taking refuge in sheltered accommodation, parents of long-term sick children, foodbanks and schools supporting families experiencing food poverty.

The meals go beyond nutrition – they are cooked with care by professional chefs from the Manchester restaurant industry and offer a much-needed moment of respite.

Since April 2020 over 55,000 meals have been delivered across Greater Manchester.

Now Mary-Ellen McTague, chef at The Creameries in Chorlton and co-founder of the social enterprise, is hosting a series of supper clubs to raise money for Eat Well MCR.

Native Manchester and Ducie Street Warehouse will host its first Supper Club at the Warehouse event on Friday 26th November, with only 18 places available at this exclusive evening, showcasing an exciting menu collaboration from the warehouse’s award-winning head chef Andrew Green and acclaimed chef Mary-Ellen.

A first for the warehouse, the two Manchester-based chefs will curate an exceptional six-course menu, priced at £75.

The menu will showcase the best of local and independent producers, with a seasonal theme running throughout the dishes, a nod to this festive time of year. 

Ticket sales from the special event will raise funds to provide chef-made meals for economically disadvantaged adults and children around Greater Manchester. 

Native Manchester and Ducie Street Warehouse will donate funds for 500 meals to this cause, as part of this supper club.

Places are limited at the first Supper Club at the Warehouse, with more events to be announced in 2022. Book your tickets online here.

In addition to the supper club event, Ducie Street Warehouse is supporting Eat Well MCR to reach their next target of 100,000 meals for Manchester: by cooking 50 meals every week from its restaurant kitchen and adding the Eat Well MCR “£2 Meal for Manchester” to their menu, giving customers the opportunity to fund a meal for someone else when dining.

Then, into December, Selfridges is hosting a dreamlike dinner party series of beautiful festive food created by Mary-Ellen McTague in aid of Eat Well MCR.

Tucked away in a special Christmas wonderland destination within Selfridges, guests will experience an evening of beautiful festive food, drink and music with all the sights, sounds and flavours of a wonderful Christmastime.

Hosted by Mary-Ellen, guests will be treated to an imaginative seven-course dinner with cocktails and champagne.

Taking place from Tuesday 30th November to Wednesday 15th December, the series of dinner parties will raise funds for Eat Well MCR’s Christmas Dinner appeal which will aim to deliver 1,000 Christmas dinners, with turkey and all the trimmings, to refuges, homeless families living in temporary accommodation and schools across the city to ensure those who are most vulnerable can enjoy a nutritious cooked meal this Christmas.

This one-off series of dinner parties will take place on 30th November, 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th and 15th December. Tickets are priced at £95 per person with soft drinks paring or £120 with cocktail pairing. Book your place here.


Got a story worth sharing?

What’s the story? We are all ears when it comes to positive news and inspiring stories. You can send story ideas to

Manchester is a successful city, but there are many people that suffer. The I Love MCR Foundation helps raise vital funds to help improve the lives and prospects of people across Greater Manchester – and we can’t do it without your help. So please donate what you can because investing in your local community to help it thrive can be a massively rewarding experience. There’s a unique sense of satisfaction in knowing that you are making a real difference in the lives of others, especially those close to home.


This week