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The Loggia at Lake Mirror

photography by Bri Elledge and Julie Brewer

Food is the tie that binds.

A seat at the dining table is an open invitation to connect with another person. A shared meal offers an intimate experience, one that has thecapacity to connect.
The vision of The Lakelander’s Secret Supper Clubs is to incite pride of place and reveal hidden treasures in our community, not the least of which is its people. We hope to create an experience where strangers who might never have a seat at the same table will come together and find common ground.

On March 31, The Lakelander hosted the second Secret Supper Club. As the heat of the day subsided, but before the sun sank below the horizon, 40 Lakelanders meandered along the cobblestone path that hugs Lake Mirror and arrived at the Loggia to join together and experience Lakeland in a new way.

A beautiful, balmy breeze and bright-blue sky welcomed guests as they shared predinner cocktails and conversation. The usually locked and sealed iron gates swung open to reveal the hidden treasure that is The Loggia at Lake Mirror. Under the direction and vision of the talented Chef Marcos Fernandez, the bustling pop-up kitchen produced a variety of delightful Spanish foods with course after course of unexpected fare. Guests enjoyed a usually hidden slice of Lakeland, a distinctive and unique meal, as well as engaging conversation with each other — all things that make us proud to be Lakelanders.

Special thanks to Shawna Carpenter of 2 Sisters Events, Chef Marcos Fernandez, Premier Party Rental, and A Chair Affair.