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News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Matt Wommack, Lian Pham, Ben McPherson
Chef Matt Wommack, left, Lian Pham and chef Ben McPherson toast their soon to open restaurant. William Hardin
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Catherine Governale, Tina Governale, Katherine Ross
Catherine Governale, from left, Tina Governale, Katherine Ross. Photo by William Hardin
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Cindy Dartez, Vina Arjomandnia
Cindy Dartez, left, and Vina Arjomandnia. Photo by William Hardin
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014Glenda Apgar, Robert Apgar
Glenda and Robert Apgar. Photo by William Hardin
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Pramid Gumpeni, Kristina Osborn
Pramid Gumpeni and Kristina Osborn. Photo by William Hardin
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Lainey Collum, Sharif Al-Amin
Lainey Collum and Sharif Al-Amin. Photo by William Hardin
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Nancy Nguyen, Charles Sukhew
Nancy Nguyen and Charles Sukhew. Photo by William Hardin
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Chef Ben McPherson
Chef Ben McPherson with his lobster platter. Photo by William Hardin
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Charred Okra Salad
Chef Ben McPherson's charred okra salad. Photo by William Hardin
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Matt Wommack, Lian Pham, Ben McPherson
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Catherine Governale, Tina Governale, Katherine Ross
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Cindy Dartez, Vina Arjomandnia
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014Glenda Apgar, Robert Apgar
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Pramid Gumpeni, Kristina Osborn
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Lainey Collum, Sharif Al-Amin
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Nancy Nguyen, Charles Sukhew
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Chef Ben McPherson
News, Shelby, Prohibition Supperclub, August 2014, Charred Okra Salad

What: Prohibition SupperClub & Bar test kitchen dinner benefiting Recipe for Success.

Where: Kraftsman Baking.

The 411: Ben McPherson and Matt Wommack, executive and sous chefs, respectively, of the upcoming eatery, took over the industrial space at the Heights area bakery for an evening of culinary indulgence as they tempted more than 50 diners with a 10-course tasting of seafood-heavy dishes. Served family style, the menu included Lobster Houston, served with crawfish, corn and potatoes; New Orleans barbecued shrimp; oysters Bienville; and Wahoo crudo.

The Prohibition SupperClub & Bar is set to open in early September in the old Isis Theatre in downtown. In keeping with the prohibition theme, hostesses dressed in flapper attire escorted diners to the tables.

Who: Sampling the good eats were guests including Glenda and Robert Apgar, Tina and Sam Governale, Catherine Governale, Anh Mai, Tod Eason, Marcy de Luna, Mary Kate Albright and Ron Murray, Cindy Dartez and Vina Arjomandnia.

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