Vivek T. Surti started VEA Supper Club, Nashville’s first and longest running series of pop up restaurants in May 2011. The genesis of VEA Supper Club was to provide guests with a unique, fun and delicious dining experience in an effort to bring people to the dinner table, break bread and build community. The dinners Surti hosts are often compared to a dinner party – going to a friend’s house who has a really cool kitchen, where great food, wine and conversation never seem to end. The intimate gatherings have garnered national acclaim, being featured on Cooking Channel’s Man Fire Food as well as being named “Best Supper Club” and “Best Underground Dining Experience” by the editors of Nashville Scene.
VEA Supper Club has hosted over 100 sold out events since its inception at his parents home, which grew into a partnership with Nashville Farmers’ Market and since 2014 has held events all over restaurants in Nashville, including City House, Bastion, The 404 Kitchen, Biscuit Love, Hattie B’s, Butcher & Bee, Treehouse and many more. In a 2017 interview, Steve Cavendish of Nashville Scene declared VEA Supper Club a “Nashville Culinary Institution.”
Surti’s food point of view reflects his heritage of being a first generation American of Indian descent. “The food has to tell a story,” according to Surti, and many of his dishes are representative of the Gujarati meals he grew up eating as a child, dishes that are American as well as dishes inspired by travel. And as far as his hospitality point of view, Surti says, “we want to welcome all of you into our home, just like my grandmother did. Sit your butt down in the chair, because we’re gonna feed you.”