Ron Faiola with some Wisconsin Supper Club friends at Barnes & Noble, Chicago.

About the Books and Documentary

Ron Faiola's career covering Wisconsin Supper Clubs began when he went to supper clubs when he was younger. The Rafters in Oak Creek was a favorite spot for his family to go for a night out (Frank Sinatra was a regular when he was in town - sadly The Rafters closed in 2012 and hasn't reopened although the building is still there).

Fast forward to the end of 2008 when the economy went south and Faiola's production company's corporate work suddenly disappeared in 2009. His now wide-open schedule allowed him to shoot a documentary on the Friday night fish fry tradition, called Fish Fry Night Milwaukee. Up until that time, no one had done a documentary on fish frys and the film was licensed to Milwaukee Public Television and Wisconsin Public Television. The movie soon became a big hit. During the filming of the fish fry movie, Faiola was looking for a supper club fish fry to feature and he then realized that in addition to Wisconsin Supper Clubs being a whole new topic, once again, there were no books or films about them. Work began in early 2010 and Wisconsin Supper Clubs - An Old Fashioned Experience was released in 2011 to PBS stations nationwide.

Due to the film being played all across the country plus a great review of the movie by Rick Kogan in the Chicago Tribune, the Wisconsin Supper Clubs documentary became very popular and DVDs were selling in the hundreds per week. By the late summer of 2011, Doug Seibold, owner of Agate Publishing, Inc. contacted Faiola and suggested releasing a Wisconsin Supper Clubs book and by February of 2012, Faiola was back on the road to visiting clubs. Released in April 2013 on Agate's Midway imprint, Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience features 50 clubs around the state and has become a huge success, initially selling out the first few printings. The book is now in its seventh printing (as of April 2016).

Work on the follow up to An Old Fashioned Experience began in the fall of 2014 and continued through the summer of 2015. The new book titled, Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round features 50 more Wisconsin supper clubs from each corner of the state and everywhere in between.

Starting in late May 2016, Ron Faiola will be on the road promoting the new book at supper clubs, libraries, and other venues.

Both books are available at local independent bookstores, plus Barnes & Noble, Book World, Costco and Amazon.

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For more info on book signings, interviews and other book and movie related events, check out our Wisconsin Supper Club Movie Facebook Page.


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