Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club

Website for the documentary film Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club




Wisconsin Supper Club documentary airs at ArtStart in Rhinelander

"My own interest in exploring the culture that I grew up in, there was a lot of traditions I grew up doing and not really knowing why we did them, like the Friday Fish Fry, or why supper clubs were so big in the state and so I wanted to explore why those traditions existed," De Ruyter said. 


Morning Shift

Exploring The Culture Of Wisconsin’s Supper Clubs

Jenn White talks to De Ruyter about the dinnertime customs of our neighbor to the north. We also open up the phones for comments from listeners. 


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Filmmaker finds a taste of home in movie about supper clubs

The documentary shows the food, the drinks and the camaraderie that make supper clubs beloved gathering places. At screenings, attendees become absorbed by the experience, sometimes clapping or cheering when they see a supper club they recognize.




If you want to see an up-close and utterly charming account of a world of appealingly quirky restaurants with friendly owners and a strong whiff of the Way Things Used To Be, you could do a lot worse than watching it.


Keeping It Reel


As I watched “Old-Fashioned”, it sparked a yearning in me to get out of the city and slow down. Find a place off the beaten path, sit and chill – maybe even sip my first old-fashioned. De Ruyter has definitely piqued my interest and I’m now interested in figuring out which Wisconsin supper club would be my first stop.


Chicago Tribune

'Old Fashioned' doc about Wisconsin supper clubs slices into meaty history

"So many people I encountered along the way were like, 'Yes, supper clubs! Why do we do this? I have so many questions for you to answer.' And I was like, 'That's what I'm working on!'"


Chicago Reader

Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club

...this is a love letter to Midwestern life as much as the clubs themselves...


Nocturnal Journal with Dave Hoekstra

“Old Fashioned”: Exploring Wisconsin’s supper club tradition through documentary

Dave Hoekstra talks with producer/director Holly De Ruyter and producer Brian Risselada of the documentary Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club.  They discuss their own experiences in supper clubs and the process of putting the documentary together, what motivated them to make the film, and how clubs are woven into the cultural fabric in Wisconsin.


Reel Honest Reviews by Pamela Powell

“Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club” Delicious Entertainment

"'Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club' is an artistic, educational, and entertaining film that will whet your dining appetite."


Gapers Block

Mark Your Calendars: Supper Club Doc at Siskel

The film does a great job of tracing the origins and distinctive style of the (mostly) Wisconsin-based restaurant phenomenon known for its relish trays, ice cream drinks and fried perch, as well as the role the supper club plays in their community for being a beloved meeting spot for locals and tourists...



Milwaukee Film Festival: “The Russian Woodpecker” and “Wisconsin’s Own”

The film has interviews with supper club owners and patrons, as well as historians to explain what makes supper clubs an endearing part of Wisconsin dining culture.


Edible Milwaukee

Wisconsin Supper Clubs

...a genuine and funny look at the history and people behind these unique institutions.


Green Bay Press-Gazette

Movie Shines Light on Wisconsin Supper Clubs

De Ruyter and her staff scoured Wisconsin, avoiding the same route home as much as possible while looking for what she defines as classic supper clubs.



De Ruyter relishes Wisconsin culture in new supper club documentary

"The state still has so many of these awesome, unique restaurants that are a huge part of communities," she says. "We need to make sure we are supporting them because once they're gone, they're gone for good."


Wisconsin Alumni Association

An Old Fashioned Night at the Movies

WAA opens Film Fest with a look at supper club culture.


Wisconsin Public Radio - The Joy Cardin Show

Talking About “Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club”

Joy Cardin speaks with a guest filmmaker who discusses the process of making a film about favorite supper clubs while digging into her own Wisconsin roots.  


The Capital Times

Wisconsin Film Festival: Charming 'Old Fashioned' film fizzes

Holly De Ruyter has captured something sweet, nostalgic and fundamentally Midwestern in her enjoyable new film, "Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club,"


The Capital Times

Raise an Old Fashioned to loving new documentary about Wisconsin supper clubs

De Ruyter's tribute is just one sign of what she sees as a necessity for the supper club's survival: attracting the interest of younger diners.


Wisconsin Public Television - Director's Cut

2015 Wisconsin Film Festival

Founded in 1999, the Wisconsin Film Festival is the state’s premier film festival, in the heart of Madison, our capital city.



Film Crew Stops in Houlton for Wisconsin Supper Clubs Documentary

Last Tuesday, Holly and her crew, Amanda Clifford and Lindsay Kralovetz, made it up to the St. Croix Valley, and I took them on a brief tour of some supper clubs then and now.