#TacoTuesday Secret Suppers

Are you a fan of tacos? So are we!

We love our tacos, and #TacoTuesdays have proven to be our most popular events, both for our public long-table suppers and for our bespoke private-booking dinners.

Last summer we hosted a number of taquizas (that is Mexican for ‘taco-feast’), and these last two weeks we had back-to-back #TacoTuesday dinners, one for our very first private booking of 2017, and another one for a public supper club dinner.

Mexican Table May2017
Our Dining Room Ready for a Taquiza at The Art House Supper Club

So what makes our tacos so special?
Well for one, our heritage. Most of us at The Art House Supper Club are Mexican, either by birth or by naturalization, and the rest of us by heart. We visit our homeland yearly and in the months we spend in Vancouver, we often eat Mexican food, both in and out of our home. We simply can’t get enough!

Our Chef Rose was born in Canada, but after living in Mexico for over 20 years, she’s mastered the techniques of some of the country’s most popular recipes, and we all love sharing our heritage with our guests. Our inviting supper club is what really makes a difference though, a unique dining experience, whether you eat inside in our art-filled (very Mexican, by the way) dining room, or outside in our lush North Vancouver garden.

So what can you expect?
As everyone who has visited our supper club knows (as well as those who have yet to visit, but follow our blog and social media channels), we always serve multi-course dinners. While our menus are usually four-courses, those who come to dine for our #TacoTuesday dinners will be fed course after course of delicious Mexican goodies.

Mexican Food
Chicken Tostadas, Assorted Tacos and Empanadas

Starter – Our #TacoTuesday dinners start with anything BUT tacos. We alternate between beginning our meal with a delicious homemade empanada with chicken in mole sauce, tuna or seasoned ground beef; or a newly introduced starter of a tostada: a deep-fried corn tortilla topped with refried beans, chicken, lettuce and cheese.

Main Course – Our chef prepares a variety of tacos for our guests, all of which are served in corn tortillas. Our menu changes from time to time, but you will always find three different varieties of tacos at any meal: carnitas, slow-roasted pork loin marinated with lime and tequila, served with avocado and cilantro; rajas, roasted Poblano and coloured peppers in cream; asado, Barbecued beef flank; and/or al pastor: braised pork meat marinated with guajillo chilli sauce, served with grilled pineapple, cilantro and onions. During the main course, guests can help themselves to seasoned rice, refried beans and cactus salad, as well to a variety of salsas to complement their meals!

Dessert – To end the mea with a bang, we alternate in between a delicious rich coconut or coffee flan with the consistency of creamy cheesecake, or our house special: warm mango tacos, drizzled with goat’s milk caramel! All desserts are served with coffee or tea, of course!

BYOB – as with any of our supper club dinners, our #TacoTuesday nights are BYOB. While we always encourage our guests bring wine, for this specific dinner we recommend bringing light Mexican-style beers instead… but the choice is always yours.

If your mouth is watering after reading this, maybe it’s time that you join us at The Art House Supper Club for one of our Taquizas! We regularly host these as a public supper club long-table dinners, but if you have a group of eight or more, we’ll be happy to cook especially for you and your friends. See you soon!

See our upcoming events and join our supper club.


 

Secret Dining: An Italian Feast

For our second Art House Supper Club dinner of 2017, we treated our guests to our popular Italian menu.

When we started our North Vancouver supper club in the summer of 2016, chef Rose chose to launch our family venture with this menu, and her lasagna proved so popular, that our Italian supper club dinners sold out time and time again throughout the summer!

Why Italian? Our family has many backgrounds, but I’ll have to accept that no, Italian sadly isn’t in our blood. We all love Italy though (it is my personal favourite country in the world!) and we love everything that culinary Italy has to offer.

“Rose’s passion for food and the love she poured into the preparation could be tasted in every bite!” – Alex G, guest of the Art House Supper Club, June 2016.

Our chef is passionate about creating the perfect meal every time, a passion which is palpable in this colourful menu. From marinating mushrooms and roasting peppers for our antipasti starter, to creating a perfect hearty-yet-light lasagna, and on to a decadent amaretto cheesecake for dessert, every dish in this menu is full of colour and personality – not to mention flavour!

Italian Dinner May2017
Italian dinner at the Art House Supper Club, 19th May 2017

MENU
Tuscan Antipasti – 
prosciutto, roasted peppers, pickled mushrooms, olives, artichoke hearts and a medley of olives
Beef & Mushroom Lasagna* – served with our house Caesar Salad.
Amaretto Cheesecake – topped with fresh raspberries & raspberry coulis
Cheese Board – Fontina, Gorgonzola and smoked Gruyere cheeses, red grapes
Sparkling water, coffee & tea

*This year we created a vegetarian version of the lasagna, and having tasted it myself, it is TO DIE FOR… So if you wish to join our supper club and prefer a meat-less main, this is a great option.

If you wish to join our Italian menu next time it comes around, please let us know; rumour has it we will be hosting this once again on Friday the 23rd of June 2017… but you didn’t hear that from me!


 

The Art House Supper Club is Back!

The Art House Supper Club is back for 2017!

We celebrated the return of the Art House Supper Club on Saturday the 13th of May with a great group of people, dining on our French-inspired menu in our beautiful North Vancouver art-filled dining room. For most of our guests, this was their very first underground dining experience, and everyone really enjoyed the experience!

Our guests were welcomed into our candlelit living room, where everyone got to know each other before moving on to our dining room for a four-course feast. For our 2017 launch, I joined our guests for dinner (for the first time!), while chef Rose and host Eamonn took care of preparing the meal, plating beautiful dishes, and serving.

Salmon French supper club
Galette de Pomme de Terre with Smoked Salmon (Photo Credit: our guest Efren Calaguian)

For the launch of our 2017 season we chose one of our popular menus from last year, a flavourful four-course French-inspired meal:

MENU
French Onion Soup –
 caramelized onion broth, enriched with port and topped with a crouton of gruyere cheese
Galette de Pomme de Terre with Smoked Salmon – warm potato pancakes served with cream cheese and smoked salmon, topped with capers & garden greens tossed in  a white balsamic dressing
Floating Islands – light merengue, creme anglaise, caramel & toasted almonds
Cheese Board – Chaumes, Oka and soft goats cheeses, strawberries & grapes 
Sparkling water, coffee & tea

Floating Islands French supperclub
Floating Islands (Photo Credit: our guest Efren Calaguian)

With our BYOB policy, guests were able to enjoy their favourite wine and craft beers along with their meal – always a welcome feature for our guests!

Our first supper club of 2017 was delightful for everyone involved, guests and hosts, with  non-stop conversation and an interesting group of guests around our long table. We are excited about the new season ahead of us, and look forward to welcoming more guests to our table this year!

Cheese Art House French
Cheese Platter

Check out our Upcoming Events page for our upcoming May and June dinners or contact us to book a private dinner party for you and a group of friends.


 

A Greek-Inspired BBQ at The Art House

We held our second Art House supper club on Saturday the 11th of June: a Greek-inspired BBQ dinner.

After a rainy day, the evening turned surprisingly sunny, but we decided to host our secret dinner inside in our dining room to ensure our guests would be fully comfortable and warm. Thankfully, we take as much pride in our art-filled dining room as we do in our landscaped garden, and with plenty of candles to set the mood, we had a beautiful setting for our indoor BBQ!

The multi-course dinner of our Greek supper club at The Art House, June 11th 2016
The multi-course dinner of our Greek supper club at The Art House, June 11th 2016

Our menu for the night was inspired by Greek food but with a modern twist, and all plates proved to be a surprise to the senses with mediterranean tastes and smells, plenty of colour, and beautiful textures:

MENU
Mediterranean Appetizers – 
deconstructed Greek salad, dolmades with creamy tzatziki, toasted pita with spicy eggplant hummus
Beef & Rainbow Peppers Souvlaki – served on a bed of orzo & fried capers salad
Pistachio Custard Pie – creamy custard pie topped with toasted pistachios
Cheese Board – selection of Greek cheeses and green grapes
Sparkling water, coffee & tea

To go with this dinner, our sommelier recommended full-bodied red wines, such as Malbec, which complemented our main course.

Our little secret dining experiment has so far proven to be a great success in North Vancouver, with our guests thoroughly enjoying their meals and the buzz slowly growing about The Art House. If you are interested in joining us, remember that we will host our dinners rain or shine, in our beautiful backyard or our inviting dining room!