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An International Supper in North Van

Have you ever had an intimate dinner party with a group of strangers from different parts of the world?

Since we started our secret dinners last summer, our supper club dinners have attracted people from all over the world, and our Mediterranean BBQ last Friday the 9th of June was our most international crowd yet!

Host Greek Jun 2017
Our host Eamonn introducing the next course

Guests got to know each other over a glass of wine outside in the garden before heading in to the dining room for a delicious four-course Mediterranean-inspired feast. Our guests included two local North Vancouverites – a teacher and an art consultant; an event planner from India; a Hungarian art lover; and a couple from Belgium and England, who were visiting Vancouver for their honeymoon. Once again, I got to join our guests at the table, adding a Mexican into the mix.

Greek Night jun 2017
1)Our Mediterranean appetizers platter. 2)Table set for our supper Club. 3)Pistachio custard pie. 4)Cheese platter: assortment of goats cheeses and grapes.

The meal began with an appetizer platter with dolmades with tzatziki, a deconstructed Greek salad, and spicy eggplant humus with pita bread. For the main course, we had a freshly-barbecued beef & coloured pepper souvlaki served with orzo salad. Our dessert was a creamy pistachio custard pie, and as usual, our evening ended with a cheese board. Throughout the meal, our guests enjoyed bottles of red wine they brought as per our BYOWine policy.

With an interesting mix of people coming together for dinner, our conversation over the evening ranged from art, to food and wine, travel, theatre, soccer and circuses. We also discussed the best things to do in Vancouver and its surroundings so the honeymooners could make the best of their time in the city. All in all, the conversation was light and fun, and everyone had a great time discovering the appeal of underground dining.

Greek Souvlaki Jun 2017
Our Main Course: beef & coloured pepper souvlaki served with orzo salad

Long-table dinners with strangers will take most people out of their comfort zone, but it is an incredible experience you are sure to remember for years to come. If you wish to try out this unique dining experience in North Vancouver, check out our upcoming events and join one of our long-table secret dinners. For those looking for something unique but not ready to take the full leap, you can book The Art House Supper Club for a private custom-made dinner party of eight or more guests – contact us for details!


 

#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.

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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 Mexican Taquiza Secret Dinner

On Friday the 8th of July, we paid homage to our Mexican background by bringing the authentic flavour of Mexico to our secret supper club in North Vancouver. We brought out some of our favourite guisado recipes and made this a night to remember!

The Mexican taquiza was once again held inside due to weather, but that did not stop our guests from having a blast. Our group of guests once again was a mix of interesting people coming in different groups, but as in all our other supper clubs, the communal-table setting made friends of these strangers, and everyone (including us!) had lots of fun.

Our host Eamonn serving a variety of tacos
Our host Eamonn serving a variety of tacos

Our welcome hibiscus tea water and guests introductions were hosted in our artsy living room, before our guests moved onto the dining room for what turned out to be a big feast. This time, our dinner consisted of multiple rounds of different tacos, rather than our normal four-course dinners:

MENU
Chicken Mole Empanadas
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Traditional empanadas filled with pulled chicken in a rich mole sauce.
Assorted Tacos – Pastor (slow-roasted pork marinated in guajillo chili with grilled pineapple); Rajas (Poblano & coloured peppers in cream); and Carnitas (pork loin marinated in tequila and lime, served with avocado and cilantro)
Refried Beans, Rice & Cactus Salad – Self serve from the dishes at the table
Assortments of Salsas to top – Mild Green Salsa, Spicy Chile de Arbol Salsa, Smoky Chile Guajillo Salsa, Fresh Pico de Gallo Salsa
Warm Mango Tacos – Drizzled with Goat’s Milk Caramel
Sparkling water, coffee & tea

To go with our taquiza, we recommended our guests bring an assortment of light Mexican beers rather than our usual wine recommendations. Many of our guests brought beers, but some of them brought plenty of wine and even some tequila to make this a unique night out!

Authentic Mexican dishes at The Art House Supper Club taquiza
Authentic Mexican dishes at The Art House Supper Club taquiza

After our success with this Mexican night, one of our guests advised us we should re-serve our Mexican menu, and we think it’s a great idea! So keep your eyes peeled for a #TacoTuesday supper club this August – we guarantee you won’t want to miss out!

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


 

A Unique Father’s Day Celebration

On Saturday the 18th of June, we served a delicious seafood menu for our guests. Our long table was booked by two independent groups, including guests who came all the way from the Sunshine Coast to dine with us at The Art House, and a family of five who came to celebrate an early fathers day in the most unique way!

Despite being almost summer, we once again had to host our dinner in the dining room, as we had the biggest downpour we’ve had in moths. While the weather outside was cold and rainy, the inside of our home was warm and inviting, with candle light illuminating the dining and living room areas, and the evening went on with huge success.

As in all other occasions, our supper club guests that night took advantage of our communal table setting to get to know each other and converse with people outside the groups. As seen before, there were some improbable connections within our different guests, proving that, once we are willing to bring down our barriers and speak with strangers, the world really is small.

Our four-course menu, June 18th 2016
Our four-course menu, June 18th 2016

After a welcome sparkling drink enjoyed in the living room, our guests moved on to the dining room to find a sea-themed table (to go along with our menu), and enjoyed their luscious four-course dinner:

MENU
Moules Marinières – Salt Spring Island Mussels in a white wine cream, with fennel & parsley
Potato-Crusted Halibut & Homemade Rosemary Gnocchi – on a bed of asparagus; served with our spicy mango-habanero and fresh mango-avocado salsas
BC Strawberry Cheese Torte – Creamy and light, with plenty of BC strawberries
Cheese Board – Oka, Stilton & Port Salut cheeses; Okanagan red cherries
Sparkling water, coffee & tea

To go with this dinner, our sommelier recommended guests bring dry French white wines such as Muscadet or Picpoul de Pinet which are the perfect for accompaniment for mussels. As an alternative, we recommended Belgian wit bier to accompany the mussels and Oregon pinot Noir to match the delicacy of the halibut. Our guests took the recommendations head on, bringing a range of wheat beers and white wines to go along with their meal!

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The dinner was a great success, with all of our guests – both local and visitors – having a great night at The Art House supper club. What an unforgettable way to celebrate a special occasion!

Are you interested in celebrating a special occasion with your family or a group of friends? Join one of our long-table supper clubs or book the entire table for a group of 8 to 10 guests and have a dinner party of your own!


 

A Secret Dinner Party for YVR Bloggers

On Wednesday the 15th of June, we hosted a group of Vancouver bloggers at The Art House supper club to introduce them to this alluring concept of dining, and their response was magnificent. None of the bloggers had ever gone to a secret dinner before and all thoroughly enjoyed their experience at the Art House.

Click here to read a review of the experience by Bianca from bitsofbee.com

With a sunny but cool evening, we once again hosted our supper inside, but the guests had a chance to explore the garden before dinner, and were all mesmerized by its beauty! Inside, the warm candle lights and beautiful decor of our living room created a welcoming setting that complimented the French theme of the evening, complete with a beautiful tablecloth imported from Paris.

French Dinner (Bloggers)

The dinner we served for our bloggers was a light, French-inspired four-course menu full of flavour and homely class:

MENU
French Onion Soup – 
the classic way
Galette de Pomme de Terre with Smoked Salmon – topped with capers & garden greens tossed in  a white balsamic dressing
Floating Islands – light merengue, creme anglaise, caramel & toasted almonds
Cheese Board – Port Salut, Buche de Chèvre & Oka cheeses, green grapes 
Sparkling water, coffee & tea

To go with this dinner, our sommelier recommended a dry Riesling or Pinot Gris from Alsace, France, or a sparkling French wine. Our BYOB policy ensured everyone was able to bring exactly what they wanted to drink with their meal.

Click here to read a review of the experience by Jessica from northshoremama.ca

The evening once again went without a hitch, with nonstop conversation and laughter in the dining room while our hosts delivered course after course of delicious, quality food. Our French menu proved to be so successful that we decided to use it for our secret supper club on Saturday the 25th of June to give others the opportunity to try it!

If you would like to join one of our long-table secret supper clubs or reserve a private one for a group of 8 to 10 guests, contact us here to enquire about your options!