The Art at The Art House

Past visitors to The Art House Supper Club will have had a chance to roam through our gallery-like living and dining rooms and admired our large collection of original art.

In our last post we spoke about the father of our family run supper club, Andres Gurumeta, a talented artist of Mexican descent who has painted many of the oil paintings that now adorn our walls. Andres incorporates his Mexican heritage into his art, often in the bright colours he uses to bring life to his subjects.

Some past guests will know that the idea for our name “The Art House” comes from a former gallery in Zihuatanejo Mexico, owned by Andres and his wife Rose (the chef of the supper club), called “Galeria Casa del Arte” – literally translating to “Art House Gallery.”

As an homage to this gallery, we continue to sell Andres’ art from our North Vancouver supper club, giving our guests the perfect memento, an original art piece to start a collection, or a unique gift idea for those art lovers in your life.

 

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Check out the ART page on our site to see a few of the paintings we have for sale, and contact us if you are interested in purchasing a piece. If you prefer seeing the art in person, we can arrange a private viewing for you, or you can come and admire his art while dining at our supper club.

Why The Art House?

Since starting The Art House Supper Club two years ago, we are proud to be North Vancouver’s first (and still only) secret supper club, and hope to continue to share our journey with you.

The Art House Supper Club is a family affair and we are happy to welcome you into our home to be part of The Art House story. You should know that from our tastefully decorated living and dining room, to our beautifully landscaped gardens and outdoor patio, and of course the food we prepare and serve, everything we do comes from the heart.

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Seafood themed dinner served on 24th of March 2018

Whether you had the opportunity to eat in our garden in summer, or in our art-filled dining room during the cooler months, everyone who has been welcome to our underground “restaurant” knows where our name comes from. Doesn’t take too long after coming in through our front door to see the art-heavy decor, which includes various oil paintings by Andres Gurumeta, the father of our family. It is no surprise that dinner at The Art House Supper Club has been described as eating at an art gallery by many of our past guests!

In the kitchen, our chef Rose (aka mother of the family) creates a different type of art as she cooks, bakes and assembles a plethora of mouth-watering dishes that are as visually appealing as they are delicious. Our food is home cooked and unpretentious, yet beautiful and full of flavour; the courses are thought-out, the cheese platters curated, and the desserts impeccable.

The service by our host Eamonn is also an art in itself. We are not trying to be a 5-star restaurant (in fact, we’re not a restaurant at all!) Our aim is to ensure that all of our guests have a great time, enjoy their dinner, and maybe even learn a thing or two about the food they are savouring. Our host’s friendliness and knowledge, combined with the intimate environment of the Art House, is unlike any other dining experience in Vancouver.

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Our long-table public suppers will return this summer, but in the meantime you can host your own private group to experience what The Art House Supper Club has to offer. All you need is eight guests, so invite your family and friends and discover the city’s most unique dining experience. Be part of our journey!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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:

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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

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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!

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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.