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!


 

Our First Supper Club

On Friday the 3rd of June we celebrated our very first secret supper club at The Art House. With a full table (10 guests), beautiful warm weather, and a delicious menu, we had the perfect start to our underground dining venture in North Vancouver.

Our guests for the evening enjoyed spending time with their own friends and the opportunity to meet new people at the long-table dinner. Conversation was fluid and interesting throughout the entire evening, which created a fantastic and friendly atmosphere.

Our BYOB policy allowed our guests to bring a bottle of their favourite wine, which they started to enjoy in the garden before sitting down at our outdoor dining table for an Italian-inspired alfresco dinner. After our main course, our chef Rose came out to the garden to greet her guests, getting to speak with everyone present and have a little tipple to cheers and thank them for coming to The Art House supper club. The atmosphere only got more enticing as the evening darkened, turning into a romantic candle-lit night by the time the last course was served.

The multi-course dinner of our Italian supper club at The Art House, June 3rd 2016
The multi-course dinner of our Italian supper club at The Art House, June 3rd 2016

As for the meal, the feedback we received from our guests was fantastic! Not only were we left with empty plates course after course (always a good sign!), but the comments to our host and chef – both at the dinner and in the days after – was very positive.

The hearty menu was a beautiful combination of flavours inspired by Italy, one of our favourite countries:

MENU
Tuscan Antipasti –
prosciutto, roasted peppers, pickled mushrooms, olives & artichoke hearts with a balsamic reduction
Beef & Mushroom Lasagna – served with our house Caesar Salad
Amaretto Cheesecake – topped with fresh raspberries
Cheese Board – Fontina, Port Salut, & Asiago cheeses and red grapes
Sparkling water, coffee & tea

For this dinner, our sommelier recommended classic Italian red wines such as Chianti, Sangiovese or Montepulciano. Our guests made use of these suggestions, bringing an assortment of great wines to accompany their meals.

Chef Rose thanking our guests
Chef Rose thanking our guests

In the end, I can honestly say our first #ArtHouseSupperClub went perfectly. We are thrilled that our first batch of guests had such a marvellous time and that we were able to share the underground dining experience, our beautiful garden, and our chef’s delicious cooking with everyone who came.

We are looking forward to welcoming more diners to this unique experience in the weeks to come, and hope that you will get the opportunity to experience what we have to offer!