Summer is Here!

It’s felt like a long time coming, but summer is finally in Vancouver!

Longer days and warmer nights are making each one of us just that little bit happier. It’s true that Vancouver is at its best in summer, and for us at The Art House Supper Club, summer months mean alfresco dining in our beautiful yard.

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All ready for alfresco dinners!

Looking to celebrate a special occasion in a unique setting? Book your private dinner party for a group of eight to 20-something guests at our supper club! Depending on the size of your group we will be able to accommodate either a four-course sit down dinner, or a cocktail-style party with a plethora of tapas to meet all tastes.

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Perfect spot for a pre-dinner glass of wine… did I mention we are BYOB?!

And if you’re looking to experience our supper club on your own, with your partner, or a couple of friends, join us for our inaugural Art House White Night on Saturday the 21st Of July. Gather your friends, dress up in your best white outfit, and enjoy a large selection of tantalising sweet and savoury tapas in North Vancouver’s only secret supper club.

All of our events are BYOB; bring a bottle of your favourite wine to go with your meal, and we will take care of everything else.

Happy summer – we look forward at hosting you at the Art House Supper Club soon!

Just Desserts

Some people say that a great dinner is not complete without a delicious dessert. We at The Art House think those people are right!

All of our dinners served at The Art House Supper Club, North Vancouver’s only secret supper club, include a delicious homemade dessert freshly prepared by our chef.

Our Hearty Italian Menu is our most popular meal, and we have tried multiple desserts to go with it since starting our supper club in May 2016. This spring, we found one which compliments this Italian feast perfectly: a light, espresso flavoured flan made with real coffee. This dessert is much lighter than our previous amaretto cheesecake, but fear not, if you book a private dinner and wish to get the cheesecake for your group instead, we are happy to oblige!

Our Light French Supper has one of my favourite sweets, a unique French dessert called “floating islands” made of a fluffy boiled meringue over a bed of creme anglais, topped with toasted almonds and burnt caramel. This multi-textured dessert is not only delicious, but also beautiful – and a real treat to your palate.

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Floating Island

A newcomer to our menu this year, our family’s tasty tiramisu recipe has gotten raving reviews from our guests. Full of flavour and incredibly satisfying, but surprisingly light, this is the perfect dessert to top our filling Ossobuco Dinner. When we can, we often add seasonal berries to the tiramisu for an extra burst of flavour.

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Creamy Tiramisu Topped with Fresh Raspberries

Another crowd favourite is our pistachio custard pie, served with our Mediterranean BBQ dinner. Incredibly creamy and full of flavour, topped with crushed pistachios for a crunch – this dessert never fails to impress our guests.

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Pistachio Custard Pie

Our seafood dinner is complemented with a strawberry tart, a light sponge cake recipe from Germany that has been in our family for as long as we can remember. The sponge is topped with fresh strawberries and homemade gelatin, and we serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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German-Style Strawberry Tarts

If your party is too big for a sit down dinner, fear not… our tapas dinners ALSO include a variety of bite-size desserts!

Mini mango tacos with goats’ milk caramel, lemon cheesecake squares with berries, meringues with vanilla cream and red fruits, and coconut macaroons can all be ordered as part of your tapas desserts. We will also be serving these on our Art House White Night tapas dinner on the 21st of July 2018 – join us to taste them!

We like to switch up the desserts every so often, so returning guests will often have the opportunity to try new things. And if you miss your favourite, we are always happy to substitute the dessert on your menu with one of our old recipes, so you can have your cake, and eat it too.

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!

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the air in Vancouver, and we are looking forward to welcoming more of you to our table!

While we wait for the warm weather to finally get here (with some exciting changes coming to our garden – stay tuned!), we continue to host our supper club dinners in our beautifully decorated art-filled dining room.

While we don’t have any long-table suppers planned right now, you can still visit us at The Art House Supper Club by booking our space for a private booking. All you need is a minimum of eight friends (easy enough to organize a quad date!) and you can enjoy a wonderful four-course meal in North Vancouver’s most unique dining space, starting at only $49 per person… and you can BYOBottle of wine!

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We also have cocktail-style tapas menus to host larger parties from 12-22 guests, so come to celebrate those special milestones with us – from birthdays to bachelorette dinners and holiday celebrations, The Art House Supper Club is the perfect venue.

Visit our Private Dinners page to see our mouth-watering winter menus and book your dinner with us now!

Private Dinners at The Art House

Did you know you can book The Art House Supper Club to host your very own dinner party? Well, now you do!

While we continue to value the importance of our long-table suppers in Vancouver’s growing dining scene, we also host private parties for all sorts of special events and general friend and family dinners.

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Our supper club is the perfect venue to make special occasions that bit extra special, and over the past few months we have hosted milestone birthdays (including a 90th birthday celebration!), bachelorette dinners, friends get togethers and Christmas-time parties.

With four-course dinners starting at as little as $49 per person and our BYOB policy, you too can host an unforgettable dinner at our supper club for a group of 8 to 10 guests (12 if you don’t mind being squished) in North Vancouver’s most unique dining space.

If you have a larger group, we can host up to 22 or so guests with our cocktail-style tapas menu for as little as $35 per person. You can select which tapas we serve out of our wide menu, including vegetarian and gluten free options, and delicious dessert tapas.

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Our beautiful art-filled dining and living rooms provide the perfect venue to relax and mingle with your guests while we take care of the food and make sure everything is in order. All you have to do is have a great time and actually enjoy “hosting” your dinner party… and when you’re done, you leave the cleaning to us!

Interested in joining us in North Vancouver’s only secret supper club? Check out our menus and contact us to book your dinner party now!

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.