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!


 

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!