Secret Supper Soiree


Saturday, January 15th, 2011 — 4:35pm PST
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Last night I hopped on a Vancouver Trolley and I had no idea where I was going. As a guest of the Secret Supper Soirée, all I knew is that the trolley would take us to three locations (that were not restaurants) where we would enjoy four wine pairings and six dinner courses. As it is a secret supper tour, I will not divulge the locations, however some may be able to take a few guesses based on my photos.

Location One

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Location Two

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Location Three

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The food almost took a back seat to the experience on this culinary journey as I visited locations in Vancouver that I have never had the chance of exploring before. With a glass of wine in hand, I thoroughly enjoyed the iconic, unique, and historic venues that I had only previously read (or written) about.

Secret Supper Soirée Location 3

The Secret Supper Soirée runs for five more nights, January 15, 28, and 29 as well as February 4 and 5, 2011 departing from the Pacific Central station at 6:00pm sharp. You will have plenty of time at each stop to wander, purchase additional hand-crafted cocktails, and enjoy your courses. The tour host will give everyone 15, 10, and 5 minute warnings before the trolley departs for the next venue.

The cost is $79 per person without wine pairings, or $119 with wine, and guests can make requests based on dietary requirements/restrictions when you book. I would recommend the tour for a group (of at least 3) as it’s a very social experience — fancy dress is also encouraged.

Update All tours are sold out however you can check out other upcoming culinary events from the organizers, Swallow Tail Canada.

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10 comments

  1. That looks amazing!!! Plus I love that they give a “without wine” option for those of us that don’t drink…I think I’ll be signing up 😉

  2. Jennifer says:

    What a wonderful concept!

  3. dearheart says:

    Not sure why you’re encouraging people to purchase tickets – they are all sold out and have been for some time. 🙂

  4. Rebecca Bollwitt says:

    @dearheart That was not mentioned on the tour (or when I spoke with the host) but thanks for letting me know! I have updated the post.

  5. giggles says:

    Looks like a fun experience! If it was a success I’m sure they’ll be more in the future!

  6. What a fantastic concept! Too bad it’s sold out…

  7. Disappointed says:

    I, on the otherhand, was sorely disappointed by the venues. I won’t say what they were, but the way it was marketed, we thought we were going to some pretty fancy environments, at least done up with some nice table settings and rooms, and to me it was almost a joke. The food was really good, but VERY small portions, like one piece each of what they were offering. The wine though, was great and hefty glasses i might add. They were paired w the food but some couldnt drink white, and instead of being given a red in exchange for it, they had to buy a glass for $9, when the wine is supposed to be included. And our first stop was freezing cold inside, fluorescent lights, dusty/musty and no proper table set up. We got dressed up and felt like we should’ve just wore pants or jeans. it was so not worth the money paid. Next time you want a fancy night out and an environment and ambiance that matches that, pick your own place and you’ll be alot happier.

  8. Rebecca says:

    @Disappointed For me, I was mostly geeking out and taking photos so the venues were interesting. That being said, I can see where you’re coming from — lucky I was in jeans 😉

  9. Sheila says:

    I was surprised and delighted by the venues and I was wearing a cocktail dress and four-inch heels! Adventures are what you make them, so why not make them glamorous? I would never have guessed where we were going to be taken, and that was part of the fun. Plus the locations were all so original — we enjoyed three totally unique experiences. You can’t get that when you go out to a traditional restaurant. We were transported, fed six delicious courses, given four ample glasses of wine, and entertained for 4.5 hours for $120 — that’s fantastic value in my opinion. I can’t think of a more original, entertaining and social way to spend a Friday evening. Many thanks to the wonderful hosts at Swallow Tail Canada for having the creativity to organize and execute such a special soiree! And thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos, Rebecca!

  10. RoamingFoodie says:

    I agree with Disappointed, I thought we paid a lot for what we got; there was not a lot of food for the $80 (without wine) @Sheila, I would hardly say 6 courses! The pictures here are testament to 6 servings, but I would not say 6 courses. While I was anticipating unique venues, I was also expecting a stronger dining set-up as far as ambient lighting, table setting and being able to sit together as a group. I was not expecting to eat in shifts or squint to fillet my trout (in contrast it seemed the bar was comprehensively set up at each stop). While a traditional restaurant does not offer the same adventurous dining experience, there are several underground/secret supper/long table dining clubs around the city that do offer fantastic food in a more comfortable setting yet adhering to the current “unique dining” trend.

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