Evenings Supper Club

May 30, 2014


Last Thursday night I had the honor of being a guest at the inaugural Evenings Supper Club. Evenings is the creation of local chef Bryan Kelly and his wife Melissa.


Dinner was held in The Garage, a Cville landmark and mini venue used for art galleries, music and more.


They did an amazing job dressing up the table! Loved the mix of blue and green glass.



I brought my girlfriends Sarah and Gaby with me. Sarah loves to entertain and it was Gaby’s 30th birthday!


Our evening began in the courtyard next to The Garage where we sipped bourbon sweet tea cocktails and introduced ourselves to the other guests. We were joined by Kat and Darren of the Cville Niche Blog as well as Sam, who runs The Garage, and his girlfriend Maddie, who I’ve met at previous Hill & Holler dinners.


We also whet our palates with goat cheese & grape truffles and crostini with white bean & artichoke hummus.


The truffles won my heart – I want to make them myself this summer! Chef says you just soften goat cheese and roll it into a ball around a grape.


We were called to dinner shortly after and began the first of three amazing courses. Notice the art on the walls. The pieces are from Richmond artist Travis Robertson. I loved the color palate and mix of typography with design. I also really want this Duke’s piece for our house! Still debating..


Aside from the signature cocktail, Evenings Supper Clubs are BYOB. I think this is awesome because it gives you the chance to taste a bunch of different wines instead of having a big glass or two of a featured selection. I brought the Trentadue Old Patch Red from Sonoma in the middle – on of my favs.




The first course was Bacon Panisse, Soft Poached Farm Egg, Romesco Sauce and a Red Onion Marmalade. Plus little dots of whipped goat cheese around the edges. There’s nothing like a perfectly poached egg! The diversity of flavors in this dish went so well together.


Our main course featured Seared Pork Tenderloin, Petite Herb Gnocchi, Carrots (Pickled/Pureed/Raw) and Ancho Chile Meringue. Again, the combination of textures and flavors won me over – the soft gnocchi, the crunchy raw veggies, the savory pork that was cooked sous-vide, the pureed carrots and finally the flakey meringue. Loved the spicy meringue!



We nibbled and talked into the evening until dessert arrived – strawberry extravaganza! Fried Strawberry Pie, Vanilla Ice Cream, Pecan Praline, Dried Strawberries and Milk Jam. AH. Mazing. Loved the “milk jam” (the butterscotchy sauce under the pie). I can’t remember what Chef said it was, but it was good!


One of my favorite parts of fine dining are tableside surprises, and Chef Kelly chose the perfect end to the night with some Nutella macarons and honey jellies.


Slow clap for the chef!


While our dinner was on the house in exchange for publicity, Evenings Supper Club dinners will be a $65 suggested cash donation. Menus for each dinner will be posted on their Facebook page and emailed out to subscribers two weeks prior to each event. So far there are six in the works in June and July. I already have my name down for one to attend with Matt!  To get on Chef Kelly’s list, email him at [email protected]. Spots are limited to 10 guests, so I expect they will fill up fast. Follow along on Instagram as well!

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1 emily May 30, 2014 at 6:54 am

Everything looks yummy! I totally agree, a well-cooked poached egg is very satisfying. Milk jam is dulce de leche.


2 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh May 30, 2014 at 7:03 am

Wow, that looks amazing! Wish I lived closer because I would definitely do that! Glad you had a good time.


3 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 30, 2014 at 7:24 am

I’ve heard of supper clubs like this before, what an amazing opportunity! I’d love to do this some time because that looks like amazing food, and you know everyone there will be so appreciative of it!


4 Ali May 30, 2014 at 8:18 am

I love this idea! The garage is so adorable as well!


5 simple green moms May 30, 2014 at 8:19 am

what a great little venue! looks like such a fun time = )


6 Livi May 30, 2014 at 8:31 am

Those jars are so cute, and the food- of course- looks delicious!


7 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run May 30, 2014 at 11:12 am

What a fabulous environment to enjoy a delicious, homemade meal!


8 Tonya May 30, 2014 at 11:14 am

$65 a meal is an excellent price for a supper club! Would go if I lived in Cville.


9 Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit May 30, 2014 at 11:41 am

Those dinner clubs look so fun – they’re also so well put together with such delicious looking food – so cool!


10 Mom May 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

I think the price is reasonable too for such a wonderful meal and atmosphere.

Buy the Duke’s!!!!!!


11 Alex @ Kenzie Life May 30, 2014 at 2:37 pm

What a fun evening! The food looks great–especially the Nutella macaroons and honey jellies! The venue is really adorable as well!


12 Shel@PeachyPalate May 30, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Wow incredible!!! The pork looks beautiful! Can you eat pork lightly rare? It’s still all so new to me!


13 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl May 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

What an awesome place to have this! That little garage local is SO cute!


14 Sarah May 30, 2014 at 4:25 pm

That venue is adorable! What a fun experience!

Side note, I’m afraid you’re using the “slow clap” reference incorrectly. It has some negative connotations that I don’t think you intend here since it looks like the chef did such a fabulous job!


15 KathEats May 30, 2014 at 6:25 pm

I’ve only heard it as a beginning standing ovation symbol. Perhaps a regional difference? Nevertheless I intended it positively


16 KathEats May 30, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Well Urban Dictionary does suggest a negative connotation of sorts – but also a standing ovation: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=slow+clap.

I’ve only heard it used personally in positive ways, so I guess I’m just surrounded by nice people :)


17 Sarah May 30, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Hahaha well I wouldn’t say everyone in my region isn’t nice… But it’s used more sarcastically where I’ve heard it. Regardless, I think we all know your intention was good :)


18 Heather May 31, 2014 at 4:30 am

Those goat cheese and grape truffles look delicious.. seems pretty ease to make as well!


19 Marie @ My Personal Finance Journey May 31, 2014 at 5:36 am

You really had an awesome day with your friends! I’m sure your foods are really delicious and that honey jellies are so cute to eat.


20 Emily @ Life on Food May 31, 2014 at 11:56 am

How cute is that garage?!?! I wish I could convince my husband to make a mini space like that in our garage.


21 Samantha June 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

Love you dress! Where’s it from ? :)


22 Samantha June 1, 2014 at 10:39 am



23 KathEats June 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Thanks Loft!


24 Mom June 1, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Buy the Duke’s!!


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