Dinner with the Strokes at Swoop House
There’s a handful of “underground” supper clubs around Austin, including Supper Underground, Dai Due, and Hosteria Verde. For one reason or another, I had never visited any of them until my friends’ Laura and Mike invited me to join them for a Supper Friends dinner to sample their wedding menu.
Supper Friends is held at Swoop House, located at 3012 Gonzales in East Austin. Here it is:
And these are the Strokes — as they are affectionately nicknamed due to a combination of their last names — Laura and Mike — who will soon be married at Swoop House with 2Dine4, the company behind Supper Friends, catering. Aren’t they sweet together?
We sat at the table below (next to the guests of honor)! There are also two other indoor rooms, a front porch, and a backyard area. I covet this chandelier:
The menu is influenced by Laura’s Argentinian background, and the hors d’oeuvres included meat or cheese empanadas, and these mini sausages on bolillo rolls:
Legally, Supper Friends is BYOB. However, we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted with sangria and another mixed drink upon arrival. Those that did bring a bottle of wine were given a little nametag which is pretty nice — especially if you happen to be dining with strangers.
The first course were these potato gnocchi, and they were delicious. We were rewarded for cleaning our plate with an offer of seconds.
The second course was this refreshing salad that incorporated greens from the Swoop House garden:
The final savory course was Beef Milanesa a Caballo with Boggy Creek Eggs, Aged Provolone & Spanish Jamon Serrano served with Celeriac Whipped Potatoes and Wild Mushroom Sauce. It was also delicious but both Laura and I wished that it was served with french fries instead of the potatoes.
Dessert was a disappointing dulce de leche custard tart with whipped cream that tasted like butter (blech) in a pastry shell that didn’t taste very fresh. A sad finish to an otherwise wonderful and celebratory meal.
Despite the dessert mishap, I would highly recommend Supper Friends for a fun night out with new and old friends. Executive Chef Chris Chism, previously of Stephen Pyle’s Star Canyon, Jeffrey’s, and Cipollina, along with Sous Chef Molly Ratcliffe, also previously of Jeffrey’s and Cipollina, create a thoughtful and unforgettable dining experience.
Meals are $40 per person and $50.50 after tax and tip are included. Find out about upcoming events by signing up for the e-mail list here.Tags: 2Dine4, caterer, Supper Club, Supper Friends, Swoop House