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Dinner with the Strokes at Swoop House

27 October 2010 1,626 views 14 Comments

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:

Swoop House

Swoop House

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?

"The Strokes" AKA Laura and Mike

"The Strokes" AKA Laura and Mike

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:

Friends at Swoop House

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:

Petit Choripan on Homemade Bolillo Roll with Roasted Peppers, Onions and Chimichurri Aioli

Petit Choripan on Homemade Bolillo Roll with Roasted Peppers, Onions and Chimichurri Aioli

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.

mike and laura wine

The first course were these potato gnocchi, and they were delicious. We were rewarded for cleaning our plate with an offer of seconds.

Potato Gnocchi poached in Chicken (or Veggie) Stock with Cream, Wilted Spinach and Argentine Reggianito

Potato Gnocchi poached in Chicken (or Veggie) Stock with Cream, Wilted Spinach and Argentine Reggianito

The second course was this refreshing salad that incorporated greens from the Swoop House garden:

Boston, Romaine & Wild Greens Salad with Red Peppers, Grilled Asparagus, Local Farm Vegetables and Lemon-Oregano Vinaigrette

Boston, Romaine & Wild Greens Salad with Red Peppers, Grilled Asparagus, Local Farm Vegetables and Lemon-Oregano Vinaigrette

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.

Beef Milanesa a Caballo with
Boggy Creek Eggs, Aged
Provolone & Spanish Jamon
Serrano served with Celeriac
Whipped Potatoes and Wild
Mushroom Sauce
Chef Chris Chism and 2Dine4 Staff Plating Main Course

Chef Chris Chism and 2Dine4 Staff Plating Main Course

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.

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  • Kristi

    You totally got me with that headline. I'm glad you tried Supper Friends. I've enjoyed my visits to the Swoop House – such a charming place.

  • http://www.anotheraustinfoodblog.blogspot.com Laurastromberg

    Aw, what a sweet surprise! This might my favorite post of all time on my favorite food blog of all time. :)

    You'll be happy to hear we scrapped the whipped celeriac potatoes for the wedding dinner and are indeed subbing them out with FRIED potatoes. As it is in Argentina. As it should be.

    As for the dessert — the actual dulce de leche tart will be served in a miniature size (without the unpopular Crisco-flavored topping), along with a few other assorted mini-sized desserts and a Whole Foods chantilly berry wedding cake.

    I love the chandelier, too, and can't wait to get married at the Swoop House!

    So glad you and Adam came out that evening to sample the menu, and so happy this post will love on the Internets long after our wedding!

    XOXO

  • Laurastromberg

    (Oh, and in addition to that awesome sangria, the other cocktail was a watermelon-cucumber martini. I think we're going to try for something more seasonal at the wedding, but don't ask me what fruits are in season on mid-January!)

  • http://www.anotheraustinfoodblog.blogspot.com Laurastromberg

    Aw, what a sweet surprise! This might my favorite post of all time on my favorite food blog of all time. :)

    You'll be happy to hear we scrapped the whipped celeriac potatoes for the wedding dinner and are indeed subbing them out with FRIED potatoes. As it is in Argentina. As it should be.

    As for the dessert — the actual dulce de leche tart will be served in a miniature size (without the unpopular Crisco-flavored topping), along with a few other assorted mini-sized desserts and a Whole Foods chantilly berry wedding cake.

    I love the chandelier, too, and can't wait to get married at the Swoop House!

    So glad you and Adam came out that evening to sample the menu, and so happy this post will love on the Internets long after our wedding!

    XOXO

  • Laurastromberg

    (Oh, and in addition to that awesome sangria, the other cocktail was a watermelon-cucumber martini. I think we're going to try for something more seasonal at the wedding, but don't ask me what fruits are in season on mid-January!)

  • jodibart

    Yea — I guess that headline was a bit misleading, Kristi. I didn't even really connect the two when I wrote it, but it could be very good for SEO ;-)

  • jodibart

    Thank you for reminding me about the other drink. I thought it was something with hard liquor, but didn't write that one down!

  • jodibart

    So glad you convinced them to do french fries. Nothing can replace fried potatoes. Nothing!

  • jodibart

    Yea — I guess that headline was a bit misleading, Kristi. I didn't even really connect the two when I wrote it, but it could be very good for SEO ;-)

  • jodibart

    Thank you for reminding me about the other drink. I thought it was something with hard liquor, but didn't write that one down!

  • jodibart

    So glad you convinced them to do french fries. Nothing can replace fried potatoes. Nothing!

  • Franishnonspeaker

    I've got to check Swoops out- love that there are so many new (and innovative) dining destinations on the East side now. Thanks for the post!

  • Franishnonspeaker

    I've got to check Swoops out- love that there are so many new (and innovative) dining destinations on the East side now. Thanks for the post!

  • Franishnonspeaker

    I've got to check Swoops out- love that there are so many new (and innovative) dining destinations on the East side now. Thanks for the post!