Isn't it nostalgic?

Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts March 2000 Current Issue
March 2000
Short Cuts:
Isn't it nostalgic?
Tasteful: Groups of 50 can sit and sip
at the Rivendell Winery in New Paltz, N.Y.-->

Like swing music and the shaken martini, supper clubs are part of a thriving nouveau-retro movement. Across North America, these venues provide dinner, dancing, entertainment and atmosphere.

In Los Angeles, The Derby (323-663-8979) recalls Hollywood's glory days, from the dance floor to the 30-foot-high domed ceiling. Says co-owner and manager Tammi Gower, "People like the feeling of excitement in reliving an easier, simpler time. It's like going back to the '40s; there's a casual, friendly elegance." The Derby holds 40 to 750 for private parties.

Paula Jean's Supper Club (516-751-5483) in East Setauket, N.Y., brings the Big Easy to Long Island. New Orleans classics such as jambalaya and crawfish dominate the menu, while Delta-style rhythm and blues sets the mood. Groups of up to 90 can take over the venue on Mondays and Tuesdays; a private dining room seats up to 40 the rest of the week.

North of the border, the Rosewater Supper Club (416-214-5888) in Toronto features a cigar lounge and a marble dance floor. Groups of up to 100 can take over the supper club; private rooms accommodate groups as small as six.

Other supper clubs that host groups include the Latin-infused Yuca (305-532-9822) in Miami and Swing 46 (212-262-9554) in New York City, which offers free swing lessons.


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