Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts March 2000
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
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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