New Supper Club Offers Savory Tastes for Summer

Posted on June 2, 2014 by


© Cville Niche

From live music to art openings, The Garage is a chameleon venue space for events – even a three-course dinner. Tucked inside Cville’s most intimate-yet-public space comes the newest supper club in town.

Local chef Bryan Kelly chose the venue for just this reason as the setting for his Evenings Supper Club.

Kelly created a summer dinner series to provide fine dining in a casual environment. With a focus on community around the table and comfort rather than a proper dress code or etiquette, Kelly hopes his speakeasy style menu will provide tasty, conversation-inspiring food.

“It’s less about me and more about the people that come,” Kelly said during the first Evenings Supper Club event on May 22.

© Cville Niche

The dinners are limited to 10 seats, and the Cville Niche team was proud to be among the list of those the chef invited for his introductory meal.

The evening began with canapés and cocktails outside The Garage entry, which was a nice way to meet the chef and his wife, Melissa, as well as the other guests.

© Cville Niche

© Cville Niche

Once all the guests were seated inside, Kelly served up his first course — bacon panisse and a soft poached farm egg served with romesco sauce and red onion marmalade.first course

The main course consisted of a seared pork tenderloin with herb gnocchi served with pickled raw carrots, salad and ancho chile meringue.

second course, evening supper club

Dessert was a fried strawberry pie with vanilla ice cream, pecan praline and a milk jam.

The pleasant evening ended with shared mignardises, which often consist of special candies or wafers.

dessert evening supper club


Sam Bush, curator of The Garage, was among the guests at the first Evenings Supper Club. Kelly contacted him about using the venue for his dinners and he was happy to be a part of the launch.

“It’s kind of a ‘Field of Dreams’ thing,” Bush said. “Open the garage door and an amazing chef will come.”

Bush said the supper club is a great fit for the venue space, which serves as a promoter for local and national music acts, as well as a variety of artists. “This is totally what we’re about.”

© Cville NicheThe Evenings Supper Club has six more dinners scheduled for the summer. The next event will be held at 6 p.m. on June 12. Those interested in attending the dinners can contact Kelly at

Kelly sends the menu for the upcoming dinner to those who have RSVPs. Another important aspect of the casual environment is that guests are encouraged to BYOB (or bring your own beverage). Cost is a $65 suggested donation.

The 36-year-old chef did a four-year apprenticeship at The Greenbriar Resort in West Virginia, but has never owned a restaurant. Rather, this foray into the Supper Club scene will showcase his talent.

“Cooking is something I’ve done my entire life,” Kelly said. “I thought why not (try something new). It’s just kind of a fun little thing to do on the side.”

Certainly a talent and experience that is truly Charlottesville and not to be missed! See you around the table.



Photography by Katerina Diplas

Posted in: food, New to Cville