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Hawaiian Dinner Club the Vegan Way

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This Saturday’s ‘Hawaiian Dinner the Vegan Way with Dietician Anna Cortesi’ started off in an especially exciting way - with a video shoot by Costas Voniatis from Studio Voniatis. We had arranged the brand new prep kitchen of Art Bistro Agora to be at its most photogenic and I had set out the ingredients for our starter, a tropical salad, out in pretty little bowls.     

Everyone arrived on time and soon we were ready for our traditional round of introductions, enjoying the breeze of the ceiling fans and well chilled sparkling wine. Nationalities this time included: British, French, Italian, German, Israeli, Russian and Cypriot. Some guest had attended a dinner club before, some had even met before and some were totally new, but immediately integrated into the ever-growing family of dinner club fans. The introductions were fascinating and great fun with everyone being in a very relaxed and playful mood, ready for a new experience.  

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Mary's Dinner Club Stories - Austrian Dinner Club and Birthday Treat

mary's dinner clubSaturday’s Austrian Dinner Club at Art Bistro Agora was really a belated birthday treat for myself - I had celebrated ‘my special day’ on Thursday. The drinks on the day itself at the same venue had been absolutely lovely with many dear friends stopping by my new venue. I enjoyed catching up, sipping sparkling wine and nibbling on chips.

On Saturday it was time for something more substantial and as I told some friends, in Austria we eat Goulash year round, hot or cold out. Goulash with dumplings to me is always a special treat even though considered quite ‘common’ food back home, to me it’s a real birthday meal. To the guests it was also a treat and both the vegetarian potato version and the beef version were much appreciated.

I had been undecided about starters and when my physics teacher from looong ago with whom I have recently reconnected asked via Facebook about it I told him so.

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Mary's Dinner Club Stories - All About Dinner Clubs

mary dinner clubWith Mary’s Dinner Clubs having moved to a ‘new playground’ - Art Bistro Agora www.artbistroagora.com in the center of Limassol - there has been lots of new interest, yes, curiosity even, about dinner clubs by those who ‘have been hearing about them’.

Dinner Clubs - or Supper Clubs - are also known as "pop-up" restaurants or "underground dining", and are essentially part-time restaurants, that are often held in people's homes or other, sometimes temporary, venues that are not normally used as a restaurant. Because of the usually relatively low number of participants, dinner clubs create a more intimate atmosphere and are great for meeting new people.

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Mary's Dinner Club Stories - A New Chapter As MDC Goes Bistro

art bistro agoraThe last week and weekend did not see a dinner club, but were still filled with food thoughts – lots of them, in many new shapes and forms, mainly of logistical nature. Mary’s Dinner Club’s move to its new ‘playground’ Art Bistro Agora which will open in the center of Limassol in July requires lots of thinking and planning.

Starting a new business is an exciting venture - at times also overwhelming, but exciting at all times. With the growing success of my small and informal dinners and the truly amazing expansion of my network I had been thinking for a while that I ‘should do something’. I had just never considered running a restaurant until my current business partner Ajit Bubber approached me to ask if I’d like to manage a restaurant he was planning to take over.

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Mary's Dinner Club Stories - Memory Lane & Future Plans

art bistro agoraNot hosting dinner clubs during the month of June is giving me the opportunity to go over past events, pictures, recipes in preparation for our new venture in July. During the past 150 events in the last 3 years we’ve not only covered cuisines of the entire globe but also been lucky to have some amazing guest speakers and performers who have made our dining experience even more exciting.

Often the menu was planned to compliment their talk. The fact that many of them attracted guests with similar interests made the experience even more rewarding with innumerable new friendships being formed over mutual interests, believes and passions.

The list is long, and I have liaised with many more wonderful people whom I’ve had the honor of connecting with through this amazing network. Here a list by category of those who have spoken/ held workshops at/with Mary’s (sincerely hoping not to have overlooked anyone).

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Mary's Dinner Club - Delicious Recollections of 150 Dinners

cyprus blog Last Saturday was not spent cooking my food, but poring over its origins, trying to remember what made me choose it, where I found it, who or what inspired me to make it and wondering what made certain dishes so popular...

And since I am planning to offer my food on a different/more frequent basis very soon I went through all the favourites. First you’ll remember the most frequently prepared ones of course - for some of them I know they are a sure-fire success - every time. There not being any leftovers whatsoever even though I always calculate for a few extra is usually a dead giveaway.

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Mary's Dinner Club - No. 150, Swedish Dinner and The Big Suprise

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Saturday’s Swedish evening was another milestone at Mary’s – event # 150! A fun and very interactive and educational event! Guests were given welcome drinks AND little pieces of paper to answer quiz questions at their arrival.

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Mary's Dinner Club Stories - Our Future Selves, Changes at Mary's

mary anglebergerNot surprisingly this Saturday’s event - our ‘Come as who you’ll be in 2020 Party’ at Hotel Londa - has turned out the biggest and most successful event in the 3-year history of Mary’s Dinner Clubs.

It is very humbling to witness the positive impact this evening has made! The whole scope of dinner clubs and the extent of its potential for being an island wide platform for really constructive and powerful networking became even more evident this Saturday than during any other previous event.

Dinner Clubs are always uplifting and positive occasions and bring about fantastic connections and friendships, but when open-minded, innovative people meet and are told to ‘dream big’, the dimensions change. The group energy, the mutual encouragement, the exchange that followed were absolutely awe-inspiring.

We enjoyed a welcome reception in the airy lobby of Hotel Londa where we were all able to admire each other’s glamorous outfits. After a group photo of 35 stunning looking guests we walked the red carpet into 2020, surrounded by photographers.

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