sunday supper with monica pope

Sunday Dinner With the Pope

Just so we could say that we've been to a party at a $14.5 million dollar mansion, John and I attended a unique event on the weekend following Thanksgiving. Tucked away in one of Houston's most affluent neighborhoods, River Oaks, is this over-the-top resort style estate that was designed for entertaining. We practically forgot that we were in Houston wandering around the grounds, which feature three swimming pools, a tennis court, an outdoor party pavilion and walking paths.


3940 inverness houston

The reason for the evening was an installment of the "Sunday Suppers with the Pope" series, featuring delicious food from chef Monica Pope of Sparrow Bar + Cookshop. The parties combine refreshments and real estate, with wines from around the world, beer and a signature cocktail on offer as the guests explore the property, followed by a light meal and the chance to chat with other guests in a communal setting. Everyone brought their own plates from home, allowing for an interesting ice breaker.

3940 inverness tennis court


3940 Inverness

This week John Daugherty Realtors were showcasing 3940 Inverness (more photos at the link), a renovated 1958 home that was featured in the 1973 film, The Thief Who Came to Dinner. We snuck up to the panoramic back windows for a peek at the interior before heading off for a long walk around the pools, one of which may be the largest private pool in the United States. It had a boat moored in one corner so I believe it!

sunday supper with monica pope



Dinner featured Beet Cured Salmon with hazelnut pesto, Creamed Greens with pickled stems and radishes, Turkey Hash, Crab Wonton and spicy shrimp broth and Lentil Salad with quince, pecans and herbs. Dessert offerings were White Chocolate-cranberry Cookies, Mini Gingerbreads and Cardamom Thumbprints. Tickets to this engaging evening for real estate buffs and foodies usually go for $75 each.

We were guests of this "Friendsgiving" Sunday supper event but all opinions are our own.

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8 years ago

Food photos looks so delish!

8 years ago

How fun! I would have been tempted to take one of those boats for a spin around the pool 🙂

8 years ago
Reply to  Heather

Pretty crazy, eh?

Great headline! Hooked me from the start.

I’ve always thought about attending a dinner party at a very fancy house like that. But I’m a blue collar kind of guy, so the thought often makes me just a bit uncomfortable. I’d get over it if I was invited though. Glad you guys had a good time. 🙂

8 years ago

I actually have more fun at what you may call “blue collar” parties but, hey, when in Rome…

8 years ago

Not at all jealous, not at all! 🙂

8 years ago

Sounds like a really interesting evening! What a stunning setting for a party. Hope you guys had a great time. 🙂

8 years ago
Reply to  Krista

I was joking that I wouldn’t have enough friends close by to fill that kind of space if I lived in a place like that, haha. All in all a nice evening and we met some interesting people 🙂

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