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The Secret Garden Welcomes Two Chefs-In-Residence

The Secret Garden, Aruba’s exclusive, private in-home dining experience and culinary collaborative, is proud to announce two new chef’s table experiences featuring two Michelin-trained chefs.

Chef’s Garden by Papillon

Every Wednesday evening, Belgium chef Griet Vanbrabant will share the fresh and vibrant flavors of locally-sourced ingredients for her six-course Chef’s Garden.  Chef Griet refined her skills working in international, award-winning restaurants all over the world, including the 3-michelin-star restaurant El Bulli in Spain, Rockpool in Australia, and Pujol, Wallstreet Journal’s pick as best restaurant in Mexico City.

The service team of Papillon, Aruba’s famed French-Caribbean fusion restaurant located in The Village in Palm Beach, will be on hand to make sure each and every guest is graciously attended to with Aruba’s warm island hospitality.


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Red Snapper Tartar (sourced from local fishermen), Avocado, Citrus, Aguachile
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Seared Mahi Fish Soup with Pan Bati

The six-course dinner ($95 per person) is from 7pm to 10pm every Wednesday evening.  An optional premium wine and cocktail pairing is also available.

*A lovely vegan menu is also available with advance request

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Conchinita Pibil (pulled pork)
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Pork Tenderloin from local farmer Alexius Kock
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Chocolate, Banana, and Peanut Ice Cream from local company Pico Bello

This is not a public event, reservations required .  To reserve your space and for more information, contact the Papillon team at 586-5400 or WhatsApp at 732-0832.

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The Moon, The Stars & Chef Erwin

The lush, open-air environs of The Secret Garden set the stage for one of Aruba’s top, award-winning chefs.  Michelin-trained Chef Erwin Husken has been wooing foodies for almost two decades on Aruba—first as head chef at Flying Fishbone, followed by 13 years at Screaming Eagle as head chef/owner.  He also won Aruba’s Top Chef two years in a row.

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Chef Erwin Husken

Chef Erwin has put together a gastronomic showcase of five courses designed to ring all those delightful culinary bells and whistles. Every Thursday, Chef Erwin teams up with Tina Bislick, an award-winning event planner who has curated events for two U.S. Presidents as well as VIPS and celebrities in the U.S.  She is the homeowner of  The Secret Garden along with her local musician husband, Michael Bislick. Tina will be overseeing the evening along with hostess extraordinaire Tracey Schilders.

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Amuse of Potato-Truffle Soup, Parmaham, Croutons, Chives
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Shrimp taco on a Flour Tortilla, Tempura Shrimp, Caramelized Onions, Cilantro, Habanero Spice, Garlic-Mustard-Lime Aioli
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Tuna Tataki, Mixed Greens, Pickled Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes, Croutons, Jalapeno Sour Cream, Roasted Garlic-Soy Dressing

This exclusive dining experience is $95 per person and includes a welcome prosecco.  There is an optional wine pairing as well. *There is not a vegan option for this experience.

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• Spiced Lamb Chops, Honey Sweet Potatoes, Green Asparagus, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Lebanese Yogurt Dressing
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French Apple Tarte Tatin, Candied Nuts, Vanilla Ice Cream

Space is limited to 20 guests. Tickets to this event can be purchased on Event Brite at

For more information, WhatsApp 730-4675, email [email protected], or send a message to The Secret Garden’s Facebook page.

What the international press is saying about The Secret Garden:

“Far from the predictable surf and turf and pina colada one might expect and deservedly crave on such a trip, the dinner is one of the many refreshing and decidedly local experiences now on offer to tourists.” 

-Jennifer Smith, U.K.’s Daily Mail

“If you want to get seriously local… book a dinner at The Secret Garden.”

-Becca Glasser-Baker, from New York Metro’s “The Ultimate Guide to Aruba”

“We were served an excellent vegan rendition of contemporary and traditional Aruban dishes…It was a meal so big and filling that I didn’t even know it was vegan until someone told me afterward.”

-Keith Langston, Passport magazine

About The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is located in a replica of a traditional Aruban cunucu (countryside) home. The treasured garden is the setting for an authentic, local in-home dining experience…a truly unique and magical experience on Aruba.

The Secret Garden is not a restaurant open to the general public.  The venue hosts a variety of events—from chef’s tables to yoga dinners to private birthday parties and celebrations.