About Us

The Secret Garden is Aruba’s exclusive private in-home dining experience and the island’s only culinary collaborative, featuring international and local chefs presenting weekly chef’s-table events for a limited number of diners.

The Secret Garden is located in a replica of a traditional Aruban cunucu (countryside) home owned by event planner and content and travel writer Tina Causey-Bislick and her husband, Michael Bislick, a local Aruban and professional musician.

Chef Erwin Husken: Next-Level Comfort Food

The week starts off with Chef Erwin every Monday evening. 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.

Chef Erwin has put together a gastronomic showcase of five courses—from potato truffle soup and tuna tataki to shrimp tacos and seared lamb chops–designed to ring all those delightful culinary bells and whistles.  There is an optional wine pairing available.

*Vegetarian option with advance notice

Chef Martijn Liebregt: A Fusion of Asian & French Flavors

Chef Martijn is The Secret Garden’s newest guest chef who has enjoyed two sold-out evenings for his first two events this month.  The chef is introducing his unique fusion of French and Asian cuisine every Tuesday evening.  Martijn began his career at two-star Michelin-rated Amber, a fine-dining restaurant in Hong Kong specializing in classic French dishes spiked with Asian flavors.

Back on his home turf in The Netherlands, the chef joined the culinary team at former Bib Gourmand restaurant Wilde Zwijnen, awarded the title “The New Dutch Cuisine”  by The New York Times, where he learned to source locally for ingredients and let them shine as the stars of his dishes.  There is an optional wine pairing available.

*Vegetarian and vegan options with advance notice

Chef Griet Vanbrabant: A Locally-Sourced Adventure

Every Wednesday evening, Belgium chef Griet Vanbrabant shares the fresh and vibrant flavors of locally-sourced ingredients for her six-course Local Tasting Menu.  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.  There is an optional wine pairing available.

*Vegetarian and vegan options with advance notice

Press & Guest Reviews

“If you want to get seriously local… book a dinner at The Secret Garden. I had a plant-based meal, and it was incredible.”

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

“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

“A magical experience! Chefs Tina and Tony dazzled us with their vegan comfort food creations… hosts Tracy and Jen made each of us feel taken care of throughout the entire night. ⁣ An experience not to be missed.”

Meredith Marin, Vegan Aruba

“Fantastic food in a cozy atmosphere. Most enjoyable–everything from welcome cocktail to yummy dessert! Great company too!”

Rona Coster

“A wonderful and creative experience ..enjoying delicious vegan food in Aruba!!! My third visit…and more to come…”

Janique Schilders

“This was unlike anything I had done before on this island in 20 years. The entire evening was so special. Between the lights and the music and the flowing Prosecco, it was impossible not to enjoy.”

Meagan Mackenzie Van Cooten

“Magical place, delicious food and best service. A one of a kind experience. Highly recommended!!!”

Donna Upegui with Donna Health & Happiness

“Amazing tropical, chic atmosphere. Food was to die for and the hostesses were outstanding…can’t wait to return!”

Laurie Brandt

“Awesome food, beautiful garden, great company, wonderful hostesses!”

Evy Raven

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