C.A.S.A. - the Social Club
C.A.S.A.  -  the Social Club

Recent Events

For interest, this page contains events which we have held over the last year.  It contains the description provided prior to the event and, as appropriate, some comments and photographs added afterwards.

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Friday September 10

 

GOLFLAND

ALVOR

 

 

Mini-golf & Tea

 

From 3 p.m.

 


Back by popular demand we’re holding our fun golf outing
and afternoon tea (sandwiches, rissoles, cake & more - a
coffee, or beer, or glass of wine) plus of course a game of
mini golf at a new venue for CASA at the recently opened
GolfLand.


This is a fun occasion - the ‘winner’ receives a winners cup,
and this year a
GolfLand T-shirt or cap!


You are very welcome to come for the tea only, the price will
be the same  =  €15 p.p.

 

Please note that any purchases made at the bar prior to the tea service (expected at 4 p.m.) must be paid for.

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Allthough we had a fairly small turnout (16) for this occasion it worked very well.  The mini-golf course, being new, was in excellent condition and contained some 'interesting' holes.  The site is quite compact and the surrounding gardens have been very well laid out. Supposedly the 18 holes are all 'Par 2' but our scores did not fully reflect this with a high score of 64.  At the better end of the range we had 2 players on each of 50, 49 and 48, while our clear winner managed a respectable 46.  Barbara was presented with a bottle of wine, a T-shirt and cap from GolfLand and a cup to be held until our next golf competition.

 

We played in 4 'teams' of 3 or 4 players, the team average scores were:

Team 1     54 

Team 2     52

Team 3     55

Team 4     52

(Team 3 actually played last as they wanted to finish their pre-match drinkies first, does this relate to their slightly higher scores?)

 

The following tea ran for some time as we sat happily chatting on the sunny lower terrace consuming sandwiches, cake, scones etc accompanied by a generous supply of drinks by GolfLand, we would like to thank Snr. Carlos and his friendly staff for their support and hospitaliity.

Friday August 20


Big Red's Steakhouse

 

New Premises near Alvor Beach

 

6 p.m. for 6:30 - €25 p.p.

 

 

B.B.Q.

 

 

Booking is now closed

 

We do not normally run an event in August

However we have missed so many events, including our annual BBQ, that we make an exception this year - we found you a BBQ!


Imagine yourself on a balmy evening, just two minutes walk from the beach where, if you’re inclined, you can have an evening stroll either before you sup or after to round-off your evening!


This will be a table service rather than the usual buffet-style BBQ due to Covid regulations


Freshly prepared (BBQ) hot food supplied to the tables on platters to be shared - (and continually refilled).....
 

The menu will include the following:

 

1st Course/Couvert

Bread etc, cold meats, cheese

Main Course

Pork ribs, small steaks,  sausages, chicken, mixed fish kebabs, salads, chips.

A choice of three deserts

  - and of course wine & water.

Coffee is not included in the price but can be purchased if wanted.

 

Last booking date will be Monday August 16th

Price is  €25 pp, members only.

 

The AGM Dinner at Big Red's was very well recieved so we asked 'Big Red' himself and he was delighted to offer us a BBQ.  It is expected to be the first served at the new venue near the beach.

 

Friday July 16

 

Algarve Coastline 3 hour boat trip with complimentary drink

 

 

€22 p.p.

 

 

 

Explore this beautiful coastline, see the dolphins (if they deem to make an appearance) enjoy great company and wonderful fresh air!

 

 

Meet @ 9.30 a.m. at the Naval Club in Portimão for 10.00 a.m.
departure on the Alegria. A complimentary coffee will be available while waiting.

There will be a bar open on the boat
for those wishing to buy further refreshments.


If you wish to round off your boat tour with a lunch at the
Naval Club, or go for a lunch only and meet up with other
members - they have a 3 course lunchtime menu or you can
choose à la carte - we can advise them of your booking.

 

Booking closed  Monday 12th July.

 

18 Intrepid sailors turned up at the quayside for the trip. After embarking the Alegria headed out towards the sea and  as the boat passed out of the protected harbour area she picked up a rather unusually high swell.  For several of our members this proved to be somewhat upsetting and they were unable to appreciate the trip as much as has been possible on previous outings.  The swell was also too much for the local dolphins who declined to make an appearance, to everyone's great disapointment.

Perhaps we will stay inland in future!

Friday 18 JUNE
LUNCH

12.30 FOR 1 P.M.


 

ASIA - TOKYO RESTAURANT
PRAIA DA ROCHA


 

Our only previous visit to this beautiful restaurant was in 2019 - we would certainly have been back there before now but for the Covid-19 restrictions; so it’s now time to indulge your palate once again. 


 

No menu for you to choose from, you will be served with a plethora of perfectly prepared Chinese & Japanese food to the table so that you can help yourselves to the items you fancy.


 

The lunch includes dessert and wine / soft drinks and coffee.


 

Inclusive price is  €20 p.p.


 

Booking closed on 14th June.


 

This lunch is a replacement for the BBQ originally planned for the

same date at the Holiday Inn who informed us recently that

they were unable to host the event.

 

 

[No photos were taken at this lunch due to Covid regultions and

there being members of the public in the restaurant with us]

 

Friday, May 28

12.30 for 1:00pm

 

 

Lunch

Brasserie Rosal Carvoeiro

 

 


 € 25 per person  (Members Only)

 

Booking now closed as we have reached the restaurant capacity


Menu:


Appetizers
Marinated salmon Carpaccio with honey mustard sauce and a small salad
or
Cauliflower-Curry soup with chicken stripes and fresh herbs
or
Baked feta cheese gratinated with herbal tomato sauce


Main courses
Oven stewed lamb in red wine sauce served with mashed potatoes and
Mediterranean vegetables
or
Pan fried skewer of Salmon and prawns with white wine sauce served
with sauteed potatoes and fresh vegetables
or
Creamy Chicken Stroganoff with herbal rice, sauteed potatoes
and fresh vegetables


Dessert
Chocolate Gateaux with vanilla ice cream
or
Fruit Salad
or
Cheese variation


Wine, soft drink or beer, water and coffee.

 

 

This has been one of CASA’s favourite restaurants for many years and it never disappoints; a beautiful location, tasteful decor with friendly and attentive staff makes this a winner. We were all treated to a wonderful lunch consisting of quality ingredients carefully chosen by Chef Andi; the wine flowed as did the conversation and at its conclusion all were reluctant to leave and could have continued
well into the evening!

 

Friday May 14th

 

A.G.M.  &   Dinner

 

At

 

BIG RED'S STEAK HOUSE

in Alvor.

 

 

This will be C.A.S.A's first visit to Big Red's Steak House

which is located next to the Por do Sol Restaurant.

Both are well known to many members.

 

 

Arrive from 6 pm - Welcome drink  available

                            Meeting commences at 6.30pm sharp.

                            Dinner estimated 7.15 p.m.


Price - (members only) -  €25

 

Dinner Menu:


Couvert

   
First Course:

     Tomato Soup OR Spring Rolls
Mains:

     BBQ Spare Ribs  OR 

     Chicken Kiev  OR

     Seafood Bake

               All served with potatoes & selection of vegetables.
Desserts:

      Sticky Toffee Pudding  OR

      Creme Brulee  OR

      Fresh Fruit Salad


Water, wine or soft drink, coffee.

 

Maximum of 50 people.   Booking closed at 17:00 on May 10th.

 

 

Please arrive between 18:00 and 18:15

there will be no admission prior to 18:00 due to 'Covid-19 precautions'

 

After several enforced delays  we finally managed to hold an AGM and dinner on Friday May14th.  We met at Big Red's Steakhouse just outside Alvor and enjoyed our welcome drink (Buck's Fizz) seated at the tables on the terrace before moving inside for the AGM at 6:30.  The AGM included the usual Chairman's Report for the previous 12 months followed by a presentation of the financial records and the Honarary Auditors report on these.
Two members of the committee (Lena and our secretary Susan) have stood down since the last AGM and were thanked for their time and effort in support of CASA.  The remainder of the committee were voted to stand for another year and our new Secretary Kareen was formally elected to the role she has already fulfilled for five months.
On conclusion of these formalities the staff of Big Red's brought in our couvert followed shortly by the rest of the meal. The food was excellent, the Rib's in particular getting hearty praise. An excellent meal all round and a great re-start to our events.  Particular thanks are extended to the staff who did a superb job, remembering that many of them were new and this was the first group event at the restaurant since the long Covid shut-down.
This may have been our first visit to Big Red's but hopefully it will not be the last.

 

After Hangover Celebration

 

Restaurant Brasserie Rosal

 

17 January 2021


12:30 for 1 pm

 

 

€24 per member

Increased to €25 to avoid coin handling

The extra Euro will be held in the Charity Donation Fund

 

Due to increased Covid-19 restrictions we regret

that this lunch is cancelled.

 

Appetizers
Marinated Salmon
Carpaccio with honey-mustard sauce and a small salad
OR Cauliflower-Curry soup with chicken strips and fresh herbs
OR Baked feta cheese gratinated with herbal tomato sauce

 

Main courses
Oven Stewed Lamb in red wine sauce served with mashed potatoes and Mediterranean vegetables
OR Pan Fried Skewer of Salmon and Prawns with white wine sauce served with sauteed potatoes
OR Creamy Chicken Stroganoff with herbal rice, sauteed potatoes and fresh vegetables


Dessert
Chocolate Gateaux with vanilla ice cream
OR Fruit Salad
OR Cheese variation


The usual drinks are included
 

Note that the maximum possible number of attendees is 50.

2nd 3rd 4th December

 

Christmas Celebration

 

at

O Barradas (near Silves)

 

 

 

Due to Covid-19 limitations we will hold

 

TWO Christmas meals on the same day

 

LUNCH (12:30 for 1:00) and  DINNER (6:30 for 7:00)

each will be limited to 22 people

(including Santa who has been invited to both)

Due to demand an extra lunch has been added.

 

All three meals will now be lunches which will be held at 12:30 for 13:00 on the following dates in December:

Lunch on the 28th November now on 2nd

Dinner on the 28th November now on 3rd

Lunch on 5th December now on 4th

 

Each of our Christmas events will commence with a welcome drink:

Glass of Rosé wine Quinta do Barradas
with homemade pate canapés.


Couvert:

Bread, butter, carrot salad with olives, homemade cheese crackers

and beetroot crème.


Entradas:

Smoked salmon with dill dip and strawberry salad. Or
Homemade Pumpkin soup with chestnut and ginger. Or
Goat cheese tart with figs in Moscatel.


Main courses:

Fried fish fillet with capers, lemon and garlic. Or
Mediterranean lamb with raspberry. Or
Turkey with sage and onion stuffing and mini sausages.
All served with sweet potato mash,

house potato (fried with onion and garlic in olive oil),
rice and roasted vegetables with rosemary.


Dessert:

Clementine mousse with mango sorbet. Or

Christmas Pudding and brandy custard.


Coffee, served with mince pie.


Red, White and Rosé wines, water, soft drinks.

 

Inclusive price  €35.00 by pre-payment only.

 

This restaurant is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and excellent cuisine, and it certainly didn’t disappoint, we’ve received feedback from some of our members to say how much they enjoyed thier lunches. Originally planned as both lunch and dinner on November 28th we were forced by Covid-19 restrictions to re schedule to lunches on 3 consecutive days accommodating 60 of our members in total. In the event this change worked extremely well and everyone seems to have enjoyed the excellent lunch provided by Luis and his attentive staff, firstly in the Garden Room on the first two days, and since the weather rapidly changed on day three, this lunch was hosted in the cosy restaurant room with a lovely log-fire burning brightly to warm us all. Santa was unable to attend as usual due to Covid-19 travel restrictions; however his elves and reindeer team did deliver a selection of presents in time.
A selection of photos taken over the three days are below.

 

 

Saturday 17th October

 

Car Treasure Hunt

followed by

Lunch at

 

Restaurante Dom Joao

near Alvor

 

 

Approx 40 km country drive from a start location in Silves where there is a cafe for non-alcoholic refreshments  to a traditional Portuguese restaurant near the Alvor Aerodrome where we will have lunch.

 

Detailed Treasure Hunt starting point joining instructions will be provided only after booking.

Minimum 2 and maximum 4 people per car, all must be a CASA member. We don't recommend sharing a car between households but if you decide to do so please ensure you follow the current regulations.

 

The Treasure Hunt / Motor Meander will start from 10:00 (cars will be dispatched at short intervals between 10:30 and 11:00) and should take about 1 ½ hours to complete. 

 

There will be a prize for the most clues correctly solved en-route.

Please note that this is not a race, there is no advantage in completing the route quickly!

 

The prize plus a trophy to be held for one year will be presented during lunch.

 

It is not necesary to take part in order to join the lunch which is available separately.

If joining for lunch only without taking part in the treasure hunt please arrive no later than 12:45 as the lunch will be served at 13:00 sharp. 


We are additionally looking at holding a small quiz during lunch, there will be a small prize for the winner.

 

 

LUNCH MENU -

 

STARTERS:    Bread,    Olives,    Croquets of Bacalhau.

    
MAINS:           Fish of the day with boiled potatoes        OR  

                     Hake fillets with chips        OR

                     Entrecosto Grelhado  (Ribs)  with Chips     OR

                     Strogonoff  with rice.

    
DESSERTS:     Torta de limão  merengue            OR 

                      Salada de frutas frescas              OR    

                      Pudim Flan.   

 

Meal includes    Wine, beer, water and coffee.

 

Combined Price for the Treasure Hunt and/or Lunch: €20 p.p.

Same price for those that come only for the lunch where all fees will be collected.

Any pre-lunch refreshments are not included in the lunch price so should be paid for when ordering.

 

Maximum of 30 people for both the Treasure Hunt and Lunch.

Members Only.

 

 

Saturday saw 10 cars of keen competitors gather for a staggered start from Recanto dos Mouros for the 1 1/2 hour Treasure Hunt.  Clues were solved, or not, along the way. A few cars managed to miss turnings and other minor navigational mishaps - but that's all part of the fun! One team was a little late arriving at Dom Joao, but all did arrive safely in time for our lunch, which was much enjoyed.  Following lunch the prizes were awarded in reverse order of the top 3 and finally the much coveted Wooden Spoon - this team are allowed to keep their prize - unlike the silver cups which we do expect back for next year!
As an experiment this year we also held a car related quiz over lunch, the prize for this went to a table with a perfect 20/20 score by Do, Mavis, Ernie and Michael who had not taken place in the Treasure Hunt.
Al in all a very pleasant day out and our thanks go to the staff of both Recanto dos Mouros and Dom Joao  for their kind assistance and support.
We also thank our volunteer judges (Jan and David) for generously giving up much of thier time organising both the Treasure Hunt and the Quiz and for scoring all the results.
 
A list of the teams and scores is below these pictures.

First           Three Maskateers             27    Points

Second       Algarve Raiders                26.5 Points

Third          Three Legs                      25.5 Points

Fourth        Bedlington Terriers           23    Points

Fifth           In...trepid...ation             18    Points

Sixth          The Lost ones                 16.5 Points

Seventh      Intrepid Trio                    14    Points

Wooden Spoon     Pio Po                    5     Points

Ninth     No names on answer sheet     2     Points

Tenth     No answer sheet returned      0     Points

Saturday 12th September

 

'Al Fresco' Lunch

 

In the gardens of

Restaurante Jardim das Oliveiras

on the road to Foia from Monchique

 

 

Jardim das Oliveiras is a traditional Portuguese restaurant with a long-standing excellent reputation.   This will be CASA's first meal here.

 

MENU

 

Starters on the table to be shared -

    Mushroom, ham, chorizo, polenta and asadura

 

Main Course :

     Pork loin with chestnuts

     Lamb in the oven with prunes

     Rooster from the hills

 

Choice of deserts - "too many to mention"

 

Wine, bread, soft drinks, coffee etc. are included.

 

Various table sizes will be available to a maximum of 8 people.

 

Please arrive from 12:30 for 1 o'clock service.

Inclusive price is 27€ per person.

Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 40 people.

Please note that this lunch is Members Only.

Last date for booking was 5th September.

"Spot The Member"

Competion

July / August

 

Resulted in a tie between Kareen & Cecilia

who will each receive a  meal voucher.

 

 

Winners of the

CASA Monthly 'Lockdown'

Photo Competition.

 

June

 

Theme : Pet (or Pets) in Lockdown

 

 

Winner : Michele

May

Theme : The door/entrance to your home

 


Winner:     Ernie with

                   'All’s well on the home front'

April

 

Theme  'Keeping busy in Lockdown'

 

Winner - Karen  with  'Lemon Marmalade'

 

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