If you’re the kind of person that likes surprises, you might want to grab a seat at the Dinner Lab table. And since their kick-off LA dinner is this Saturday (July 25), you’ll have to be spontaneous too.
What’s Dinner Lab? Glad you asked. In their own words, they are “a new members-only supper club that connects adventurous diners with rising star chefs for unique rogue pop-up dining experiences across the country.” It started in New Orleans, as all good things do. (Ahem, I was born there.)
It’s adventurous because you have to be willing to play along with the Chef’s whim. The theme of the first LA dinner, hosted by Chef Wes Whitehead of WEST Kitchen & Catering in Malibu, is Tea Time — a global gastronomical tour devoted to the nuance and possibilities of tea.
Menu items include an Arnold Palmer Hushpuppy from the US, Chai BBQ from India and an English Breakfast earl grey custard from the UK. You can wash it all down with the Duke of Earl, a signature Bombay Sapphire Gin cocktail (they’re a sponsor)that mixes English Breakfast Tea, lemon, and lime, with fresh lavender sprig garnish. Sounds healthy.
It’s rogue because it’s never in the same location at the same time. You don’t know where you're going until the day before the event, so Angelenos, you’ll have to be OK with leaving the neighborhood, and the traffic situation, to chance. (The Metro can’t open soon enough.)
Ready to sign up? Go to dinnerlab.com and become a member. Cost is $175 and this includes your meal, tip, tax and unlimited beverages. Plus, you get to play critic and rate your experience.
Photos: Provided from Dinner Lab's NYC event.