Pop-ups and experimental dinners have been a hot dining trend in recent years, and Denver will see another concept in the mix by the end of the month. Dinner Lab, a membership-based social dining experiment, is hosting its first dinner on Friday, September 26.
Currently, in more than 10 cities across the U.S., Dinner Lab offers paid memberships that give diners the ability to purchase tickets for numerous pop-up-style events. Chefs from around the country are tapped to share their menus in their own market, with attendees providing feedback for the chef, which, if positive, can propel that chef to a dinner in another market. Depending on the city, the all-inclusive dinners are held up to twice a week. The goal is to give up-and-coming chefs—say the chef de cuisine or sous chef or line cook—from popular restaurants the spotlight for an evening.
The kickoff meal for the Dinner Lab in Denver on September 26 will feature Chicago chef Danny Espinoza and modern Mexican cuisine. Look for dishes like a tiradito of cobia, masa flatbread with chicken carnitas and mushroom escabeche, and pickled pork tenderloin. The price is $60 for members, and in true pop-up form, details on the secret location will be released the day prior.
· Dinner Lab [Official website]
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