It’s a social dining experiment.
It’s a series of underground, pop-up monthly dinners in unconventional locations like airplane hangars and helipads, only disclosed 24 hours prior to the event.
It’s a way for emerging chefs to try out their new material to a community of adventurous diners.
It’s Dinner Lab, and we wanted in. For Valentine’s Day this year, Mike and I invested in a membership, which delivers on all of the mystique and intrigue promised above.
We went to this month’s event as a way to have some kid-free fun before Baby Hearne makes his arrival in the next few weeks. The details? Clash of the Crawfish, a real live New Orleans-style crawfish boil in the parking lot of Sociable Cider Werks in Northeast Minneapolis.
There were so many things to love about this experience. We sat at community-style tables with strangers that became friends by the end of the meal. We learned how to twist apart and suck the delicious brain juice out of the crawfish, or mudbugs as the pros call them. We got our hands dirty indulging in the most flavorful boil, gumbo and potato salad you can imagine. And it didn’t hurt that this all happened on one of the first 70-degree days of the year.
The results of this Dinner Lab were a resounding success. It was a blast to experience something creative and new with a group of other curious and interesting people, we will be signing up for another dinner lab soon.
Care to join us?
Until We Eat Again,
Two Happy Cooks