underground nightlife generally brings to mind dark cellar jazz clubs or into-the-wee-hours gatherings, dj’s mixing experimental sounds, by-invitation-only showcases of undiscovered talent. Not unlike private gallery openings, exposing raw artistic talent to an adventurous audience … off the beaten path, and afterhours. Fine dining is following suit, if you know where to look for it. As with music and art, talented and independent chefs find a stage to perform for their eager audiences. Without the overhead expenses and menu restrictions of a restaurant, creativity is unlimited.
for the price of a seat at the table, diners are treated to more than a lovely meal. The atmosphere is intimate. Guests may be witness to a performance of preparation and serving. Local and seasonal foods find top billing on spirited menus. Adventurous pairings from local vintners and daring dessert offerings are not uncommon. And why not ? The chef has full reign …. they’re bound to show off a bit! Partnering with local producers brings the freshest seasonal produce, meats, eggs and herbs to the dishes – each meal is indeed a work of art.
rave reviews : the art of the pop-up dinner
oh swoon! – I’ve fallen in love with “beet meringue kisses”.
drooling for greek food .. seriously, right now!
a few local venues to watch, for the intrepid dining experience – also watch them on facebook – a good place to find out about sneaky pop-up events featuring guest chefs. the old brewery/stonehouse in the kitchen polly’s paladar sierra farm to table