Private dinner pop ups are, well, literally popping up all over town as of late, it’s been a rather recent obsession in Los Angeles and should you have the opportunity to take part in one, you do not turn it down. The thing with pop up dinner parties is, they’re known for being held in interesting locations, the ambiance and experience are nothing short of perfection, the menu is quite often farm to table, and most importantly, these innovative and very special dinners are one of the greatest way to bring a community of 10-30 people together to meet, share a dinner table, and perhaps cultivate new friendships. If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about hosting a dinner party and bringing the serious food worshiping community together, it’s Tastemade and Kitchen Surfing LA.
Tastemade (if ya didn’t know…) is a relatively new, badass global digital media company centered around, you guessed it, food. Tastemade has a huge network of foodies, chefs, and creators on YouTube and with that they also provide one of THE coolest apps available right now – the app is kind of like Yelp, but better. Curious about a restaurant or need help deciding where to go? Watch any one of their thousands of videos that WE the fans create with their fool-proof video recording template. Thanks to Tastemade and their tastemakers, we have a whole new way to get an inside look at what we may be getting in to – ambiance, food, drinks and all. The Tastemade goal is to “connect the world through food” on small and large levels, and last night is just one example of how they’re making that happen, successfully.
As for Kitchen Surfing, I can’t believe a company like this exists but alas and thank goodness, they do. Kitchen Surfing is a global marketplace for chefs and have come across quite a bit of success here in Los Angeles (among several of their other locations all over the world including New York, Berlin, Chicago, and more). In the words of Kitchen Surfing, “We match up chefs and people who need a cook at high and low price points and for a variety of types of engagements, from cooking lessons for the kids to fried chicken parties to 10-course anniversary dinners.” And last night, one of their incredibly talented and very entertaining chefs, Adam Lewis, created a spectacular 5 course meal for me and 24 new friends of mine at the Great Space in Downtown LA. The pictures below will speak for themselves, but the evening was simply magical, I can’t wait to attend the next pop up I find. The food, the new friendships, and the overall experience to be had at a pop-up dinner like this are without a doubt, priceless. I f*cking love Los Angeles.