Dinner Lab SF — San Francisco (3/2014)


I finally signed up for my first San Francisco Dinner Lab event.  I attended my first event in LA in November.  The ones in SF started in January, but the dates never worked or the menu was not appealing enough until this one.  On the original announcement, it appeared they were going to do 2 or three seatings.  When it opened up, I went for the first seating at 7:30pm.  Subsequently, it appeared they didn’t get enough sign-ups for later seatings, so there was only one that was done.

A few days before, I received an email asking for any food allergies.  On the day before the event, I received the address.   It was to be in a building that turned out to be a Sports Basement store.  When I arrived, I thought it might be right on the floor with all the merchandise.  It turns out there was a room downstairs.  I checked in at the door and then was told how to get to the dining area.  I was checked in again there.  Unlike, in LA, I did not have to sign anything, including a waiver of liability.

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Dinner Lab Event — Los Angeles (11/2013)


A few months ago, a friend sent me a link to an announcement that a dinner membership program called Dinner Lab was offering memberships in San Francisco and if I was already a member.  I had not heard of it before, so I checked out the website for more information.  It’s an outfit that is setting up in different cities where people can join and then be eligible to sign up for pop-up dinner events.  The annual membership fee seem reasonable, at least to try it out for one year.  And the cost of the meals, which included tax, gratuity and alcoholic beverages, seemed fair enough.  They also say that if you join, you can attend events in your home city or in any other city.  Moreover, the counter on the membership doesn’t start until you attend your first local event. After a couple of weeks, I decided to go ahead and join (the initial batch of memberships have since been all sold). 

I had forgotten that they post new events on Wednesdays.  I just happen to look early one Wednesday and an event was going to go on sale later that day that had a menu that looked interesting.  I asked a friend who lives in LA if he had any interest, and he agreed.  So when the time came to buy tickets (you can buy one or two), I was able to get tickets to my choice of seating (I chose the 2nd seating at 7:30).  The event sold out within an hour.

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