Celebrate Valentine's Day Early with Dinner Lab on February 12

February 4, 2015

The national pop-up supper club, Dinner Lab, returns to San Diego to present a pre-Valentine’s Day dinner on Thursday, February 12, at 7pm, featuring the cuisine of Dinner Lab Chef de Cuisine Daniel Espinoza and Chef Jhoana Ruiz of Rocking Horse Chicago. Both originating from Illinois, Daniel and Jhoana will spotlight their hometown favorites with a West Coast flair, featuring a collaborative menu concept described as “Meals shared between two lovebirds, now shared with the world.”

Tickets for the February 12 Dinner Lab event event are $75 each and will include signature cocktails and a five-course dinner consisting of:

Course 1 - Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese : tomato bisque | cheddar | basil creme
Course 2 - Steak Tartare : flank steak | guacamole | grilled sourdough | smoked egg yolk emulsion
Course 3 - Lobster Risotto : smoked mussels | crab | spiced walnuts | apple
Course 4 - Surf & Turf : braised short rib | seared scallop | brown butter cauliflower | pomegranate
Course 5 - Red Velvet : red velvet cake | cream cheese | white chocolate | strawberry

Dinner Lab is a popular, well-funded, membership-based, traveling pop-up dinner company that "exists to bring people together with new ideas in food." The company does this by hosting exclusive dinners at obscure locations in various cities throughout the U.S., where they give undiscovered chefs a creative platform to prototype new dishes and ideas through a multi-course, themed dining experience. After the meal, the intrepid diners provide detailed feedback to help the chefs and company iterate and grow.

Dinner Lab is backed in large part by investors including Whole Foods, so in addition to being a source for exciting meals, it's really a method in research and development for the upscale food industry. Dinner Lab was first launched in New Orleans, has since spread to 20 cities, and launched in America's Finest City in October 2014.

Dinner Lab operates through a membership model where members pay an annual fee up front ($175/year that begins when you attend your first dinner, not when you pay for it), which provides members access to the calendar of events for them plus one non-member guest. The company claims that this is not in the interest of exclusivity, but rather as a means of subsidizing the up-front cost of the meals - hiring people, renting a kitchen, etc. Guests then pay for each dinner (average $60-80) and have access to not only events in the local market, but in every other city that Dinner Lab operates. Tickets are purchased through the website starting a few weeks prior to the event, and prices are inclusive of at least 5 courses, tax, gratuity, and alcohol. Sign up using SanDiegoVille's link and get $20 off your first meal - dinnerlab.com/openuser/memberjoin.php?inviteid=6GV8Kb.

The location remains to-be-determined until the day before the event, it is Dinner Lab, after all. It’s not too late to join the fun, get your membership at DinnerLab.com and be a part of the most adventurous dining club in the country.