Dinner Lab Giveaway with Chris Kearse

Dinner Lab CollageSome meal memories never fade — I can still taste the milk dinner prepared by Philadelphia Chef Chris Kearse of Will BYOB four years ago on my birthday. A milk dinner. (Sigh.) Can anything be more beautiful?

That’s why I am thrilled to be giving away two tickets to the pop-up dinner Kearse will roll out on March 5, 2015 as part of Dinner Lab.

What is Dinner Lab?

One part laboratory, two parts social experiment, Dinner Lab provides unorthodox dining experiences for its members. Membership costs $125 (see discount link below for MF readers), which gives you access to a calendar of pop-ups around the country (Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago…most recently Philadelphia and Pittsburgh). Each pop-up costs around $65.

I met the company’s CFO, Bryson Aust, a few weeks ago to learn more about his vision: to elevate up-and-coming chefs through underground dining experiences around the country.

Aust explained how he and his partners (fellow MBA-ers at Tulane) developed the concept out of necessity — when they moved to New Orleans, they surfed the pop-up scene but learned how taxing it was for chefs to organize. “No one made any money,” Aust said. So, he and his peers focused on building a sustainable platform. The company handles ticketing, location scouting, staffing, and even food sourcing. And yes, chefs get paid. This is not about free labor.

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The Giveaway

Curious about Dinner Lab? Win a 1-year membership + 2 tickets to the Chris Kearse dinner in Philadelphia by leaving a comment about your most memorable meal in the comment box below. The giveaway ends at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.

Also, the folks at Dinner Lab have been kind enough to offer discounted membership to MF readers. Click here to receive a membership discount ($75 instead of $125).

Hope to see you at the dinner!

Note: the location of this dinner will be unveiled the night before. (See menu below.)

Photo Credit: Aaron Lyles

Photo Credit: Aaron Lyles


Dinner Lab presents Chris Kearse …

Cuisine : Classique Moderne | Reverence for tradition, respect for progress

Location: to be released a day before
About Chef Chris Kearse

Age: 30
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Menu Concept: This menu focuses on its season, respecting French traditions along with classic and modern techniques to build a dining experience that evokes excitement and emotion.
Current Gig: Chef/Owner, Will BYOB
Work History: Tru (Chicago) | Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel (Philadelphia) | Pumpkin (Philadelphia) | Blackfish (Conshohocken, PA)
Education: The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

Menu for March 5, 2015
1  Pistachio Soup : puffed grains | king crab | burnt cream
2  Grilled Bay Scallop : beech mushroom | green tea | meyer lemon & espelette emulsion
3  Okinawa Potato & Foie Gras Tortellini : oxtail marmalade | chestnut | oxalis
4  Duck Cassoulet : lentils & pumpkin | fennel crème
5   Spiced Guinness Cake : red wine caramel | miso & brown butter ice cream | pear


Photo credits: Jeff Thibodeau, Ryan Green, Aaron Lyles. Photos courtesy of Dinner Lab.

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16 Responses to “Dinner Lab Giveaway with Chris Kearse”
  1. Courtney LaCorte says:

    We went to La Peg in Philadelphia for this past New Year’s Eve. Suffice to say, the experience was absolutely divine. Chef Woolsey prepared the most delicious Prix Fixe menu that began with the most incredible Butternut Squash soup. It was so amazing I actually forewent the dessert and had another bowl of it instead! The soup was followed by perfectly seared scallops. The main course: expertly seasoned and prepared filet mignon…divine, truly divine experience. We have not yet had the pleasure to sample their cheese board – but you can absolutely bet we’re going back, and that will be at the top of the list!

  2. kaye medina says:

    My most memorable meal was a 12 course dinner at Charlie Trotters. Memorable for the crazy, delicious food and service the likes of which I had never seen, but even more so for the shenanigans, wonder and delight of my table mates! All of us giddy to be there and amazed with each delight being brought to the table…the kitchen table at that. It was a night we talk about often and will never forget. That magical mix of great company and delicious food and acknowledgement that some things come just once in a lifetime. Heady stuff!

  3. Alex says:

    For a recent anniversary, my partner and I got dinner at Vedge. We were both wowed by the inventiveness and quality of the food – especially the amazingly meaty blackened seitan.

    But since this is a dairy blog, I’ll throw this out there: I still think of the velvety, muesli-topped custard made with Last Straw at High Street’s Meadowset Farm cheese dinner last year!

  4. Amanda says:

    By the end of my year abroad in Caceres, Spain, I had befriended a group of other foreign students studying there. We had become so close during the summer camp that is foreign study, that we began to live almost like family, despite having our own apartments. Every night for the last couple months there, we made communal meals, each contributing something from our home cultures (luckily, there were lots of Italian kids in that group). Those meals all blend together at this point, but all of them together make for a wonderful memory.

    More recently, the first High Street on Market fermentation series dinner (Eastern Europe) was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Those guys are geniuses.

  5. Lakisha says:

    Bibou at 1009 S. 8th Street is one of my favorite restaurants. I shared a delectable meal with a childhood friend. From the Escargot, Pork Rillete w/ zesty red cabbage, Bone Marrow stuffing and my fave Veal cheeks over pasta was just delicious. We shared a strawberry rhubarb cobbler and a well prepared cheese plate of Tomme, Valencay and blue cheese (but I can’t recall from where. It was just a pleasure sharing such a delicious meal with someone just as enthusiastic about savoring a quality meal.

  6. Colleen says:

    My most memorable meal was in Warm Springs, Va., in a restaurant housed inside a renovated gristmill that was more than a century old. Everything was farm to table. I had a delicious pan-seared rack of lamb and a cheesecake with lemon curd and blackberry that was to die for. The ambiance and atmosphere within the restaurant was as enjoyable as the food.

  7. Rachel says:

    When I was a high school exchange student in Finland my host mother made me a special birthday dinner. In mid-October in Finland it is dark by 4:30 pm. I remember walking towards the house which was decorated with outdoor candles – it was so beautiful! Most of the meal was a blur but the dessert amazed me … she made raspberry Jell-O from scratch with raspberries she grew in her garden. Though I wasn’t a real fan of Jell-O I remember it tasted amazing and I marveled that she made it from scratch. It was a fabulous evening with my second family.

  8. Jeremy says:

    Oysters by the shovelful at Bowen’s Island, S.C.

  9. Carey says:

    I love being from Philly. But New Orleans is my soul. My most memorable meal was at August one of John Besh’s restaurants. We did a tasting menu and the whole experience in such a special city was heaven.

  10. Robin says:

    So hard to pick one, but I’ll go with the first time I ever had the famous burger from The Spotted Pig in NYC as most memorable. The burger absolutely lived up to its hype, we struck up a wonderful conversation with the couple next to us that lasted hours, AND the couple next to them were pretty much having sex. Great food, great conversation, and the anything can happen in NYC at 1 AM situation that makes being out at 1 AM in NYC better than being out that late almost anywhere else in the world make it pretty memorable.

  11. Ant says:

    The most memorable meal I’ve ever had was Christmas Eve at my grandmother’s house when I was about 6. I honestly couldn’t tell you what it was, but fennel was everywhere. In the seafood stew, in the salad, in between courses as a cleanser, and in the cookies at dessert. To this day, the smell of anise brings me back to her house and I can feel the thick, shag carpet beneath my feet.

  12. Marilyn says:

    Every year Bistro La Minette hosts an anniversary dinner to commemorate their success. I went to the 2nd and 3rd year anniversary dinners and they were some of the most memorable I have had. Not only because I accompanied some very dear friends who also love fine dining, but because it was the first time I ever tried foie gras. I know it is a controversial product, but it is absolutely divine and I consider it a “special occasion” splurge if and when I can find it on a menu anywhere. Anyway, Chef Peter Woolsey is one of my favorite chefs because of those dinners. We are so blessed to be in a city that offers such a variety of cuisines and extremely talented chefs.

  13. tdarlington says:

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  14. Robin says:

    Thanks Madame!

  15. Lakisha says:

    Congrats Robin. Maybe you can guest blog your dinner experience… 🙂

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