Diary of a Pop-Up

Whether you realize it or not, when you go out to eat, you are taking part in a performance. A customized performance, build around your likes and dislikes, and presented to you in the most personal way, on a plate – and experienced in the most intimate way, down your gullet.

My favorite performances are the ones that reveal, usually unintentionally, and often just for a moment, a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes. So today and for the next few days, I am going to pull back the curtain an inch.

Popping Up Again

Popping Up Again

Two days ago I asked Chef what he was up to for the evening. I had just been paid. Though not yet in my pocket,…

Postscript on a Pop-Up

Postscript on a Pop-Up

Last night the Christinas organized a bowling outing. Turns out, at Lucky Strike Lanes in Hollywood, you get to play for free on Monday nights if…

How to Go Out in Style

How to Go Out in Style

Chef had quite a day yesterday. When I start to choose my words, I realize that the language of his kitchen is rubbing off on…

Crushing It

Crushing It

In spite of a new dish and a tweaked dessert, we were a well-oiled machine. Even the table of elite chefs thought so.

Hump Day

Hump Day

Day 2 is all about getting it right.

Show Time

Show Time

The pop-up goes live the first night with a soft start: almost as many cooks in the kitchen as diners in the dining room.

Diary of a Pop-Up

Diary of a Pop-Up

An introduction to the components, what goes into prepping them, and who did all the work.

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