Before the end of last year, I did my first Dinner Lab event in Baltimore–a Sri Lankan supper for 66 people. It was held in a cool warehouse space in a very industrial part of town that I had never visited. I’ve actually been so busy that I am posting the pictures only now.
The menu was identical to my earlier Dinner Lab event in DC, but I was able to tweak it a little bit. I was aiming for an authentic menu that you might be served in anyone’s house in Sri Lanka with a bit of an upscale twist since diners were paying $65 for the pleasure. Because Sri Lankan food is not served in courses, however, I asked the diners to imagine that the first 4 courses came together–all on the same plate.
Dinner Lab is an organization started in New Orleans that organizes pop-up dinners like this all over the country. Baltimore is a new market for them, and I was the first local chef to present his food to the hometown crowd, who I must say were very supportive and loved the meal.
The Washington Post did an article about the recent popularity of supper clubs, pop-ups, and other unique dining experiences, for which they interviewed me: