Diner Lab is doing that in dozens of cities already — from Atlanta to Miami to San Diego. Membership costs about $175, which gets you notifications about three weeks before events and the chance to buy tickets. (Typically about $60).
The location of Bordainick's events are not released until the day before, which he says is less about trying to be hip or mysterious and more about logistics — weather can sometimes require a last-minute venue change for a planned outdoor event, and water pipes have been known to burst in warehouses spaces.
Still, it's hard to ignore that one of the characteristics making pop-up dining so intriguing is their often edgy, artistic or unlikely venue. ¿
Baras was inspired to start his website after seeing a pop-up dining event on the London Eye — a giant Ferris wheel along the River Thames.
"Each time one of the Ferris wheel pods came down, customers were served a new course," Baras says.
The venues for Erika Polmar's pop-up dining events happen to be the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.
Polmar, founder of Plate & Pitchfork, hosts pop-up dining events all summer on farms in Oregon ranging in size from 10 to 110 acres.
The typical setting is a wide-open field with a good view of the host farm. When guests arrive they're handed a glass of wine. Appetizers are passed around and diners mingle.
Before the meal is served there's a tour of the host farm, and diners may find themselves picking berries on the way to dinner.