Study Up on our PGH Dinner Lab Crash “Courses”

Published On March 17, 2015 | By Leah Kennedy | Food & Drink

Photo Credits: Dinner Lab

In just a short time, many PGH residents will get their first taste of the unique, exquisite and interactive restaurant experience that is known exclusively around the nation (27 cities, to be exact) as Dinner Lab. This one-of-a-kind dining experience provides a whimsical dinner party, a personal endeavor and a lucrative business venture for all parties involved. Interested yet? Check out our 5-step crash “course” to find out all you need to know about Dinner Lab, including: the details, when it’s going down, and how you can get involved.

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The Stew

So, here’s how it works. The Dinner Lab concept starts with choosing local and out-of-town chefs (such as line cooks, sous chefs, and chefs de-cuisine) from a variety of backgrounds and nations to prepare a course-style meal for their guests. Chefs will draw from inspiration, their personal backgrounds, and their own signature styles and dishes in an effort to showcase their skills to the guest “audience” and set themselves apart from the rest.


It’s pretty cool that you get to embark on a new tasty endeavor at every event. It’s even cooler that you’re truly getting a once-in-a-lifetime experience each time you attend – the Dinner Lab “restaurant” is constantly changing. How is this possible? One awesome aspect of Dinner Lab is its pop-up business structure: every time you attend a dinner event, a restaurant quite literally “pops up” in a random or strangely unlikely location. Past locations have included warehouses, museums, abandoned churches, airplane hangars, and an art studio that builds Mardi Gras floats, just to name a few. A© reauxphoto.pixieset.comnd the surprises just keep coming… The DL staff will keep you guessing their next location until just hours before the dinner takes place!

Main Course

Now that you’re in the know, here’s how to get on board. Guests will gain access to Dinner Lab events by signing up for a club membership subscription. Memberships grant guests access to future nationwide DL events for the year, wherever they are held. Memberships run around $125 annually, with the events costing between $50-$80 per person. Each member has access to purchase two tickets to any events that they choose.  Tickets are purchased in advance and include meal gratuity and alcohol. Memberships are not meant to promote exclusivity; the fees enable Dinner Lab to rent a kitchen, hire staff and subsidize meal costs. After you’ve gotten a membership, you’ll be able to participate in helping to get these amazing chefs the recognition they deserve. Each event will serve as their own personal platform, as they attempt© Photograph by Aaron Lyles - PIXELLAB - - 2 to create a compelling story with the artform of cookery. Ratings and feedback will be provided to the chefs thereafter; the hope is that they’ll excel and continue on in a journey of passionate cooking.


Although the date and location have yet to be determined, we’ve still got a few juicy details for Dinner Lab’s Pittsburgh kickoff. Former New Orleans’ La Petite Grocery chef Mario Rodriguez will flex his talents and put his skills to the test when he prepares a flavorful spread of Malaysian cuisine for this inaugural event.

Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for upcoming details about the Pittsburgh premiere of Dinner Lab and enter to win a 2015 membership below!
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