We're curious what folks think the limiting factor is on underground resto events in LA?
Not enough cooks?
Not enough eaters?
Not enough space (chairs, kitchenspace...)
Part of why we're asking is that we're plotting the perfect space to restart The Viand in the Fall and we're wondering if other cooks without enough space would want to use it. We run monthly and may go to twice a month.
I think the most limiting factor here, as opposed to, say, Manhattan, is just how far away everything is! And yes, people here do seem to hate to RSVP. For myself, some of the dinners I do hear about are simply out of my budget. But OTOH, I've found Amy's Culinary Adventures, Alessandra's Orgasmo de la Boca, Rachael & Suzanne's Chicks with Knives, and Pace Webb's Taste of Pace. Not to mention specialty dinners like those for people into raw food, such as one I just attended by Jason Wrobel.
Your idea about offering a space is intriguing. I've thought about giving a dinner myself, and talked myself out of it cuz my place is so small. I end up just doing buffet pot-lucks. There may be many others in the same situation. I'm interested in seeing where you go with this. You posted this question over a year ago, and I don't see any posts here about The Viand, so maybe it never happened...
Ah, I see this on Violet's profile page. It sounds so great! I wish I had gotten to attend one of these! (Well, a bunch of them, actually...)
The Viand ran monthly for two years in Venice CA. Two of our five chefs are still working in LA. One is in Taos. Two of us are temporarily in Boston. We hosted the first Viand East on 9.26.08.
Our concept is:
Class runs from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.Join Parties That Cook and cook up some romance with a steamy Date Night cooking class party at the Seattle Wine Outlet. You and your partner will heat up the kitchen as you learn cooking techniques and help make a meal that's sure to be both delicious and memorable.At this exciting hands-on cooking party, guests will enjoy a lively interactive cooking demonstration featuring tips and tricks like the fastest way to dice an onion without a tear and how to make…See More