Have you ever wanted to be part of an exclusive dinner club without the hefty price tag that typically comes with it? Then you’re in luck — as the exclusive Dinner Lab Miami is waiving its membership fee (usually $175) for a limited time only and in honor of the occasion they invited us to experience one of their popular dinners firsthand.
The group has been around for roughly a year and hosts pop up dinners all around town at secret locations, which aren’t announced until the day before the event. The dinners range anywhere from $60 to $70 and include tax, tip and an open bar. That’s a deal in our book.
Who is cooking and what they are cooking is also left as a mystery until you arrive. For our dinner, Dinner Lab brought in Angeles Chavarria from the NoMad Restaurant in NYC, which we were lucky to visit a few weeks prior.
Our dinner took place in Wynwood’s Brisky Gallery, a funky and spacious gallery that has hosted its fair share of food events. When entered we were welcomed by rum-filled cocktails, were able to check out the art and greeted by the Dinner Lab team.
The four-course meal kicked off with a citrus-cured salmon with charred fennel, pea shoots and dill and frozen pea crumble, which was a nice fresh way to begin the meal. For the second course, Chavarria went to the other side of the flavor spectrum serving up brandy and madeira foie gras with balsamic shaved radish, endive, celery leaf and black truffle vinaigrette served with a side of paper-thin toasted bread pieces that many devoured before the foie hit the table.
The main course was a confit pork with mustard greens, lemon vinaigrette, pickled shallots and a sweet plantain purée was a hit amongst the table and really channeled a lot of familiar flavors you can find in South Florida. For the grand finale, ricotta cheesecake with vanilla streusel and cherry compote completed the meal on a sweet note.
Want to get in on the fun yourself? Sign up for Dinner Lab here. Until then, check out the tasty pictures below.