Austin is getting a new members-only dining club with the expansion of Tasting Collective. The first dinner takes place at Lenoir with chef Todd Duplechan on Monday, December 3, and the second with L’Oca d’Oro with chef Fiore Tedesco.
The way it works: Austin members will pay an annual fee (it will be $99 for the first 250 people, and then it will rise up to $125), which will give them access to purchase tickets to these $50 private dinners or $35 private brunches (plus tax and tip). These take place on days when the restaurant is typically slow or closed.
The chefs of the host restaurant will cook up six-course meals, where they experiment and preview potential forthcoming dishes. There’s an interactive meal where the chefs present and talk about each course, as well as participate in Q&As during the dessert portion. At the end of the meal, Tasting Collective members fill out feedback cards for the chefs.
Founder Nat Gelb started Tasting Collective in 2016 in New York because he enjoyed “forming connections with people who make food.” He takes pride in the fact that the restaurants benefit financially from the dinners through the dinner ticket costs.
Austin made sense in for the growth of Tasting Collective. “It’s the type of city that fits exactly what we’re all about,” Gelb said. “A lot of energy, growing fast, really bustling booming restaurant and food scene.” He’s already planning on expanding into ten more cities next year.
The Tasting Collective membership also allows members to access dinners in participating cities as well. The group already exists in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Members can also bring up to three guests per event.
This article has been updated with the correct date of the first dinner club, as well as the correct Austin membership prices.
- Tasting Collective [Official]