• Jarnard Sutton

Pop-up Dinner Lab brings Cali Creole to San Diego


Photo Credit: Jarnard Sutton

I had the opportunity to experience this unique pop-up dinner club Dinner Lab last month and let me tell you, it was a lot of fun. The concept is remarkable and discreet. The idea that you do not know the location of the event until the day of keeps you eager. For the price of $70, you get a six-course dinner provided by the guest chef and drinks to pair with each course.

Last month’s installment was at BRICK, located in Liberty Station, with guest chef Nick Brune. Chef Brune is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and began his cooking career in Los Angeles. He eventually opened up his own restaurant here in San Diego called Local Habit, located in Hillcrest. He’s also the co-founder of Eco Caters, catering company using local organic food bought from farms and ranches that raise produce and animals in the San Diego, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. areas.

Chef Brune’s theme, Cali Creole, was a traditional Southern Louisiana cuisine. The courses included a delightful spinach salad, savory frog legs, grilled BBQ shrimp, flavorful gumbo and delicious buttermilk pie for dessert.

Here’s a video of the unique pop-up dinner experience.

Video produced and shot by Jarnard Sutton

Be sure to check out the next Dinner Lab with guest chef David Bowles on Sunday, Sept. 13. He will introduce his new menu, Modern Publican: Rise of the Contemporary Gastrolounge. The dinner will feature craft beer pairing from a new brewery, Duck Foot Brewing Co.

7 p.m. Sunday. Location unknown. Ages 21 and up. $70. Tix: dinnerlab.com

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