They specialize in surprising, dramatic affairs staged out of unusual locations: airplane hangars, boats, vacant warehouses, rooftops. Half the fun is in not knowing — passion lies in the mystery, you know. Dinner Lab's "nomadic dining experiences with rotating chefs" landed in the Twin Cities about a year ago, but it seems like our sensible Nordic ways may have challenged their original structure. The standard membership fee of about $125 annually proved to be too much of a "barrier to entry." So, they say they're doing away with that — at least in part.
Now, if you're a curious Dinner Lab guest, you can attend for just the cost of an individual event, which is usually about $60. It includes entry, food, libations, and gratuity. Or, if you're more of a committed sort who likes to know things before everyone else, or who likes perks (you've got a wallet full of punch cards, don't you?), then you can buy a membership.
Members get notifications about the group's events a week before the general public and invites to members-only happenings such as Dinner Lab happy hours, chef demos, classes, wine dinners, and more.
So pick your poison: exclusive membership dining, or not. Minneapolis memberships are $125, and members can also attend nationwide events at a discounted price.
The next Minneapolis event is scheduled for mid-February. Details have not been released yet, but keep an eye on the Dinner Lab website for more information as it becomes available.