LivingSocial launches Gourmet dinner series
As the daily coupon deals begin to flood our in-boxes, the companies are working on differentiating themselves. LivingSocial recently expanded to include a new offer it's calling Gourmet, which is described as "an invitation-only collection of culinary experiences." LivingSocial is launching its Gourmet series of dinners in six cities, including Minneapolis. The company offered to host the Hot Dish at one of its inaugural events in return for some feedback. We attended, at the company's expense (tickets are typically $100 or more), a five-course dinner held at Urban Eatery in Minneapolis featuring Veuve Cliquot champagne.
We were seated communally in the back area of the restaurant. The first glass of champagne was light and crisp with green apple notes. Our first dish was a flatbread topped with Boursin cheese, roasted grapes, and a house-made smoked-duck confit. We dubiously eyed the "Local" proclamation on Urban Eatery's signage as we sipped the champagne and mulled the garlicky, cream cheese choice.
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