A reservation at the world’s top restaurants is no longer enough. Now, diners are going behind the scenes with chefs as part of experiences that money can’t buy.
oss Chestnut, a 30-something director of technology for a hedge fund, lives between the Brooklyn restaurants Misi and Lilia and visits them with his partner as often as possible. So when the couple saw that the chef, Missy Robbins, and her team at MP, were organizing picnic dinners on Governors Island this summer, they signed up—at a cost of $525 per person, plus tax.
The Governors Island series, which sold out within 24 hours, is just one example of the rise of extravagantly priced pop-up culinary events that have taken place since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Dominican Republic’s Eden Roc Cap Cana recently introduced high-end, multi-course dinners ( $1,200 plus tax for two) to meet a demand for unique outdoor experiences. Up to six guests can dine in the stunning cave, and the resort will even arrange for a saxophonist to serenade them while they eat overlooking a picturesque waterfall.
Published August 30, 2022