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Saturdays @ SABOR: 9/29

By Lucasryden @saborkitchen

We launched our first “pop up” dinner in Isla Vista last Saturday.  It was a smashing success, thanks to 24 hours of prep and way more alcohol than necessary.  Over 40 people showed up to a 4-course menu complete with wine and cocktail pairings – somewhat classier than the typical college dining experience. (Pizza and beer, anyone?)

If you’re not familiar with “pop up” dining, it’s a new trend in the culinary underground wherein a young chef or restauranteur will take over an existing restaurant for a single night, creating their own menu and atmosphere as if it was their own establishment.  It’s a great way for people who don’t have $2 million under their mattress to try their hand in the restaurant business.  More importantly, it’s pretty damn fun.

I decided to take the concept one step further with Saturdays @ SABOR, a series of catered dinners at my house in Santa Barbara.  I figured it would be a convenient way to meet new people and experiment with some new recipes.  The idea was met with glowing enthusiasm from the campus community, and pretty soon I was prepping 160 courses in a 3 x 3 kitchen by myself.  (Yes, I know it was too ambitious.  And no, it did not run as smoothly as I’d anticipated).  But I had a great time and so did all the guests.  (Note: generous cocktails tend to keep things on an even keel).

My buddy Spencer documented the evening on his Canon T3i.  Here’s a taste of the chaos. (Video coming soon).

Saturdays @ SABOR: 9/29

Saturdays @ SABOR: 9/29

Saturdays @ SABOR: 9/29

Saturdays @ SABOR: 9/29

Saturdays @ SABOR: 9/29

Saturdays @ SABOR: 9/29

Saturdays @ SABOR: 9/29


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