Pop-Up Indian Dinner Flies Across the Country for Secret S.F. Meal
Here are three really rare pop-up dinners: Hush Supper Club proprietor Geeta is dropping into the Bay Area this week from her normal turf in Washington, D.C., to host four secret meals in three private homes.
Veronika Lukasova/Washington Post Strangers commune over Gujarati food at a Hush pop-up dinner in Washington, D.C.
Geeta makes and serves Gujarati cuisine -- no meat or root vegetables, but plenty of dairy, especially yogurt. She breaks between the second and third courses to give a 30-minute talk called "the spice tour," in which she explains how Jain religion affects the cuisine.
Geeta doesn't give her last name because she's unlicensed. She scouted around for hosts for these meals, and came up with one each in Potrero Hill, Berkeley's Elmwood district, and Oakland's Jack London Square.
The meals, for 12 to 16 guests, take about four hours, and a Washington Post writer seemed to enjoy one earlier this year.
Though Jains are supposed to be teetotalers, the meal starts with a cocktail. "The Saffron Sunset is my creation," Geeta says by e-mail. "It's a simple syrup with cardamon and saffron, black tea, and rum served over ice and splashed with club soda." After that, it's BYO beer or wine. The "donation" is $75 per person.
Emily Pearl Goodstein Two curries served at a Hush dinner in Washington, D.C.
The menu has four dishes as appetizers, six as mains (though they're not all true mains; this includes a raita) and falooda for dessert, with masala chai. Geeta warns that substitutions are possible; our produce is different than the East Coast's. But she expects to serve mango rus (a raw mango soup), kachori chaat, dhokla, makai no chino, and a variety of other dishes.
Because it's a secret, you have to register for the meal; on the morning of the event, you get an e-mail with the exact location.
The schedule: Berkeley on Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 30 at 6 p.m.; San Francisco (Potrero Hill) on Friday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m.; Oakland on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Here's where you register for the meal. We won't tell the Health Department if you don't.