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Anyone been to any A Razor, a Shiny Knife events/dinners?

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Anyone ever been to the underground, A Razor, A Shiny Knife dinners? I am thinking about attending their 24-hour, 3 multicourse meals and cooking lessons/demos event, but it is a hefty chunk of change (for me), so was looking for any feedback on previous dinners. Was the food good? Was there enough?

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  1. These guys are an uncanny duo, they mix science with the tastiest most creative food and are always pushing the boundaries. Iv been to numerous events they have hosted, I always have a great time. They make sure their guests are comfortable and everyone is involved. Learned to make ravioli, drank wine and enjoyed the environment. Could not recommend them more, their food is amazing and there is always more then enough.

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    1. re: frenchbaguette

      Whew, good to know. I couldn't find any reviews of their dinners except for one, which said the food was fine but there wasn't enough.

      Is anyone else planning to attend the 24-hour one next weekend?

      1. re: janethepain

        I know a few friends that are going that have been to previous events. From what I have heard it should be one of the best.

        1. re: frenchbaguette

          are they the kind of events one can go to alone? I have been unable to interest any of my friends in the dinners (sigh)

      2. re: frenchbaguette

        correction they are not a duo per se, they actually enlist multiple amateur cooks and professionals to assist in executing their dishes. from my experiences more often than not they promise to deliver X amount of courses and fail at completing said courses b/c they A) don't know how to do it or B) decide that they'll try something that day and fail. i can't say that if i'm paying $100 for a meal, and one or 2 of my courses are jokingly laughed off as "this is the first time we're doing this", i can find it humorous like they do... i feel like their "learning" is being paid for through the money i put towards a meal. not very professional, nor is his apt a clean environment to be eating in unless you got a tetanus shot beforehand.

      3. I actually just attended the 24-hour, 24-course ARASK extravaganza on June 20, and not only were all 24 courses spectacular but I learned a ton, was made to feel entirely welcome (I went alone), and met a bunch of great people, both chefs and guests. I found out about the event randomly on Serious Eats, but I will definitely be going back. The basic structure is that two guys, Michael and Daniel, constitute ARASK, and they brought in other accomplished chefs to help out for this event, as sous-chefs in effect, including people who've cooked with other BK supper clubs like StudioFeast and Whisk and Ladle, and then they used willing guests (of which there were many) as, in effect, well-supervised line cooks to do smaller jobs on individual dishes. If you're looking to show up, sit down and just be served, as seems to be true for one poster above, then this format may not be for you -- you'll get the most from it if you want to participate, meet people, help make things, ask a lot of questions, and receive patient, expert answers. In the bigger picture, it definitely opened my eyes to the previously-dark world of molecular gastronomy, as these guys are fully versed in cutting-edge techniques like sous-vide cooking and the uses of advanced materials, powders, etc. In short, if you want to learn something new about cooking and if delicious, challenging food along the conceptual lines of what you might find at WD-50 appeals to you, then ARASK is something I personally would highly recommend.

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        1. re: charliebravo

          wow that sounds awesome. I actually had rsvp'ed for the whole 24 hours but had second thoughts and couldn't justify $300. But good to know that some others had the stomach space and fortitude to live through it. I really like the cooking class + dining aspect, so I'll be looking at some of their future offerings.

          Curious - how many people attended each meal? How many survived the full 24?

        2. A RAZOR A SHINY KNIFE.
          I attended the Los Angeles dinner on Saturday, August 7, 2010. An event description from Urban Daddy promised "free-flowing cocktails and wine...then come six salivating courses downstairs, soaked in cocktails and wine, taking you late into the night—everything from Caviar and Duck Fat to Duck Egg and Goose Liver with Summer Truffles."
          Well, I'm not sure where they got the "free flowing" part. The first couple "courses" which consisted of one or two bites were paired with a lovely white wine, of which you recieved TWO sips..I'm totally serious, it was a joke. The following courses may have consisted of three bites but nothing more that and hardly more than a couple sips of wine per paring. I needed to go for a burger when it was over...and I'm not a big eater. During the three hours pre-dinner demonstrations (which maybe four of the seven promised were actually delivered) there wasn't a chip or snack in site. The roof top cocktails consisted of a quarter full plastic glass of a pastis-enhanced mojito like drink...and that's it. For $166 it was a total rip. Too bad because the guys at Room Forty really seemed to have talent. Be warned.

          1. A RAZOR A SHINY KNIFE.
            I attended the Los Angeles dinner on Saturday, August 7, 2010. An event description from Urban Daddy promised "free-flowing cocktails and wine...then come six salivating courses downstairs, soaked in cocktails and wine, taking you late into the night—everything from Caviar and Duck Fat to Duck Egg and Goose Liver with Summer Truffles."
            Well, I'm not sure where they got the "free flowing" part. The first couple "courses" which consisted of one or two bites were paired with a lovely white wine, of which you recieved TWO sips..I'm totally serious, it was a joke. The following courses may have consisted of three bites but nothing more that and hardly more than a couple sips of wine per paring. I needed to go for a burger when it was over...and I'm not a big eater. During the three hours pre-dinner demonstrations (which maybe four of the seven promised were actually delivered) there wasn't a chip or snack in site. The roof top cocktails consisted of a quarter full plastic glass of a pastis-enhanced mojito like drink...and that's it. For $166 it was a total rip. Too bad because the guys at Room Forty really seemed to have talent. Be warned.

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