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    1. re: sal_acid

      This seems to be the most relevant portion of the webpage: "With your input, aspiring chefs are given the tools they need to effectively prototype new dishes and tweak recipes to help them create the next great restaurant concept."

      So you're paying for the privilege of helping a chef work out their recipes?

    2. Wow, it's so cool to be a part of something so vague and secretive. My $125 gives me the opportunity to buy tickets to events held almost weekly for a price and location to be determined. I can be a real live cuisine chaser!

      1. Well, if they are not offering as much in Philly to start why pay $125?

        1. *shrug* seems like a nice idea if the quality of food is good enough. But assuming weekly nights out, it would take spectacular food to warrant even bi-monthly reservations, given how good some of our restaurants are. I have my doubts.

          1. The membership fee is for the privilege of access to the events, which are held in interesting places and hosted by interesting chefs, not to mention the prestige of early adoption. Personally I've been to Dinner Lab in NYC, and it was terrific fun and a great evening out.

            Although Philly still struggles to throw off its parochial prejudices of yesteryear, in a city where an event like Dinner En Blanc has a thousand plus waiting list and the hordes of hair tearers and teeth nashers bemoan their inability to attend an event that herds thousands into public space for the honor of providing their own food, Dinner Lab should do just fine.

            But of course if it doesn't, then early adopters may join with their compatriots in the tearing and nashing...but somehow I think the follicles and molars are safe...

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            1. re: doxiemom

              It does strike me as something the Diner En Blanc crowd would like.

              1. re: Buckethead

                I think doxiemom is drawing a contrast between the Diner en Blanc crowd and Dinnerlab. As much as I dislike Diner en Blanc, I stand by what ai said about the fee, at least until they're up to speed in Philly.