A new year not only means anticipated openings to come but also the start of pop-up dinner season. While pop-ups were once underground, usually reserved for up and coming chefs looking to launch their own restaurant, nowadays, it's a creative outlet for even the most established chefs. This month, you'll want to check out one, two or maybe all five of the Instagram worthy dinners
1.) Chris Kinjo's Omakase Dinner
After announcing the return of his tasting menu last month, more details have emerged about Chris Kinjo's upcoming dinner. The MF Sushi co-owner/executive chef will launch his dinner series January 13, giving guests a preview of what's to come for his new restaurant opening this spring. The $100 multi-course dinner will take place at Kaneyama (9527 Westheimer) every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Interested in attending? Reservations are being accepted the old-fashioned way, by called Kaneyama at 713.784.5168.
Urban farmers and Planted Houston — an organization working towards providing more areas in Houston with sustainable food producing farms — are coming together for a one-night only dinner at Pax Americana from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The five-course dinner will be held January 12 and includes a sparkling wine tasting. A paneled discussion on urban farming will also take place featuring Thomas Garcia-Prats (Finca Tres Robles), Rebecca Verm (Sown and Grown Farms), and Travis Walker (Planted: Houston). Tickets are available through Ticketleap for $99 plus servicing fee.
3.) Do the Charleston: Dinner with Dan Heinze of McCrady's
The Treadsack test kitchen, Kipper Club, host chef Dan Heinz of Sean Brock's McCrady's in Charleston. Known for his creative takes on Southern dishes, guest can look forward to what will a memorable meal on January 16. Two seatings are available at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets to the $120 dinner are in limited supply and available for purchase online.
4.) MoPho NOLA with Michael Gulotta
Kipper Club host chef Michael Gulotta of New Orleans' MoPho January 23. Fusing Vietnamese and Louisiana cuisine together, guests will be in for a treat when Gulotta brings forth his culinary interpretations for the night. Tickets are available for purchase online for the 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. seating.
5.) Burns Supper with Richard Knight
The least expensive of the bunch, Richard Knight of Huny Dory's is celebrating the life of poet Robert Burns through food. For $80, guests will be treated to a Scottish-themed menu, scotch, beer and maybe a poem or two for good measure. A bagpiper will provide music for the evening, so be prepared to kick up your heels. Two seatings are available January 24 at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.