Here's how it works. Diners pay a fee to get access to the Dinner Lab calendar of events. The calendar will not only include events in Phoenix, but also in the 26 Dinner Lab cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Houston.
Once they've joined, members can then purchase tickets to individual dining events throughout the year. Tickets are all inclusive -- food, drinks, and tip -- and members can bring up to three guests to each dinner. The company might host up to 100 events in a city each year, with dinners costing between $50 and $80 for five or more courses.
About half of the Dinner Lab events will feature local chefs, while the other half will feature chefs from all over the country. Each event will be held at a different, unconventional location around town, and the location won't be announced until the day before the event.
The chefs are asked to create menus that tell a story, and most events feature an open kitchen-style setup. The events also include a sort of speech from the chef, during which he or she explains the story behind the event's menu.
Diners eat at a large, community style tables, designed to encourage people to connect over food.