Frequently Asked Questions

In which cities do you host events?
We currently operate in Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington DC. If we’re not in your area yet, we recommend you request a membership invitation anyway so we can let you know when we launch in your city. We’re expanding quickly!
What COVID safety precautions do you take at your events?
All event attendees MUST require proof of vaccination to gain entry; no exceptions. Additionally, attendees have the option to request separate tables rather than communal seating, and all food is served individually-plated rather than family-style.
How often do you host events?
We host our events every other week in each city. The number of events that we host every other week depends on the size of our membership base in each city.
Can members attend events in multiple cities?
Definitely! Members can attend our events in any of our cities. Once members attend two events in their home city, they unlock member pricing on event tickets in other cities. If members haven’t yet attended two events in their home city, they can attend events in other cities at the guest ticket price.
When do you typically host your events?
Our events are typically held in the evening on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays.
Are meals included in the price of membership?
No. Tickets to our events, which cover the cost of the meals, are not included in the price of membership. However, only members are allowed to purchase tickets to our events; Non-members cannot purchase tickets to our events, and are not allowed to attend events unless they are accompanied by a member.
Is there a limit to the number of events I am able to attend as a member?
No. Members are able to attend as many events as they want. The more, the merrier!
How much do tickets to events typically cost and can I bring guests/non-members with me?
The member ticket price for our events is $55 plus tax & tip. Members can always bring at least one guest to any event. However, the guest ticket price is typically $25 more than member the member ticket price, and guests are not allowed to attend our events unaccompanied by a member.
Can I bring guests that are under 21 years old?
Sorry, but all event attendees must be 21+!
What is not covered by the ticket price?
The ticket price covers the full cost of the meal. The only thing not covered by the ticket price is beverages, which are paid for based on consumption at the restaurant.
What is your event ticket cancellation/refund policy?
Tickets to our events are non-refundable. However, for first-time emergency requests, we allow members to transfer their tickets to friends, provided the guest ticket surcharge of $25 is paid when transferring a member ticket to a non-member. All ticket transfer requests must be emailed to us prior to the event and the guest ticket surcharge of $25 must be paid prior to the event. Guests who have not paid the guest ticket surcharge will not be allowed entry.
What happens after I buy tickets to an event?
Once you’ve purchased tickets an event, you will immediately receive a receipt of your payment via email. If you don’t receive this receipt, please contact us us at [email protected], as this means that there was a problem with your purchase and your tickets weren’t processed. You will also receive a reminder email the day of the event with detailed event instructions.
Can you accommodate my food allergies or other dietary restrictions?
At most of our events, chefs can accommodate all food allergies and dietary restrictions. HOWEVER, this does not necessarily mean that the chef will be able to replace every course that must be skipped due to your restriction. Typically, chefs create one individually plated replacement dish for every one course that must be missed due to your restriction. At the bottom of each event page, we will list which allergies/dietary restrictions can/cannot be accommodated as well as how the chef will accommodate those allergies/restrictions.
Do I need to bring anything to an event?
There are no physical tickets. The restaurant’s host will have the guest list, so, upon arrival, just say that you are there for the Tasting Collective event and show your membership card. Also make sure to bring cash to pay for any beverages you’ve consumed at the event.
What happens if I arrive late to an event?
Like a concert, the show does not stop for you, so please try your best to arrive at the designated start time to ensure that you enjoy the full event. If you are late, just hop in and start eating!
How do you select the restaurants that host your events?
We partner with restaurants that are either a) well-established and have garnered critical acclaim, or b) newly opened and have not gotten press yet, but are run by chefs that have incredibly impressive resumes.
How do you handle seating at events?
We typically configure seating to be communal - meaning members and their guests come together around shared tables with other members. However, we fill up the entire restaurant, so this really depends on the layout of the restaurant. Members that come to events alone will always be seated among other solo members. Our events are definitely social experiences, so expect to sit next to new people and have new conversations. That being said, if you don’t want to be sat in a communal setting, you can request to be sat at the bar. There are no assigned seats, but if you purchase multiple tickets we will of course make sure that you and your guests are always seated together. And, if there are other members you’d like to be seated with, let us know in advance and we will accommodate you.
How is the food served at events?
This is at the discretion of each restaurant, but savory courses are typically served family-style. Dessert is always portioned individually so attendees never have to share their sweets! The serving presentation for each event is outlined on the specific event page in the menu section.
Who comes up with the menus at events?
Each restaurant’s executive chef creates the menu. Typically, menus are a mix of their favorites from the menu as well as experimental new dishes not on their usual menu that they want to get our feedback on. We give the chefs free rein to do whatever they want with the menus.
Who are the chefs at the events?
They’re always the chefs at the restaurants where the event is being held. We don’t bring in our own chefs. We turn the restaurants into test kitchens for a night where their chefs can experiment, do something different than they typically would, and create incredible feasts.
How do chefs interact with the diners at the events?
Our events are about more than just great food (and lots of it). They’re about connecting with the creators behind the food and learning the stories behind the dishes. Chefs come out of the kitchen to introduce themselves, share their backgrounds, and talk about the dishes they’re creating for us. At the conclusion of each event, during dessert, we do a Q & A with the chef where attendees can ask questions.