For anyone interested in getting the dinner club experience directly at home, try checking out the website New Gusto, a community where you can show off your skills at the stove and invite people to your own private event.
And this same community will also point out the best places to go, the best dishes and the most gracious hosts. For the benefit of the “chefs”, the site offers the chance to ask for advanced payment for the dinners and allows them to verify the reliability of the guests, checking with the feedback from the community in order to have a good idea of who will be sitting at your table well in advance of the dinner.
It’s an inviting way to make your first steps into this realm, getting to know new people and tasting specialties from around the world.
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