Ghetto Gourmet

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The Ghetto Gourmet was an underground dining experience in Oakland, California that ran from 2003 to 2008.[1] Diners paid between $40 and $100 and were served a table d'hôte meal prepared by a professional chef at a non-restaurant location. Local restaurant chefs cooked on their days off. Douglas Adesko at Time magazine wrote: "Jeremy Townsend, the original Ghetto Gourmet, came up with the idea when his brother, a line cook, wanted to try some dishes. They started in their house in Oakland, California. Two years and one visit from a health inspector later, Townsend took his idea mobile, trying out chefs in other cities. 'My ultimate dream is to tour the country like a rock band, except with dinner parties,' he says."[2]

In addition to Time, The Ghetto Gourmet has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Marketplace.


  1. ^ "You missed it..." The Ghetto Gourmet. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Joel Stein. "Secret Suppers", Time, November 6, 2006. Accessed June 5, 2008.

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