Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pop-up Playbook from Eventbrite

Our good friends at Culintro have brought to our attention that our great friends at Eventbrite (which we use for all of our direct event ticket sales), have created a nice how-to for restaurants and bars considering holding their own pop-up event.

The compilation is called the Pop-up Playbook, and collects the advice of several experts for you to use. (BTW, they did not call on us, which is of course an oversight).

It also includes Toolkit to help you organize your popup event, such as this Popup Report on 'experiential dining.'

To view the Eventbrite Pop-up Playbook, go here.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ceviche Project Pop Up Dinner Series in Los Angeles


Travelers visiting Los Angeles this summer and fall are in for a culinary experience.

 The Ceviche Project and DeLeón Tequila are coming to Skybar at Mondrian for a 5-part dinner series featuring 5-course seafood pop-up dinner and handcrafted cocktail pairings, taking place from Thursday, June 25th throughout July 23, August 20, September 24 and October 22. Tickets for these affairs are available at

The Ceviche Project is a pop-up culinary and cultural experience that brings together people, music, and Michelin star restaurant–caliber ingredients in a communal and one-of-a-kind dining experience that features innovative takes and artful, never-repeated seafood dishes. The Ceviche Project, DeLeón Tequila, and Skybar at Mondrian are teaming up to showcase Founder Octavio Olivas' varied experiments with ceviche and its many variations, as well as tiraditos, oysters on the half-shell, and crudo preparations: featuring fresh and premium offerings from fish and farmers markets alike.

While guests can expect culinary delights to be the centerpiece of their experience, Ceviche Project is a true celebration of all things summer in Los Angeles: one that brings together a unique mix of in-the-know locals and chic vacationers looking for something new and exciting to share during dinnertime.

Each dinner will kick off with DeLeón Tequila tasting followed by dinner featuring five new dishes paired with handcrafted cocktails from DeLeón, so each dinner is unique. Guests will eat, drink, converse, laugh, dance, learn, and engage, and Olivas will share stories about the origin and inspiration of each dish and paired cocktails. 


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Pop-up House You can build with a Screwdriver, Contemporist and HuffPost report on a pop-up house you can build in four days with a screwdrivers. As wild as the claim may be, there has been a great deal of momentum in creating pre-fab homes, and pre-fab home modules. This trend has been covered and supported extensively by Dwell Magazine/

In this case, the home, called Passivhaus ("Passive House") was designed by MultiPod Studio. According to

The Marseille-based design firm has come up with a prototype called the Pop-Up House—made out of wood, foam, and screws—that you can supposedly assemble with just a basic screw gun.
According to the designers, the whole shebang should cost about €200 per square meter, or roughly $26 per square foot. Right now, the MultiPod website showcases two different styles of the Pop-Up House: a single-room, 70-square-meter rectangular cube and a 150-square-meter prototype with two wings (think bedrooms) on either side of a larger connecting room.
Not only does this pop-up building have interesting potential as a home, or temporary shelter, but also as a pop-up restaurant, cafe, gallery or museum.

More information about Pop-up restaurants:

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Gas Station Restaurants and Popups

The Washington Post recently published an article by Astrid Riecken about the rise in quality dining establishments popping up at gas stations on the East Coast. The reasons are that the flow of people is constant, they are usually hungry, and the venue is pretty cheap to lease.

One blogger has taken this as a new hobby:

Al Hebert, a medical journalist who blogs at about his eating adventures, once ate Cornish hen prepared by a classically trained chef in a Chevron station. “The average person just fills up their tank, pays with a credit card and drives off,” Hebert said. “But if you just walk a few feet from the pump to the store, you might discover one of the best eating experiences of your life.”

Here's a video about a food truck that not only is a popup at one gas station, but is planning on being a permanent fixture there and at gas stations across the region.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Rustic Bakery Popup Wine Bar

Gourmet appetizers from Rustic Bakery - Photo by TasteTV

Rustic Bakery in Larkspur, California has a tasty pop-up wine bar every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and it is quite the deal. Three Gourmet appetizers combined with a glass of locally produced wine, for only $14.

Situated in the Marin Country Mart complex 15 minutes outside of San Francisco, the selection of appetizers alone is worth the experience. 

They range from tarts and cakes to prosciutto sliders, duck and fig tapas, and ceviche shooters. 

A recent wine pairing include 2011 and 2010 Pinot Noir vintages from Orentano of the Russian River Valley.

Orentano Wine mother and daughter winemakers - Photo by TasteTV

Rustic Bakery Dark Chocolat Tart - Photo by TasteTV

Rustic Bakery Appetizers 

Orentano Pinot Noir - photo by TasteTV

The popular Rustic Bakery in Marin Country Mart, Larkspur California - photo by TasteTV