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Notes from the Culinary Underground: Ghetto Gourmet

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"Didn't you all feel really cool tonight driving over here?" Jeremy Townsend, founder of the underground supper club Ghetto Gourmet, posed this question to a diverse group of about forty foodies, all sprawled out on cushions on the floor of a beautiful Venice home. And as we opened our bottles of red wine, stretched out our legs, and gazed down at a beautifully crafted shooter glass filled with warm squash soup, we had to agree: yeah, this felt pretty cool.

The Ghetto Gourmet is a roving restaurant, serving contemporary cuisine in beautiful spaces to appreciative audiences. Jeremy and his crew hold events throughout the year in Berkeley, New York, Chicago, and of course, Los Angeles -- once you sign up for a date and general location (they've held events in WeHo, Venice, and the Hollywood Hills so far this month), you get an email the day before with a menu and an address. Pack a bottle of wine and a few cushions, and get ready to hang out on the floor with a group of cool people while eating a fabulous four-course meal prepared by a local professional.

You can sign up for the email list through their website, and tickets run about $60 per person (BYOB and cushion). There might still be a few tickets left for the Downtown (the special theme: dining in the dark!) and Mar Vista (with a special screening of "Who Killed The Electric Car" in honor of the green theme) events this week, so get on over to the site to sign up!!!

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Our meal was inventive, varied, and beautifully prepared and presented; our table-mates were warm and friendly; the entertainment (a casual art show and brief comic performance) was fun and appropriate.