3/28/2013 03:03:00 PM

Ask the Austin Zagat Blog: What's the Difference Between a Pop-Up Dinner and a Supper Club?

Steaks for a supper club at Dai Due
Eating out in our fair city raises all sorts of burning questions. Is it okay to take a date to a food trailer? Yay or nay on cargo shorts at Uchiko? Then there are the more general questions we’ve always wondered but been too afraid to ask. Are you allowed to eat garnish? Who pays for that extra appetizer? 

That’s where the Austin Zagat blog comes in. Ask us anything your heart desires in the comments section below, and we'll give you our honest opinion. 

This week a reader asked us, What’s the difference between a pop-up dinner and a supper club? 

With all the pop-up options for supper, it’s no wonder we’re getting confused. A pop-up is more like a onetime event, whereas a supper club is usually held each month or a couple of times per year by the same chef.

Call them the new food trailers, because both are a low-risk opportunity for chefs and entrepreneurs to try out a new format or concept. In particular with pop-ups, chefs can see if there’s any interest in their food and ideas (although they seldom come home with many profits). The same can be said for supper clubs. On the other hand, clubs like Dai Due have a strong following and impeccable reputation and have been around for years.

That being said, it’s always a gamble when you go to one of these. You could discover the best food you’ve ever had or have a questionable five-course meal. But the fun is in the experience.

Have a restaurant query you need answered? Ask Megan your questions below in the comments section.

Need to get in touch with the Zagat blog in Austin? Email Megan Giller at megzagATX at gmail dot com.

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