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Private Dining Startup EatWith Debuts Star-Studded SOMA Test Kitchen

James Syhabout and Jonnatan Leiva are among the chefs popping up there.

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It's one of many local startups empowering chefs both professional and amateur to invite strangers in for at-home dinners, but EatWith is promoting itself by doing something a little different: opening a test kitchen in its SOMA office, where chefs and restaurants can try out new concepts, hold pop-ups, and get feedback from diners. Set in a 2,000-square-foot loft with views of AT&T Park, the venue can hold 24 seated diners or 40 people for a roving cocktail party, and is intended to help chefs test their recipes, woo investors, and expand their reach.

The concept of a test kitchen isn't a new one for SF: Naked Kitchen in the Mission has been supporting chefs doing pop-ups for years, and North Beach's Cookhouse is a go-to space for private events and test meals. However, EatWith has been able to secure some pretty killer chefs to participate in the program: James Syhabout is doing a tailgate before the Giants home opener on April 13, and forthcoming Mission brewery/restaurant Citizen Fox will be doing test dinners there in March. Other drop-ins have included acclaimed chef Jonnatan Leiva (Saxon+Parole), and a monthly team-up with La Cocina for sit-down dinners with participants in their culinary incubator. And of course, EatWith still continues to offer plenty of dinners in private homes, including everything from crab feasts to Ayurvedic food.

EatWith Test Kitchen

188 King St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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