I have been a cook/chef for the past 10 years and my best friend Ed has been one for the last 6 or so. I work at a great restaurant where I enjoy the type of food, the ingredients and the people there. It is not my menu, but I am not creatively stifled. Sure, there are some things I would change, but for the most part, I love it there. My poor friend Ed on the other hand, he works for an awful hack of a chef, management, and owners. Ed did not go to culinary school and kinda wound up cooking by chance, but he truly loves food and is a great chef. We used to work together at the place he still works, I was able to escape 3+ years ago, but he is still trapped there (and not for lack of trying).
Ed and I used to live together in a (yellow) house that had an amazing back yard which was great for all sorts of entertaining, from giant restaurant people keg parties to classier and more intimate dinner parties. It had a terrible kitchen (the counter space consisted of only 12" of space on either side of the sink), but we made it work.
Anyway, for the past 18 months we have been talking about hosting dinners, not just for our close friends and family, but friends of friends and hopefully through word of mouth, complete strangers. This is not a new concept, you may know it as a supper club, or Gypsy or Ghetto Gourmet, just to name a few. As best I can tell, there is no such thing in my area. So that is basically what we are doing, starting small with some friends and family, friends of friends, and people we have told about it and have been interested.
So far we have 3 locations lined up, and we are going to try to hit all of them by end of summer/early fall. The first one will be July 30th with a family style menu of some recipes from our wheelhouse. Walk before your run, we will save the extravagant coursed dinners for future events. We had a bunch of awful names picked out before Ed realized we should just name it after the place we lived together, started on this project, and had events at already.
That is all I have so far, but in the near future I will have plenty of menu/recipe details and photographs. If you are interested in attending, getting junk emails from us, or cooking with us please send us an email at yellowhousefood AT gmail.com or follow us on twitter @yellowhousefood.
Wish us luck!