Invitation to an Underground Dinner


By Melanie Wynne

Sparked by the popularity of Cuban paladares (small private restaurants), underground dinners are private event productions: paying dinner parties that bypass local zoning and regulations to create a sense of community. To score an invite, you often have to know someone with the inside scoop to get your name on an email list or find a website.


Amy’s Culinary Adventures — run by creative chef Amy Jurist, whose skill and passion have recently inspired three cooking show productions to come a-courtin’ — puts on an underground dinner somewhere around Los Angeles a couple of times a month. Jurist has been staging her “food raves” for the past five years, always in a different location (a huge Art Deco penthouse in West Hollywood, a Culver City gallery, etc.) and always with a different theme (The Bacon Affair; La Nuit de Paris; Cheese, Please; and more).


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Amy's Culinary Adventures





Catering Los Angeles for 14 years • Bel Air • Beverly Crest • Beverly Glen • Brentwood • Canoga Park • Central City East • Century City • Chatsworth • Cheviot Hills • Chinatown • Country Club Park • Crestview • Del Rey • Downtown Los Angeles • Encino • Encino • Griffith Park • Hollywood • Larchmont Village • Los Feliz • Mar Vista • Marina Peninsula • Melrose • Mid-City • Mid-City West • Miracle Mile • Mission Hills • North Hollywood • Northridge • Pacific Palisades • Palms • Playa Del Rey • Playa Vista • Porter Ranch • Rancho Park • Reseda • Reseda • San Pedro • Sherman Oaks • Simi Valley • South Carthay • South Robertson • Studio City • Tarzana • Toluca Lake • Venice • West Hills • West Hollywood • West Los Angeles • West Toluca Lake • Westchester • Westside Village • Westwood • Winnetka • Woodland Hills