“Country Club for Cooking” Opens in Napa, Calif.

By | November 7th, 2016

Kitchen Collective is the nation’s first private gastronomic club, with members paying $250 a month, plus a $2,500 initiation fee, for the privilege of cooking their own meals in a fully stocked and equipped kitchen, with a professional chef available for guidance.

 

Kitchen Collective has opened in downtown Napa, Calif., as the nation’s first private gastronomic club, reported SFGATE.com, the website of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Members pay $250 a month, plus a $2,500 initiation fee for the privilege of cooking their own meals, SFGATE.com reported. The hook is access to a fully stocked and equipped kitchen with a professional chef available for guidance at all times.

Founder Garret Murphy also touts the high-tech and social aspects of the club, which has lounges, an outdoor courtyard and multiple dining rooms, SFGATE.com reported.

The club is being promoted as “America’s first urban cooking club” in “the Heart of Wine Country,” and thus “offering the best of both worlds,” SFGATE.com reported.

“Napa’s epicurean culture is the central theme, integrating a range of extraordinary wines from local vineyards, and bringing in the Bay Area’s tech boom through the club’s addition to the ‘shared economy’—a shared kitchen—and subtle, optional tech features,” Murphy says in promotion that he has sent out for the club.

Kitchen Collective also has high-tech touches, SFGATE.com reported, including a live video feed that allows members to chat with their guests, who are safely tucked away from the heat of the kitchen in a separate lounge, while they prepare a meal with the club chef.

Members may bring a guest daily and have use of a private dining room once a month for larger groups, as well as access to social events and classes, many of which are included in the membership fee, SFGATE.com reported.

The 50 inaugural members also get access to “the Chef’s private pantry”—with essentials like foie gras, caviar, truffles and porcini mushrooms—along with two free glasses of wine daily. Help with prep comes at an additional fee.

The only thing members need to provide, whether small meals or larger gatherings, is protein, which the club can order for a small fee, SFGATE.com reported.

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