Local Pop-Up Dining Scene: 10 Upcoming Can’t-Miss Dinners

As if there aren't already enough restaurants to choose from in New Orleans, the pop-up dining scene adds even more choices to the list. A lot of these dinners offer collaborations between great, well-known chefs and lesser-known chefs trying to make their mark. Either way, the diners get to reap the benefits.

Below is a list of upcoming pop-up dinners you may want to consider marking on your calendar.

Johnny and Friends

Chef John Besh continues his series of Johnny and Friends pop-up dinners on Thursday, Aug. 24 with Chef Michael Schwartz of Amara at Paraiso. The Miami Chef joins Besh at Pigeon & Prince for an unforgettable culinary experience. Proceeds benefit the John Besh Foundation. Visit the website for tickets to this event or future Johnny and Friends events. Photo courtesy: John Besh Foundation

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Dinner with Friends

On Wednesday, Aug. 23, Bar Frances and St. James Cheese Company team up for a four-course cheese-inspired dinner featuring Southern cheese makers. It’s an opportunity to learn about the various cheeses from the experts at St. James. The $60 dinner includes wine pairings. Photo courtesy: Bar Frances

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El Super Seis

Black Penny goes Tex-Mex on Wednesday, Aug. 23 with an “everything’s bigger in Texas” inspired meal.  From 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., you’ll get Mexican food with drink pairings to complement the meal. It’s cash only, so make sure you plan accordingly. Photo courtesy: Black Penny via Facebook

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Leba-Cajun Sunday Dinner

Simone’s Market hosts a Lebanese Sunday dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, with hummus, tabouli, grape leaves, kibbe footballs and Lebanese rice dressing.

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Summer of Love Dinner

Coquette continues its five-course “No Menu Tuesday” dinner series for $45 on Tuesday, Aug. 29 with a 1960s-inspired menu. No word yet on which chef will be joining them this week, but it should be groovy. The dinner series continues through the month of September.  Photo courtesy: Coquette

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Lahpet

The Burmese pop-up takes over Hollygrove Market and Farm the first Sunday of every month beginning on September 3.  The brunch menu will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature vegan and gluten-free options. Photo courtesy: Lahpet Facebook

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Mosquito Supper Club

Experience a family-style Cajun dinner at this bi-weekly supper club. Break bread with 23 other experimental diners on foods like lagniappe rolls, shrimp boulettes and lump crab cakes. The goal of this supper club is to celebrate the fisherman and farmers of South Louisiana. Dinner is $75, and reservations must be made in advance.

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An Evening with Emeril Lagasse and Aaron Sanchez

What happens when you put Emeril Lagasee, Aaron Sanchez and John Besh in a room together? You get an unforgettable dinner with a great after party. On Sept. 26 these three masterminds will get together at Emeril’s Delmonico for a cocktail meet and greet, three-course dinner and a karaoke after party all to benefit the Aaron Sanchez Scholarship Fund.

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K & E NOLA

Former Shogun sushi chef and local favorite, Kazuyuki Ishikawa, or “Kaz,” as his regulars called him, and business partner Eli Ramos have started their own monthly pop-up sushi dinner at Ohm Lounge on Tchoupitoulas Street. The sushi is handcrafted Japanese omakase which means the selection and preparation are left up to the chef. The meal consists of six courses and a dessert served with all seasonal ingredients. The next series of dinners is on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22.  You must follow them on Facebook to hear about when tickets go on sale.

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Barrel Proof

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Barrel Proof hosts rotating pop-up kitchens. The menu styles vary each night. One night might feature Latin fare, while another might may feature Italian dishes. Photo courtesy: Barrel Proof

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