Table Invites Diners to Join Its Pre-Shift "Family Meal"

A different kind of pop-up launches Thursday at the Shaw restaurant.

Table invites diners to be a part of the restaurant's pre-shift family meal (though we're guessing these ricotta fritters won't be among the offerings). Photograph by Scott Suchman

Family meal, the pre-shift food chefs prepare for the staff before service, is a hot culinary topic–legendary chef Ferran Adrià built a whole cookbook around the dishes served to the workers at elBulli. Everyone wants to eat like an insider, right?

Now the public can have their chance at Table. The Shaw restaurant just announced a new “family meal pop-up,” where 20 diners can eat in the kitchen along with the waitstaff from 5 to 6. The all-you-can-eat offering goes for $20 per person, with a mystery beer that can be added for $5. In order to get a seat for the first dinner on Thursday, February 26, head to the modern European eatery’s Facebook page, look for a preview of the menu and invite, and be among the first to RSVP.

This week’s dinner is the first in a series/social media campaign (#familymeal). Diners are invited to post their own family meal photos using the hashtag, and follow Table’s Facebook and Instagram pages for updates and chances to join future sessions.

While glamorized in the food media, family meals can run the gamut from homey, cost-friendly comfort foods (think red curry chicken at the Source) to Sysco’s frozen chicken fingers. We’re guessing Table’s version runs along the lines of the former.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.