Sometimes all you need is a fruity drink served in a coconut shell to make everything better.
Calling itself "a tropical-kitsch dining experience," The Coconut Club is the latest underground supper club to hit L.A., and its first set of pop-up dinners will be held on July 10 and 11.
For $100 apiece, 20 diners per seating will be treated to sophisticated takes on pan-Asian cuisine and an array of tropical cocktails. But there's a bit of theatrical flair, too: Each dish is presented with a faux-mythical backstory by the dinner's host, "the enigmatic Mr. Kurtz."
You can expect treats such as a pineapple pisco sour cocktail garnished with coconut shrimp; a pineapple-shaped Hawaiian roll with pineapple butter and salt-cured uni; the punnily named Chicken Tiki Marsala; and a volcano cake that, of course, is served on fire. In all, there will be about 18 items served, a combination of food and cocktails.
The Coconut Club is the creation of a trio of local talents: Andy Windak, also known as Chef Wind Attack, a private chef and caterer who started cooking after years working in the animation industry; Elana Lepkowski, cocktail consultant, tiki expert and award-winning blogger at Stir and Strain; and Nathan Hazard, a music-industry guy by day who moonlights as a cocktail consultant and co-hosts popular podcast The Table Set.
"The Coconut Club is an execution of my desire to go to a tiki bar with really great food," Windak says. "Just imagine being able to enjoy a well-balanced, flavorful tiki drink and then soak it up with a really great meal. With theatrics and drama and flair. And things on fire!"
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With only 40 seats available, these first dinners are sure to sell out pretty quickly. But fear not: The organizers say they're planning to make The Coconut Club a regular occurence, with the next set of dinners planned for August.
Pineapples, paper umbrellas and things on fire — how could you go wrong?