It's a premium service, but it's not that pricey for what you're getting
To get into that show, you must be a member of Tasting Collective, a $165/year membership. Members get access to tickets a week before the meal, $50 for dinner and $35 for brunch, and have access to up to three guest tickets for $25. Gelb teased that early members in Chicago may get a discount for being among the first to join. Signing up is easy through the company’s website; just request an invitation to join, and it will come within a few days. Chicago registration has already begun.
Events will be held every two weeks to start but could increase, as there are multiple events per week now in NYC. Gelb wanted to keep the planned restaurants under wraps, but did mention Split Rail and HaiSous as two of the first Tasting Collective spots in Chicago -- the types of spots you might call the best new restaurants of the year, and where a $50 eight-course menu will be a nice deal, especially accompanied by a unique, communal, chef-led experience.
“The restaurants we’re talking to thus far are the same kind of thing as New York,” he said. “They’re the younger, newer restaurants that are receiving acclaim. That’s the sweet spot.”
Keep an eye out for Tasting Collective events all over Chicago, as Gelb and his company continue to reinvent special dining experiences.