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First Dinner Lab in SA introduces rising New York City chef

Chef Kwame Onwuachi wows crowd with 6-course meal

SAN ANTONIO – It's called a pop-up dinner and it has finally made its way to the Alamo City. 

The one-time events bring together a group of interesting strangers around a common table to share cuisine crafted by an up-and-coming chef like Kwame Onwuachi from New York City.

"My food always comes from a story," said Onwuachi.

At 24 years old, Onwuachi served his six-course menu to members of the San Antonio Dinner Lab.

He's a rising chef competing against 10 other chefs to open up his own restaurant. Friday night, he prepared his globally-inspired modern American cuisine. 

Each course represented a memorable moment in the chef's life. The first course, a strawberry salad, represented his time driving on the Pacific Coast Highway in California.

"I rolled down the window and that's all I could see was strawberries, so I decided to do an ode to that tour," said Onwuachi.

The dinner, held at the Aztec Theatre downtown, created a different dining experience, where foodies not only interacted with each other but with the chef.

Foodie Emily Reynolds was the first San Antonio member of Dinner Lab. At each pop-up dinner event, she said, she looks forward to trying new foods, and hoping those talents will stay here in the Alamo City.

"Hopefully bringing that energy, that creative energy into the restaurants here in San Antonio," said Reynolds.

For more information on how to join San Antonio's Dinner Lab and a list of events, visit their website.