New York 'dorm room chef' Jonah Reider hosting pop-up dining event in Auckland

Diners can expect dishes similar to this cheese platter when dining at Jonah Reider's pop-up restaurant. Photo / Supplied
Diners can expect dishes similar to this cheese platter when dining at Jonah Reider's pop-up restaurant. Photo / Supplied

A college student who transformed his dorm room into one of the hottest restaurants in New York is hosting a pop-up dining experience in Auckland tomorrow.

Jonah Reider began a four-seat mini restaurant in his Columbia University dorm room in September 2015. He quickly accrued a waiting list of more than 4000 people for the restaurant dubbed Pith.

The New York Post called Pith "the hottest table in town" and he appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

New York college student Jonah Reider is hosting a pop-up restaurant in west Auckland today. Photo / Supplied
New York college student Jonah Reider is hosting a pop-up restaurant in west Auckland today. Photo / Supplied

He is today creating the experience for six guests in a 40sq m apartment in West Auckland. The guests - a mix of individuals and couples - were chosen from hundreds who expressed interest online.

They will be served a four course set menu made from largely seasonal New Zealand produce and drinks for $25 each.

The meals will be made using the new Artisan Mini mixer by kitchen appliance company, Kitchen Aid, which funded Reider's trip.

Reider told the Weekend Herald guests could expect a cross between having a family meal at home and eating in a traditional restaurant.

"I found there was a need to have an intimate dining experience where you could get great food but also connect with people.

"Traditional restaurants are so expensive and formal and hierarchical. This is a space where you get to eat a meal that's curated, but the atmosphere is laid-back and relaxed."

Reider has taken his small pop-up restaurant to several American cities outside New York and Sydney.

"I like to use as much local produce as I can, so the experience is tailored. What's really cool is when the guests have such a good time they all go to the pub together afterwards."

- NZ Herald

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