Chef John Tesar Announces Private Underground Dinners

This is not how he prepares dinner... usually. (photo by Maxine Helfman)

If you’re a fan of the great Chef John Tesar, here’s your opportunity to see him up close and personal. There will be a limited series of Private Underground Dinners with the chef at secret dining locations around Dallas.

“It will be an opportunity for me to experiment with new ideas, some of which could appear on the menu when we open Spoon. These Private Underground Dinners will be over the top, and will support the local community at the same time,” said Chef Tesar.

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A portion of the proceeds from the Private Underground Dinners will be donated to a local community educational garden. Each Private Underground Dinner will have a different menu to provide guests with unique experiences, each dinner will include five to seven courses from the land and the sea. There will be just one dinner service per evening with limited seating available. The food will be the main attraction of these exclusive Private Underground Dinners to provide a truly memorable, social gourmet dining experience.

Guests are welcome to bring their own wine and spirits, and will be provided the menu along with suggested wine parings and the address of the secret dining destination 48 hours before the event by email. The first of these exclusive Private Underground Dinners will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. with five courses at $99 per person. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., service begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the April 7th dinner may be purchased at To be the first to receive announcements about future Private Underground Dinners, or to inquire about available dates for a Private Underground Dinner of your own, send your contact information (name, email & phone) to

7 comments on “Chef John Tesar Announces Private Underground Dinners

  1. Dear Chef Tesar,

    Thank you for your kindly invitation to your event. Unfortunately our representative will be unable to attend. Perhaps you’ve heard we have quite a backlog of inspections of those restaurants who pay an annual $425 fee to the city in order to be so inspected. Since you are unwilling to pay such, we most certainly will NOT be able to conduct any sort of inspection of your premises.

    Perhaps you should try the Comptroller of Public Accounts, I hear their auditors are slow in collecting sales taxes due to the state.

    Thank you again, and should you wish for an inspection in the future, call us, because we won’t be calling on you.

    Health Dept.

  2. I guess when no one wants to rent space to you you’re stuck having “underground” dinners at unknown places with unknown plumbing. Gross. Thanks for the reminder, Health Department.

  3. DCAD + Health Dept. = the basic ignorance and hate that runs rampant with the uneducated and ill-informed.


  4. Dear Chef Tesar,

    On the chance that we might not be correct in our assessment of your business model, feel free to prove us wrong with a sales tax certificate and a city health code approval. Until then, your sausage will continue to fail code standards. You will have to continue to slap it yourself.