Eat. Escape. Foodshop.

“You know,” an agent muttered to me once as she reached for her pressed juice, “my favorite places to eat are the ones I disappear in. The ones that make me feel like no one else in the world knows where I am.” I took a step closer. “Foodshop,” she whispered.

It’s the weekend and somewhere in Venice, in a little toolshed lit with candles and bare bulbs, there’s a dinner party of strangers transpiring. Behind a sliding steel door await Hyejin Cho and Itay Zach – two friends who met in architecture school. Eleven years later and their architectural undertakings have become mere hobbies; what started as cooking for close friends on the weekends has become this – a five-course meal for forty eager guests, served on mismatched plates at a long wooden table.

The crowd varies by night and there’s a rotating menu. Gardeners, school teachers, old friends and young lovers share wine and trade stories and ask one another, “is this your first?” I’ve gone three months in a row now and have kept it a secret, because sometimes, certain things are worth protecting.

If (and only if) Boss deserves it, do a little digging and find your way onto Foodshop’s mailing list. Posting a link would be too easy. Sign up the moment you receive the email – wait lists are long and good word is spreading. If Boss can’t make it, don’t waste the reservation.

3-6 Nights per month

This month at Foodshop:

The Menu (Suggested Donation $65)


Apritif Ole Smoky Moonshine cocktail
Hushpuppies fresh corn, mint, bourbon honey butter sauce
Kale Pear Salad black kale, sweet onion, walnuts, agave vinaigrette, cheese
Mac and Cheese aged cheddar & gruyere, Granny-Smith apples, white truffle oil
Beef Ribs* slow cooked grass-fed beef ribs, coriander bourbon BBQ sauce
Yams organic baby yams, black caraway, olive oil, sea salt
Spinach organic spinach, cream, garlic
Okra tomato braise, smoked paprika, garlic

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble with shopmade vanilla ice cream

DRINKS Please bring beverages of your choice (beer & bourbon work well)
*BBQ Prawns available as substitute by prior request only



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