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2023 Underground Dinner Party

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There are the potlucks you host for a few friends before watching­ Sunday HBO legacy television. And then there are the dinner parties that Elizabeth Grothe throws in her Northern Liberties apartment. Every month or so, the Fiorella line cook invites strangers (mostly industry pals and whoever gets a hold of the Google form via Grothe’s personal Instagram) over for five-ish courses of restaurant-quality dishes based on themes like “Spaghetti Western,” “Lizakaya” or “A Night in Lizbon.” At $65 per person, it’s the best tasting-menu experience that’s not really a tasting-menu experience you can have right now. Click here for Grothe’s tips on throwing a killer dinner party.