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Success Story: Pop-Up Dinner in a Shared Office

PeerSpace encourages users to think differently about the places that we work. As many Hosts have discovered, repurposing space can yield creative and interesting uses for all kinds of productive activities. This practice results in better business sustainability and even allows for some incredibly unique culinary experiences. See “Exhibit A”, a recent pop-up dinner.

PeerSpace Guest, Dinner Lab, staged a one-of-a-kind dining experience by hosting their patrons in a highly creative shared office space currently listed on the PeerSpace marketplace. The revenue generated from sharing their office not only gave the Host, The Invention Hub, a financial boost but also increased their visibility in the community. This type of mutually beneficial relationship is evidence of a fundamental shift that is happening in dense cities like San Francisco. When space is at a premium, people find ways to get creative and the results are mouthwatering.

The Invention Hub

Located in San Francisco’s waterfront Dogpatch district, entrepreneurs find refuge and peace in one of the city’s nicest offices. Founded by the innovative venture capital firm Just Business and the anti-human trafficking non-profit Not For Sale, The Invention Hub seeks to incubate new businesses with a focus on humanitarian efforts around the globe.

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Dinner Lab

Dinner Lab is a membership-based supper club that allows up-and-coming chefs to build menus around their individual areas of expertise. They bring food lovers together around a table to enjoy exceptional food. Without the constraints of operating a brick & mortar restaurant, these private, pop-up dinner events allow the chefs to be more creative, test new ideas, and gain valuable feedback and experience.

How They Pulled It Off

Preparing a high-end, five course meal for a small crowd of hungry foodies is a feat in and of itself. Pulling it off in an office without a single stove is a truly remarkable achievement. Dinner Lab’s team moved comfortably through the setup process, assembling their mobile kitchen, makeshift prep station, wet bar, and dining hall in about an hour. Treating the space like a blank canvas, the crew filled the room with mood lighting and simple, well-executed dressings that transformed the office into an intimate dining environment.

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The chef, Ryan Haigler, and his team composed polished plates of delicious food from tabletop, propane stoves (yes, like the stoves you bring camping). Dinner Lab’s events are a prime example of the possibilities that exist when a Host thinks creatively about how their space can be utilized.

The PeerSpace team loves facilitating fun and inspiring events like this pop-up dinner that expose the power of sharing. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can host an event like this (and make money in the process), please get in touch! Also, learn why so many business owners in the Bay Area are deciding to join PeerSpace.

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