Birmingham, meet Dinner Lab
On a rainy Friday night, 240 guests gathered in an abandoned building to do the unexpected: Enjoy fine dining for a good cause.
Birmingham’s first-ever Dinner Lab was held on April 17, 2015. Ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities raised fund to support the work of the UAB MHRC to improve the health of vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities in Alabama and across the country.
The unconventional space was an abandoned Goodyear tire warehouse, near the UAB campus. The chef was Kwame Onwuachi, formerly of Eleven Madison Park and Per Se, now of The Shaw Bijou, opening in Washington D.C. in the fall of 2015.
The Celebration Host Committee was chaired by Dudley Reynolds and Corey Hartman, along with Frank Adams, Jr., Lajuana Bradford, Cathy O. Friedman, Koko Mackin, Wendy Padilla-Madden, Foster L. Ware, III and Donald Watkins, Jr., all members of the UAB MHRC Philanthropic Committee.
Dinner Lab is a membership-based social dining platform that connects undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners in unconventional spaces. Members may attend events in any city where Dinner Lab operates. Guests at the MHRC Celebration, Introducing Dinner Lab were able to attend without a membership to introduce Birmingham to this new concept in adventurous dining. In keeping with the spontaneity of a pop-up party, guests weren’t told the location until immediately prior to the event.
A special thanks to our generous sponsors:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
Regions Financial Corporation
UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Frank Adams, Jr.
Skin Wellness Center of Alabama
UAB Department of Medicine
UAB School of Medicine
Donald Watkins, Jr. State Farm Agency
Special thanks also to Charles Barkley and Drew Watkins of Turner Sports, Ken Jackson, Auctioneer, Charles Yeates of International Wines, and the UAB Education Foundation for their invaluable support.
The MHRC is pleased to be able to introduce Birmingham to Dinner Lab. Like the MHRC, Dinner Lab is committed to diversity, research, and providing opportunities for young people to succeed. If you would like to learn more about the important work of the MHRC or how to you can support the Center, please contact Christian Smith, Major Gifts Officer for the Department of Medicine at firstname.lastname@example.org or (205) 934-1974.
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UAB MHRC Celebration, Introducing
April 17, 2015
506 10th Street South
UAB is pleased to introduce Dinner Lab to Birmingham at a Celebration benefitting the
Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center.
Dinner Lab is a social dining platform uniting undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners in unconventional spaces.
Chef Kwame Onwuachi will curate the menu for the evening. Formerly of Eleven Madison Park and Per Se in NYC,
Chef Kwame is chef and owner of The Shaw Bijou, opening in Washington D.C. this fall.
Sponsorships range from $5,000 - $25,000
Single Ticket - $150
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the UAB MHRC, whose initiatives focus on reducing health differences resulting from social, economic, or environmental disadvantage for vulnerable and underserved communities in Alabama and across the country.
Dinner Lab in the News
- Weld Birmingham Article on Dinner Lab and MHRC Fundraiser
- Al.com article: Dinner Lab Comes to Birmingham. First Event is Benefit for UAB MHRC
- Entrepreneur - Data-licious: How Dinner Lab Used Feedback to Improve Food and Conversation
- New York Times
- About Dinner Lab