30 of us had a chance to meet Turtle Tower's Chef Stephen Pham and his restaurant family, tour his kitchen and customize a bowl of pho to our own tastes last night, thanks to an event organized by Simmr, a recent startup by foodies Neeharika Bhartiya and Wendy Lin.
I have no connection to Simmr and do not know any of its principals, but feel it's a good resource to be aware of.
Simmr organizes "insider" tours and classes at popular local eating and drinking establishments. Previous events have been hosted by Onigilly and Tava Indian Kitchen, and future venues include:
Radio Africa Kitchen
Hillside Supper Club
The American Grilled Cheese KItchen
Eji's Ethopian Kitchen