Folks, courtesy of fellow Chowhound Rich Pawlak, based in Philadelphia, here is an outline of the basic idea of a "Dangerous Dining club" and how it works. I'd guesstimate that we need expressed interest from at least six to eight people to try this. Here's what Rich wrote:
"I started the DDC back in 1989 as a way to both see scattered friends and dine out in lesser known, off-the-beaten-path restaurants at an affordable price.
Only a few guidelines are necessary, though I would also endorse a special travel seminar in Phoenix to fully endoctrinate aspiring Southwestern chowhounds into the cult of DDC.
1. Pick an unusual, less familiar dining spot with very good food and relatively low prices. In the Philadelphia area, our revived DDC goes with a $25 per person ceiling, tax and tip inclusive. Alcohol exclusive.
2. Visit the intended restaurant and discuss your idea to bring a group of fellow diners together.
3. Pick an off night: Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday in most cities are slower nights, when the restaurant would welcome the business.
4. Plan a menu with the owner/manager, one that shows off the restaurant's best dishes, in your opinion , or the owner's. Establish a set price that includes tip and tax, to make collecting money at the ned of dinner easy and simple and hassle free. Promise to give the owner/manager a call with the final total of guests 3 days prior to your get-together. Avoid being placed in a private room; it takes away from the core purpose of experiencing the restaurant.
5. MAke up an invitation; include directions if the location is not well known to your circle of friends.
E-mail and snail maile to any and all you think might be interested. be prepared to take the RSVPs yourself.
6. Arrive at the restaurant at least a half hour before the dinner to make sure arrangements are taken care of.
7. Enjoy dinner."
As noted below, Kat, J, and JK have expressed interest. Anyone else game?