Mission Gastroclub
Neil Davidson, left, and Eric Denman hosting one of their Mission Gastroclub dinners in late February.

This video enters the world of the Mission Gastroclub, underground dinners hosted by two friends from college. One is a software engineer, the other a former chef at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc restaurant in Napa Valley. The duo pairs gourmet food with craft beers, and bridges the gap between fine dining and casual dinner parties among friends.

Dinners continue to be held almost every week inside the small one-bedroom apartment near Cesar Chavez and Mission streets that the two now share.

Mission Gastroclub from Ashwin Seshagiri on Vimeo.

(This video was shot entirely on an iPhone 4.)

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Life-long Bay Area resident Ashwin Seshagiri moved to the Mission last year to pursue journalism professionally. Though at times cynical about the familiar haunts, he manages to uncover delightful surprises in the neighborhood’s interiors. When he’s not exploring, Seshagiri might be found playing bocce ball at Precita Park or making the devilish drive down Route 1 to Half Moon Bay.

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  1. …. are you kidding me? Is this a joke?

    Its not a club. Its not an “undeground experience.” Its just 2 people cooking food in their apartment.

    ?Stop taking yourself so seriously… Its just food. eat it. enjoy it. shut t….. up.

    by the way, there are people cooking food in their apartments in literally billions of homes every night….

    1. The difference here is that they are cooking for strangers and the strangers are charged. best, lc

      1. sorry but that still doesn’t make it noteworthy or interesting at all, except I guess in the hipster compulsion capital that is the mission…. Foodie-ism apparently is the fixed-gear bike…. It would be comical if it weren’t so vapid…..