Pop-ups, cooking competitions coming to Mother

Mother is spicing up its Monday nights with three unusual dining concepts.

The innovative all-veggie, K Street restaurant launches Other on Oct. 13, which basically institutionalizes pop-ups for aspiring chefs. Mother will hand over the restaurant keys—and provide a dishwasher and server—and see what happens. The first chef will be Kevin O’Connor, former wunderkind behind Blackbird Restaurant & Bar. O’Connor has been operating his own regular Tree House pop-up dinners and is poised to open his own Midtown restaurant soon.

Otherwise, as Mother’s newsletter states, “There are no details because we’re not organizing it.” I wager that it’ll function similarly to a now-defunct business in Oakland called Guest Chef. Guest Chef was a brick-and-mortar restaurant that effectively became a new restaurant every two weeks when a new aspiring chef took over. It drew both professionals and homecooks interested in opening their own restaurant one day, and getting a brief taste of what it takes.  

A friendly cooking competition called 86'd will also kick-off sometime in October. It’ll operate under the same rules as reality television show Knife Fight: two chefs have one hour to cook two dishes using three secret ingredients for ultimate bragging rights. Foodies in the crowd will get to cheer and all, but only the established judges will actually get to taste the results. Everyone else gets a meal and beer courtesy of Mother for $10 at the door. 

Finally, the already-established Madre Cerveceria will continue as a monthly Monday destination. The event pairs vegetarian Mexican fare with five fancy beers, curated by SN&R’s Nick Miller. It’s an informal, unpretentious way to learn a little more about beer while getting only slightly tipsy. The fifth rendition takes place Monday, Sept. 15 and costs $30 to attend—nab your tickets here.

Also, has anyone else not noticed Mother’s “line cam” on its website? Creepy.  

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