Pop-Up Dining on the Central Coast
Pop-up dining has officially emerged on the Central Coast. Over the three years that Executive Chef Will Torres and Andrew Webber have cooked together at Justin Winery, they’ve fantasized about doing their own thing on the side.
“We work with such great food and people at Justin,” says Webber, “but we also wanted to do our own thing, put our own stamp on it. Starting a pop-up restaurant is a low-risk way to do that in our spare time between family and life.”
The result is Pop 46, a no-holds-barred eatery that Webber and Torres bring to select local venues for one night only. The inaugural dinner, held after hours at Templeton’s Pier 46, offered a five-course tasting menu that included crushed potato, salty miso and delectably crunchy dried shrimp, as well as a riff on strawberries and cream for dessert with Okui Farms strawberries, ricotta and basil, all paired with Rotta wines.
The goal for Pop 46, according to Webber, is to pop up once per month, maybe more.
“It might become a food truck, caterer or brick-and-mortar restaurant,” he says, also mentioning that future dinners could include beer pairings, or even the work of other local chefs.
“Partnering with other local chefs would promote the area and elevate all of our work.”
To get info on the next pop-up, visit Facebook.com/Pop46Dinner.co.