If you haven't seen it yet, the CBS affiliate in New York City created the most entertainingly alarmist piece on for-pay dinner parties. Here's an excerpt:
Clandestine dinner parties like the one Leitner attended have become more common in New York City. And insiders told Leitner they are completely unregulated.
When asked at the dinner, “do you ever worry about getting caught?” Michael Patlazhan responded, “I definitely do.”
Patlazhan is a professional chef who also hosts underground supper clubs. He cooks with blow torches, nitrogen and even a vacuum machine to create unusual meals.
In the broadcast version, I swear every time the reporter says "unregulated" I think we're supposed to shiver in fear.
Art Carden made the obvious point already so I've link to him:
I don't think the people concerned about unregulated dinner parties are going far enough. You know what else is unregulated? The kitchen at my house. Think about what the means for a second. It means that my children--children, mind you--are being fed food that's prepared in unregulated, uninsepected, and possibly less-than-sanitary conditions. The burgeoning field of Helen Lovejoy Political Economy demands that something must be done. For the children, of course.
Of course, there's a much easier solution to how to spin these illegal meals our friends on the left have given us. Simply call them undocumented kitchens.