You Can Taste Upside Foods’ Cultivated Chicken at Bar Crenn Beginning Next Month
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Following the USDA approval for its cultivated chicken, Upside Foods has announced that public reservations for the first dinner service at Michelin-starred Bar Crenn featuring its cultivated meat will go live on Thursday, July 20th at 12pm PT.
The public reservations availability follows the world’s first sale of cultivated chicken in the U.S., which took place on July 1, 2023, in San Francisco at Chef Dominique Crenn’s Bar Crenn.
That dinner featured Upside Foods’ CEO Uma Valeti along with the five winners of the company’s social media contest for a chance to be among the first to taste the cell-based meat. It came just days after the USDA granted approval to California-based Upside and Good Meat — both produce cultivated chicken.
“It’s truly an honor to serve Upside’s cultivated chicken at Bar Crenn and introduce cultivated meat to the U.S.,” Crenn said at the time. “It’s the first time meat has made it back on my menu since 2018 because Upside Chicken is the first meat that I feel good about serving.”
Crenn served the first cultivated chicken in the U.S. fried in a Recado Negro-infused tempura batter with a burnt chili aioli. The dish was served in a handmade black ceramic vessel adorned with Mexican motifs and Crenn’s logo, garnished with edible flowers and greens.
Days later on the other side of the country, chef José Andrés served the first Good Meat chicken at his Washington D.C. restaurant, China Chilcano.
Booking a seating
Following this first public dinner service, Bar Crenn will serve the cultivated chicken on the first weekend of each month via six-course prix fixe menus priced at $150 per person beginning on August 4th at 5 pm, the company says.
Reservations will be released monthly on the Bar Crenn website two weeks ahead of the seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.