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From Secret Ingredients Came The Secret Table

By Elisha Neubauer

From Hollywood movie sets to behind the stove may seem like a startling change, but it's just the change that Lisa Fielding, owner of The Secret Table in Los Angeles, wanted for her life.

Fielding opted to leave her career behind as a successful Hollywood movie executive. She longed for the simpler life of screenwriting, but having been witness to many failures in the industry herself she knew she needed a plan B. After a friend suggested she begin cooking professionally, Fielding took the jump and Secret Ingredients was born.

Having spent much of her life globetrotting, Fielding was no stranger to foreign cuisines and customs. After being extremely successful in launching her private catering company, Secret Ingredients, she wanted to integrate some of these foreign customs into her business. In 2010, the Secret Table was born.

Based off the concept of the Paris-based Hidden Kitchen, the Secret Table was designed to create a communal dining event where foodies could meet and eat together. The first event, which fed a guest list of 24, was a 9-course meal paired with accommodating wines in a sit-down setting. From there, the concept took off and has since been hosted as a casual beach party, sophisticated evening at a local winery, and everything in between.

Recently, the Table has expanded. These in-secret events occur in many places across the US, including Hancock Park, Washington, Malibu, and Manhattan. Fans of the project can join a mailing list to receive updates about where and when the next communal dining event will take place.

"I can't imagine not having gone on this journey with clients who became friends, friends who became clients and all the love, laughter and harmony I have created through my role as a chef," Fielding said. "There are few things I cannot cook and I really enjoy surprising my clients with my flexibility and desire to go to whatever length's necessary to fulfill their culinary dreams."

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