Studio Table is a fine dining, art, and community concept in San Francisco. We bring people together to challenge expectations and create conversations, beginning with a shared meal.

We hope you’ll introduce yourself and join us at our next dinner.

 

Heather Day | Studio Table
 

Heather Day is an internationally-renowned abstract painter and a Studio Table co-founder. Driven by a desire to share artful experiences with artists and non-artists alike, Heather leads the creative direction of every Studio Table venture.

Michelle Wei | Studio Table
 

Michelle Wei is Studio Table’s co-creator and leads its partnerships, operations, and community engagement. Fascinated by the ways that art and technology intersect, Michelle is also a product manager at Adobe Photoshop.

 
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Katie Spear oversees Studio Table’s event and experience production. An expert at translating creative inspiration into meticulous spreadsheets and to-do lists, she leaves no detail unconsidered at every gathering. When Katie wants to give her left brain a break, she teaches yoga in San Francisco.

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Kate Lang runs the behind-the-scenes operations at Studio Table, overseeing the logistics leading up to each event. A restaurant manager in Napa Valley, Kate brings a deep knowledge of the hospitality, food, and beverage industries to the Studio Table team.

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Chef Kristen Berlangero leads the kitchen team at Studio Table, doing everything from recipe development to plating. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Kristen spent several years as Sous Chef at Mourad in San Francisco. More recently, she transitioned to cooking at private events, which allows her to both source products and define the guest experience at every meal.

 
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Sous Chef Nicole Erickson began her chef career at Mourad, where she cooked after graduating from San Francisco Cooking School. Now a private chef and caterer, she both tests recipes for cookbooks and cooks at several pop ups and chef-driven dinners around the Bay Area.

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Will Haldean Brown is Studio Table's sous chef. He works with Chef Ben to create exquisite dining experiences at every seating. Also a geometer and former light designer, Will brings a precise eye for color and form—plus a genuine love for cooking—to the chef's station.

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Victoria Chao is Studio Table’s editor. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic and on NPR stations around the country. She spends her workdays wrangling designers and artists as the Design Studio Manager at Chronicle Books.

 
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San Francisco today lies at the forefront of global innovation. It’s a city bursting with creative and talented individuals from all areas of expertise, and one that not only pushes the envelope on social causes and technological advances, but also markets itself as a center of idea exchange. There is seemingly no ceiling to impede growth - until you look a little deeper.

In a city as diverse and robust as San Francisco there’s a surprising amount of isolation. We tend to work with like-minds, which gives us little opportunity to connect with friends of a different style, pace, or career path. And even if we wanted to diversify our friend groups, there doesn’t seem to be many ways for people to comfortably meet and get to know others outside the structure of day-to-day life. This leaves many feeling like they’re always either looking from the inside out or from the outside in.

 
Bringing a diverse group of people to the table to share a meal not only feels traditional; it also puts people at ease to do and learn something new. It takes courage to step back and restructure how we’re social
 
 

Heather Day and Michelle Wei, both involved in vastly different careers, broke this trend when they met serendipitously in their shared apartment building. Becoming fast friends, they decided San Franciscans needed a concrete way to meet others that they wouldn’t have met otherwise - a way to open doors. The desire to connect and bring people together, coupled with the need to meet rising living costs, inspired Heather to develop the idea of Studio Table. Bringing a diverse group of people to the table to share a meal not only feels traditional; it also puts people at ease to do and learn something new. It takes courage to step back and restructure how we’re social.

 
With Heather’s artistic vision, Ben’s culinary prowess, and Michelle’s business and marketing savvy, the three realized their collision exemplified what San Francisco could be when people of different fields are brought together.
 
 

Heather’s idea came to fruition when Ben Roche, after overhearing her discussing the Studio Table concept at a café, introduced himself and expressed a desire to collaborate. With Heather’s artistic vision, Ben’s culinary prowess, and Michelle’s execution and marketing savvy, the three realized their collision exemplified what San Francisco could be when people of different fields are brought together. This spurred them to solidify Studio Table: opening doors and making life a little more vibrant for others in San Francisco.