Studio Table is a fine dining concept in Heather Day's San Francisco studio. 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 is an abstract artist and the mastermind behind Studio Table. In Heather’s space and under her creative direction, Studio Table will bring people together through combining art and cuisine.
Chef Ben Roche
Chef Ben Roche is a classically trained gourmet chef, planning on bringing his more experimental culinary dreams to life with Studio Table. Currently a research and development chef at Hampton Creek, Chef Ben previously worked alongside Homaru Cantu at Moto in Chicago, IL.
Michelle Wei is the team’s adult supervision, leading Studio Table’s business matters, operations, and marketing. Deeply passionate about bringing communities together, Michelle also works to bridge the worlds of art + technology in her daytime job working on photography products at Adobe.
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.
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.
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.