People who live in Brooklyn aren’t novices when it comes to using dumpsters in unconventional ways. They’ve been known to swim in the trash receptacles; now, they’re dining in them.

According to The Wall Street Journal, diners at Salvage Supperclubs are served food that would have ended up in a landfill if organizer Josh Treuhaft and his hired chef hadn’t turned them into a meal. The food didn’t come from dumpster diving freegans, though. It was sourced from farms, farmers markets, restaurants and homes when it was still edible but past its peak.

Why would diners pay $50 to sit in a garbage dumpster and eat what many people would consider garbage? I’m not sure what makes someone say, "Yes, that’s where I want to eat," but the organizers threw the dinners to highlight food waste. Diners get a bit of an education in eating food that’s past its prime and help contribute to a good cause. Profits from the evening are donated to City Harvest, an organization involved in rescuing food and feeding the hungry.

The Salvage Supperclub is not a permanent outdoor restaurant. There were a handful of events and there are plans for more in the future. Treuhaft has other future aspirations, too. He hopes people across the country will learn how to start their own Salvage Supperclub — no dumpster required.

It’s an interesting concept — hosting a dinner party where you invite your guests to bring the food that’s past their prime to create a meal. Instead of these odds and ends of food ending up in the waste system, they’d get eaten as they were intended to be. Sounds like the kind of fun challenge I’d like to participate in. How about you?

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Salvage Supperclubs: Dining in dumpsters for a cause
Diners are paying $50 a plate to dine inside a clean dumpster in Brooklyn.