Seafood Restaurant Guild Launches a Community-Focused Club
Become a member to get swanky perks and help your neighbors
By Emily Beyda,
3:52PM, Thu. Aug. 30, 2018
Good news for oyster lovers: Guild, the swanky progressive seafood restaurant has launched an actual guild.
Named the Community Club Membership, this inclusive neighborhood clubhouse aims to enable friends and neighbors to come together and participate in food-based adventures both in and out of the restaurant to benefit charitable organizations throughout the community.
Memberships are a one time fee of $99, with 50% of the proceeds going back to a different community organization each month. The first beneficiary is Central Austin’s Rosedale School, which helps children with severe special needs – including those who are medically fragile or need intensive behavioral support – improve their self esteem, increase their independence, and experience a greater quality of life through tailored and personalized educational opportunities.
Upcoming partner organizations include the Eanes Education Foundation, Casis Elementary, The Junior League of Austin, The Rise School of Austin, Ballet Austin, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Hill Country Conservancy, No Kid Hungry, Dell Children’s Foundation, the MJ+M Foundation, and more.
So aside from the warm fuzzies, what does membership get you? Guild promises Community Club members a full calendar of chef driven activities, including live music, tastings, and a slew of exclusive food-centric events like guest chef dinners, wine producer visits, trips to rare bottle dinners, and unique spirit tastings. Members will have first access to these events through pre-sale tickets.
There will be community club cooking classes with Chef Sterling Ridings and Pastry Chef Monica Sullivan as well as cocktail workshops with bar manager Liz Reyes. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s the seasonal harvest gifts, like cornbread in a jar, fresh salsas, cookies, and fresh herbs from local farmers and the kitchen’s vendors.
Members will get inside access to the restaurant, with Chef’s Table priority, eating their way through a seasonal tasting menu while getting a close-up look at life in the kitchen. One Saturday a month, Guild will host an after hours private bar event, where members and their guests can sip seasonal cocktails and drinks in the lounge and patio.
The icing on the cake is the Community Club concierge, who will ensure the club members are treated to their favorite table, preference dishes, and cocktails tailored to their palates – an experience aimed at making you feel like the world’s best tipper at a fraction of the cost. All this, and good karma too? Sounds like this oyster has a pearl.
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