Underground supper clubs—where meals are cooked by little-known talents in private homes, galleries, and even restaurants—are nothing new in cities abroad. But the trend has taken off stateside, too. Here, three where the company is as interesting as the food.

Seattle, WA

One Pot dinners (OnePot.org; $35–$60 for three courses, BYOB) sometimes include boldface names, such as Gore Vidal and environmentalist Bill McKibben.

Oakland, CA

You might be entertained by a stand-up comic or serenaded by a Spanish guitarist at Ghetto Gourmet (TheGhet.com; $45–$60 for four courses, BYOB).

Brooklyn, NY

Held weekly in a Williamsburg loft, The Whisk and Ladle (TheWhiskAndLadle.com; $40 for five courses, including cocktails) had, at press time, a five-month waiting list for a five-course meal with artists and musicians.