This desire for meaningful connection was at the heart of UGK’s creation. When Micheal, a 35-year veteran fashion designer for iconic fashion houses like Calvin Klein and Louis Vuitton — moved to Richmond from New York City in 2009, the city was just beginning to see its food scene flourish. As an avid home cook and food enthusiast, Micheal relished the discovery of the city’s epicurean gems. He wanted to share those discoveries, but found it challenging to forge friendships with other professionals who were, like him, constantly on the go from work to home and back again. Luckily, he did find kindred culinary spirits in several of his neighbors; eventually, four of them struck upon the concept for The Underground Kitchen: a supper club that would offer its members truly unique fine dining experiences, set in unexpected locations right within their city — providing just the kind of social experience Micheal had found himself craving.
“Those relationships have gone far beyond The Underground Kitchen. We’re just the catalyst that helps them get together.”