On Saturday, Special Projects Social celebrates its first year of staging pop-up culinary events that offer far more than food on the plate. (While the sit-down portion of Saturday's event is sold out, you can still help them celebrate its anniversary at the after-party. See information below.)
Tim McDiarmid, of Tim the Girl Catering and Special Projects Social. (Courtesy photo)
"We have labored lovingly over this pop-up food/art/design and craftsmanship project since its inception for Contemporary Art Month last year, and has become more amazing than we imagined," said Tim McDiarmid, the chef and caterer (Tim the Girl Catering).
She partners with furniture designer Peter Zubiate. The two move Zubiate's custom-designed, reclaimed-wood tables from site to site, while McDiarmid creates a menu around local, seasonal ingredients.
"It has really caught speed," says McDiarmid ("Tim" is her given name). "We sell out quickly."
Projects Social has a strong commitment, as well, to embracing other art forms in their events, such as artists, musicians, sommeliers, culinarians, photographers, designers who join with an enthusiastic community of food lovers, says McDiarmid. She is a widely traveled food enthusiast and caterer who grew up in Canada. She moved to the U.S. to immerse herself in the diverse, lively culinary culture in New York City for 17 years before coming to San Antonio.
One of the pop-up dining settings from Special Projects Social.
As her website
says, "By the nature of a pop-up, the social never takes place at the same venue. Instead it is a one-time only event that moves to a new and unique location each time. The physical elements and the visceral experience of the space provides the jumping off point for the menu, design concept and the choice of artist and musician."
Saturday's after-party, with musicians Henry and the Invisibles, begins at 9 p.m. It is $40.
Go to the website
to make reservations and to get the location at that time. Also, the menu for Saturday's Projects Social dinner is up now, so check it out to get an idea of what's in store in future months.