I finally managed to make it out to the Special Projects Social in January. It’s a pop-up dinner club created by caterer Tim the Girl. Every month, diners pay $100 and are directed a location, which could be someone’s house, a store, anywhere.
In January, it was held at Aquarius Boutique, and San Antonio Tidbits was selling the tickets, which included a tank top and a $50 gift certificate to the store. That sounded like a pretty good deal to me.
The night started with mingling over cocktails and selecting our seats. We got to keep our plates, so we tried to choose some good ones.
To be honest, I was just glad to be out of the house. This was the week my father had a stroke, and I was considering not even going, because I was feeling guilty and didn’t really want to go. But I was glad I did. After the emotionally tumultuous week I’d had, it was good to be out doing something normal, eating food, chatting, meeting new people.
The food was good, but not spectacular. I imagine this has to do with the fact that it’s a pop up dinner, so there wasn’t a kitchen at the store, so much of the food needed to be prepared ahead of time. Everything was served family style.
It’s a great concept, and something different for San Antonio. For me, the funnest part was talking to the people around me. We don’t have a lot of family style dining here, so it’s fun to talk to new people.
Arrival Cocktail: Roasted Cumin, Candied Serrano, Y Vodka, Agave, Soda and Lime
Farinata, Cheeses, Wild Guajillo Honey, Roasted Pecans, Dried Fruits, Citrus Gelee, Cured Meat Plate
Lacinato Kale with Shaved Reggiano, Julinenne of Root Vegetables, Raddiccio and Radish with Fresh Herbs, Baby Turnip Greens, Beet Stained Eggs and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
Winter Vegetable Stew over Cous Cous
Stracotto over Creamy Polenta
Guava Cream Cake
Banana Pineapple Cake with Dulce De Leche Frosting
Dessert Cocktail: Y Vodka, Cardomon Rose Syrup, Blood Orange, Rose Sugar
If you’re in San Antonio and looking for a culinary adventure, I’d recommend going, just for the fun of breaking bread with new people.