About The Special Projects Social

Food, beauty, craft, and society - universal necessities for a nourishing life. They can be a reward for hard work in good times and can provide dignity and hope in difficult times.

The Special Projects Social is a series of pop-up restaurants designed to facilitate the experience of all four of these elements within a single evening. Curated by Tim of Tim the Girl Catering and Peter of Zubiate Projects, the events consist of a meal created by Tim served on the gorgeous tables crafted by Peter and features the work of a guest visual artist as well as a musician from the community.

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. The menu and the design are always inspired by an aesthetic based on sustainability, using local, seasonal, and reclaimed materials.

The Special Projects Social was conceived to provide a platform for Tim and Peter to bring their love of food and design to the community at large in an environment that they can control and manipulate, without the constraints of clients, galleries or spaces. It is an expression of their respect and love of craft in all aspects of life, but particularly involving food and design as the basis for bringing people together in a social setting to enjoy a moment of fellowship and conversation.




Join us for a very special night of all things lovely. 

May 16th we will be joined by old favorites and some new friends to create one perfect evening. 

Menu by  Tim the Girl & Elizabeth Johnson of Crave Market

Furniture by Zubiate Projects

Cocktails by Jeret Pena

Dessert by Frost321

Art by Joey Fauerso

Music by Rachel Ziegler

We can't wait to see you all.

Tickets are $150







Super Fantastic Happy Shop "Soup Night"


We invite you to our first ever "Soup Night" on Dec 21st at The Fantastic Super Happy Shop.

Holiday Market by: Katie Pell, Bygoe Zubiate, Peter ZubiateJen Koshbin, Jennifer Ling Datchuk and more to come!

Guest Music: Monecia Especial

Cocktails: Jeret Pena (The Brooklynite)

Food: Tim The Girl

Bread: Bakery Lorraine

All proceeds will be donated to the San Antonio Food Bank for the many more mouths they have to feed for the holidays.

It's a casual night of cocktails, soup, bread, wine, dessert and all those other SPS treats. 

$35 all inclusive.


Volume 3




Volume 3


SORRY! SOLD OUT! - next time we hope we will see you!


 After a brief hiatus The Special Projects Social is gearing up for another fabulous

social. Please join us, we have missed our old friends and look forward to new ones.


Date: October 26th 2013

Time: 6:30 pm till 11 pm

Amuse Bouche by Bakery Lorraine

Menu by Tim The Girl

Art by Jennifer Ling Datchuk

Mixology by Jeret Pena of The Brooklynite

Dessert by Ayons Bakery

Furniture by Zubiate Projects

Music by DJ Despeinada

Cocktails made with Cinco Vodka and Mar Azul Tequila





Remeber the location is secret till the day before but its one not to be missed!



"Lady Like"

Cancelled due to illness- we will be back in the fall-

Our last Social before the fall. A stellar line up of primo San Antonio stars with some new additions to our fantastic stable of talent. 

Saturday May 11th we present "Lady Like".

Menu by Tim the Girl with Rod Wallace

Amuse Bouche by Bakery Lorraine

Dinner Music by Nicolette Good

Art by Zoetica Project

Mixology by Jeret Pena of The Brooklynite

Furniture by Zubiate Projects

Dessert by Ayon's Bakery

After Party Music by TPOS- The Legendary International Supergroup

Tickets include cocktails, a 5 course meal, wine, music, our signature artist made plates to take home and, of course, good cheer. $150 

After Dinner Music by TPOS- The Legendary International Supergroup

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SPS Featured in the Rivard Report

Tim the Girl Brought the ‘Pop-up Restaurant’ to San Antonio
By Sharon Armstrong

Moving to a new city can be daunting. I speak from experience, having recently moved from New Orleans to San Antonio for a new job.

Every city has its own character, its own scene, its own little gardens of delight, but while some city scenes are easy all-access, putting it all out there for newcomers in a ‘come and take it’ fashion, some are more hidden, harder to find, elusive in a way as that might dishearten uproots such as myself, who often find themselves looking with varying degrees of success for the all old things in all the new places.

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"Dinner at the Emporium"

It's our two year anniversary. We conceived of this idea for Contemorary Art Month two years ago so it only seems fitting that this will be a fundraiser to show our support for the wonderful thing that is C.A.M. 

Guest Artist: Rodolfo Choperena

Music by Cryin' DT Buffkin & The Bad Breath

Guest Photographer: Diaz and Diaz Photography

Guest Purveyors: Stacey Hill, Lori Dunlap, Chris Hill, Gwynn Griffith, Justin Parr and more

Food by Stephanie Sugawara

Deesert by Megan McDiarmid

Mixology by Jeret Pena of The Brooklynite

Pie tent by Partridge in a Pie Tree

Furniture by Zubiate Projects

Price includes cocktails, a 5 course dinner, wine, music, artist made plate to take home and a whole load of fun.

Tickets $150




The Special Projects Social "HEARTSMITH"

Join us Feb. 16th for the hottest post Valentines party going.

Guest artist George Schroeder

Dinner music by Suzy Bravo and the Soul Revue with Vincent Valdez.

After dinner party will feature the Houston based band The Tontons

Food by Tim the Girl

Furniture by Zubiate Projects

Mixologist Jeret Pena of The Brooklynite

Appetizers by Tonya Ellen Bates 

Tequila by Tequilame

Vodka by Cinco

Desserts by Ayon's Bakery

$150 Ticket price includes a kick ass dinner, cocktails, wine, two awesome bands and much much fun. 

50 tickets available. 6:30pm SOLD OUT

Can't make dinner? Join our dinner guests for the Afterparty with wine, beer and cocktails plus the amazing Tontons. Entry at 9pm. $50

50 tickets available.







We have exciting news peeps. Joining us from the Los Angeles food scene will be Jamie Lauren of Top Chef fame. She will be the guest chef on December 15th for the next fabulous SPS. 

Guest artist Vincent Valdez who will also be bringing his new band out to entertain. 

It's going to be amazing as always.

6:30 pm.

Location will be sent to you 24 hours before the event. 


SOLD OUT! Be on the lookout for the next one sometime in Feb.



Produced by Tim the Girl and Zubiate Projects.

Graphic Design by Doris Palmeros. Photography by Xelina Flores.

Guest Pastry Chef: Ayon's Bakery


Guest artist Sam Giesey. Guest musician Justin Boyd.

Location announced 24 hours prior. $120 includes 5 course dinner, specialty cocktail, wine, entertainment, a plate to take home after you feast from it made by the guest artist, and a once in a lifetime experience. 50 tickets available. 



SPS Featured in San Antonio Magazine


The Special Projects Social is a bold concept in renegade fine dining which seeks to bring both art and appetite together in new, even bizarre ways. Outside of extreme eccentricity it would be hard to get away with enjoying hors d’oeuvres by moving trains, but the monthly pop-up dinner party has carried it off. 

 “We came up with this as a one-time art project for Contemporary Art Month 2011,” says Tim McDiarmid, chef with her catering company, TimtheGirl. “I was new to town and wanted to showcase my food and the talents of local craftsman Peter Zubiate (my partner in the project), as well as the talents of local artists, designers and musicians.” 

 From there McDiarmid and Zubiate continued to curate dinners at unexpected locations, featuring her food, his woodwork and the talents of local artists in the forms of custom plates, music, a fashion show—you name it. “We really want to inspire a sense of community and help everyone get the exposure they deserve,” McDiarmid says. 

 Originally from Canada, McDiarmid wants to bring a bit of European ease into American dining. She laments the speed and thoughtlessness that keep many from actually enjoying meals. Special Projects Social is her answer: “A dinner that takes time and is as much about conversation and community as it is about food.”

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SPS Featured in San Antonio Woman:

A Marriage of the Minds
Creative types produce The Special Projects pop-up dinners

Written by: Emily Reynolds Stringer
Photography by: Xelina Flores-Chasnoff

Many of us can relate; planning a wedding is an absolute hair-pulling task. While the allure of the perfect white dress beckons, many stressors rise like Mount Rushmore in the background. Does your jaw tighten at the thought of where to seat the relatives you haven’t seen in years? How about creating a set-list for the band to play your favorite ‘80s tunes, or the bridesmaids loving their you-can-wear-this-again dresses? And let’s not forget the food. We yearn for our guests to rave about how un-wedding our Chicken Oscar tastes, right? Our spectrum of hopes ranges from marrying the love of our lives to pleasing our mothers.

If you’re Tim McDiarmid, owner of Tim-The-Girl Catering, planning a wedding is a monthly event. No, she’s not clinically insane, nor is she a wedding planner. Rather, McDiarmid is the wildly creative catalyst to a monthly marriage of the minds.

She is one of the visionaries behind San Antonio’s premier pop-up dining experience, The Special Projects Social. Although pop-up dining is very chic in cities like Los Angeles and New York, you’re not alone if you have no clue what a pop-up restaurant is. Basically, for $100 you buy a ticket for a sit-down dinner at an undisclosed location. Then 24 hours before you are due to arrive, you find out where you will be dining via email. All you do is show up, and everything, even the unique artisan plate that you dine on, is included.

Yet apart from the slew of other pop-up experiences around the country, The Special Projects is more than a meal. “We have created a homespun web of talent,” McDiarmid comments. The Special Projects is a collaborative gathering of talented artists combining forces to create an evening of escape.  It is the most blissful, stress-free wedding you’ve never attended. You will be welcomed with cocktails, beer and wine from a Texas provider. At last month’s event our eyes were tickled with local art peppering the walls, homemade wooden tables, a vivacious fashion expo and handcrafted dinnerware. Our tastes were delighted with hors d’oeuvres made by Partridge in a Pie Tree, a seasonally savvy dinner crafted by Tim-The-Girl (McDiarmid) and desserts made by Ayons Bakery.  A talented musical duo enlivened our ears.  

One guest commented, “These are the fascinating people you never imagined lived right here in San Antonio.”  McDiarmid explains, “What I kill myself doing is getting people to work together who may never do so in any other circumstance.” It’s a chance to get out of your comfort bubble and step into a world inspired by Tim’s vibrant cohesive vision, all while enjoying a delicious artisan meal.

Currently there are only 50 tickets sold for each event. Although The Special Projects has gained much popularity, the vision remains to keep the events intimate despite demands for more seating. Juggling 50 hungry guests is not the only thing on McDiarmid’s plate. She is also the founder of Eat Smart, a local nonprofit that teaches healthy eating habits. And she is teaching cooking classes, catering private parties and planning a culinary adventure to Italy this summer.

McDiarmid’s culinary roots go back to her family farm in Vancouver, Canada. “I grew up picking food from my backyard and learning how to make it taste amazing from my mother,” she comments. She moved to New York City, where she spent 17 years refining her culinary technique and honing her palate. “I rarely rely on recipes, but rather I become inspired by the ingredients themselves,” she says. Her culinary influences are global. Yet her travels and city dwellings have fashioned a woman who is a wholesome ingredient chef. McDiarmid comments, “Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Spain and Morocco influence me heavily.  I only work with fresh ingredients. Fresh is more than a buzz word to me, it is a necessity.”

McDiarmid landed in San Antonio in 2009, searching for a great school for her son.  Her co-operative personality found solace at The Circle School. She enrolled her son in the school and began to volunteer with her free time. She met Peter Zubiate while rebuilding a fence for the school. In 2011 this duo created Special Projects, and last month’s event was the pop-up’s one-year anniversary. They wanted to intermingle Peter’s woodworking skills with Tim’s culinary talent.  Zubiate crafts the beautiful pecan wood tables showcased at each event. These long, beautiful tables are made by hand from refurbished wood found on the River Walk. McDiarmid adorns the woodwork with farm-fresh foods, creating a welcoming centerpiece for the evening. Peter adds, “Tim and I have similar ideas about work and getting things done. We never say no to any crazy idea, but we may rein each other in when needed.”

The Special Projects is painting San Antonio red with a bottle of merlot. Whether you’re a refined foodie or you yearn to expand your artistic horizons, you will be in good company if you can get your hands on a ticket. The next pop-up will be a charity event to support The Circle School.

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