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.


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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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