Thursday, June 22, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

How to Find Pop-Up Dinner Parties When You Travel

Traditional travel dining can never really get boring, but it can lose its shine. Those of us who travel a lot can get tired of the same restaurant routine. Why not switch it up and try a totally new way to get dinner? A recent trend in the dining world is pop-up dinner parties. Jump on the bandwagon, because these dinners are an experience to remember. So, what exactly is a pop-up dinner party, and how can you join one? Read on to find out!
 
What is a Pop-Up Dinner Party?

A pop-up dinner party is a new way to dine with friends, whether old friends or new friends. It is a cross between a traditional dinner party and a picnic, and we think that it’s more fun than either! A pop-up dinner party can take a lot of different shapes, but the most popular kind is pretty standard. You pay for your meal, leave your phone number or Facebook profile, and follow the directions. Often, you’ll be asked to wear a certain color or style.
 
The day of the dinner party, you’ll receive a message telling you where to go. When you arrive, the setting won’t look all that exciting. You’ll see maybe a couple of picnic tables under a tree, or an ordinary front yard. Maybe it will even look a little sketchy, like an abandoned house. Within minutes, however, the entire place will be transformed! Everyone will quickly string lights in the trees, pull cloths over the tables or the ground, and set up decorations. The food will come out, spreading a delicious aroma through the air. You’ll sit down to dine, and the next hour or two will be perfectly delightful. Then, suddenly, it will be over. You’ll help pull down decorations, and as quickly as the party atmosphere appeared, it will vanish.
 
What Is A Pop Up Dinner Party?
Why Go to a Pop-Up Dinner Party?

So, what does a pop-up dinner party have to do with travel, and why should you bother going? There are a lot of reasons! For one thing, a pop-up dinner is a fun alternative to going out to eat. Instead of scouring online reviews to find the perfect restaurant and following a map to get there, you get the spontaneity and fun of being in the dark until you arrive. You don’t know what’s on the menu, and you don’t even know where it will be! Throwing a little bit of unpredictability into your trip will make it that much more fun.
Pop Up Dinner Party

Another reason to enjoy a pop-up dinner while you’re traveling is that it will allow you to meet new people. If you are traveling solo, it’s always nice to make a few friends on the road. A pop-up dinner will give you the opportunity to meet new people, including other travelers and locals. If you want to make new friends on the road, this is the way to do it! Everyone will be willing to chat and mingle, and everyone will have time to hang around. It’s a great way to be a part of a community, no matter where you go.
 
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How Can I Find a Pop-Up Dinner Party?

You may have never heard of a pop-up dinner party before today, so maybe you have no idea where to start looking for one. It sounds great, but how do you do it? Well, never fear, because we’re here to help you out. Like most travel-related things these days, the best way to look for a pop-up dinner is to start by searching the web. Event websites usually have several pop-up dinners in their listings. For example, Eventbrite has a few for most major tourist destinations. Go to Eventbrite and find the city that you’re traveling to. Then, search “pop-up dinner party.” You’ll find several events come up.
Eventbrite
Now, all you have to do is find one that interests you that is happening when you’re in town. For example, we searched for pop-up dinner parties in San Francisco. One that caught our attention was hosted by a Southern chef who is making her way to Cali. Another was a sophisticated lunch and wine picnic. Our favorite, however, was a Moroccan meal with five courses. All of the parties were around $40 per ticket, which isn’t bad, considering that you’re getting great food, drinks, and plenty of fun.
 
Moroccan Meal With Five Courses
By the way, here’s another hint when it comes to searching for pop-up dinner parties. If you don’t find quite what you’re looking for at first, don’t give up. The whole nature of such dinner parties is that they are somewhat secretive, so of course they’re not going to be super easy to discover. Still, they are out there! Try searching with a specific destination in your keyword, and browse around a few different sites before you pick one. It’s going to be totally worth it. Enjoy, and bon appetite!
 

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