A one-night-only supper event was held in an office block in East London by Violet Cakes Shop. The organisers of the dinner wanted to create ‘pop-up’ spaces that would provide diners with an unexpected meal.
Claire Ptak, former pastry chef at a Californian restaurant called Chez Panisse, worked with chef Chris Lee to create the meal. She said: “I bake cakes all day long and I missed the interaction you get by working with great chefs, so I arranged for a series of pop-up dinners, starting with Chris and then Joseph Trivelli from the River Café”.
These one night events have been popping up across London and give chefs the chance to create dishes that all participants have to eat – there is no menu to choose from; just a set gastronomical feast for all to enjoy.
Locations have included a warehouse in Shoreditch, a Victorian garden flat and a rowing club in Hammersmith, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Stevie Parle, chef at Dock kitchen, regularly took part in preparing and planning the meals for the pop-up diners. He said: “I think the transience is what makes it more exciting – you get great freedom by being temporary, which is why people go for it. They were incredibly hard work because you were in a completely new environment every night and have to make a kitchen out of nothing”.