TableTribes is a pop-up picnic series that asks more of its guests than most restaurants ever could. Like the No. 68 Project, the temporary dining experience Jill Richmond brought from London in 2011, TableTribes—founded by No. 68 Project’s Hosan Lee—desires only the most fascinating guests. Accordingly, wannabe picnickers must fill out an application to be invited. “What does your life taste like as a pie?” it asks, and “Ask a friend/loved one about their favorite food memory.” It’s a little much, but TableTribes promises a return on the time investment (and $65 price of admission): In a release, Lee says TableTribes’ mission is to “facilitate authentic relationship building” through food and drink. “By engaging in meaningful conversation over a shared meal, we start to break down boundaries and judgment that we not only have towards others, but also within ourselves.” For its debut picnic today, which will take place somewhere in Georgetown (the location isn’t announced until the day before), cocktail artisan and consultant JP Caceres is the featured “drink collaborator”; “food collaborators” had not been announced at press time. Speakers include a handful of entrepreneurs and consultants, including D.C. Central Kitchen’s founding president Robert Egger. So while the concept might be a little lofty, TableTribes could offer a solution to one of the gravest threats to dinner: bad company.
TableTribes hosts its first picnic today at an undisclosed location. More picnics are planned Sundays through Aug. 26. tabletribes.com.