One of the tables at our dinner for the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for the New City. Diners were given a portable table, table settings, and a tiffin dinner prepared by Phillip Kirschen-Clark (Vandaag), and they ventured out to set their table in the wilds of NYC.
As part of the Festival of Ideas for the New City, we are doing two things at the Old School at 32 Prince St.
1) Carry Your Dinner Elsewhere. The oddest, greatest dinner we’ve put on. Details here.
For adventurous diners, we’ve made a truly unique take-out dinner from the future New York. Chef Phillip Kirschen-Clark (Vandaag) has designed a multi-course tiffin dinner (in a tiffin that you get to keep). Pick up not just the food, but the portable table, benches, and table settings, and set up your meal in the closed streets of the Festival of Ideas for the New City, or indoors in the vacant Old School at Prince and Mott. Farnum Hill Extra-Dry Still Cider, brought down from New Hampshire just for this dinner, will be among the great local beverages included in your meal.
2) New City Canteen. WRK Design are turning the school cafeteria into a squatter’s cafe for the New City. Court St. Grocers are bringing the food, Pies ‘n’ Thighs are bringing the dessert, and there will be plenty of Captain Lawrence beer, wine, and Farnum Hill Cider. 11 AM until late night. After 6 PM, enjoy the huge school courtyard and all the on-site festival programming that is “School Nite.”
Don’t want to carry your table very far? Then set up your dining room right where you pick up your table, at the vacant school pictured above, home to “School Nite,” a major venue for Festival of Ideas for the New City participants. You could also set up and eat in the school’s gigantic rear courtyard, painted for the Festival by artist Molly Dilworth.
School Nite is home to a bunch of amazing site-specific installations, performances, discussions and lectures. Check it out here.
For our Festival of Ideas for the New City dinner, each diner will be given their meal in a tiffin, a stainless steel lunch carrier popular in Mumbai since the 1880’s. In this amazing Guardian piece (click picture), it’s noted that the dabbawalas (who deliver the tiffins each day to hundreds of thousands of office workers) lose only one in 6,000,000 tiffins.