PlaceInvaders started in New York as the brainchild between Katie Smith-Adair and Hagan Blount. For a concept that relies heavily on changing venues, it might be hard to imagine putting together a pop-up dinner in an unfamiliar city across the country. Except for one thing: PlaceInvaders finds its spaces through word of mouth, renting an apartment and trasnforming the space for a weekend of elaborate dinners (it used to rent spaces through Airbnb, until the website got whiff of it and banned them). The small team decorates the apartment from top to bottom, working with the aesthetic that is already in place while putting a PlaceInvaders spin on it. Blount is the head chef, despite not having any official culinary training, and you might enjoy dishes from him like sriracha boiled oysters, wild mushroom risotta with ribeye steak, and avocado chocolate mousse.
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