Secret Dinner Parties


Can food ignite social change? We think so.

Disurpt Design secret dinner party

Designed to fit in unconventional spaces, from churches to construction sites, are dinner party experience is lively and unique where guests are invited to share meals while exploring the world in different ways. We developed the concept in a series of secret pop-up dinner parties in New York City, London and Mexico City where we hosted them in construction sites and soon-to-be-demolished parks and even an old church.

Food is such a critical part of our lives, and a huge part of both our individual and collective ecological footprint (a third of all food produced is wasted and 20% of the worlds carbon emissions are produced from cows!). We set about designing a unique experience framework that would allow us to share evocative culinary experiences while setting a place for knowledge exchange. 

Our design team curates themed experiences that respond to the spaces, explore enhanced sensory design, and incorporate a range of gamified activations that ignite diverse conversations, allowing our guests to experience change in action. Dinners have popped up in London, Brooklyn, Mexico City, Melbourne and Manhattan.  

How does the experience work? 

disrupt design secret dinners

This gamified dining experience, in effect, guides participants to explore the power that choices have on how we interact with others socially, and how we can each design our own experiences to have a more positive impact on the world and influence others.

As diners covertly respond to their challenges, they have to negotiate, strategize and push through personal barriers to achieve their task. Many interesting things evolve, and at the end, through a constructive sharing, we each learn and laugh about the lengths that people will go to to win at the task, and at life outside the dinner party experience. 

The dinner was so much fun! I couldn’t believe how beautiful the space was and how much I discovered and shared throughout the evening’
— Sally, Secret Dinner Party Guest, NYC

It was such an incredible experience that was so thoughtfully planned and carried out with precisionist touch. My expectations were blown away. And what a perfect mix of people!
— Brittany, Secret Dinner Party Guest, Brooklyn


we combine two great traditions - pub style trivia and creative PROBLEM solving in a fun-filled evening adventure into making creative change solutions

This experience is a combination of pub-trivia combined with TV design show. Its a team based challenge that involves rapid responses, general trivia and team design pitches. Each event has a theme that focuses on combating a real-world important issues through fun, collaborative brainstorming, and beers!

What is the experience like?

drink and design night

Drink & Design is a 3 part team based event. It starts with a drink, of course. Then Round 1, the quickfire round, begins as the adjudicator quizzes the audience on common knowledge and facts on the topic. In Round 2, teams secretly answer questions in a pub trivia quiz format and in Round 3 they finally battle out the design challenge. The teams have 45 minutes to solve the design challenge and then pitch their brilliant solutions to the judges. 

Drink and design was such a fun night. Solving real world problems has never been so energizing. We tackled trash in NYC and whilst our team’s idea was great, I was really impressed by all the other crazy cool ideas for fixing the problem - and there was beer
— Michele, D&D participant

verbal fight club

verbal fight club

A space to respectfully battle out complex ideas and opinions in a format that allows everyone to find their voice. 

Verbal Fight Club creates a public arena for participants to test out their own level of endurance and conviction on current issues of great (or little) importance. In the spirit of debate club and bar-room conversations, we combine these to create an atmosphere dedicated to respectfully battling out madlibs style all manner of topic areas. 

the game mechanics

Everyone completes a ‘battle card’ with a simple question, topic or statement. The cards go into a barrel (or a hat or jar) and the adjudicator preps everyone for the battles by explaining the “respectful interjections” that audience members can employ. For example, one hand motion signals “boring, wrap it up!” and another communicates “I’ve got something to add”. Once everyone has proven that they know how to use these super important hand motions, the adjudicator draws a card at random, which is then battled out by two people on stage, and the battels begin. 

Example of Verbal Fight Club respectful interjection hand rules

Example of Verbal Fight Club respectful interjection hand rules

The was ridiculously fun - I had no idea what it was going to be like and was sure I was not going to get up, but I ended up on stage and loved it
— Casandra, VFC participant

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