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No. 68 Project: A Curated Dinner Series Focused on Dinner Conversation

By Kat Popiel

Supper clubs in New York have often ambushed abandoned locations or occurred in private homes and usually happen in the form of pot lucks or swap clubs. And most are fairly egalitarian – invitation occurs by word of mouth via online promotions and everyone has the chance to purchase a ticket or provide a simple RSVP. Taking on a more exclusive format, The No. 68 Project is ‘a cultural dinner series’ with curated guests. Membership is unlocked when potential guests are asked to answer a series of questions including “what is your idea of earthly happiness?” If answers are attractive, then an email is sent with details to purchase the $155 ticket. This Sunday night dinner series places intellectual discourse at its core, with invited guests that include writers, authors, scientists, musicians, activists and artists who make up the cultural milieu. The brainchild of Jill Richmond and Hosan Lee, who consider the dinners as more aligned with theaters and museums than a restaurant, No. 68 is structured to explore good dinner conversation.

Inspiration for the menu and cocktails derives from fortune cookies; one on fear culminated in an evening hosted by an ABC news correspondent discussing war time experiences over offal. Functioning within the normal context of the ‘public’ dinner party trend and combining the notion of the traditional dinner party, No. 68 playfully interlaces the two to reveal that classic ideas can still remain innovative.

No. 68 Project is occurring now in Washington D.C. till April 17.

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No. 68 Project: Washington D.C. (click to read the rest of the reviews)

By Anna R. – 5/5 stars (4/10/2011)

My husband and I participated in the 3 April Sunday edition of this pop up restaurant and the theme was: Sometimes the object of the journey is not the end, but the journey itself.

Hands down, this was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had, and it happened with a handful of complete strangers, apart from my husband. Read More…

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The New York Times

Are You Smart Enough to Eat Here?

by Benjamin Freed

A few weeks ago, on Twitter, a friend raved about a wonderful meal he had just finished. Intrigued, I asked what restaurant he had just come out of. In response, I was directed to the Web site of an operation called the No. 68 Project, a “cultural dinner series.” A button marked “Request an Invitation” beckoned from the top right corner of the page.

To join the No. 68 Project, one must answer a series of personal queries:

What is your idea of earthly happiness? To this I spouted off a breezy depiction of a warm meal shared with friends in which we sat on the ground, because strictly speaking, “earthly happiness” shouldn’t involve chairs.

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Borderstan – No. 68 Project: Evenings of Food, Discourse, Imagination

From Keri Douglas. She is a writer, photographer and communications consultant who lives in Logan Circle.

A select few evenings of sensory and culinary delights enters Logan Circle via London. The No. 68 Project is hosting nine theme parties with celebrity chefs and mixologists from New York and D.C., based on themes “discovered” in Chinese fortune cookies.

Hosan Lee, the cultural director from New York, and Jill Richmond, the culinary director (who just returned to D.C. from London), founded No. 68 Project in an effort to bring more meaningful discussion forward to highlight innovation. Lee said she has a “desire to bring people together and connect on a human level.”

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Let’s Talk Live

TBD.com – Secret Supper Clubs

by Whitney Bright

Alternative dining concepts are showing up all over the city; from secret supper clubs to pop-up restaurants. They are redefining what it means to eat. Amanda McClements of metrocurean.com gave us the details on creative culinary concepts.

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photo by Chris Eichler

The List: Are You On It? – Chef’s Column

by Hosan Lee & Jill Richmond

The Number 68 Project is the latest pop-up dining experience to hit DC Area. Creators, Hosan Lee and Jill Richmond developed this Sunday night dinner series that matches up well-known mixologists, chefs and a cultural guests to create an evening of food, drink and heady conversation. Jill Richmond is currently a consultant with the World Bank Innovation Practice. She has over 10 years experience working within various legislative strengthening initiatives. Her true passion is in preserving a chef and mixologists prerogative in the kitchen and at the bar. Hosan Lee is a design entrepreneur who has made it her life mission to focus on creating human engagement systems. She is interested in building platforms that progress civility and allow people to connect with one another in meaningful and impactful ways.

When we started Number 68 Project in London, it was housed in a very eclectic, slightly eccentric East London converted warehouse. The initial function of Number 68 Project was to serve as a test kitchen, for chefs to play off of whimsical ideas and create design narrative menus which told a story. Visiting writers and performers were to take part in a literary salon. On several evenings, we were joined by award-winning short story writers and an Orange Prize-winning novelist, which were interpreted through the courses conceptually and literally.

When we introduced Number 68 Project to Washington DC, it was with a new mission: use food and drink as a vehicle to bring people together for the sake of meaningful dialogue around the dinner table. With the conversation led by nationally-recognized journalists, writers, authors, scientists, musicians, activists and artists, our evenings have also become a platform for the next generation of talent to showcase their culinary and mixology perspectives. Read More…

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AOL City’s Best

Number 68 Project: DC’s Cultural Dinner Series

by Lauren Lamb

A secret-society-like supper club from across the pond has recently landed in DC. The Number 68 Project started one year ago in a converted East London art studio/test kitchen as a way to gather people together to enjoy exceptional food and inspired conversation. A city full of politicos, literati and starry local chefs, the nation’s capital seemed like just the right place to continue the success of what was started in London. Read More…

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Dining Out In DC Breaks The Mold

by Amanda

As a heavy spring rain streaked the window panes of a small brick building on 14th Street, 45 diners took their seats around candle-lit tables covered with white cloths and decorated with tangles of tree branches.

Through a progression of seven courses, a pair of well-respected culinary talents presented their creations. The service was polished, the setting was hip, and the meal, expertly prepared.

But this was no restaurant. It was one in a series of “cultural dinners” dubbed the No. 68 Project.

The brainchild of Jill Richmond and Hosan Lee, the Sunday night dinner series pairs up a chef and mixologist who work together to craft a menu that plays off a fortune cookie’s message. (Richmond and Lee broke open piles of cookies to find just the right fortunes.) Noteworthy cultural guests lead the night’s topical dialogue. Read More…

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Washington Post

World Bank employee starts dining event in D.C. that includes smart conversation as focus

March 12th, 2011

By Hannah Seligson

After a bite of beet salad drizzled with chocolate and a sip of a pear brandy cocktail, Soung Wiser turned to her husband, who was seated next to her at the giant, L-shaped table.

“What’s your happiness number?” Wiser, 38, asked David Batista, 40, a restaurateur.

“Six,” he said, with one being miserable and 10 being jubilation.

“Mine is seven,” responded Wiser, co-founder of the General Design Co., a D.C.-based graphic and web design firm.

The couple seated across from them wasn’t in as much agreement over their ratings, Wiser later recalled. “The wife’s number was really low, and the husband’s number was very high,” she said. Read More…

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Everything is Better with Puff Pastry

March 1st, 2011

I recently attended the February 27th Number 68 Project dinner at Fathom Creative. The Number 68 Project seeks to bridge together food, drink and conversation through a fine dining pop-up restaurant. This week’s dinner was centered around the idea that “Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.”

The 7 course meal was prepared by Chef Ed Witt of 701 in Washington, DC. Each course had a drink pairing concocted by mixologist Jared Boller of Julie Reiner’s Lani Kai in New York City. Both played off of the theme of fear by challenging the diners and drinkers to contemplate and conquer common fears. Read More…

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