The Boston Globe explains that “chefs who cook in pop-ups are like traveling minstrels. They work in nontraditional spaces, promote their events via social media, and arrive with their all own equipment, from induction burners to plates.” Boston Magazine lists five pop-ups in Boston.
The Deposit Pop-Up Dining & Art Experience will be presented by Zagat 30 Under 30 up-and-comers and Whisk owners Phillip Kruta and Jeremy Kean (Rialto, L’Espalier) and Isadora Sarto, who’s worked under Daniel Boulud in New York City as well as at Clink and Tremont 647. The chefs will offer an option of five or seven courses crafted from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients served in an elegant 1920’s bank building. Music and art are part of the showcase evening. Attendees will be given a collection of "deposit tickets" and exchange them for chef-prepared specialties at stations set up at each teller's window. Those stations each represent a local non-profit, including Stone Soup, that will benefit from the event. The total deposit ticket tally will help determine the support each non-profit receives from the event. The Friday night pop-up is already sold out, so grab your tickets for the limited-seating Saturday night experience.
Event organizer Holyoke native Brandon Ciecko told Masslive “The fact that we sold so many tickets in just three or four days through social media is a jaw-dropping realization that people in the region, people in Holyoke, are really excited about different things that go on all the time in places like Boston and New York City.”
As described in an interview in Dig Boston, the leaders of Whisk declined funding from an investor who wanted to help them establish a restaurant, in favor of what they see as a fresh, innovative model. Whisk works with Boston non-profits that reduce hunger and increase access to culinary training, including the Haley House, one of the models on which Stone Soup is based. Deposit is the first such event in Holyoke and Stone Soup is excited to be involved in bringing pop-ups to Western Massachusetts. While participating in the event, Stone Soup leaders will consider if a one-time or repeating pop-up event could connect to their efforts reducing hunger and building community in Franklin County.