Once upon a time not long ago, there was a group of young professionals who were growing tired of the typical nightlife scene, for the predictable dinner and a movie routine was becoming a bore and the loud and obnoxious club scene was a recipe for a headache. There had to be a way to enjoy a night out while meeting new people in the process, but the options were slim. Besides attending networking events, which has never been anyone’s idea of fun, there were no events that made meeting new people an easygoing and entertaining experience.
It was not until Tiffany Wilkins, a 30-something year old professional, hosted a dinner party experience to celebrate her birthday that created the spark of hope for all who needed something new to do while meeting new people in the process. Instead of having a boring birthday dinner where it’s rare everybody knows everybody except the one being celebrated, she took full advantage of the private room setting and created an interactive experience that was so fun, her friends begged her to regularly host dinner parties in the future. It was then she realized she had created an experience that would be the change she (and many others) wanted to see. By May of 2015, The Dining Clique was founded.
We live in a world where technology enables us to connect with merely anything and anyone in seconds. Yet, statistics show that we feel lonelier and more disconnected from others than ever because our modern way of bonding creates a false sense of connection to the outside world.
Technology provides a microwave approach to communicating that offers convenience that allows us to multitask, save time, and avoid unnecessary conversations. Yet, more and more relationships are strained because we are losing our way with words to say to each other.
No amount of likes, friend requests, comments, DM’s, or texts equates to the authentic experience of being present in the moment with actual people that are in your face rather than behind a screen, which is why our passion for building a true sense of community is evident in each experience.
We are intentional about creating a welcoming atmosphere that incorporates Good Food, Good Friends, and Good Fun. And we are passionate about curating an experience that serves as a constant reminder of how more refreshing and rewarding it is to socialize with one another in person, thus making authentic and meaningful human interaction cool again.
We are passionate about inspiring all who attend to fully engage in creating a night filled with memories with those you love and the perfect strangers who become instant friends.
By healing hearts and soothing souls with laughter and open dialogue that brings us all closer, we will continue to save the day for all mankind one interactive dinner party at a time.
the premier interactive dining experience
Our events are hosted at establishments with effortless ambiance and clever cuisine. Be it a restaurant’s private room or a stylish event space, food is always served and can be as simple as horderves or as intricate as a five-course feast. Why? Because breaking bread with others is not only a ritual common to every culture, it is an essential part of the overall social relationship experience.
Although food is a must, the true focal point of our events are our friends who attend because the beautiful mixture of personalities make each experience unforgettable. Our friends share the same passion for connectedness as well as organic and meaningful human interaction. Whether it is a first TDC experience or tenth, we believe we are all friends, old and new. Friends of TDC respect this tradition and make it a priority for those who come alone, as a couple, or with a group feel like they belong. The special friendships are officiated with our infamous Clique Pic.
Typical events are structured for attendees to be spectators who “sit and get” or passively participate, but our dinner parties are experiences where no dull moment exists.
Imagine a live talk show experience where every audience member has the chance to star as the host.
Each dining experience intentionally focuses on a specific theme that drives the content of our itinerary. We even have fun with suggesting a specific attire from time to time.
Our hosts are engagement experts who facilitate interactive activities and lively discussions that make nonstop conversation mixed with debate, banter, and laughter inevitable.
The highlight would be allowing the interactive experiences to be both as a group and as a team. It encouraged those who may be a little shy to feel comfortable. - L. Scott