Morgans Hotel Group & MUNCHIES, VICE Media’s food channel, have partnered to create “Dinner Party,” a one of a kind communal dining experience. Bringing together MUNCHIES’ groundbreaking content & perspective with Morgans’ creativity & leadership in lifestyle hospitality, Dinner Party is a communal dining experience based around the ideals of creative collaboration and shared experiences. Moving from city to city, these dinners will appear in New York, London, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco over the next year. Dinner Parties will exist for only a moment, empowering chefs to cook the food they love in an honest and open environment that is exciting, inclusive, and interactive, just as a dinner party would be in one’s home. Each dinner will be unique, tied together by a theme, as will the guests who experience the evening. MUNCHIES and Morgans founded their businesses on looking at the world through a different lens and we intend to celebrate unhealthy obsessions, bizarre inspirations and delicious adventures with these imaginative and thought provoking evenings.
The Dinner Party kitchen will be overseen by Tien Ho, one of the leading culinary innovators of our generation & Morgans’ Corporate Executive Chef. Tien is widely recognized within the food community as one of the creative innovators that helped to place Momofuku on the culinary map, and is the winner of such accolades as "Best New Chef" by GQ Magazine, and "The People's Best New Chef in New York" by Food & Wine Magazine. Tien and MUNCHIES will handpick a chef to collaborate with for each dinner, creating individual experiences representative of what the chef and their creative partners would like to express at their meal. The menus at Dinner Party will be experimental but always casual. Tien will work with the chefs to try new things depending on the season, a far-flung location recently visited, or a new ingredient that they’ve come across.
The beverage program for Dinner Party will feature guest mixologists and sommeliers overseen by Morgans Creative Beverage Director, Ryan Chetiyawardana, A.K.A Mr. Lyan. Ryan has been involved in several of the U.K.'s best bars for over a decade including White Lyan (Best New International Bar 2014) and the highly-anticipated Dandelyan at Mondrian London at Sea
Containers. He has been named U.K. bartender of the year twice and is known as an innovator in his field, pioneering drinks and mixology through his extensive scientific, artistic and nomadic background. Under Ryan’s direction and vision, Dinner Party will partner with the most innovative minds in the world of cocktails, bringing together new techniques, exotic flavors, and super creative food pairings to compliment each chef.
The theme for the first season of Dinner Party will be “Exchange Students,” in which chefs synonymous with a particular city or region will take their skills to a different city and provide a once in a lifetime dining experience to a new audience. The MUNCHIES team worked to select its favorite chefs from each city to send on the road. The chef’s will include some of the most recognized names from the Munchies series “Chef’s Night Out”, and will be released as details are announced about specific Dinner Parties.
Limited tickets for each dinner will be made available prior to the event, and a select amount of seats will be held exclusively for hotel guests at the hosting Morgans property.