DC has no shortage of events, from casual happy hours to presidential-like dinners and everything in between. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to look for in an event that stands out from the rest. Well, here it is! This Friday, August 5 there will be a black tie dinner like no other, TTC Pop Ups will be holding their Capital Solstice Gala. For seven hours, guests donned in their classiest black tie apparel will have a full experience of dining, libations, entertainment, fashion and philanthropy. All under one roof. Sounds impossible? Maybe so, but then you meet the man behind the plan and it all makes sense.
Meet Timothy Thompson. When you first meet the 34 year old chef and entrepreneur, you’ll notice his relaxed and confident disposition. Once we sat down and started talking about TTC (Timothy Thompson Concepts) you can feel his infectious enthusiasm in what he does. Thompson is passionate about every area of his events and makes it clear that he and TTC are “food-focused” and does not do any event without a cause. Philanthropic by nature, Thompson knows the struggles of life all too well. Born in California, Thompson lived in foster care until the age of 6 before moving to New York. There, he found a mentor in Frank M., a loyal and strong Italian man that Thompson speaks of dotingly. With kids of his own, that Thompson still calls his siblings, Frank M. always referred to Thompson as his son, and Thompson was quickly immersed into the family business of restaurants. Frank M. owned delis as well as Mama Romano, (which we know today as Macaroni Grill) and started Thompson from the ground up. By the age of 14, Thompson was making his mark in the kitchen. Creating dishes and presenting them to family and friends that would visit the restaurant, Thompson was able to hone in on his skills and take honest advice and critiques to become stronger at his craft.
Fast forward to today, and Thompson is a fervent and motivated business owner with a purpose. His philanthropic passion for young men and boys comes from his personal journey. Enter TTC Pop-ups, “I want people to have an entire experience that makes them want to never miss another,” says Thompson, “each event we have we partner with a local charity that we know is making a difference in the community.”
This Friday’s Capital Solstice will partner with Becky’s Fund, an Intimate Partner Violence prevention and education organization started by Becky Lee in 2006, a domestic violence attorney, and 2nd runner up on the popular show, Survivor: Cook Islands. “When people think of domestic violence, they think of how the media has glamorized and made it sexy,” says Lee, “there is a lot of victim blaming, and sadly it is women judging other women.” Becky’s Fund starts preventative education to both girls and boys (through Men of Code) starting at age 9. They teach boundaries, rights, and the different types of intimate partner abuse. Becky’s Fund provides the entire gamut for survivors from safe extraction of their toxic environment to lawyers and therapists, all while understanding the stages and issues victim(s) might face.
With the Capital Solstice approaching, attendees have plenty to look forward to; a 9 course plated dining experience, crafted libations and breathtaking décor. Guy Lambert WPGC’s ubiquitous radio personality will be the evenings MC, a high end fashion show from Project Runways talented Korto Momolu, and a musical set from Grammy Award nominated crooner, Raheem DeVaughn to round out the evening. It wouldn’t be a true DC event without an after party with music to dance to from DJ Quicksilva and DJ Schemes. A special production will be shown to educate attendees about Becky’s Fund, “We want everyone to have a great time, but it is going to get real so everyone doesn’t forget why they came and who they are helping, that’s what we want!” Explains Thompson.
One thing is very palpable, the key ingredient that makes TTC Pop-ups thrive is passion.