RJ Cooper’s Urban Table Dinner is BYOP (bring your own plate)

You'll get cocktails, canapes and a three-course family-style meal at Rogue 24 chef RJ Cooper's Urban Table Dinner, part of the Mosaic District's fashion week. What you won't get, though, is a plate -- you have to bring your own.


Chef R.J. Cooper (Stacy Zarin Goldberg for the Washington Post)

The chef has asked guests attending the $159-per-plate -- er, place setting -- dinner to bring a plate that is meaningful to them as a conversation starter. It's also symbolic of the name of the Fairfax shopping and dining center, as publicist Bronwyn Jimenez explained via email: "Mosaic is a pattern produced by arranging pieces of colored materials together. In this case, it is arranging a group of stories to create a mosaic at the dinner.  It is a 'centerpiece' of conversation if you will as this is a communal seating dinner." So, be prepared to chat about your wedding china or that platter you brought back from Portugal or, if you want to raise some eyebrows, your prized commemorative Disney collectible.

Dinner will be served in Strawberry Park, with cocktails prepared by "chef-tender" Bryan Tetorakis, Rogue 24's mixologist. A portion of the dinner's proceeds will benefit Fit for Hope, a program for the American Cancer Society. Tickets are available via Eventbrite. Gypsy Soul, Cooper's Mosaic District restaurant, is expected to open in the spring.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.

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