Outdoor Dinner Party With Ben Folds Set in Secret Prospect Park Spot

By Rachel Holliday Smith on June 23, 2014 4:21pm 

 The Prospect Park Alliance will host a Ben Folds concert and sit-down dinner on Saturday for up to 5,000 people.
The Prospect Park Alliance will host a Ben Folds concert and sit-down dinner on Saturday for up to 5,000 people.
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PROSPECT HEIGHTS —The Prospect Park Alliance will host a sit-down dinner, Ben Folds concert and dance party on Saturday for nearly 5,000 people.

But they won’t say where.

That’s because the exact location of the event somewhere inside Prospect Park will only be revealed two hours before it begins to those who nab a $35 ticket, the proceeds of which will support the alliance and the park.

It’s the first event of its kind in Brooklyn, according to the organizers, HandMade Events, which specializes in putting together “flash dinners” modeled after the Parisian “Dîner en Blanc,” fancy, picnic-style dinner parties where attendees wear all white, decorate their tables with white and, if they can, bring white food and wine to eat and drink (each attendee is allowed to bring one bottle each).

“Our idea is that everyone gets to create their own little formal dinner party within this huge dinner party,” said Nicole Benjamin, a co-owner of HandMade. “The white is used because it’s a unifying theme. People get creative and do these amazing things, but at the end of the day — no matter how big it is — because it has that theme, it all blends and it’s so beautiful together.”

The dinner will take place at the same time as the show by singer and songwriter Ben Folds, who will perform on a 24-by-24-foot raised platform amid the attendees, Benjamin said. His performance will be followed by a DJ set and dance party.

Ticket-holders will find out where the party’s location by email at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The event will open for set-up to guests at 5 p.m. and the dinner itself will begin at 7 p.m. A rain date is set for July 19. Tickets are available on HandMade’s website.

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