Remember when I told you about Bethenny Frankel’s very random star-studded dinner party? You probably don’t, you probably skipped it because you have no idea who Bethenny Frankel is or you rage-read it and wondered “Who cares?”
Well, the answer is I, dear reader. I care. I care about dinner parties and celerities equally, and when the two come together, I rejoice. But the guest list at Frankel’s soiree was a bunch of barely famous people who think they’re super famous, and the whole affair, while drippnig with theamatic potential—“C-List Dinner,” “Infamy Dinner,” those are just two, I could do this all day—was billed as, basically, just a dinner party. Why even bother?!
Enter: Evan Ross Katz, an influencer/blogger/podcaster/writer. His intial claim to fame was his book, Into Every Generation a Slayer Is Born: How Buffy the Vampire Slayer Staked Our Hearts. Now he’s like if Carrie Bradshaw was a slightly less annoying gay man. In partnership with Threads, Katz threw a “Chaos Dinner,” (see, he gets it) inspired by Bradshaw’s own from the And Just Like That season two finale.
The guest list was chaotic as hell, as it should be. In addition to actresses Sarah Michelle Geller (of course) and Zooey Deschanel (notably sans Property Brother), there were numerous Hollywood types whose names I had to Google, as well as fashion people Shiona Turini and Jonathan Anderson. From the reality-verse there were Drag Race stars Gottmik, Trixie Mattel and Symone, and Bravolebrities Jessel Taank, Kathy Hilton, Madison Lecroy, Ciara Miller and Crystal King Minkoff, who was kind enough to host the party at her Los Angeles home.
All of these people being together in a room makes sense because Katz writes about and openly obsesses over all of them. They’re pop-culture headline makers, and this party, since it was partly put on by Meta, was crafted to be a headline. It worked. Ryan Reynolds could only dream of crafting such a successful publicity stunt.
What did Evan Ross Katz’s dinner party have that Bethenny Frankel’s lacked? Self-awareness and a sense of humor.