The team behind Philly’s annual Diner En Blanc party is getting into the game early this year by throwing a French-themed NYE party at the historic Down Town Club (the Public Ledger Building at 6th and Chestnut). They’re teaming up with Cescaphe events to build out a one-night-only version of Paris with themed rooms, bringing to Philly the Hôtel Costes in the Place Vendôme, the Moulin Rouge and Versailles. There’s going to be live music and entertainment, food, French cocktails, an open bar running all night–all the basics you need for a proper New Year’s Eve soiree.
General admission tickets get you in the door at 10:00pm (the party runs ’til 2:00am), and they’ll run you $145 per person. VIP tickets are pricier ($200 a head), but if you fancy yourself Very Important, you’ll get in an hour early for a special cocktail party. Oh, and also? A phase one registration to 2015’s Diner en Blanc Philadelphia (ticket registration still required, but still–this gets you on the list).
Of course, there’s a menu. And of course, we have it. Check it out below.
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This year’s Philadelphia edition of Dîner en Blanc was held last Thursday on South Broad Street. This caused consternation among business owners.
In addition to the fact that it shut down a stretch of South Broad after 7 p.m. on Thursday evening, Dîner en Blanc’s location, as per tradition, was kept secret until just before the event. The manager of Ruth’s Chris Steak House told NBC 10 the restaurant found out at 6:15 p.m. “We scrambled around to figure out valet parking,” Burnie Gaeta said, “to notify guests that there is going to be a backlog.” The city says officials reached out to local businesses 90 days in advance.
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Last night nearly 3,500 piled onto the Avenue of the Arts for the third go-round of Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that LGBTers made up a pretty hefty chunk of that population, donning their whitest threads for a gay evening of dining, dancing, and picture-posing.
HughE Dillon was kind enough to share some shots of the #GayPhilly crowd who came out last night, plus I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites from Instagram. Check them out in the slideshow below.
Matthew Ray, Chatterblast, Ben Haney, Bjorn Henriques, Digital Medial Specialist at NBC, Michael Braunstein, Comcast and Michael Callahan, Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair
Katie MacTurk, Megan MacTurk, Amber Hikes, Director, Upward Bound at University of Pennsylvania and Kaitlin Apostol, RN
Jonathan Stavin, George Lynch, Paul Gerberson and Joey Hoepp
Reggie Shuford, Executive Director of ACLU and Chris Barlett, Executive Director of William Way
Didier Garcia, Michael Caruso, Adaam A (doesnt want his last name used), Douglas Famy, Nick Padilla and George Andrew Craig III
Lauren Tucker and Christina Ferraz
Surinder Aggarwal and Ben Modlo
Bailey Hansford and Chelsea Meise
Sarah Levitsky and Paul Steinke
Mark Mitchell and Marty Sellers
Gregory Alfaro and Edward Tenorio
Justin Nordell and Linda Pan
Michael Callahan and Michael Braunstein.
Mark Beyerle and Goldie Brown
Chatterblast's Matthew Ray, pictured with Katie Griffin, discovered his inner Backstreet Boy.
Kristina Jackson and Stormy Lundy
Amanda Abene, Ron Stoh, and Queer to the T
Dîner en Blanc was another magical night under the stars for which Philadelphians packed their own dinners (although some guests opted to order from Di Bruno Bros. or Garces and pick up their meals at the secret location), brought their own chairs and tables, and waited at pre-determined meeting places for the 6:30 p.m. phone call that would tell their dining leader where the event’s “secret” location would be. (The dining leader then led the group to the location which could be up to two miles away.)
Guests dressed in white to take part in the pop-up culinary event, the second-most-attended Dîner en Blanc in the U.S. behind New York City’s. This year, the event was held on the Avenue of The Arts, with City Hall as the backdrop for the thousands of photos that were taken by the record number of attendees.
Each year the event seems to grow: The first year 1,300 people attended; last year 2,500 people went; and this year 3,500 people went. The très chic picnic began in Paris 26 years ago and is now taking over 40 elegant public spaces around the world. It’s a great community-building event, bringing all walks of people together. This year two couples got engaged during the event.
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If you’re a Diner en Blanc hater, then head to Diner en Sweatpants or Diner en Noir or just shoot over to Bob and Barbara’s with a $20 bill and get soused on Specials. But if you are one of the many, many people who desperately wanted to score a reservation for Thursday’s Diner en Blanc event but didn’t, this is your chance to do something about it. Read more »
It took these people nine hundred hours to get to this point. | Photo via Diner en Blanc.
I went to Dîner en Blanc last year. Sorry to all who love it, but I wasn’t a fan. Sure, once you’re all set up it’s kind of cool. But first you’ve got to actually get there. You have to wrangle a table (of a very specific size), white chairs, white linens, silverware and food. Then you’ve got to lug the whole lot to an undisclosed location, all while wearing fancy-ish white clothes. (You pay $68.50 for this.) Last year, we all ate our prepackaged dinners in front of 30th Street Station, in what just ended up looking like a very tacky, very huge wedding . Let’s just say it’s a far cry from picnicking in the shadows of the Eiffel Tower.
Bring on the sweatpants.
Next Thursday, 3,500 Philadelphians will slip into a head-to-toe white ensemble to schmooze and booze it up at the third annual Dîner en Blanc. If you don’t know, the annual event invites folks out to a pop-up picnic that’s held at a secret location in the city. For the price of $68.50 two guests are required to wear white, bring food (of any color) and bring white accoutrements (table cloths, etc … ). It really is quite lovely to behold, but, let’s face it, the thing’s just begging for mockery.
Chris Nowaczyk, a cancer researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, recently announced that he’d be throwing a cheeky Dîner en Noir on the same night as Dîner en Blanc. His guests—likely around 500—will pay $50 (for a table of two) to have a similar experience, except they’ll be wearing a much more form-flattering all-black getup.
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There’s less than one month until a very secret spot in Philly is taken over by diners decked out head to toe in white. Dîner en Blanc is back and the ladies of Boozy Buttercream want to help make dessert the most memorable part of your evening.
Boozy Buttercream aims to teach the fundamentals of icing piping and cupcake decorating while students take full advantage of happy hour.
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Photo by Georgi Anastasov
Yup, it’s official. Registration for the wait list for Philly’s Diner En Blanc 2014 is now open.
As always, we have no idea of the final date. No idea where it’ll be happening. We know nothing except that, for the past couple years, this huge outdoor pop-up picnic has been one of the biggest and coolest events of the summer so if you’re interested in participating this year, you’d better get your name on the waiting list now.
Diner En Blanc Philadelphia -2014 [Register here]
Past Diner En Blanc coverage [f8b8z]
Yesterday was a picture-perfect day for Dîner en Blanc, Philadelphia-style. Dîner en Blanc is what some call a food flash mob — people converge at a top-secret location that is not been revealed until 30 minutes before the event happens. Originating in Paris 25 years ago, the event now attracts 10,000 people there. In Philadelphia 2,200 people attended this year’s event. Kicking off the the second annual Dîner en Blanc were Betsy Ross and Ben Franklin at Independence Hall.
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