PHOTOS: Locals Don White for a Sneak Peek at Diner en Blanc 2015

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia will return to a secret location somewhere in the fabulous City of Philadelphia on August 20th. Last night, organizers held a “pop-up preview party” complete with beautiful table spreads where a few of the volunteers created 9 options that might be worthy of the glitzy white summer picnic.

Also on hand were the three eateries that will be providing food for the picnickers (at a reasonable cost) to enjoy at the August 20th event. Guests enjoyed food samples from DiBruno Brothers, Garces Events and Luke Palladino Catering. Guests also got schooled on what to wear, what to bring and where to buy it from organizers and past participants. Check out some photos from the event below.



Dîner En Blanc Wait List Now Open

Dîner en Blanc 2014 on Broad Street.

Dîner en Blanc 2014 on Broad Street.

Dîner en Blanc is returning to Philadelphia this year, meaning that somewhere and somewhen (both currently undisclosed) the impromptu picnic celebrating “dinner as an artform” will pop-up for the evening.

As of now, the wait list is open for anyone who wants to register to be notified when tickets go on sale. This does not guarantee a spot at the event, just an entry to the lottery system that will be used to select participants and send them invitations to register. But if you’ve done this dance before (and you probably have), you already know how it all works. You probably still have your white suit (or dress) from last year still hanging in the closet, right?

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Diner En Blanc Team Throwing A New Year’s Eve Party

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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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Businesses Complain About Dîner en Blanc; Organizers Respond

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Photo | HughE Dillon

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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22 #GayPhilly Dîner en Blanc Photos You Should See This Week

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.



PHOTOS: Dîner en Blanc 2014

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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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Win Two Free Tickets to Diner en Blanc… We’ll Even Throw In a Table and Chairs

diner-en-blanc-table-400If 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 »

Dîner en Sweatpants Hilariously Mocks Fancy-Pants Dîner en Blanc

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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.

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