Dîner en Blanc Celebrates 5 Years
On Thursday night 5,000 people brought their own white tables, tablecloths, chairs and meals to take part in the 5th anniversary of Dîner en Blanc, a pop-up picnic and worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Local residents and friends Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran saw the chic pop-up Dîner en Blanc take place in Paris and Montreal and, when it moved to New York in 2011, they wanted to be a part of it and thought it would be great in Philadelphia.
The first Philadelphia Dîner en Blanc was held in August 2012 for 1,300 guests at Logan Fountain. The destination was a secret until the guests were led there by a Dîner en Blanc table leader. This year guests had the option of bringing their own food or ordering beforehand and picking up their meal up from caterers on the scene. This year’s caterers were 33rd Street Hospitality Catering, Reading Terminal Market and Luke Palladino Catering. Apothic Wines, as the official wine sponsor of the 2016 US Diner en Blanc series, gave out wine samples to diners. Entertainment for the evening included Hot Club Philly, the band that performed at the very first Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia, The Soul of Philly featuring Tiffany Jones, DJ Sean Smoove, roving musicians, artists, the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, and the Mad Beatz drumline.
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