The wait list for Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia is now officially open!
Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia announces its seventh edition in the City of Brotherly Love. The wait list is officially open for this unforgettable evening filled with elegance, food, art and music. Every summer, thousands of guests don their white finery and descend upon an undisclosed public space whose location is kept secret until moments before the event begins. The date, number of guests, and registration details will be announced on June 12 at the official Le Dîner en Blanc Preview Party aboard the Moshulu on the Delaware River.
This unique venue is perfect for this year’s Preview Party theme: “Passport to Le Dîner en Blanc”. This theme is especially exciting for Philadelphia as It is the city’s celebration of cultural diversity that makes it such a special place to live, work, and play. In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the event in Paris and 80 cities the event is now held throughout the world, the Preview Party will celebrate the global phenomenon that is Le Dîner en Blanc.
“With the 7th Le Dîner en Blanc in Philadelphia we are celebrating the global phenomenon of Le Dîner en Blanc,” said co-host Natanya DiBona. “20,000 guests, including 5,000 people traveling from all over the Dîner en Blanc world, will gather in Paris celebrate its 30th Anniversary on June 3rd and the event will be held in 80 cities around the world this year. Philadelphia was one of the first cities to host the event the year Dîner en Blanc International was established in 2012 and its incredible to see the growth of the event since. Philadelphia is truly an international city and we are proud to join so many cities around the world in hosting an event that celebrates the power of a shared meal and its ability to bring people together to build community.”
Area florists, event planners, and visual directors will present elegant and elaborate table displays to represent many of the beautiful Le Dîner en Blanc cities around the world from Paris, Montreal and London to Sydney, Ho Chi Minh, and Johannesburg. A Grand Prize winner will be selected by local judges with experience in art, design, tourism, entertainment, media, and hospitality.
This year, the judges reflect the “Passport to Le Dîner en Blanc” global and tourism theme and include Fairmount Park Conservancy Executive Director Jamie Gauthier, Delaware River Waterfront Executive Vice President Jodie Milkman, Chloe Johnson of Chloe Johnston Experience, Global Philadelphia Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh, and the Honorary Consul of France in Philadelphia Michael Scullin. There will also be a People’s Choice winner and all attendees are encouraged to cast their vote for their favorite display.
There will be many returning table decorating contestants including past winners Marie Fritz and Megan Grimm Atwood. The global theme has also enticed some local chefs and business owners to compete in the contest, including the owner of Essen Bakery, Tova du Plessis, who is from South Africa, Chef Ange Branca, owner of Sate Kampar, who is from Malaysia, and Elena Brennan, owner of Bus Stop Boutique who hails from London.
The table display contest is just one of several features of the annual Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia Preview Party, which brings together Le Dîner en Blanc event organizers, volunteers, past patrons, and new participants. Attendees of the Preview Party can also enter to win complimentary registration to this year’s Dîner en Blanc. It is the kick-off to a celebration of the city of Philadelphia that extends beyond one evening in August.
Feast Your Eyes Catering will be sampling items from this year’s globally- themed Dîner en Blanc catering meals and cheese boards. An expanded selection of retail vendors will be on hand, including Touché Accessories (hats, fascinators, gloves, accessories), Ellelauri Boutique (women’s fashion), Zoya Egan Designs (hats and fascinators), Tiffany Arey Millinery (handcrafted ladies hats) and Stella and Dot (jewelry). Several vendors for the fashionable men will also attend the event, including Hats in the Belfry and the Tie Bar who will be bringing bow ties, neckties, suspenders, tie bars, tie pins and other accessories. Petit Jardin will showcase their flower offerings for this year’s event and Bohemia House Designs will have one-of-a-kind home decor. Sofitel Philadelphia will be on hand to discuss hotel packages and this year’s fabulous After Party!
Le Dîner en Blanc Preview Party is an opportunity to reconnect with friends from the last six years, or for newcomers, this is a chance to meet organizers and volunteers, find out what to bring, what to wear, and where to buy everything! The preview party is free and open to the public, ages 21 and up only (with identification), but registration is required: https://
The wait list for Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia is now officially open. Interested parties can visit the website (philadelphia.dinerenblanc.
Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia gratefully acknowledges Luxury Retreats, Sofitel and ONEHOPE as the 2018 Le Dîner en Blanc US national partners.
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