Diner En Blanc 2017, NYC

Dîner En Blanc 2017 at Lincoln Center in NYC | Photo: Average Socialite

Affair: Diner En Blanc 2017

When: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hot Spot: Lincoln Center, NYC

Deets: New York (the first city in America to host Le Dîner en Blanc), made its return for the 7th consecutive year on August 22. Average Socialite joined over 5000 guests dressed head to toe in elegant white who gathered at Lincoln Center to dine and dance under the stars.

“That’s what it’s all about — getting people together; doing something outdoors,” said le Diner en Blanc co-founder Sandy Safi. “The sense of community; sense of togetherness really comes out.”

Celebrity chef Todd English, four-time James Beard winner, author, restauranteur, returned by popular demand to curate special menus for guests who order online.

The legendary all white French-inspired pop-up dinner Le Dîner en Blanc has become THE culinary event of the year in cities around the world, bringing together food lovers, cultural enthusiasts, and fashionistas at a secret locale. A worldwide phenomenon, this year over 120,000 people in 28 countries will be attending.

The event has proven to be such a beloved tradition that across the country, the number of cities has increased to 25 with four premieres: Baltimore, Maryland; Seattle, Washington; Richmond, Virginia; and Orange County, California. Each event sells out, and many have wait lists, including New York which has exceeded 45,000 people.

Internationally 14 new cities have joined the party this year: Tauranga, New Zealand; Panama City, Panama; Bucharest, Romania; Gold Coast & Fraser Coast, Australia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Zagreb, Crotia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Leon, Mexico; Bangkok, Thailand; Lagos, Nigeria and Mombosa, Kenya.

Le Dîner en Blanc was launched in France nearly 30 years ago. Today, the storied Paris tradition attracts close to 10,000 people. After Le Dîner en Blanc’s U.S. debut in New York in 2011, the event exploded in popularity with requests to host it pouring in from around the world.

Every year in cities around the world, thousands of people dressed entirely in white descend on a landmark public space with everything they need for an elegant soirée in tow, including folding table and chairs, gourmet picnic food, fine china, silverware, and tablecloth. Over the course of the evening, the guests eat and celebrate amid live music and dancing. Many spend weeks in advance planning their menus and the white ensemble. The event offers the perfect occasion to express their unique fashion and design style; the often elaborate and creative outfits, fantastical hats, and decorative table settings are always a fabulous spectacle.

Participation in this unique event happens in three stages: Phase 1 is for members who attended the previous year; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase I attendees; and Phase 3 is for people who signed up on the waiting list. Sign-up now at newyork.dinerenblanc.com/register.

To maintain the uniqueness of Le Dîner en Blanc as well as stay true to tradition, guests must observe certain requirements and follow a few key rules:

· Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions. This is a rain or shine event.
· Dress code: elegant and white only. Originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful.
· Table setting: All white!
· Champagne and/or wine. Beer and hard liquor prohibited. · The alcohol laws and regulations for most states, including New York, do not allow guests to bring their own alcohol. Guests who wish to enjoy some wine or Champagne must reserve online through our caterer website. However, guests are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages.
· To ensure that the location secret is kept undisclosed until last minute, guests meet at assigned departure location and are escorted by a Dîner en Blanc volunteer.
· In order to leave the event location as clean as when they arrived, guests are required to clean their area, and leave with all their belongings, leftovers and litter.

Guests must bring

· A folding table, two white chairs, white tablecloth.
· A picnic basket comprising fine food and proper stemware and white dinnerware. · A catered picnic basket option, which can be picked up on site, will be available for those who do not wish to pack their own. Guests wishing to do so must reserve online through our caterer website during the initial ticket registration.

For full details on the event’s rules and regulations, please visit newyork.dinerenblanc.com.

Le Dîner en Blanc – New York, produced by Selavi Global, Creator of French Tuesdays, gratefully acknowledges its official 2017 local partners: COVERGIRL, Champagne Canard-Duchêne, Kenwood Vineyards, and the official national partner Evian & Badoit waters. Kenwood Vineyards and Canard-Duchêne are providing the wine and champagne, Evian Badoit is providing the water and COVERGIRL will have a touch-up beauty bar station with a photo booth.

About Dîner en Blanc

Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Le Dîner en Blanc - Paris now attracts over 10,000 people each year. What was a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on six continents. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this fantastic event have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful public spaces. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over

70 cities in more than 28 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair. For more info and photos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world, visit dinerenblanc.com.

About Todd English

Todd English is a renowned chef, restaurateur, author, entrepreneur, and television star based in Boston, Massachusetts and New York City. English is a four-time James Beard Award winner and inductee into the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who in Food and Beverage in America." Todd has authored four critically acclaimed cookbooks, created the record-breaking housewares line, The Todd English Collection, and hosted the Emmy-nominated PBS travel series Food Trip with Todd English. Todd English Enterprises includes over twenty innovative restaurants spanning the country and abroad.

Hint For The Average Socialite: Register here! Phase 1 starts August 7; phase 2 on August 9, and phase 3 on August 10.

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