Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia announces its seventh edition in the City of Brotherly Love will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2018. It will be 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. This year, Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia will welcome 5,500 guests and is on track to be the largest Dîner en Blanc in the country for the second year in a row.
“We had a beautiful night aboard the Moshulu for this year’s Le Dîner En Blanc Preview Party,” said co-host Natanya DiBona. “Every year our table display contest grows more extravagant, so congratulations to all the participants who truly outdid themselves last night. And thank you to everyone who attended to celebrate the global phenomenon that is Le Dîner En Blanc. We’re so excited to announce the seventh edition of Le Dîner En Blanc – Philadelphia will take place on August 16. As the largest Le Dîner En Blanc gathering in the country, we are looking forward to another incredible year – bigger and better than ever with 5,500 guests.”
On Tuesday, June 12, the Moshulu on the Delaware River hosted the official Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia Preview Party, which brought together the event organizers and volunteers, as well as past and new participants. Guests sampled dishes from Feast Your Eyes Catering and browsed an expansive selection of vendors. This included Touché Accessories, Ellelauri Boutique, Tiffany Arey Millinery, Hats in the Belfry, Tie Bar, Stella and Dot, Petit Jardin, and Bohemia House Designs. Sofitel Philadelphia was also on hand to their hotel packages and this year’s fabulous After Party.
The highlight of the evening was the elegant and elaborate table display contest. 16 table decorators competed in the “Passport to Le Dîner En Blanc” Table Decorating Contest, representing a sampling of the close to 80 cities around the world where Dîner En Blanc events will be held this year. Displays featured iconic sights and natural wonders from across the globe.
This year, the judges reflected the “Passport to Le Dîner en Blanc” global and tourism theme and included 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. In the end, they named Lori Thomson the 2018 Grand Prize winner for her stunning Nairobi, Kenya table, while Marie Fritz, a Diner en Blanc Philadelphia Table leader since 2012, took home the People’s Choice award for her incredibly detailed London table.
A raffle conducted at the Preview Party raised $1,000 for Broad Street Ministry. There will be three additional auctions held in July to benefit Broad Street Ministry – auction details will be announced in July.
The wait list for this seventh edition of Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia is now sold out. Interested parties can visit the website and sign up for 2019 at philadelphia.dinerenblanc.com/register. The wait list does not guarantee a spot to Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia. It does ensure those signed up to the wait list will be notified when if they were chosen in the Phase 3 lottery.
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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