Le Dîner en Blanc 2018: NYC!

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Le Dîner en Blanc is coming! Where? We will not know until the evening of the event, however, if you want to get dressed up in your best white outfit and join thousands of people for the ultimate gourmet food and wine experience, then you need to join this year’s 2018 Le Dîner en Blanc!

The legendary and fashionable all white, French-inspired pop-up Dîner en Blanc has become the culinary event of the year in the U.S. and cities around the world. It’s a worldwide phenomenon, that you will see on Instagram and all social media channels. This year over 130,000 people in 80 cities spanning 30 countries will attend. There are 32 cities in the U.S. participating too!

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Every summer in cities around the world, thousands of people dressed in head-to-toe “white attire” meet on one of the city’s most beautiful outdoor public settings that will be revealed at the very last minute. Guests bring everything they need for an elegant soirée in tow, including folding table and chairs, gourmet picnic food, fine china, silverware, and white tablecloth. 

They dine on their own specially curated meals such as lobster, charcuterie, cheese platters, baguettes, and desserts. Here is a great opportunity to cook what you love, and share with your table under the stars with thousands of other foodies alike! Many attendees spend weeks in advance planning their menus, and over the course of the evening, the guests eat and celebrate amid live music and dancing.

On September 17th Dîner en Blanc returns for the 8th consecutive year to New York (NY was the first US city to host DEB). It has become one of the most popular must-attend events of the year, and this year will be the largest NY event so far seeing upwards to 6,500 guests, dressed head-to-toe in chic white attire. Everyone will gather at a secret iconic location that is revealed at the very last moment to dine and dance under the stars! You and your friends can register now at newyork.dinerenblanc.com/register.

I am so excited to attend this year, for my first Dîner en Blanc. I have always seen the amazing photos on social media and now can finally say I will be joining 6,500 people for this amazing all-white party! 

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On top of this festive event, renowned chef, Iron Chef, and Michelin Star recipient restaurateur Marc Forgione will be curating four special picnic baskets for guests in New York who order through Le Dîner en Blanc. Forgione owns several famous restaurants in the city and nationwide, so if you want to score the ultimate DEB dinner, make sure you get one! 

Now, 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:

 1. Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions.  This is a rain or shine event.

2. Dress code: elegant and white only. Originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful.

3. Table setting: All white!

4. 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.  

5. To ensure that the location secret is kept undisclosed until the last minute, guests meet at assigned departure location and are escorted by a Dîner en Blanc volunteer.

6. 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.

7. Guests must bring A folding table, two white chairs, white tablecloth, A picnic basket comprising fine food and proper stemware and white dinnerware. 

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I’m super excited, especially for the wonderful sponsors of DEB this year including Champagne Jacquart and The Knot, who are the official local partners of the 8th edition of Le Dîner en Blanc in New York City. On top of that, Luxury Retreats, Sofitel, and ONEHOPE are the 2018 Le Dîner en Blanc U.S. national partners!

If you’re thinking about doing something different this September, check out this one of a kind event! It’s going to be a stellar evening, rain or shine, and everyone I have heard from who’s attended has returned every single year!

 

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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