This past weekend, a group of strangers in Chicago agreed to meet at a secret location for a pop-up dinner, whilst dressed in white from head to toe. Almost unbelievable, right? Well, it’s real, and it happened! For those of you who aren’t familiar, the event we speak of is Dîner en Blanc. Check out our interview with the co-founder, Sandy Safi, here.
The 5th anniversary of Dîner en Blanc occurred in Chicago on August 13th at Queen’s Landing, just east of Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. Dîner en Blanc started over 25 years ago in Paris, and has since happened in over 70 cities on six continents.
The whole orchestrated evening began by lugging our tables, chairs, and dishware (yes, everything had to be brought with us) to a secret location. Such information was closely guarded up until we all began our trek together to the location.
Guests were then instructed to set up their tables in rows and assemble them for dinner. Some guest’s table arrangements were more elaborate than others—there was everything from floral centerpieces, canopies, and even chandeliers set up over tables.
As impressive as the table arrangements were, the outfits , accessories, and regalia donned by guests were just as incredible, and coincidentally, hard to miss. From white fascinators, to veils, to enormous white feather plumes, guests certainly got creative when it came to their attire for this event.
Our cue that we could begin eating was with the famous napkin twirl, and the ending of dinner and beginning of dancing was signaled with the lighting of sparklers, which dazzled the Chicago night sky. Dîner en Blanc was a magical and delightful evening full of delicious food, endless conversation, Apothic White (the official U.S. wine partner of Dîner en Blanc), and dancing.
For more information on Dîner en Blanc and how to attend next year, click here.