Monday, August 25th was the fourth year Dîner en Blanc celebrated their annual anticipated fancy white pop-up picnic dinner in New York City. This year 4,800 members joined the celebrations all wearing their best white outfits to feast on the evening. The evening began where various groups of people wearing diverse white ensembles throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn met with their group leaders to wait for the anticipated time to leave and head downtown to an unknown destination. The subway stop, Franklin Street in TriBeCa where guests still did not know exactly where they were heading but speculating somewhere near the Hudson River. A 10-minute walk or so led the groups to Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City!
LuxxeLiving decided to be part of the group celebration and being members we carried just like all the attendees the table, chairs, china and participated with the 4,000 guests. We decided to order a vegetarian option from Chef Todd English and had the delicious Cavatelli with pea pesto, Wild mushroom and ricotta salata, Smoked eggplant with tahini and whole wheat pita crisps, Grilled beets with ricotta, hazelnuts and watercress, Haricot vert salad with almonds, Parmesan and lemon-truffle vinaigrette, Artisanal cheese collection with baguette and dried fruit Strawberry-Rhubard pie for dessert as well as a bottle of Bordeaux Rose wine.
The evening began with attendees gathering to pick-up their catered meals from Chef Todd English as well as the Moet & Chandon champagne and rose, red and white wines. Each guest had the option to bring their meals or pre-order one of the options from the Chef. Guests were not allowed to bring outside liquor but guests were able to pre-order wines and Champagne from the online store.
As the festivities began music from a string quartet and opera singer started the evening followed by a DJ-fueled dance party. As any party would have it, a VIP section next to the dance floor was set in place with banquettes, sofas, food and wine for guests to enjoy while overlooking the river. People were astonished viewing the party from the rooftop terrace of Riverhouse Condominium located at 1 Rockefeller Park. Other people were enjoying the evening just perusing outside the events.
The festivities ended when the clock struck 10PM, guests were instructed to pack up their belongings and exit the park - leaving it perfectly untouched. A lot of people continued the evening by going to the official after-party which was held at the Dream Hotel downtown in the Meatpacking District.
New Yorkers will have to wait for next year's Diner en Blanc and to find another fabulous location big enough to fit probably about 5,500 people. Some recommendations include Central Park as it certainly spacious enough to hold a big crowd. The Statue of Liberty would just be an exquisite locale but would not exactly have walking traffic. If they get enough press it would certainly be terrific. Other optional locations are Rockefeller Center (not sure if it's big enough), The Highline, Times Square, and Brooklyn Bridge.
For those of you who haven't been lucky to sign-up or been invited from a current member, you can add yourself and be wait listed for next year. http://newyork.dinerenblanc.info/ Till next year Diner en Blanc, it certainly is one of the especial events to personally experience in New York City or any other city in the world!!!
Set-up complete and the beginning of Diner en Blanc.
Guests enjoying taking photographs at the Moet & Chandon Champagne photo section.
Diner En Blanc official Chef Todd English with
Editor-in-Chief Yerelyn Cortez Hidalgo at the VIP section.
Attendees enjoying the beginning of the annually celebrated white pop-up dinner during this year's Dîneren Blanc.
Guests enjoying the VIP section.
Writer & Editor for this story: Yerelyn Cortez Hidalgo
Photos courtesy of LUXXELIVING and Eric Vitale Photography