The concept of Dîner en Blanc (diner in white) began a quarter of a century ago in Paris and has then grown to include 24 host cities globally. This is the first year it will take place in Chicago, and needless to say, we're psyched! Oh, and in case you've ever been to a white party before and think this is old news, make no mistake — Dîner en Blanc International is the originator, the real deal, and exported straight from Paris.
Here's the scoop: As with all other Dîner en Blanc events around the world, participants will be asked to bring their own tables, chairs, food, and drinks. If you're not up for the hassle of packing a picnic basket after getting out of work on Friday, you can purchase one from world-renowned chef Tony Mantuano ($27-$45) in advance. View the menu of tasty opps here. You'll be in the company of 1,000 other white-clad folks eating, drinking (wine will also be available for purchase on site), and dancing to live music. We're told there will also be some other surprises throughout the evening — but you'll have to come to find out. Last night's dinner in New York City sold out (more than 3,000 attendees!), so if you're interested in getting in on this inaugural experience in Chicago (space is limited), you better sign up ASAP. Here's how:
1. Like Dîner en Blanc Chicago on Facebook, follow it on Twitter, and register for the wait-list on the official Dîner en Blanc website. The cost to attend it $40 per couple.
2. Those who register will be emailed with specific information regarding times, procedures, what to wear, what to bring, and how to make the most out of the Dîner en Blanc Chicago experience!
We'll be there snapping the best dressed, so keep an eye out for our Dîner en Blanc fashion coverage next week!
Photo: Courtesy of Dîner en Blanc