Diner en Blanc Richmond - The Tradition Continues
RICHMOND, Va.: For the 3rd time, Richmond will host Le Dîner en Blanc. On August 17th the annual secret affair, promises another unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic, as it takes over an undisclosed public space whose location is only revealed minutes prior to the commencement of the event. Over 1900 foodies, fashion and cultural enthusiasts have attended the event in the past and 1200 are expected this year.
Registration to participate to this unique event happens in three stages: Phase 1 is for members from the previous year; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase I attendees; Phase 3 is for people who signed up on the waiting list. To be part of this unique experience, people can sign up now at register.dinerenblanc.com/richmond.
"Last year our guests were amazed that we closed the historic Arthur Ashe Boulevard to host this grand affair. This year we promise an even more thrilling event." - Enjoli Moon, Diner en Blanc Richmond Co-host.
Bystanders will witness groups of guests all dressed in white gathering at specific rallying points all across the city. Guided by Dîner en Blanc volunteers, these groups will then converge on one of the city's most beautiful setting, traveling by foot and chartered bus. Every guest brings their own gourmet feast, table, chairs and table setting. Over the course of the evening, they will eat and celebrate amid music, entertainment, and dancing.
The evening is filled with visually breathtaking moments including the waving of a cloth napkin to mark the beginning of the dinner and the lighting of sparklers to let guests know they are now free to mingle and dance. When at the end of the evening the trumpet sounds, guests pack up all of their belongings, pick up all their litter and head back into the night, leaving behind no sign of their elegant revelry.
To maintain the uniqueness of Le Dîner en Blanc as well as staying true to tradition, guests must observe certain requirements and follow a few key rules:
Once confirmed each guest's participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions. This is a rain or shine event. Dress code: elegant and white only. Originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful. Table setting: all white! Champagne and/or wine. Beer and hard liquor are prohibited. As per area alcohol regulations, guests cannot bring their own alcohol. Guests wishing to enjoy some wine or Champagne must reserve online through Le Dîner en Blanc's e-store.
To ensure that the location secret is kept undisclosed until last minute, guests meet at assigned departure location and are escorted by a Dîner en Blanc volunteer. In order to leave the event location as clean as when they arrived, guests are required to leave with all their belongings, leftovers and litter.
Guests must bring
• A table, two white chairs, white tablecloth.
• A picnic basket comprising fine food and proper stemware and white dinnerware.
A catered picnic basket option, which can be picked up on site, will be available for those who do not wish to pack their own. Guests wishing to do so must reserve online through Le Dîner en Blanc's e-store.
Le Dîner en Blanc – Richmond gratefully acknowledges Chloe Wine Group, and Richmond Region Tourism as an official local partners, as well as Chateau Ste Michelle Winery and President as national Partners of the 2019 edition of Le Dîner en Blanc.
About the Hosts of Le Dîner en Blanc – Richmond
Le Dîner en Blanc – Richmond host team is composed of Ayana Obika, Christine Wansleben, and Enjoli Moon. Together, they possess over 20 years event production experience. All three bond over their shared love for their city an enthusiasm for a great glass of wine.
About Le Dîner en Blanc
In June 2018, Le Diner en Blanc de Paris marked its 30th anniversary. A record 17,000 guests from Paris and around the world gathered at the Esplanade des Invalides to celebrate this historic moment. Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. What was a "friends and word-of-mouth only" event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on six continents. For more info, photos and videos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world, visit dinerenblanc.com.