Vive Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia!

Posted by Chantal Blanchard on August 04, 2016 | 0 comment

Philadelphia is a city with many Parisian parallels. It’s a place of independence, great food, fashionable folks, and a love of life and culture. One more thing these twin cities have in common is Le Dîner en Blanc, a tradition shared by thousands.   Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia took the world stage, holding their first picnic at Logan Circle in 2012, which, co-host Natanya Dibona remarks, “was designed by a French architect and sits on the Ben Franklin Parkway (aka the Champs-Élysée of America!).” Like the Champs-Élysée, the Parkway is beautifully green, lined with trees, and book-ended by historic monuments: City Ha...

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3 Cities Celebrate their 3rd Dîner en Blanc!

Posted by Chantal Blanchard on July 28, 2016 | 0 comment

What do Boston, Edmonton, and Vilnius have in common, you ask? Le Dîner en Blanc, of course! No matter the time zone or even the continent, this favourite chic picnic brings these cities together to celebrate beauty and good cheer. All three cities toast their third edition this week! And all three of them in a row!      Tonight, Thursday, July 28th, Le Dîner en Blanc – Edmonton launches into the picnic season. After great success in their last events—the first at the Louise McKinney Riverfront Park in 2014 and the second smack downtown at Churchill Square last year—Edmonton will celebrate in style in a new secret location.   The f...

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An Insider’s Glance at Le Dîner en Blanc – Chicago

Posted by Chantal Blanchard on July 21, 2016 | 0 comment

Le Dîner en Blanc – Chicago Hosts Annette Dalloo, Lauren Haras, Roger Hobby, and James Wild have a great thing going, and they know it! Together, they will celebrate 5 years of Dîner en Blanc magic this summer. The event is already sold out, with 3,000 guests expected to attend! In light of their upcoming milestone, we got the chance to hear what each of these hosts had to say about their event and their city, as they ramp up for the anticipated August 12th event date.   What is it about Chicago that embraced the Dîner en Blanc concept so enthusiastically?   As with all countries that have to put up with harsh winters, any opportunity to enjoy the fleeti...

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5 Years for Le Dîner en Blanc – Kigali!

Posted by Chantal Blanchard on June 30, 2016 | 0 comment

Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, was the first African city to join Le Dîner en Blanc along with Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in 2012—the year Dîner en Blanc International was founded! This year, on Saturday, July 23rd, they will to celebrate the 5th edition of the event, which has now become a Kigali favourite.        Like all the other beautiful cities that host Le Dîner en Blanc, it’s the guests who bring the event to life year after year! But none of this would be possible without the dedication of three enthusiastic organizers, who’ve been with Le Dîner en Blanc - Kigali since the beginning. Gael Vande Weghe, Joan Maz...

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Quebec City: An Interview with Host André Auger

Posted by Chantal Blanchard on June 22, 2016 | 0 comment

Following the Montreal debut of Le Dîner en Blanc in 2009, and before the phenomenon went global, Quebec City and New York City were the first to celebrate the Parisian tradition. Quebec held their inaugural event at the Gare du Palais in 2011. Last year, Le Dîner en Blanc de Québec celebrated its 5th anniversary in the Old Port.   The 6th edition of Le Dîner en Blanc de Québec is set to take place on August 11th at an undisclosed location in the provincial capital. For all the details, visit In anticipation of what will no doubt be another extraordinary event, we took the opportunity to ask André Auger, Quebec’s o...

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