A few notes of thanks…
The success of Dîner en Blanc would not be the same without the numerous events and activities that go into promoting it throughout the “DEB Season.” Photos from these events can be found on Susan Scovill’s website who graciously covered the events listed below:
Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia Preview Party:
On June 4th we kicked things off with a Preview Party at Williams-Sonoma at the Bellevue that featured the table decorating contest theme, “Iconic Philadelphia”. Thank you to the contestants: Gabriella Nemati (Natures Gallery Florist) and Mirka Cortes; Tanti Lina from Papertini Floral and Event Design; Laura Eaton from Soiree Philadelphia and Kristina Erfe Pines of Daily Ampersand ; Claudia and Vincent Roux from Petit Jardin en Ville; Marie Fritz; Marsha Flowers from Marsha Flowers Events; Christine Schadow Fritsky; Michael Haschak from Pure Design; Sue Anne Clark and Anne Clark; John Kevin Gallagher of John Kevin Gallagher Event Decorator; and Donna O’Brien of Beautiful Blooms. Thank you to our judges: Jade Barnes, Marketing, Shops at Liberty Place; Tom Hawthorn, Visual designer for Shops at Liberty Plac; Delilah Winder, Restaurateur and Author; Melissa Bartley, Field Visual Director, terrain; Jennifer Jones, Store Visual manager, terrain; and Brian Cawley, Visual Director, Lord & Taylor.
Thank you to Jill Scarlett, Tom Hawthorn and the Shops at Liberty place for once again featuring the beautiful winning table (Marie Fritz) in their display window.
A special thank you to Tod Wentz of Townsend restaurant, Seun Olubodun of Duke & Winston, Lillet, Garces Catering, DiBruno Bros., Arway Linens; Touche Accessories, DJ Bruce and Mole Street; France Magazine, and Uber Philly for your participation. And we cannot forget the amazing Jeff and Brenda and the entire staff of Williams-Sonoma at the Bellevue for hosting this event and the Pop-Up Shop.
French Garden Party at Terrain:
On July 9th we celebrated Bastille Day with a French Garden Party at terrain in Glen Mills. Every detail was picture-perfect thanks to the staff at terrain, including Diane Stulb and Susan Schu; Susan Hutchinson from Fleurishing; Marie Fritz; Petit Jardin en Ville; the Philadelphia Pétanque Club; Philippe Desjardins; and samplings from Jessica Mogardo, Classic Cake and St. Germain.
Philly Style Party:
With a “Midnight in Paris” theme, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to participate in Philadelphia Style Magazine’s 10th Annual “Best of Style” party at the Kimmel Center on July 17th. Three absolutely beautiful Diner en Blanc tables reflecting the Midnight in Paris theme were created by Sary Em of Home, Marie Fritz, and Claudia and Vincent Roux of Petit Jardin en Ville– thank you all for your time, creativity and attention to detail! Thank you also to Heather Harad of Arway Linens for providing the linens for these tables. Thank you to Kristin Detterline and Nichole Maurer for making our participation in this great event possible.
The Pop-Up Shop at Williams-Sonoma on August 6th:
Each year we host a Pop-Up shop at Williams-Sonoma where DEB participants can purchase items for the big event. This year we focused on supporting Philadelphia businesses and invited many retailers, artisans and local etsy-crafters to participate. The result was an amazing assortment of handmade pottery, jewelry, hats and fascinators, vintage linens and housewares. Our vendors included: Beatrice Ryan Millinery; Adorned by Aisha; Simply Devine; Life of Tie; Arway Linens; Touche Accessories; Milica in the Hat Millenary; The Green Goldfish Gallery; Philadelphia Independents; Vagabond Ceramics; Cuttalossa; and Hats in the Belfry. All the vendors can be found in our Shop Local board on Pinterest.
A special thank you to Jennifer Schick who recruited many of her vendors from Phair to participate and to Michele Haines and DiBruno Bros for sampling their amazing baked goods and cheese boards during the event.
Throughout the summer we featured a “Guest Blogger” series designed to address all things Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia. Thank you to all of our guest contributors: Jade Barnes, Emily Tharp, Denine Gorniak, Katie Griffin, Gordana Kostovski, Ian Michael Crumm; Marie Fritz, Thank you also for the recipes provided by Kevin Sbraga, Jarret Meyers, Barbara Maletsky and Lari Robling. A very special thank you to our fabulous planning team member, Jennifer Manosca, for posting these to our site.
And, finally, to everyone else, from past guests who had their own “diner” with their newborn in the NICU to those who dined elsewhere, thank you for helping us highlight the value of enjoying a great meal in a public space in Philadelphia with friends old and new. It does not take more than a table or a blanket, a good meal and a few friends, to celebrate all this City has to offer.