Dîner en Blanc is all about tradition. From the napkin wave to the sparklers to the the secret location and the dress code, we love our customs. One of our very favorites, however, is the announcement of the picnic’s date at our annual Preview Party. In the past, we’ve hosted it at Williams-Sonoma to great fanfare. This year, though, with the growth of the picnic, we also had to allow our Preview Party some space to grow. And grow it did.
Thankfully, we managed to snag the perfect spot at South Street Headhouse District’s beautiful Shambles, which made the ideal open-aired backdrop to a festive evening on June 9th celebrating Philadelphia’s iconic neighborhoods through our annual table decorating contest, the incredible caterers for this year, and, of course, the vendors and entertainment Dîner en Blanc so very magical!
DJ Sean Smoove kept the tunes going all evening as guests were treated to an evening of tasty treats and magical table settings. Our wonderful caterers for the evening included Garces Events, Luke Palladino Catering, and a wonderful spread from Di Bruno Brothers.
We were also treated to some adult beverages courtesy of DEB sponsor Apothic Wines.
Our main event, of course, was the annual table decorating contest and this year, the competition was fierce. So fierce, in fact, that we had to bring judges in from all walks of life (and industry): Anuj Gupta from Reading Terminal Market, artist and fashion maven Denise Fike, Gregory Augustine from August Interiors, Sheena Lester, Arts and Culture editor from Philadelphia Weekly, and Tom Hawthorn from The Shops at Liberty Place.
With the theme of Iconic Philadelphia Neighborhoods, the teams really went all out.
But the Judge’s Choice went to Nadine Louw and Lianna Liss from Flowers & Co., who brought Northern Liberties to life through their creative table setting.
We would like to thank our generous donors for their contributions to our winners:
- Garces Catering
- Barnes Foundation
- Di Bruno Brothers
- P’unk Burger
- Scout Salvage
- Luna Cafe
- Le Pain Quotidien
- Omoi Zakka
- Little Spoon Cafe
- Elle Lauri
- Aoki Boutique
- The Pickled Heron
- Tela’s Market
- London Grill/Paris Wine Bar
- Philadelphia Brewing Co.
- Cafe La Maude
- Open House
We wouldn’t be able to keep this epic contest going without each of them, and appreciate their support more than words can describe!
To everyone who came out, hope you were able to enjoy a little taste (literally) of what’s to come August 20th. Don’t worry, we’ve got more surprises up our sleeves, so keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter, and get excited for Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia 2015!