Diner en Blanc Philadelphia Opens Wait List for Summer of 2015 and Announced Preview Party in Headhouse Shambles

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Dîner en Blanc returns to Philadelphia in the summer of 2015 for another unforgettable evening filled with elegance, food, art and music. For the fourth consecutive year, the secret picnic in white will take over an undisclosed public space whose location is revealed only minutes prior to arrival. The date, number of registrations and new phase three lottery system will be announced next week at the official Diner en Blanc preview party on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Headhouse Shambles (2nd Street between Pine and Lombard streets). During the preview, vote on tables themed around Philadelphia’s top neighborhoods, sample bites from the official caterers, reconnect with old friends, and meet organizers and volunteers. No RSVP is required for this free event.

The wait list is now officially open for this year’s Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia, an impromptu picnic that has grown into a global phenomenon that celebrates public space and “dinner as an artform.” Interested parties can visit the website (philadelphia.dinerenblanc.info/register) and add their name to receive an official invitation to register. The wait list does not guarantee a spot to Diner en Blanc - Philadelphia. It does ensure that wait list members will be notified when slots for the event go on sale in early summer through a new lottery system. Past registered members of Diner en Blancautomatically will receive notice of registration going on sale.

In preparation for the grand affair, co-hosts Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran will throw a special preview party for past attendees and potential guests on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The free party will move to an exciting new location under the cover of the Headhouse Square Shambles in South Street Headhouse District.

This unique and historic venue, adjacent to one of America’s most famous streets, ties in with the "Philadelphia Neighborhoods" theme of this year's annual table decorating contest. Area florists, event planners, visual directors and home crafters will present elegant and elaborate table displays that pay homage to fifteen of Philadelphia’s most celebrated neighborhoods. A grand prize and people’s choice winner will each be awarded complimentary registration to Diner en Blanc - Philadelphia, a select number of ‘phase one’ registration invitations for friends/family, and other surprises.

Garces Catering, DiBruno Brothers and Luke Palladino Catering (new for 2015) will be sampling items from their Diner en Blanc picnics. Touché Accessories will be selling an array of elegant white accessories including hats, fascinators and gloves. There will also be live entertainment, as well as a wine tasting by Apothic Wines (official wine sponsor of the 2015 US Diner en Blanc series).

Past attendees will also reconnect with friends they have made over the last three years, while potential guests can meet organizers and volunteers to learn about the event for the first time. Find out what to bring, what to wear and where to buy everything!  The preview party is free and open to the public, ages 21 and up only. No RSVP is required.

Sign-up for the Diner en Blanc Philadelphia wait list by visiting philadelphia.dinerenblanc.info/register.

Connect with organizers by following Diner en Blanc -  Philadelphia on Facebook, dinerenblancphl on Instagram and @debphl on Twitter.

Hashtags: #DEBPHL15 #dinerenblanc 

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Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia debuted in 2012 at Swann Memorial Fountain in Logan Circle. The sold out viral picnic attracted 1,300 guests clad in white with their white tables, linens, china and décor. In 2013, the event returned to even more viral and critical buzz, selling out in just 24 minutes. Guests that year popped up in the middle of the JFK Bridge for dinner set against the cityscape to the East and 30th Street Station to the West. In 2014, over 3,500 guests celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Avenue of the Arts by popping up on Broad Street, from City Hall down to Pine Street. The celebration showcased the best of Philadelphia arts and culture with ballet, music and artistic performances. Diner en Blanc Philadelphia has been named  Philadelphia's “Party of the Year" by local press outlets -- and won a Best of Philly Award for “Pop-Up Event of the Year” and multiple Pepperpot Achievement Awards from the Public Relations Society of America, Philadelphia Chapter. Most recently, Diner en Blanc was named best foodie of the year by the Philly Happening List.

Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Dîner en Blanc - Paris now attracts nearly 15,000 people each year. What was a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on five continents. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this fantastic event have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful public spaces.  Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over 50 cities in more than 20 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair.

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For more info and photos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world, visit the official website dinerenblanc.info.