Bonjour! What better way to come back from a blogging break than with a great event for you. Kelley and I were invited to attend Diner en Blanc in DC on August 29th. If you are unfamiliar with the concept, it started 25 years ago in Paris and has since spread all over the world (this is a great short documentary). Essentially, you don all white attire along with a table, chairs, plates, napkins, glasses and silverware then meet your leader at your assigned spot who then leads you to the event which is unknown to you until you arrive. Yes, you schlep your stuff on Metro and walk and then have no idea where we were going until you see the sea of white. This year’s event took place on the lawn of the Carnegie Library across the street from the Convention Center. We have lived in DC all our lives and never would have guessed this location. Ever! Diner en Blanc did not disappoint. We had a great time.
In case you are wondering how to get in, you have to either be invited or get on the waitlist. Just a heads up, the waitlist had 12,000 people on it this year and only a few hundred get in. The final count this year was expected to be 2,500 attendees. Yes you are correct, this was the hottest ticket in town.
The event starts with setting up tables, then twirling the napkin to signal the beginning of dinner followed by eating, sparklers signaling the close of dinner and then the party starts. And since this is wine blog we’ll talk about the wine for second. The wine had to be ordered in advance otherwise we would have loved on our local wineries. We opted for Apothic Red. Its robust and goes with almost everything. You can find it in Costco for $9. If you see it for more than $12 you overpaid. With that, I won’t even tell you how much we paid but let’s just say it wasn’t the Costco price.
Here are a few of our pics. We look forward to next year! Au revoir!