In past, Dîner en Blanc’s in New York was been held at the World Financial Center (now Brookfield Plaza), Lincoln Center, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, Hudson River Park, Battery Park and this year Governor’s Island. This year’s celebration fell on a rainy night. To make matters worse, the only way to get to Governor’s Island is by ferry. The party was held in a in a field and ticket-holders weren’t aware of the secret location, until just hours before it started. This doesn’t sound that bad, but when your lugging table, tablecloth, chairs, china, stemware, silverware, and food, it proves to be a challenge.
Thousands of guests were late and some of the 6,5000 guests didn’t make it at all. This was a challenge considering the attire is all white. Men as well as women deck out. This year’s $43 ticket price covered two guests (plus a $9 Dîner en Blanc membership fee per person).
Gotham-based Michelin-starred chef Marc Forgione curated four themed dinners: a New York basket with pastrami prime rib, pickles, homemade potato chips, and black and white cookies; a summery basket with chili lobster, potato salad, corn succotash, and key lime pie; an all-white basket that included chicken blanquette, cavatelli mac and cheese, onion soubise, and coconut rice pudding; and a vegetarian option with curries, salads, and spreads, which were inspired by the foods Forgione and his wife Kristen ate on their honeymoon in Sri Lanka. Organizers estimated that 1,000 baskets were made, and all of them sold out.
Nothing will stop a New Yorker from having fun or from getting engaged.