1. The venue for Dîner en Blanc is always a secret until the last minute. No one knows the final venue until they arrive.
2. Dîner en Blanc was started by François Pasquier in Paris, France, in 1988.
3. It’s held in close to 80 cities in 30 countries around the world with about 120,000 participants. The largest event in the world is the Paris event.
4. Dîner en Blanc is now in 30 cities in the United States.
5. Philadelphia is said to be the largest event in the nation with 6,000 expected Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. New York City and Washington, D.C. are roughly around 5,000 this year.
6. Philadelphia’s event started in 2012 with 1,300 attendees. In 2018, there were 5,500 attendees; 2017 had 5,300 and 2016 had 5,000.
7. The locations so far in Philadelphia have been:
2012- Logan Circle (space around the circle and some of the “spokes”)
2013- JFK Bridge
2014- Broad Street (Chestnut Street to Spruce Street)
2015- Navy Yard (specifically Marine Parade Grounds)
2016- Art Museum and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
2017- Franklin Square (and the portion of N. Franklin Street immediately next to Franklin Square)
2018 — City Hall and Paine Plaza
8. Wine is the only alcoholic beverage on the official menu.
9. The dress code color is white — not “ivory” or “cream.”
10. Yes, attendees bring not only their own food and drink, but also their tableware and chairs —which are also all to be in white.