Le Diner en Blanc Sacramento 2016
Photo booth fun with Stefanie Manolakas and Sandra Kordazakis
Almost 30 years ago, Le Diner en Blanc was created in Paris by François Pasquier with a small group of friends. Today, Le Diner en Blanc has turned into a worldwide epicurean phenomenon and has been hosted all over the world in major cities like Barcelona, London, New York City, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai and Tokyo. Last night it was Sacramento’s turn to host this elegant pop up picnic.
It all started at the end of August when I started to hear whispers of Le Diner en Blanc possibly coming to Sacramento. At the beginning of September I received an email with instructions to register for this event at a specific date and time. After registering for myself and a guest (my husband Dean, of course) at $45 per person, I was sent an email with further instructions for the event. These instructions included what to wear and what was strictly forbidden. Everything had to be white white white… no ivory, no creme, no sport shoes, or baseball caps. This was to be an elegant and sophisticated celebration and fabulous attire was vital.
I decided to wear a white Givenchy dress, $17 white wig and crystal headpiece that I made into a choker.
The email also included what to bring and our meeting location (The California Railroad Museum, Old Sacramento) since the event’s physical location is kept a secret until the very last minute.
- Food: You can bring your own picnic dinner or you may choose to purchase a pre-packed picnic basket for two from a variety of local Sacramento restaurants on the Diner en Blanc – Sacramento e-store before the event. Must bring real plates, silverware, glasses – absolutely no plastic or disposable items allowed.
- Beverages: While you may bring non-alcoholic beverages, you must purchase any wine or champagne from the e-store prior to the event.
- Bring: You will need to bring your own table and chairs, place settings, and elegant table décor such as electric candles, flowers, lights and tiered platters.
- Rain or shine: Diner en Blanc is a rain or shine event. Please plan accordingly if rain is on the forecast.
Our meeting point before we walked to the secret location.
Yes, we had to bring our own table, chairs, place settings and glassware. Thankfully, we brought this very useful trolley!!!
We met our table leader Angie Georgoulias at the meeting location who was in charge of our group for the evening.
After walking from The Old Sacramento Railroad Museum through Old Sacramento and Downtown Plaza, we made it to Le Diner en Blanc’s physical location… outside the Golden1 Center front door, surrounding the new Jeff Koons sculpture.
Time to set up our table, chairs and place settings! Picking up our food and beverage for the evening…
You have the option to order your meal in advance from some of Sacramento’s finest restaurants and grocery stores or to bring your own picnic style spread. With elegant dinner menus from Mulvaney’s, Empress Tavern, Ettore’s and Nugget Market, we decided to pre-order our dinner and wine to pick up at the event.
With one of Le Diner en Blanc’s collaborators, Bobbin Mulvaney and her husband Patrick Mulvaney One of the most elaborate table decor at the event With Kellie DeMarco, Tre Borden, and Phoebe Verkouw With Matina Kolokotronis- COO of The Sacramento Kings With the beautiful Aleka Kamila Dean with Peja and Vlade With Jennifer Granger With M’lissa Halimi and Linda Benvenuti Selfie time with Chris Kordazakis Diner en Blanc’s napkin spinning tradition After dinner, dancing began and lasted all night!!!