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Dîner en Blanc 24Aug12

Dîner en Blanc

What a week it’s been! Monday was a super extraordinary day. First, I wake up to a lovely little feature on Refinery29. And then my afternoon was spent cooking and prepping for this year’s Dîner en Blanc in New York.

Dîner en Blanc

Dîner en Blanc

Dîner en Blanc is a giant picnic in a public space with thousands of people (about 3200 this year) all dressed in white. The location is kept top secret until just moments before the event. We met our group leader downtown who led us onto a subway at peak rush hour while we’re carrying tables, chairs, and picnic baskets! Once we finally make it to our top secret destination, Lincoln Center, we start assembling our tables and unpacking. It was quite a marvelous experience to watch the whole space unfold into a sea of white. Dîner en Blanc started in Paris 25 years ago and has now launched in cities all over the globe. I’m so thrilled to have been invited this year and I cannot wait to do it again next year.

Dîner en Blanc

Dîner en Blanc

For the cheese plate, I brought a delicious aged Manchego, a Wisconsin sharp white cheddar and a French brie, what’s a fancy French party without brie? Served with a French baguette, dried cranberries and almonds. For the appetizer, I made a cous cous salad with heirloom cherry tomatoes. For the entree, I made crab cakes served on a bed of arugula and topped with a remoulade sauce. For dessert, I made a raspberry cake. Perfect picnic food! Unfortunately, the pictures did not come out so great for the other courses so you’ll have to use your imagination.

Dîner en Blanc

As soon as the sun disappeared behind the buildings, the radiant glow of the Lincoln Center fountain and the twinkle lights from everyone’s candles created the perfect environment for the second half of the night. Yes that’s right, it’s time to dance! Check out this amazing time lapse video of the whole event. What a fabulous event and I honestly cannot wait to do this again.

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