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Le Diner en Blanc: The World’s Largest All-White Dinner Party

We’re sure many of you have attended an all-white party or at least an all-white get together with friends and family; but have you ever attended an all-white dinner with over 6,000 people? That is the concept of Le Diner en Blanc, the world’s largest all-white dinner party. The legendary all-white French-inspired pop-up dinner has become THE culinary event of the year in the U.S. and cities around the world. This year over 130,000 people in 80 cities across 30 countries will partake in this global dining event.

Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc NYC – Eric Vitale Photography

Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc NYC – Eric Vitale Photography

The spontaneous and secretive dinner event is held at iconic public spaces whose locations are revealed only at the last minute. Dressed head-to-toe in chic white, diners will gather at the iconic undisclosed location to dine and dance under the stars. New York was the first city in the U.S. to host Le Diner en Blanc and on September 17th, the wildly popular all-white dining experience will make its return to New York City for its the 8th consecutive year.

In an exciting first, renowned chef and Michelin Star recipient restaurateur, Marc Forgione (you may be familiar with his eponymous restaurant, Marc Forgione, and his steakhouse, American Cut) will be curating four special picnic baskets for guests in New York who order through Le Diner en Blanc.

We had the opportunity to speak to Chef Forgione about his menu for the event and his first experience with Diner en Blanc (the answer to our latter question will be answered after the event). We posed the following questions:

  1. How did he select the menu for Diner en Blanc?
    • Chef Forgione has four meal options planned for Diner en Blanc. Each unique that will offer something for all. The first is built about things NYC is known for – Pastrami Spiced Ribeye, rye bread, and black & white cookies. The 2nd is for seafood lovers and will feature Chili Lobster, spicy rolls, etc. Vegetarians will love the 3rd option featuring Sri Lankan veggie curries, delicious dipping sauces, etc. Last but not least, a meal with all white foods to match the event – chicken in a creamy white sauce, white mac & cheese, onion puree, etc. You’ll just have to attend to see for yourself.
  2. Was there any dish he’d be apprehensive about serving because of the event’s color theme?
    • Unlike us, Chef Forgione is not worried about getting stains on your white outfit. Only that you’re enjoying the food.
  3. We asked about the pop-up he did for the U.S Open
    • Guests of the US Open had the opportunity to enjoy the signature dishes of his steakhouse, American Cut in celebration of the US Open’s 50th anniversary, including the above mentioned Pastrami Spiced Ribeye and Chili Lobster.
  4. Any plans for Chef residences or kitchen takeovers in other restaurants?
    • While there are no current plans for chef residences, Chef does have something big planned. Sadly we have to wait patiently to find out.
  5. Any plans to appear on another cooking show?
    • Although there are no plans, he’s open to any opportunities but notes that he is “just happens to be a chef that won a contest”. We love chefs that are passionate about their craft who basically go by food first and foremost attitude. You can always taste the love they have in their cooking.
  6. Favorite dish to eat or prepare.
    • Basically what he offers at his restaurants. He cooks what he loves and offers what he loves. That’s a big bravo from us. We knew a fashion company owner who always stated if you don’t wear your own product, why should anyone else. We feel the applies here.

Cooking fans may recognize Chef Forgione as the youngest winner of Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef”, Season 3. At just 31 years old he is the youngest winner in the show’s history. He is also one of the Iron Chefs on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. His father Larry Forgione is a culinary legend who revolutionized American-style cooking in the ’70s and ’80s.

Forgione noted, “I’m excited to be a part of one of the biggest, most sensational events in the world. I’ve always heard that Le Dîner en Blanc is an unparalleled and revolutionary experience and I can’t wait to contribute some of my signature dishes and inventive flavors to the party!”

Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc NYC – Hal Horowitz Photography

Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc NYC – Hal Horowitz Photography

Official local partners of the 8th edition of Le Dîner en Blanc New York include Champagne Jacquart and The Knot. While Luxury Retreats, Sofitel and ONEHOPE are the 2018 Le Dîner en Blanc U.S. national partners. Le Diner en Blanc is by invitation only, traditionally issued by friends and those who have participated in the past. Or just join their very long waiting list. We had some burning questions we needed answers to and connected with one of the organizers, Peter Kohlmann. Check it out below:

  1. What can a first-time attendee expect from Diner en Blanc?
    • The experience of attending a Diner en Blanc is so unique and magical in part because the evening unfolds as a true “Pop-Up” French picnic with the individual expression of creativity sprinkled throughout the secret location. From the very beginning, guests see the beauty of a public space transform its self into a beautiful setting for dinner and dancing. As a first time attendee, my strongest suggestion in making the logistics of attending manageable is to plan, practice and pack light! A first-time attendee needs to remember, they are bringing everything to the location – AND taking everything with them at the end of the night. You can be creative but also smart in how you transport your things.
  2. Why the color white? Why not blue, yellow, or rotating color options?
    • The color white mass is such a serene and beautiful non-color. When you look at the guests and everyone is dressed in white, we all become the one. It creates an aura around an atmosphere that is lively and fun.
  3. What’s the most outrageous thing that has happened at Diner en Blanc? or favorite moment?
    • Every Diner en Blanc is unique to its setting, city and time of year. For New York, our guests bring the very best of table decor, fashion, and culinary creativity. Outrageous is a hard word to pin down when talking about Diner. From an actual working carousel centerpiece which served the guests their food as it spun, to guests wearing light-up clothing that sparkle when the sun sets, it’s all amazing to see.
  4. How far in advance do you have to plan each Diner en Blanc?
    • Shortly after we close the books on one year, we begin planning the next. It’s a huge event with a lot of logistics associated with it and our goal every year is to give our guests the most unique and inspiring experience we can.

Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc NYC – Hal Horowitz Photography

The event has become a beloved tradition across the country, with new cities joining the adventure every year. In some cities like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., Le Diner en Blanc has become THE social gathering of the year. Four international cities have joined the party this year: Toowoomba in Australia, South Georgian Bay and Trois-Rivières in Canada, and Madrid, Spain. Five new countries: Santiago in Chile, Cartagena in Colombia, Havana in Cuba, Taipei in Taiwan, and Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania have joined as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Diner en Blanc International Inc.

Finalists Announced for the 10th Annual Handbag Designer Awards

Wouldn’t you love to help select the next must-have handbag and help an emerging designer achieve their dream? Of course, you do! We all want to be in on the next big thing, and we all love that feeling we get when we know we’ve helped someone. This is your chance to make some amazing handbag designers’ dreams come true. 40 finalists have been selected from over 1500 submissions from 5 continents and 28 countries, to compete in the 10th Annual Handbag Designer Awards, to be held June 15th at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in New York. You can now vote to select the Audience Fan Favorite and help an emerging designer achieve his or her goals.  To vote, head over to InStyle.com anytime until June 10th, then attend the award ceremony on June 15th (details are directly below):

IHDA PUBLIC INVITE

The Handbag Designer Awards, created by handbag designer turned curator, Emily Blumenthal, gives emerging designers access to business and brand-bolstering prizes. Some of the wonderful prizes up for grabs this year include a feature in the September issue of InStyle, an on-air sales opportunity with EVINE Live, and partnerships with Guess, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and more. Handbag submissions are judged in 10 categories ranging from best handmade design,  most socially responsible, to best in overall style and design. You can see some of this year’s finalist designs below

IHDA finalists

All winners will receive a yearlong membership to the Accessories Council. To see the full list of submissions and personal videos for each finalist, visit HERE. Some of the esteemed judges for the 10th Annual Handbag Designer Awards include Fashion Designer Trina Turk, Botkier Founder Monica Botkier, InStyle Mag Accessories Director Meggan Crum, Fashion Designer Kenneth Cole, and much more. Check out all of this year’s judges.

Along with giving these independent handbag designers a brighter future, this year’s Handbag Awards will honor celebrated New York designer MZ WALLACE with the 2016 IHDA ICONOCLAST Award, presented by Accessorie Circuit, and will be collecting new and slightly used handbags for donation to Bottomless Closet, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged women in NYC get professional jobs.

For complete information or to purchase tickets for the 10th Annual Handbag Designer Awards, visit www.thehandbagawards.com.

 

NYC Event Alert: Kohl’s Story Booth and Holiday Pop Up w/ Giuliana and Bill Rancic – **CANCELLED**

UPDATE: During this time of heightened awareness, for the safety of our consumers, staff and invited guests, Kohl’s has made the decision to postpone the holiday gifting truck scheduled to be in Times Square on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21. Thank you for your interest and we will be in touch with updates on events and locations for our holiday gifting truck

If you’re like us, you’re not lucky enough to Kohl’s near you and have to trek out to another borough or town to take advantage of their amazing deals. For a few days, this month, Kohl’s is brought to you.  For two days, Kohl’s welcomes their Story Booth and Holiday Pop Up in the middle of Times Square. Shop some must-have holiday gifts with such celebrities as Giuliana Rancic, Bill Rancic, and their adorable son Duke Rancic, as well as Molly Sims and her children, Brooks and Scarlett.

E! BRAND SHOOT -- Season: 2013 -- Pictured (l-r): Bill Rancic, Giuliana Rancic -- (Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/E!)

E! BRAND SHOOT — Season: 2013 — Pictured (l-r): Bill Rancic, Giuliana Rancic — (Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/E!)

Let Bill and Giuliana Rancic (with baby Duke!) welcome you to Kohl’s Story Booth and Holiday Pop Up in Times Square this weekend. As part of their “All Together Now” holiday campaign, Kohl’s invites you and your families to step into their story booth and share your favorite holiday traditions, where the best stories will be turned into short, animated videos, narrated by an entertainer. All guests will be able to shop Kohl’s top holiday offerings as well as win prizes from their gifting truck. What could be better than that!

Grab your family and head over to Times Square’s 46th and 47th Street Plaza on Friday, November 20th, from
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, and Saturday, November 21st, from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, for a fun-filled day at Kohl’s Story Booth and Holiday Pop Up.

 

NYC EVENT ALERT: Meet Artist Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson w/ Smashbox at SEPHORA

Cult Favorite Artist Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson partnered with Smashbox at Art Basel and blew everyone away with his lipstick car and the very cool artwork on the Smashbox X Donald Robertson Collection. He’s also been rocking both the art and Instagram world with his incredible, and colorful artwork. Now it’s your chance to meet the famed artist and see him create in person at a #SmashboxLovesSephora Event.

Get to know the Smashbox X Donald Robertson Collection, receive a complimentary makeup application featuring one of four looks exclusive to the event. Watch Robertson create live art, including one-of-a-kind shopping bags, created especially for you*, on Saturday, April 4th, from 11 AM – 6 PM at Sephora Meatpacking, located at 27 9th Ave. All attendees will get to meet Donald in person, from 12 PM – 3 PM. For more details, call Sephora at (212) 510-7941.

*With any Smashbox purchase

NYC EVENT ALERT: KLORANE Hosts Pop-Up Braid Bar at Birchbox SoHo

Now Hair this! Do you love the hot braid trend happening right now? Want to have the experts give you a cool braid style that’s very now? If you do and you’re reading this, add this to your calendar. KLORANE is hosting a fun and festive Pop-Up Braid Bar at the Birchbox Store in SoHo, NYC, this Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 2pm – 6 pm (RSVP details below). Top editorial and celebrity hairstylists, Casey Geren and Adam Maclay will be on hand to transform your tresses with the hottest, must-have braid hairstyles, using your favorite KLORANE products, including their award-winning Dry shampoo with oat milk!

As a special bonus: you will receive a full-size Shampoo with flax fiber (shown above, $15.00 value), a must-have for sexy, voluminous hair, with a purchase of any KLORANE product! Details and RSVP information to this must-attend event (especially if you’re a Birchbox fan and/or subscriber) are below:

Where: Birchbox SoHo, 433 West Broadway, New York, NY
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 2-6 pm
RSVP directly: http://join.birchbox.com/storeevents/

Hope to see you there.