It was the most beautiful site under a beautiful sky and calm breeze. On Saturday, May 9, hundreds of people dressed in their most elegant blanc (white) attire filled out the Riverwalk in downtown New Orleans for the 3rd annual Diner en Blanc hosted in the city. The event first began in Paris over 25 years ago and takes place around the world throughout the year in cities including London, Tokyo, Cape Town and New York City to name a few. New Orleans was the first North American city of the year to hold their event.
Spears Consulting Group was the organizer of this year’s event and I had the pleasure of being a volunteer bus leader. I was responsible of the group registered to take my bus from the pick up site to the secret location of the dinner. It wasn’t hard work just very important to keep communication with everyone to ensure they arrived at the right location, at the right time and in the right all white “uniform.” A job I’m very much accustomed to doing in the military so I quickly obliged to the duty.
I attended last year’s Diner en Blanc which was held at the Hyatt because it rained and the outdoor location had to be canceled. I had fun but was curious to see the event outdoors as I saw in the pictures in other cities so I was very grateful for a warm, yet comfortable sunny day. And with the dinner starting around dusk, we were able to avoid the unbearable Louisiana humidity. I went to Whole Foods again to supply my table with food, libations and decorations and was thoroughly pleased as usual. I recommended it to others and it looked like the market was sponsoring my section!
But others definitely put a lot more thought into their table decorations…
The entertainment was provided by violinist and guitarist duo Tanya and Dorise, playing some old school two-step music that made me grab the mic and add some vocals to their Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan pieces. Brass-A-Holics band turned the funk up a notch and played some New Orleans brass classics. DJ El Camino, professionally known as Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc., played Top 40 hits (not the clean versions though which kind of made ears perk up) but still had the crowd jumping and backing that thang up.
The best part of the night was while Katy Perry’s “Fireworks” was playing, New Orleans sky was lit up.
All white didn’t have to mean all plain. Flower hair garlands, tulle, custom made hats, rompers, white suits and loafers, jumpsuits, lace tops and beautifully embroidered and pleated dresses were all on display.
It was a great time to be had. Can’t wait for next year and registering for the one in New York City as well. Have you been to a Diner en Blanc in your city?