White night at Diner en Blanc
What started in Paris in 1988 by Francois Pasquier as a chic “friends and word-of-mouthonly” event has taken the world by storm. Diner en Blanc-Paris, now attracts more than 10,000 people each year. The posh picnic is hosted in over 70 cities and more than 25 countries. Canada caught the Diner bug in 2012 when the event was launched in Montreal. Calgary soon followed suit.
While the event has seen some changes over the years, the principles behind Diner en Blanc have not. Guests gather at a secret location — announced mere hours prior — to share a gourmet meal in a beautiful public space.
The requirements to attend Diner could be considered daunting to some. Dress code: head-totoe in elegant, white-only attire. Originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful. Table setting: all white and guests must bring a table, two white chairs, white tablecloth and a picnic basket comprising fine food and proper stemware and white dinnerware. Guests cannot bring their own alcohol but can reserve online through the Diner en Blanc e-store.
Such restrictions certainly didn’t dampen the enthusiasm, nor attendance, of the 5th annual Diner en Blanc, Calgary, held Aug. 31 at Shaw Millennium Park. Nearly 1,500 guests donned their coolest whites to sip, sup, see and be seen. From re-purposed wedding gowns and hats to designer tees and lingerie, guests pulled out all the stops for the fab fete.
Hosts with the most Cory Edwards and Tyler Rygus are to be commended for pulling off another great Diner that seems to get bigger and better each year.
One of the cooler elements at this year’s soiree was the pop-up art installation Love Nest created by the husband and wife team Bart Habermiller and Emily Barnett.
Others in attendance this night included: Judy Hepner and Frank Michiels; Marion Hill; Bonnie Barber; Octavia Malinowski; Lisa Varner; Elena Leeszle; Cody Parrish; Reese Nguyen; Chantel Westguard; Cindy Sleeman; Braidyn and Sidney Lapp; Derrick and Cobi Dion; Brad Mooney; Michelle Nedelec; Harley and Shelly Read; Laird and Lisa Hill; and Joanne Dafoe and her daughter Grace Dafoe.
Diner en Blanc, Calgary hosts Cory Edwards, left, and Tyler Rygus. Nearly 1,500 guests gathered at Shaw Millennium Park for fabulous food and entertainment.
From left: Shelley Read, Lisa Hill, Laird Hill and Harley Read.
One of the cooler elements at this year’s soiree was the art installation Love Nest from husband and wife team Bart Habermiller and Emily Barnett.
Cody Parrish is joined by Elena Leeszle, left, and Reese Nguyen.
From left: Marion Hill, Bonnie Barber, Octavia Malinowski and Lisa Varner.
Braidyn and Sidney Lapp donned their elegant whites.
Brad Mooney and Michelle Nedelec.
Moet was the champagne of choice at the 5th annual Diner en Blanc, Calgary. Moet supporters Chantel Westguard, left, and Cindy Sleeman were at the event.
Frank Michiels and Judy Hepner at the 5th annual Diner en Blanc, Calgary. Diner en Blanc has its roots in Paris where it has become the leading summer fete for the past 30 years.
Derrick and Cobi Dion.
Gardening guru and co-co-host of Let’s Talk Gardening, Joanne Dafoe and her daughter Grace.