A crowd of happy people, all dressed in white, converged on Gateway Center for a chic, pop-up BYO-picnic Friday night. The sole purpose of which was to create a unique evening in the city. There was a heady spirit of community at the fancy picnic, as well as a sense of elegance.
Diner en Blanc began in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier, who invited a few of his friends one day in June. To find one another in the park, they all wore white. The dinner was such a success that they decided to repeat it the following year and the year after that. Over the years, the number of guests grew to 1,000-plus, and the trend spread to other cities.
Demetria and I jumped at the chance to be a part of this inaugural event, as it is after all, all about etiquette and protocol. Demetria was even asked to be one of the judges and selected the table setting that depicted Pittsburgh the best !
Ashley and Steven Toth of Level Green PA took home high honors for their re-purposed centerpiece & elegant table setting.
I guess our enthusiasm for this event is layered…
- We love the longstanding history of Diner En Blanc, originating in Paris and popping up in major cities all around the globe.
- We love the formalness too. In our society where everything is so casual these days, it was fun to do something a bit more elegant.
- We love the fact that Pittsburgh was finally selected as a city to host the event !
A long-standing Diner en Blanc tradition is the waving of the napkins to show occupation of space and kick off dinner… well Pittsburgh has been practicing that with our Terrible Towels over the years, so the towel waving was purposeful and executed with perfection !
We had 1000 people this year…I say we try to double that for next year! (You can read more about the event on the Post Gazette.)
If you need any dining tips before then please feel free to contact Mother, May I today.
Thank you Jenny Altman, Crystal Vangura and Trisha Daniel for hosting the event and Bon apetit Pittsburgh!
Lisa and Demetria
Co-Founders Mother, May I – Etiquette Experts