Philly’s Dîner en Blanc takes over City Hall

Once again, fashionistas and foodies trekked through the streets of Center City Philadelphia in their finest pressed white attire to dine outdoors at Philadelphia’s seventh Dîner en Blanc.

Lugging tables, coolers and chairs, 5,500 diners converged on City Hall and Thomas Paine Plaza making this year’s gathering the nation’s largest to date.

Originating in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc marked its 30th anniversary this June. The event has grown internationally and is now held in 30 countries around the world.

Philadelphia’s Dîner en Blanc began in 2012 with 1,300 people dining at the Swan Fountain at Logan Circle. Each year, the location of the event is kept secret until just prior to the event begins.

Diners assemble in scattered locations and then walk to a signature city, set up their tables and enjoy fine dining with a nod to all things French.

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