Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dîner en Blanc, Dîner en Noir and Dîner in...Sweatpants?

Dîner en Blanc now has two competitors: Dîner en Noir and Dîner in Sweatpants.

Dîner en Blanc, Dîner en Noir and Dîner in...Sweatpants?

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Dîner en Blanc now has two competitors: Dîner en Noir and the much less formal Dîner in Sweatpants. (iStock)
Dîner en Blanc now has two competitors: Dîner en Noir and the much less formal Dîner in Sweatpants. (iStock)
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Dîner en Blanc too stuffy for your taste? Maybe the stress of finding the idyllically ethereal all-white ensemble is unbearable.

Philadelphian and cancer researcher Chris Nowaczyk sympathizes to the point that he created his own function, Dîner en Noir, because all black (with a splash of rouge) is decidedly less daunting than total blanc-ness. Philly.com food writer Michael Klein reported that after becoming frustrated with registration difficulties for Philadelphia’s elusive all-white affair held at a secret location in the city, Nowaczyk created Dîner en Blanc’s antithesis to be held on the same day, Aug. 21, at a yet-to-be-disclosed locale.

Noir tickets are about $20 cheaper than those for Blanc, at $50 for a table for two. Communal tables are sold out and were $62. All proceeds will go to Philabundance. Blanc tickets are $68.50 for a table for two.

If all these color requirements are cramping your creativity, there’s a third Dîner scheduled for Aug. 21: Dîner in Sweatpants. The bring-your-own-everything event will take place in Clark Park from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. and is free to register, because they provide you with almost nothing. Registrants do get a surprise gift when they present their "Selfie Tickets" on the day of the event, though. Tickets for Dîner in Sweatpants can be reserved here.

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Hopefully, Dîner en Blanc isn’t scheduled for the outdoor University City venue. It’d be a shame if a few sweatpantsed vigilantes shrouded the 3,500 attendees’ chic ‘fits.

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