With rain clouds threatening overhead, we ventured from our apartments, homes, and condos donning the mandatory white apparel, while toting food, chairs, tables — everything we would need for this years Diner en blanc.
Having done this the year before, I thought I knew what to expect, but it was so much better this year. Located on one of the prettiest and most well-known streets of Philadelphia (Broad St.) during one of the mildest summers on-record, we set up our table, chairs, and charcuterie.
Many people ask me what’s the point – ‘you pay to bring your own table, chairs, and food and then you sit there and eat it. You can do that at home.’ Well what you’re paying for is the closure of the area in which the event happens. You pay for the music, the security, etc. I mean – when are you ever going to eat a fancy dinner under a street light on one of the busiest streets in your city?!
You’re paying for a chance to celebrate your city in a flash-mob of your fellow city-lovers. If you’ve never done it before, I recommend finding a friend who has to bring you next year. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get the DEB-fever.
In the end, it was a fabulous night with friends on a gorgeous summer night in one of the most picturesque parts of Philly.