White Hot Dinner

Secret Dallas party inspires 1,600 to dine in white on downtown bridge

Secret Dallas party inspires 1,600 to dine in white on downtown bridge

Diner en Blanc Dallas
Laura Rowe, Sabrina Toscano Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Jackson, Sai Sankoh Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Christina Minton, Salem Salazar Photo by WJNPHOTO
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Carlos Cardoza, Angelica Navarro Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Paul Raehpour, Karen Raehpour, Tena Griffith, Gary Kelly Photo by WJNPHOTO
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Deanna Marfland, Lexie Muller Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Michael Dylan Photo by WJNPHOTO
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Katherine Tappen, Todd Lambeth Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Gretchen Messersmith, Katie Lobue Photo by WJNPHOTO
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Mindy Loll, Michael Rodriguez Photo by WJNPHOTO
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Nathan Gately, Deanna Bell Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Samantha Orer, Dillon Cook Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Robyn Sills, Laura Hopkins Photo by WJNPHOTO
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Rachel Freeland, Paul Freeland Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Nicole Streepy, Laura Ramsey, MegAnne Duke Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Esther Huynh, Milan Cao Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Caroline Quintanar, Alex Quintanar Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Deanna Bell, Nathan Gately Photo by WJNPHOTO
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Evelyn Hall, Raquel Gair Photo by WJNPHOTO
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Heidi Bruty, Rachel Koppa Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Megan Bellomy, Alex Larabee. Kirsten Gumm Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Claudia Gamerio, Mary Battle Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Chateshia Macklin, Clyde Macklin Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Cole Burdette, Kasey Givens Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
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Diner en Blanc Dallas
Chris Landry, Elizabeth Landry Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
The napkin wave signaled the official start of dinner. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Jordan Bradley, Anne Bradley Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Maddy Rohde, Gerald Fawcett Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Karen Raehpour, Paul Raehpour Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Elizabeth Taylor, Kevin Calderbank Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge made for a perfect backdrop. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Jeannie LeBlance, Saddiq Mir Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Meghan Pulley, Samantha Bottoms Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Jessica Cates, Rachel Watkins Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
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Diner en Blanc Dallas
James Hall, Melody Argueta Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
John Pecina, Karen Pecina Photo by WJNPHOTO
Diner en Blanc Dallas
Fireworks closed out the evening. Photo by Harry Photo
Diner en Blanc Dallas
About 1,600 dined that night. Photo by Harry Photo
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Diner en Blanc Dallas

When the inaugural Le Dîner en Blanc Dallas was announced back in July, the secrecy and global cache associated with the pop-up dinner whipped Dallasites into a frenzy.

Securing an invite to the exclusive gathering quickly became the No. 1 priority for as many as 8,000 people, but only a lucky 1,600 were shuttled to the Continental Avenue Bridge on September 17 to dine in the shadow of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Guests rendezvoused at the Hilton Anatole and other locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth before boarding buses, which whisked them to the pedestrian-friendly bridge. With the sun setting, the bridge looming, and the lights of the Dallas skyline sparkling, the effect was just as majestic as co-hosts Rachael Kissel, Marti Fox, and Karen Raehpour had hoped. Sponsors Southwest Airlines, Celebrity Cruises, and Apothic Wine, along with dozens of volunteers, helped ensure the night went off without a hitch.

To be part of the chic picnic, guests were required to bring with them a table, chairs, china, flatware, glassware, centerpieces— all white, of course — and a gourmet meal. The dress code was strictly "elegant white," and half the fun of the night was seeing how that was interpreted. Gowns, feathers, sequins, fringe, fascinators, top hats, parasols, and even wigs could be spotted parading around the dinner.

Once the dining was done, a DJ turned the bridge into a dance party, and fireworks by Pyrotex capped off the evening. Plans for 2016's Le Dîner en Blanc are reportedly already underway but, of course, the possible locations are top secret.