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The ultimate secret dinner party, Diner en Blanc, will return to D.C. for the fourth year in a row on August 26, 2017. Last year's soiree saw 3,500 white-clad revelers descend upon Henry Bacon Park at the foot of Lincoln Memorial to enjoy an evening that is 1 part elaborate picnic, 1 part fashion show, 1 part Martha Stewart-inspired tablescapes and 1 part late night dance party! (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/ DC Refined)

Everything you need to know about Diner en Blanc 2017

The ultimate secret dinner party, Diner en Blanc, will return to D.C. for the fourth year in a row on August 26, 2017. Last year's soiree saw 3,500 white-clad revelers descend upon Henry Bacon Park at the foot of Lincoln Memorial to enjoy an evening that is 1 part elaborate picnic, 1 part fashion show, 1 part Martha Stewart-inspired tablescapes and 1 part late night dance party!

In case you are unfamiliar with this particular fete, allow us to fill you in. Diner en Blanc (DEB DC) is an elegant outdoor picnic where the secret location is not revealed to guests prior to their arrival. They'll pack their own picnics, don all white ensembles and schlep their all-white tablescapes (everything from the table itself to chairs, plates, glasses and table decor must be white) to meeting points sent out the morning of the event. They will then be led about the city by their group leaders until they reach the secret destination and begin to set up their spots. Everyone will dine merrily, and then at dusk every guest will be given a sparkler to light and after everyone stands and gives a united sparkler toast (gotta get it for the 'gram, really) the dancing commences. The evening usually winds down around 10 p.m. but the in-the-know guests that the fun will continue at an after-party. If you need any inspiration for attire, check out a few of our fav looks from last year here.

This year, the ante is being upped in several ways. First of all, DEB DC has added 1,000 spots to the guest list this year so there will be 4,500 total guests; the waitlist already has 30,000 people on it but you can add your name to the pot here. And for the first time ever, Diner en Blanc will feature an official chef: Mike Isabella. Guests can choose to pack their own dinners or enjoy one of six specially curated picnic baskets from Chef Isabella inspired by all 10 of his restaurant concepts and including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Each basket feeds two, is priced between $40 and $74 and will only be sold online prior to the event. See all the baskets below:

Basket 1 – Requin French Picnic x Mike Isabella

Dips + Spreads served with gaufrettes and crudite

  • Deviled lamb rillettes, macerated cherries, pickled mustard seed, eggplant-tomato ratatouille, fennel, garlic, shallot, herbs, chicken liver mousse, tomato + soppressata jam

Fromage

  • Carpra Sarda (goat’s milk, aged 6 mo.), Raclette spring brook (cow’s milk aged 2-4 mo.), Point Reyes Original Blue (cow’s milk aged 5 mo.), Taleggio (goat’s milk. Aged 1-2 mo.) all served with cherry mustard + honey comb

Baby Heirloom Carrot Salad

  • Toasted almonds, ginger, basil, citrus vinaigrette

Blueberry Clafoutis

  • Lemon curd, toasted almonds

Basket 2 – Graffito Italian Picnic x Mike Isabella

Salumi & Formaggi Board

  • • Salumi: cacciatorini, coppa with apricot mostarda
  • • Formaggi: gorgonzola, dolce, taleggio

Kale Caesar Salad

  • Romano, croutons, parmesan

Pasta Salad

  • Roasted tomatoes, pepperoni, broccolini, sweet pepper relish

Tiramisu

  • Lady Fingers, Espresso

Basket 3 – Kapnos Mediterranean x Mike Isabella

Crispy Flatbread + Seasonal Crudite + Assortment of Spreads

  • Hummus: chickpea, tahini, sultana chutney
  • Favosalata: yellow lentil, scallions, black garlic, pine nuts
  • Melizanosalata: smokey eggplant, roasted peppers, walnuts, feta

Marinated Olives

  • Marcona almonds, kefalograviera cheese, chili

Greek Farmhouse Salad

  • Tomato, cucumber olive feta, grilled zucchini

Baklava

  • Honey, almond, walnut

Basket 4/5 – Yona Bento x Mike Isabella (can be made gluten free)

Seaweed Salad

  • Mandarin, cucumber, mizuna, sesame dressing

Steamed Edamame

  • Sesame, nori, togarashi

Chilled Soba Noodles

  • Summer veggies, sesame, chojang

Fried (or grilled) Chicken Bucket

  • 4 pieces chicken, buttermilk yuzu sauce, heirloom radish slaw, tsukemono Japanese vegetables

Dessert

  • Red Miso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Basket 6 – Yona Bento x Mike Isabella, Vegetarian

Same as basket 4/5 but without the chicken option

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