Tuesday evening saw the preview of the exclusive, elegant event that is Le Diner en Blanc – a yearly ‘chic’ outdoor dinner experience that is celebrated in over 70 cities around the world, originating in Paris. Magical is an understatement, as guests dress in white and dine as the sun sets and the stars shine, all in a secret location that is revealed only a short while before the affair begins! Boasting a French feel, communal tables allow for interaction and engagement, creating an intimate yet grand soiree that utilizes public spaces in a glamorous and sophisticated fashion.
Adelaide media personalities flocked to the foot bridge adjacent to Adelaide Oval where live music set the relaxed vibe and Hanhdorf Haus Executive Chef Naman Tyagi cooked up a storm on site, providing a taste of what we can expect at this year’s Diner en Blanc. The shared grazing platters comprised of smoked chicken on a bed of warm cous cous, a fresh penne pesto pasta, scotch fillet marinated in an exotic blend of spices and hearty cherry tomato, and delicate smoked salmon and crispy zucchini croquettes among other drool worthy dishes. To accompany the summer inspired menu, Tomich Wines from the Adelaide Hills showcased some of their delicious drops that helped wash the fusion of flavours down. Trestle tables were stunningly setup in white and silver detail, with fresh lush flowers adding to the lovely flair of this posh style picnic. To close the fabulous evening, guests were spoilt for choice with rich and decadent chocolate truffles, sweet lemon meringue tarts and creamy Adelaide Hills brie; can you think of a better way to spend a Tuesday? The chocolate truffles were by far a standout, oozy and soft, they were the perfect balance of sweet and bitter.
Whilst we indulged in all the tasty food, senior stylists Lauren Dilena and Danielle Symes from Westfield Marion provided a little fashion inspo with the latest trends and ideas of what to wear to this year’s Diner En Blanc. Culottes, flowy tops, jumpsuits, cute playsuits, layers and mixing and matching eggshell with white were a few of Lauren and Danielle’s suggestions, styling the minimalist white outfits with striking jewellery pieces from Colette Hayman and Victoria Maine.
Last year’s event saw over 1400 people dine in Rundle Mall, and more than 1500 are expected at the 2016 edition, so it’s safe to say that Adelaide foodies and cultural enthusiasts should be very excited. You can register to attend by joining the waiting list on the website, but in the meantime be sure to get your white outfits ready!