We wrote a blog a few months ago detailing our excitement over the international phenomenon Le Diner en Blanc coming to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for the first time. For those that did not read the blog, some of the alluring qualities of this event centered on the fact that everyone needed to be dressed head-to-toe in white, all the tables, chairs, and settings had to be white, and the location of the event would be kept a secret until the bus dropped you off. Originally started in Paris, the event has been occurring around the world as well as domestically in NYC, LA, Chicago, etc. So, it was about time that it finally made it's way to the DFW area. Last week, the first annual Diner en Blanc Dallas was a night to remember.
We knew we were in the correct pick up location when we saw this guy in the parking lot. We also instantly knew that we were in for a fun and memorable experience:
Other revelers began to arrive, all elegantly appointed in various combinations of attire and in white from head-to-toe. We loaded our tables, chairs and coolers and headed onto the bus to begin the drive to our still unknown location.
As we pulled out of the parking lot, the buzz throughout the bus centered on where we might be headed. Speculation centered on various iconic Dallas/Ft. Worth landmarks. Since this was the first annual, we were convinced that the organizers had to choose something that would create the most impactful impression. As we headed south on Highway 114 toward Dallas, that crossed Arlington and AT&T Stadium off the list. As we chugged down I-35E South, our thoughts honed in on either Reunion Tower or the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Either one of those would make for fantastic photo opportunities. The bus veered towards our exit well in advance of Reunion Tower. Off to the west side of the bus, there it was...just as we guessed, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
Opened in March of 2012, this stunning bridge with a 400 foot center arch connects Woodall Rodgers Freeway seamlessly to Singleton Boulevard in West Dallas. And, it has amazing views of downtown Dallas (and Reunion Tower! Two birds with one stone!). It also has a fantastic walkway that borders the bridge to the north and served as a fantastic pseudo restaurant under the stars, as you'll see from the pictures below.
We disembarked from the bus, grabbed our gear and proceed up the walkway to our assigned location to begin the process of setting up our dinner, alongside our 1600 new friends.
Since TABC regulations prohibited us from bringing our own wine, we were able to pre-purchase wine and champagne from the organizers. We chose a nice little Cabernet and it was waiting for us when we checked in. We also could have pre-ordered our food from Wolfgang Puck Catering. And, let us tell you that Wolfgang's food looked AMAZING. But, we decided to bring our own. Next year, we might opt for ordering food ahead of time. We also hit a home run with our random table mates. We sat next to Mike and ReJana Krause from Colleyville, the same town that we live in. They own a photography business and were absolutely a blast to hang out with. We agreed to try and sit together again next year! Bruce and Mike became total pals, even though Mike is a University of Michigan fan while Bruce loves his Michigan State Spartans.
Walking around the event after dinner was an adventure unto itself. Some of the table displays were off the charts. So much creativity. We also enjoyed the outfits. We learned a lot that will help us for next year's event. We also enjoyed the Celebrity Cruise ship and Southwest Airlines sponsored areas, the Dallas BIG photo pop sign, and the DJ that was spinning awesome dance tunes in front of the expansive dance floor. And, yes, people were getting their boogie on!
The night ended in spectacular fashion with an amazing fireworks display. Really. It was amazing. Picture a Finale that is continuous for 15 minutes and then you have an idea of how amazing it was. We cannot wait until next year. We highly recommend that you try and figure out a way to get there as well. See you there/then!
Bruce and Tracy Levinson - outsidethenest.net