If there was ever a reason to wear white after Labor Day, this would be it. On Friday, Oct. 6, Long Island will play host to a secret, surprise dinner party. It’s called Diner en Blanc and it promises to bring people together with friends for an evening of dinner, dancing and elegance. Attendees are asked to wear all white, just like those who dined at the first Diner en Blanc, so everyone knows who is invited. The catch? Guests have no idea where they’ll be eating. The location will be revealed at the last moment, something Donyshia Boston-Hill, who is co-hosting the event with Bridget O’Brien and Shanoy Skeete, calls the highlight of the evening.
“That’s really the best part,” Boston-Hill said. “People try to guess…They offer you some sweet pastries. The a-ha moment is fantastic.”
It’s no surprise, then, that Boston-Hill won’t give up the location of Diner en Blanc. But she was willing to dish on a few things.
The first Diner en Blanc occurred in 1988 when François Pasquier asked a group of friends to have dinner with him near the Eiffel Tower. It’s now held in more than 30 countries each year and was first held in New York in 2011.
Why Long Island?
Boston-Hill grew up in Queens and now lives in West Hempstead. She went to a New York City Diner en Blanc and thought, “Why not Long Island?…We have so many gems. Everything from the beaches to the lighthouses to dinners as far out as Montauk…There are the Gold Coast mansions…It really hit home to me that you don’t take time to be a tourist in your own [home].”
What to Expect
There will be French music playing as a nod to Diner en Blanc’s Parisian origins, a dinner and a dance floor.
What to Bring
Guests are asked to bring two chairs, a table, china, utensils and a napkin.
How to Get There
Since no one knows where the dinner party is being held, it’s pretty tough for guests to drive themselves. The organizers have arranged for nine shuttles.
Audi Lynbrook: 855 Sunrise Hwy & Bixley Heath, Lynbrook at 5pm
Lord & Taylor (Manhasset): 1440 Northern Blvd. & Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset at 5:15pm
Old Country Road & Clinton Road, Carle Place at 5:30pm
7th St. & Hilton Ave., Garden City at 5:15pm
Franklin Ave. & 11th St., Garden City at 5:30pm
Northern Blvd. & Glen Cove Road, Greenvale at 5:30pm
Old Country Road & Ellison Ave Westbury at 5:15pm
N Broadway & Nevada St., Hicksville at 5:30pm
395 N Service Road, Melville at 5:15pm
But Really, Where is It?
Boston-Hill wouldn’t crack but she did promise, “it will be memorable and came highly recommended from the tourism board.”
How to Go
For a chance to attend, place yourself on the waitlist here. People will be notified of their chance to register and receive instant access.
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