Dîner en Blanc Takes Over Governor’s Island
Dîner en Blanc New York was held on Governor’s Island on Monday, August 17th. 6500 people dressed beautifully in white, sailed the Hudson River to the the historic island. Marc Forgione curated four special picnic baskets for guests in New York who order through Le Dîner en Blanc. Forgione has been riding a wave of success since opening his eponymous Restaurant Marc Forgione in 2008 and multiple locations of his modern steakhouse, American Cut.
Forgione noted, “I’m excited to be a part of one of the biggest, most sensational events in the world. I’ve always heard that Le Dîner en Blanc is an unparalleled and revolutionary experience and I’m glad I had the chance to contribute some of my signature dishes and inventive flavors to the party!”
He won season 3 of Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef” at just 31 years old, making him the youngest winner in the show’s history and is currently one of the Iron Chefs on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” His father Larry Forgione is a culinary legend who revolutionized American-style cooking in the ’70s and ‘80s.
The uniqueness and local flavor of each location entice many to sample more than one event. Many people travel from city to city and often country to country to attend Dîner en Blanc with family and friends. “With everything that is happening in the world, it is so lovely to see that we can have so many people of different races, ethnicities and background come out and enjoy a meal together,” explain co-founders Sandy Safi.
Le Dîner en Blanc was launched in France nearly 30 years ago. Today, the storied Paris tradition attracts close to 10,000 people. After Dîner en Blanc’s U.S. debut in New York in 2011, the event exploded in popularity with requests to host it pouring in from around the world.
Many cities have huge wait lists, including New York which has exceeded 55,000. No worries, though — organizers make sure that everybody on the list has a chance to attend.