Diner en Blanc-Pittsburgh turns five (Debbie’s Lifestyles Photos Sept. 25)


by Debbie Norrell, Lifestyles Editor

Friday the 13th is supposed to be an unlucky day, but not for the 1,200-plus guests that attended year five of Diner en Blanc-Pittsburgh. Each year the attendance increases for the chic pop-up style community picnic phenomenon where guests are clad in all-white elegance, toting their own folding tables, chairs and gourmet picnics to a venue that remains a secret until just before the event starts.

This year the elegant evening under the stars was held on the front lawn of the Rivers Casino. Local hosts Krystal Vangura, Trisha Daniel and Lorraine Mollura said this spot was special because next year it won’t exist due to additions to the Rivers Casino.

Diner en Blanc is a rain-or-shine event, but on Sept. 13, the weather was perfect for all of the “white dinner” traditions: waving of the white cloth napkins to signal the beginning of dinner, lighting the sparkler to signal the end of dinner and the official opening of the dance floor and the sound of the trumpet that signals the end of the evening.

During the evening a best-dressed male and female are selected, best centerpiece and best couple overall. Lana Neumeyer was selected for the second year in a row. Best-dressed male Bob Capanna was dapper in a white suit and hat. The best centerpiece was created by Montia Robinson Dinkins and Jackie Wright.

This very orderly crowd enjoyed wine tasting by Vinoski Winery, performers from Ignite Entertainment Variety Show and a great cookie table. Pittsburgh’s own DJ Steve Spin brought the crowd to their feet. As always, guests pack up their belongings and leave the space just as they found it.


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