Wednesday night’s pop-up shop event at Williams Sonoma at the Bellevue was white hot—and just stoked my excitement for Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia 2016!

So here’s the thing about DEB–the location is kept a total secret until only minutes before–and each guest has to bring everything needed for a “chic pop up picnic”–food, china, settings, decor, table, chairs and linens–everything.  The participants literally transform a public city space into an outdoor fine dining white wonderland.  How the heck do you do that?

So Laura Eaton and I demonstrated logistics for that night–from the kind of table and chairs, to the easiest, most beautiful table decor to pack and transport, to what to cook and how to pack your perfect picnic basket for a delicious, elegant meal under the stars.

As promised, I’m sharing my menu from last year and the all white menu from this year that I featured at last night’s event!


Chef Jacquie’s Dîner en Blanc Menu 2015:

Olives and Nuts

Sliced Mozzarella, Tomato and Fresh Basil

Field Greens, Tomatoes, Quartered New Potatoes topped with Grilled Salmon in a Balsamic Vinaigrette

Coconut Macaron




Photos courtesy of Laura Eaton


En Blanc Menu 2016

Crostini with Goat Cheese and a Honey Drizzle

Crostini with Goat Cheese and a Golden Roasted Tomato

Belgian White Endive Salad with Grilled White Corn, White Peaches, White Asparagus, Crumbled Feta in a Lime Vinaigrette

Pan Roasted Cod atop Rosemary Garlic and Olive Oil Infused White Bean Pureé and Sautéed Cauliflower with Capers




Photo courtesy of Al B. For Man


Congratulations on a beautiful event Katie Griffin!

Check Out Kory Aversa’s Facebook Live Video of the Pop-Up!

How cute is co-host Natanya DiBona demonstrating my basket full of goodies?  Looking forward to August 18th and the surprises I know you and co-host Kayli Brooke have in store for the big night!

Please: if any of you need more guidance or tips on how to prepare for #debphl2016, comment below or find me on Facebook!  I’m happy to help make this the best night of the summer!