The Social Concierge partners and presenters of Dîner en Blanc Vancouver, Jordan Kallman (left), and Tyson Villeneuve (far right), join Bruno Gervès, Alliance Française de Vancouver president (centre)
Dîner en Blanc caterers Brett Turner and Dax Droski from Cocktails & Canapes and Droski Turner hospitality management
Hanif Mamdani, RBC Global Asset Management head of alternative investments; and Jessica Taylor, Singleton Urquhart associate
Crystal Carson, CNC Consulting principal; and Paul Duchart, BCBusiness About Town photographer
Steven Schelling, Camber Communications associate; Matt O’Grady, BCBusiness editor-in-chief; Cathy Mullaly, BCBusiness creative director; media personalities Karen Khunkhun and Zain Menghi; and Kate MacDougall, Camber Communications principal
Laurie Watkins, S&W Forest Products director; Neesha Hothi, Neesh Communications principal; and Courtney Watkins, Mine + Yours partner
Shelley McArthur, SMC Communications principal; and Deana Lancaster, Vancouver Aquarium communications advisor
Bert Hick, Rising Tide Consultants founder; and Tina Rowntree, Night at the Aquarium co-chair
Desha Sekhon, Nordstrom Vancouver customer relationship manager; and Suki Sekhon, CRS Group of Companies president
Marina Freire, immigration consultant; and Candace Luft, Metro Vancouver environmental engineer
Neil Patel, Kabuni founder and CEO; and Nina Patel, Ballet BC Outreach Project facilitator
Rebecca McCall, Fatigue Science HR co-ordinator; and Connor Beaton, the Socialpreneur Group and ManTalks founder
Ada Chan, Moët Hennessy regional brand manager; and Lisa Giovanella, Everything Wine assistant wine buyer
Colette Lynch, PDW events services manager; and Scherezade Doctor, PDW events services senior manager
Lindsey Turner, Shark Club VP marketing; Steve Edwards, Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar director of operations; and Tiffany Soper, Avenue PR partner
Martina Meckova, Vancouver Police Foundation executive director; and Tammy Preast, Love on a Leash founder/alpha dog
Jennifer Bermisa, private client associate; and Johnny Cantiveros, the MRG Group district manager
This year's event attracts a sold-out crowd of 6,000 guests
On August 18, guests dressed in white, over a third of them first-time participants, converged on the Concord Pacific Expo lands for the fifth annual Dîner en Blanc Vancouver, the largest in Canada. The top secret location on the shores of False Creek was announced minutes before guests arrived to set up their own picnic baskets, tables and chairs in their designated location. Hawksworth Restaurant also provided a fully catered dinner option.
Partygoers were treated to roving circus entertainers and live performances by the jazz/gypsy band the Lost Fingers. Dinner began with a ceremonial waving of napkins and ended with guests lighting sparklers. There was also a surprise engagement at this year's event.
Dîner en Blanc Vancouver was produced by the Social Concierge and sponsored by Nordstrom, Icon Wines, Concord Pacific and Land Rover Jaguar. Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris now attracts more than 10,000 people each year. What was a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on five continents. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret picnic in over 60 cities in more than 25 countries around the world.