I participated in my first flash mob. No, I was neither singing nor dancing. I mobbed in the manner I mob best – by eating. Le Dîner en Blanc converged on the grounds of the Art Institute for its first dinner in Chicago last Friday.
As the name suggests, white was the theme. All white everything from the tables, chairs and tablecloths to the picnic baskets, suits and frocks. So since I love a theme almost as much as I love a surprise, I donned my first pair of white shoes since lace ruffle ankle socks and Easter speeches.
The way it works is that members are only told a neighborhood meeting/’harmonization’ point and what to wear and bring. Normally, members bring everything, but I cheated a little and rented a table and chairs and purchased food and wine from the organizers and had them all waiting for me at the venue. As you can imagine, daphne does not schlep well.
Led by a table leader who was in on the secret, groups from all over Chicago met up, set up and ate and drank the night away. It was a lovely evening and a great flip on the overdone white party. I can’t wait for next year’s le dîner . I’ll know what to expect and although the outfit most definitely will change, the shoes will remain the same. Decent looking white shoes are hard to come by.
Check out some of my pics and more professional ones from Chicago Magazine.