Art House Productions has announced the roster of partners, performers and artists for the first annual Le Dîner en Blanc – Jersey City dinner, which will take place at a secret location on August 25.
Le Dîner en Blanc is a chic pop-up picnic organized in more than 120 cities around the world. The Jersey City event will welcome more than 1,000 people to the secret outdoor venue. All guests are required to dress all in white and bring their own tables, white tablecloths, white chairs, white cutlery and white crockery.
To participate in this first edition, participants can register on the waiting list at jerseycity.dinerenblanc.com, and click on the “Register” tab. There is a limited number of invitations left.
The KRE Group, CoolVines and The Office of Cultural Affairs of Jersey City are official partners of the first edition of Le Dîner en Blanc – Jersey City. The KRE Group, a longtime sponsor of Jersey City’s arts and culture scene, has partnered with Art House Productions to support their arts and education programming since the early 2010s:
“The KRE Group is delighted to sponsor the first annual Dîner en Blanc – Jersey City. KRE has partnered with Art House Productions for most of the past decade. We are pleased to support their latest initiative in Jersey City, an event that aligns strongly with our values of art and culture, community and friendship. We look forward to celebrating August 25,” said Jonathan Kushner, KRE Group Chairman.
CoolVines, a wine store with four locations in New Jersey, offers a selection of wines and champagnes for the evening. A full list of champagne, wine and fine dining options is available upon registration. Beer and hard liquor are not permitted. All wines and champagnes must be purchased from the site’s online store. Customers are encouraged to purchase CSW Catering’s French-inspired cuisine, but are permitted to bring their own meals if preferred.
“CoolVines is thrilled to partner with Art House Productions to supply the wine for Jersey City’s first Diner en Blanc! We’ve rounded up an incredible range of wine options to ensure that everyone who attends not only dines and dresses in style, but also imbibes to the highest standard – champagne, rosé, white wine (of course!) and some delicious reds too. We are thrilled to be a part of this legacy and feel honored to be the one and only wine merchant chosen to represent Diner en Blanc,” says CoolVines owner Mark Censits.
The Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs will provide production support for the event in partnership with hosts Art House Productions.
Guests arriving at the venue will be greeted by performer and visual artist Christy O’Connor (ChaShaMa, Mana Contemporary) dressed as none other than the French queen, Marie-Antoinette. Choreographer morgaine de leonardis (Then She Fell, SMUSH Gallery, Aviva) and her team of dancers will merge different dance styles while integrating the natural environment of the place. Guests will be able to interact with imaginative 3D light sculptures by New Jersey artist Sunil Garg (Galleria Ca’ d’Oro, Index Art Center), and Melissa Ulto (Blue Man Group, Getty Institute) will illuminate the event with projections spectacular.
The Big Lazy (Vancouver International Jazz Festival, This American Life) has been hailed by The New Yorker as an “elegantly gritty instrumental trio.” Their unique, dark and pastoral union of archetypal American music: jazz, blues, surf and rockabilly will set the mood as an aural accompaniment to dinner. Afterwards, guests will dance the night away with a set from Jersey City DJ Paul Mendoza (Snow Ball Gala, LITM, Jersey City Pride).
“Art House is proud to present a fantastic lineup of artists, musicians and dancers who will add to the immersive beauty and magic of this unforgettable night. We look forward to celebrating the best that our region has to offer naturally, culturally and artistically at the first annual Le Dîner en Blanc – Jersey City dinner party. None of this would be possible without our community partners for the event, KRE, CoolVines and Jersey City Cultural Affairs,” said Art House Executive Director Meredith Burns.
To keep up to date with event announcements, visit jerseycity.dinerenblanc.com or go to social media, Facebook:@DinerEnBlanc.JerseyCity or Instagram @dinerenblancjerseycity #dinerenblanc #debjerseycity2022