Le Dîner en Blanc is Back…well, almost

This past Wednesday, June 5, I had the pleasure of attending a preview party at Williams-Sonoma for this year’s Dîner en Blanc in Philly.

The main focus was the table decorating contest with the themes of Paris and the 25th Anniversary of Dîner en Blanc. Surrounded by Blanc-ers in white and delicious snacks from Garces Catering, DiBruno Brothers, and McCrossen’s Tavern, and beats by DJ Bruce, everyone who came was able admire the table creations and vote on their favorite.

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Paris 2011 Notre Dame Photog. Philip Menke

Le Dîner en Blanc is coming to Philly

Le Dîner en Blanc will be making it’s debut in Philly this year on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Now, what exactly is Le Dîner en Blanc?

Well, imagine getting together with a few thousand of your closest friends throughout the city for a picnic at a location that won’t be announced until the last minute, add some gourmet food and wine, and some unexpected happenings and you have the basics.

Paris 2011 Notre Dame Photog. Philip Menke
Dîner en Blanc in Paris 2011./ Photo Philip Menke

Not only does this event stand out because the location is secret until the last minute, but because everyone is dressed all in white (even the tables). Participants bring tables, chairs, non-disposable supplies, and their choice of great food and wine to the prearranged meeting spot. Continue reading “Le Dîner en Blanc is coming to Philly”


Philadelphia Flower Show 2012 Preview

On Friday, March 2, I had the opportunity to take part in a preview tour of the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower. If you haven’t decided whether you plan on going yet, then you should just buy your tickets now. All revenue from the Flower Show will go toward the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society‘s projects Plant One Million and City Harvest.

Yesterday, March 4, was the official start of the Flower Show. Even though I have lived in Philly since 2007, this is the first year that I have been to the flower show. And a little getaway to Hawai’i is the perfect way to start.

Orchid Wave
The Orchid Wave that welcomes you to Hawai'i.

It was interesting to have a behind-the-scenes look at the set-up process and while most of the major exhibits were near completion, there was still a lot of work to be done. But, I do look forward to seeing the exhibits in their full forms this week.

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Islands of Aloha Giveaway!

Update February 18, 2012:  This giveaway is now closed for entry.

And the winner is: Congratulations, Lucky #11: Winnie Ma. Please email me at culturejaunt@gmail.com with your mailing address, so I can send you the tickets as soon as possible.

Thank you all for participating and don’t forget you can still enter the following giveaways to win tickets:

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Welcome to my first giveaway on Culture Jaunt! As you know, I am covering the Philadelphia International Flower Show 2012. This year’s theme is Hawai’i: Islands of Aloha and will be taking place March 4 – 11.

Not only will you get to experience wonderful exhibitions focused on the orchid, but experience Hawaiian culture as well. From Hula dancing to delicious food, a waterfall that turns into a volcano and even a man cave. Whether you’ve been to the Flower Show before or will be a first-timer like me, you won’t want to miss this chance to win:

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Welcome to Hawai’i: Islands of Aloha in Philly

While we’re in the midst of a pretty mild winter, there are some cold days that make you yearn for the warm days of spring.

You won’t have to wait long, because the first weekend in March brings one of the largest celebrations of spring to Philadelphia: The Philadelphia International Flower Show. Since 1829, the Flower Show has been showcasing prized floral displays.

From March 4 – 11, you will be taken on a journey that you won’t need your passport for. Destination: Hawai’i: Islands of Aloha. The Pennsylvania Convention Center will be transformed so that “Visitors will be completely immersed in this authentically Hawaiian, once-in-a-lifetime presentation. They will feel like they are walking across the beaches, jungles and mountains of the Hawaiian Islands,” said show designer Sam Lemheney. Continue reading “Welcome to Hawai’i: Islands of Aloha in Philly”

National Hoagie Day

Yes, a National Hoagie Day (Nov. 3) exists! The world is a wonderful place.

In celebration of this wonderful day, honoring the best sandwich in the world that calls Philly its home, I went to the With Love Hoagie Invitational. Five contestants were selected to design a new hoagie for Primo’s menu and name it the “With Love” hoagie. While there was an official judge panel, visitors got to sample all five hoagies and vote which one they liked best.

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For the love of meatballs

Turkey meatball sub

Meatballs are a wonderful use of meat. They can be eaten with spaghetti, in a sub or just by themselves. Generally, I make them from turkey or chicken.

If you’re a meatball lover, there is an event that you won’t want to miss this Sunday (10/23): The 2nd Annual Great Meatball Match-Up, hosted by the American Swedish Historical Museum and the South Philly Review. Teams from  Villa di Roma, Marabella Meatball Co., Village Belle, Pastaficio, Ikea (the Swedish meatballs they serve are delicious!) as well as amateur chefs will be competing for your vote in the pro category and the best amateur chef de meatball. Continue reading “For the love of meatballs”

October is here – let’s celebrate

It’s Friday and the first weekend in October. That means it’s time to celebrate. You can celebrate the coming of fall, the start of a new month, the beginning of NLDS (go Phillies) or just the fact that it’s the weekend. I can promise you there are plenty of opportunities for celebration that involve drinks, food and fun. Continue reading “October is here – let’s celebrate”

Independence Day on the Parkway

Photo illustration by G. Widman for GPTMC

You’ve been waiting, waiting 11 whole days for this one much-celebrated day to arrive. Your wait has been worth it because Wawa Welcome America! has an amazing day planned for you. So join your fellow Philadelphians (no matter where you are from, today you are one) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the ultimate celebration of this nation’s independence. Continue reading “Independence Day on the Parkway”