SOFITEL PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES ALL-INCLUSIVE TICKET TO SOLD-OUT DINER EN BLANC PHILADELPHIA – NOW THE LARGEST IN AMERICA

Official Dîner en Blanc After Party to Pop-up at Sofitel Philadelphia with DJ Shelly

Sofitel Returns as Hotel Partners with Exclusive Rates for Participants

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square has your exclusive ticket into the largest Dîner en Blanc in America. Through a partnership between Sofitel Hotels & Resorts and Dîner en Blanc International, Sofitel presents a limited number of tickets to Philadelphia’s all-white pop-up party on Thursday, August 22, 2019. After the event sold out in mere minutes last week, Sofitel Philadelphia now has your final chance to attend the tres chic picnic with Sofitel en Blanc. This all-inclusive, full-evening experience is set to take Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia to a new level of French luxury. Sofitel en Blanc guests will have every detail taken care of for them — no lugging around tables, chairs, food, drink and decor. Instead, Sofitel en Blanc will feature a champagne reception, transportation directly to the secret location, pre-set decor, food and drink, gourmet menu, selection of fine wines, access to the after-party, a VIP swag bag, bottle of champagne, and a night of music and revelry. As official hotel partner, Sofitel Philadelphia also presents special room packages for Diner en Blanc – starting at $169. Sofitel will also host the official Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia after-party featuring DJ Shelly. For Sofitel en Blanc tickets, visit www.sofitelenblanc.com. For tickets to the after-party, visit the Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia portal for details and watch for a ticket link. For hotel reservations, call 215-569-8300 or email sofitelphiladelphia.com.

“Sofitel Philadelphia is honored to partner with Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia, an event with an equal passion for sharing the French art de vivre,” said Sofitel Philadelphia General Manager Angela Bauer. “Together, with Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia, we’re ready to take the Parisian pop-up picnic picnic to an entirely new level of French luxury. Show up in your most stylish white outfits, and leave every other detail to our Sofitel team. We will provide everything from champagne, fine wines, an exquisite meal, luxury transportation, decor and flowers, and even an exclusive after-party. We have been planning this night for months – it is truly one of our team’s favorite evenings of the entire year. Sofitel Philadelphia has been a proud partner of Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia since the first event in 2012. Each year, we look forward to partnering on a magical evening that only keeps getting better and better.”

For 2019, Sofitel Hotels & Resorts will again partner with Dîner en Blanc International to bring a new level of luxury to this iconic occasion. Guests in six North American cities, including Philadelphia, will be able to claim a highly coveted ticket to Le Dîner en Blanc and skip the carrying of tables, chairs and dinnerware – to seek out the extraordinary, an exclusive dining experience fashioned by Sofitel and inspired by the elegance and sophistication of high French culture, right in the heart of Dîner en Blanc. A celebration of the French art de vivre, this partnership is a magnifique blend of Le Dîner en Blanc’s appreciation for refined elegance, design and culinary excellence, and Sofitel’s exquisite hotels, sophisticated service and chic contemporary style. Places are extremely limited in each city.

Experience the new French art de vivre. Experience Sofitel en Blanc. The exclusive Sofitel en Blanc package, presented locally by Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square, is $600 per couple, and includes:

* Highly Coveted Ticket to Le Diner en Blanc
* Welcome Champagne Toast at Sofitel
* Luxury Transport to Preferred Meeting Spot
* Elegant Tablescape at Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia (Pre-Set; No Carrying Required)
* Gourmet Menu Curated by one of Sofitel’s Premiere Chefs
* Selections of Fine Wines
* An Evening of Revelry & Dancing
* VIP Swag Bag and a Bottle of Champagne (one per couple)
* Exclusive Admission to the Official After Party

As the official hotel partner, Sofitel Philadelphia invites Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia participants to wake up surrounded by French luxury with packages that include a King Superior Room ($169 + tax/fees), Luxury Double/Double ($185 + tax/fees) and a Luxury Suite ($249 + tax/fees).

For those seeking the ultimate in French sophistication, one custom and tailored Sofitel Select Experience is available for $10,000 that includes Sofitel en Blanc tickets, VIP airport transfers, two night accommodations in a premier suite, private shopping experience, afternoon pre-event pampering, extended late check-out and more.

On top of Sofitel en Blanc and hotel packages, Sofitel Philadelphia announces it will host the official Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia after-party featuring DJ Shelly. Thousands of revelers wearing all-white will descend upon the Rittenhouse hotel and dance the night away. Sofitel staff will have space and accommodations for tables, chairs and other supplies. A special bar and late night menu will also be available. Tickets for the after-party are available for registered guests. TIckets are ten dollars. When purchased in advance, they include one complimentary cocktail.

For hotel reservations, Sofitel en Blanc packages, and the Sofitel Select Experience, visit: http://www.sofitelenblanc.com/. For after-party tickets, visit the Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia portal and social media for a direct link. Leading up to the night of the event, live the French way and celebrate Sofitel en Blanc by following and using #LiveTheFrenchWay and #Debphl19.

** Live the French Way through Sofitel en Blanc

Dîner en Blanc, started in Paris in 1988, is one of the world’s most recognized French traditions. The event has grown from a few friends to now annually drawing tens of thousands of guests around all corners of the globe. Locally, in Philadelphia, co-hosts Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran debuted the event in 2012. Secret locations revealed included 2012’s Logan Circle, 2013’s JFK Bridge, 2014’s Avenue of the Arts, 2015’s The Navy Yards, Marine Parade Grounds, 2016’s Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2017’s Franklin Square and 2018’s Dilworth Plaza and City Hall. The event has grown from 1,200 to over 5,500 people. In 2019, 6,000 guests are expected to set a national record in the United States. Sofitel Philadelphia is proud to be a local partner of Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia since the very first event.

If traveling to other cities for Dîner en Blanc in 2019, look for Sofitel en Blanc experiences  at Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, Sofitel Los Angles at Beverly Hills, Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile, Sofitel New York and Sofitel Washington DJ Lafayette Square.

Sofitel en Blanc is part of the “Live the French Way” international campaign by Sofitel Hotels & Resorts. The campaign aims to pay homage to Sofitel’s French origin, demonstrate the allure of French style, and reinforce the brand’s position as an ambassador of French art de vivre around the world.Through the campaign, Sofitel Philadelphia presents cultural events all year long, such as recent Pride Month activities, French Kiss art exhibition, Holiday Tea Service, Fete de la Musique and Sofitel Wine Days.

Bauer said, “For one to Live the French Way is to allow oneself to be liberated and truly enjoy the unexpected. Elegant, chic, spontaneous and carefree with an unmistakable touch of joie de vivre and désinvolture – this is how we describe the natural French way of living. Sofitel en Blanc and our local on-going partnership is a great example of this philosophy.”

** About Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square blends French elegance with American style providing a refined environment for upscale business and leisure travel in center city. The sophisticated downtown hotel is conveniently situated near historic attractions, museums, shopping, and restaurants. Aesthetic highlights of the hotel include a geometric lobby floor design inspired by Shaker quilts crafted from seven types of stone and French-inspired works of art adorning the walls. Sofitel Philadelphia offers 306 elegant rooms on 14 floors, including 67 luxurious suites all featuring Sofitel’s signature feathertop and duvet sleep system— SoBed. The luxury experience is accentuated by the delicious cuisine of Liberté Lounge, a stylish restaurant and bar that brings back a bygone era with contemporary French-inspired food served in one of the city’s loveliest settings. Sofitel Philadelphia ranked number nine on Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 20 Hotels in NY State & the Mid-Atlantic: Readers’ Choice Awards 2015, and is a Best Hotel in Philadelphia on the 2016 and 2017 Best Hotel Rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

** About Le Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia

Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia debuted in the City of Brotherly Love on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Co-hosts Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran worked with a six-person volunteer planning team from April to August to make the first event happen. 30 Table Leaders and on-site volunteers led 1,300 guests to the surprise location, Swann Fountain at Logan Circle. Seven events later, the event has grown to over 5,500 attendees, and will again be the largest event in the US this year. Over 150 volunteers were necessary to bring participants to the 2018 location, City Hall and Paine Plaza. Guests traveled by a variety of methods including by foot, subway and chartered buses to enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment that included close to 100 performers. Year after year, the volunteer team is passionate about the experience they create for our guests and they look forward to delivering another great event in the summer of 2019. For more info on Le Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia: philadelphia.dinerenblanc.com, Facebook: DinerEnBlanc.Philadelphia, Instagram: dinerenblancphl and Twitter: DEBphl and follow along using #debphl19 and #dinerenblanc.

** About Le Dîner en Blanc

In June 2018, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris marked its 30th anniversary. A record 17,000 guests from Paris and around the world gathered at the Esplanade des Invalides to celebrate this historic moment. Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Le Dîner en Blanc – Paris now attracts over 10,000 people each year. What was a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on six continents. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fueling this fantastic event have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful public spaces. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in close to 80 cities in 30 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair. For more info, photos and videos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world, visit dinerenblanc.com.

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