So, at 6:30pm the group leaders led 1,000 guests into Gateway Center and instructed them where to set up. Men were placed on one side of the table and women on the other. During the first half hour I rocked out on the Electric Violin to Bruno Mars, Boston, Imagine Dragons, ELO and more. At 7:00 all the white napkins were waved to signal the beginning of the meal. That's when I switched to a more mellow set of Louis Armstrong, Sting, Train,and Alicia Keys. Once people started gathering near the white tent for dancing I cranked it up again with Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Tom Petty and finished by accompanying a dance company with a Hip-Hop track called "Gangster Life", "Only Time" by Enya and "Zum Astra" from the Cirque De Soleil show "Zumanity". From there DJ Nugget took over and the dance party hit high gear. Other than having to ask a few people to get out of the fountain, the guests enjoyed a very sophisticated but energetic evening. Hope they invite me back next year!
Want to read more about the first ever Dîner En Blanc in Pittsburgh? Here's some links to the local press:
Great shot of me at the beginning of this KDKA News video!