Fête en Blanc 2014 est arrivée!

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Photo by Claire Jennings

We are thrilled to announce that Fête en Blanc 2014 will be held Friday, August 1 at a to-be-disclosed location (bien sûr!).  Tickets will be $25 per person and will go on sale this Friday, May 23rd at 9am.

This year, our food-related charity of choice will be St. Stephen’s Community House and their Food Pantry/Food and Nutrition Center.  St. Stephen’s has been a fixture in the Greater Linden community since 1965, providing a wide array of services to community members through civic and social service programs, youth and elderly programs, and emergency support programs. They offer childcare and after school tutoring, as well as summer job opportunities for neighborhood youth.  We are special fans of their newly improved Food Pantry, which provides thousands of meals to families in crisis in Central Ohio.

This year’s Fête promises to be a wonderful evening of friends, food, and a few surprises, so we hope that you’ll consider joining us on our ‘picnic with a purpose.’ Merci beacoup!

Fete en Blanc 2013 est arrive!

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Mark your calendars for Fete en Blanc 2013: Friday, July 19th!

This year, we’re trying something new:  we’re moving our (secret) location to a privately held venue.  It is incredibly beautiful and will make a magnifique backdrop for our picnic with a purpose.  However, it has a very minimal capacity, and there are going to be a very limited number of tickets available.

A couple updates for this year as well.  We’re continuing our commitment to supporting our local food system through a charitable partnership, and this year we’re pleased to be donating a portion of our proceeds to Hellwig Farm in Alexandria, Ohio.  This small (mom and pop) farm delivers baskets of fresh food and produce- free of charge- to families with a member suffering a health crisis, so they can eat healthy and have one less thing to worry about. We are thrilled that we can help contribute to their mission, and encourage you to explore their Facebook page to see what their all about.

Because of the smaller number of tickets available, we are raising the price of admission to $40.  Guests will still bring their own picnic gear and food (we’ll update you on catering options soon), but will have the advantage of enjoying valet parking for easy loading and unloading.

We are really excited about this year’s picnic with a purpose and think that our guests will revel in our secret location. See you there!

To order tickets, visit the tickets tab at the top of the page.


Merci Beaucoup!

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Thank you, thank you to all of our guests who made Fête en Blanc such a beautiful success this year! Everyone looked marvelous and the tables were stunning.  Here’s just a few pictures (courtesy of Marcia Colucci) of the festivities, for more, we encourage you to visit our Facebook page.

A bientôt! See you next year!

Fête en Blanc at Goodale Park

Please join Fête en Blanc at GOODALE PARK, in the Short North, for an evening of friends, feasting, and fun under the night sky. The entry point will be set up on the Gazebo side of the park, near Park and Lincoln Street. You can arrive at 6:30 to start setting up.

Sous la pluie, sous le soliel…

As with all good outdoor events, eyes start turning toward the weather websites as we get closer to Fête.  While things look pretty good thus far, we do want to remind guests that we Fête in rain or shine, assuming we do not experience a hurricane.  If the weather looks a little grey on Friday, just plan accordingly. (But fingers crossed we have clear skies!)


Ooh, La, La…Macarons!

As if amazing picnic baskets from The Hills Market and Huffman’t Market weren’t enough, Pistacia Vera has also joined with Fête en Blanc to offer macron packages sold as 6 or 12 piece assortments. They’re also offering a 15% discount to customers who are attending Fête.  In addition to macarons, they are suggesting their Summer Plum Almond Frangipan Tart and Fresh Lemon Tart as great picnic dessert fare.  All orders can be placed by calling 614.220.9070 and can be picked up at the store on August 10th.



Tote Bag Distribution This Weekend


Bonjour, Fête-attendees! If you’ve purchased a Fête en Blanc tote bag with your ticket and would like to have it before the event, come find one of our hosts at the Cup O’ Joe Clintonville (2990 N. High St.)  this Sunday, July 29th, from 4:30 to 6:00pm.

And don’t worry, if you can not pick up your tote at any of our distribution points, we’ll have them available on August 10th at check-in.

(Still don’t have your tickets yet? Want to get your hands on a limited edition Fête tote bag?  Click HERE to order!)

Tips and Helpful Hints

Greetings, Fête fans!

We’ve had some questions regarding the specifics of Fête, and for those of you that didn’t attend last year, we want to share some tips and hints. Hopefully, this will make your Fête planning go a little smoother, so that you’ll be ready on August 10th when we reveal the location.

  • Tables are required (and white tablecloths), and we recommend standard-sized card tables. They’ll be lined up next to each other in long rows, so you’ll be sitting across from your date.  If you’re coming in a group, we’d suggest that you arrive/enter together, so you can be close to each other–but half the fun is sitting next to and meeting new friends, so keep that in mind!
  • Chairs don’t have to be white (unlike the Parisian event!) but we’re discouraging the use of those tailgating fabric chairs-in-a-bag. (We’re more than a football town, after all!)
  • If you’re concerned about transporting all of your supplies, we’d suggest wagons or those collapsible wheeled carts that are used for luggage or large boxes. Don’t worry, there’ll be parking near the location, so guests won’t have to carry their picnic gear across town.
  • There will not be a tent, and we’ll hope that there won’t be any need for one. We plan to dine under the stars!
  • We’ll tweet/email/Facebook/post on this website the location of Fête sometime between 3-3:30 on Friday, August 10th.
  • Click on the “Fête Checklist” tab above for a list of what you’ll need.

Thank you all for the great response thus far. We’re really excited for Fête en Blanc 2012, and hope you are as well!



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