Every party has a party pooper, right? And Diner en Blanc has many — some who have actually attended the event and others who prefer to “judge from afar.”
Bernie Carlin of PhillyVoice, who has attended the event two years in a row out of obligation to his “special lady friend,” makes the point that it’s “indulgence defined” and a “wasted opportunity to help those in need.”
I’m not going to argue that Diner en Blanc organizers shouldn’t consider adding a charitable component to the event. Bringing 5,000 people together is a powerful thing.
Being curious about where all the money was going, I chatted with co-hosts Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran. They explained that a large chunk of the expenses goes to securing the space. While the event is outdoors, public space is not free, and this year's location included the rental of three separate spaces: the East Terrace rented out from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the steps and the surrounding area which fall under the domain of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the street closures which are managed by the city of Philadelphia Streets Department.