A bit of Paris is coming to Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix with the third annual Noche en Blanco (“dinner in white”) on Saturday, October 27.
It is the Hance Park Conservancy’s signature fundraiser. The evening celebrates the community’s cultural diversity and guests are encouraged to arrive dressed in all-white creative cocktail attire while dancing under the stars to live entertainment. Patrons can reserve a picnic dinner, and purchase bottles of wine and drinks from a pop-up bar.
Each gourmet picnic is designed for two adults, with an option to add on a Noble bread and chef spreads appetizer and dessert bar. There are three menu options: grilled chicken with Carolina gold sauce, marinated flank steak with chimayo chile sauce and stuffed fall squash. Each menu also includes seasonal market vegetables and a salad.
“The event is a fun and elegant evening with long rows of tables draped in white linens, strings of lights and stars overhead,” says Tim Sprague, Hance Park Conservancy president. “Because the theme is all-white attire, you may see wedding dresses, cocktail dresses, white tuxedos and fedoras.”
This year’s entertainment will include Ernest Garcia’s “DJ Phoenix,” Kenny G’s Project Band, Brazilian dancers, raffle prizes, games for kids in the children’s play area, and emcee Oscar de la Salas.
Guests may choose to host a table for $175 to $200 and can also purchase an individual ticket for $35. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to the event to decorate their table. Some have arrived with crystal ice buckets, chandeliers, white picnic baskets and candelabras.
Hance Park Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to the future of Hance Park, has been instrumental in developing the Hance Park Master Plan. The city of Phoenix adopted it in 2014.
“Hance Park is our park,” says Dorina Bustamante, event co-chairwoman. “It is a community gathering place where children and families can play and relax. The McDowell Mountain Music Festival, the March Madness Festival at the NCAA Final Four Championships, the Phoenix Festival of the Arts and the Japanese Friendship Garden are just a few of the many attractions.”
The $100 million project is a public-private partnership led by Hance Park Partner Coalition, consisting of the city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Phoenix Community Alliance and Hance Park Conservancy.
“The current construction boom of high-rise residential buildings in downtown creates a need for areas where people can enjoy public green space that includes trees, shade and water features,” says Brenda Thomson, board trustee and treasurer.
Noche en Blanco, Hance Park, 67 W. Culver Street, Phoenix, bit.ly/nocheenblanco2018, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 27, $35-$200.