What’s Cooking On 1060: White Party, New Brew, ‘Secret’ Dinners

By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A huge, secret, elegant pop-up “white party” called Dîner En Blanc takes place at an undisclosed public park on Thursday, August 22nd.  Co-host Natanya DiBona (top photo) explains that participants dress all in white and bring their own food, tables, and chairs.

“It’s not for everyone,” she tells What’s Cooking.  “You have to realize that it takes work, and everyone doing their part is what makes that happen.”

And only DiBona and her co-host know the exact location, which will be revealed to group leaders an hour prior to the event.

The event started in France about 25 years ago, then spread gradually to other locations.  This is the second year for Philadelphia’s.

“Last year we had 1,300 people, and this year we’ve expanded to 2,500 people,” DiBona says.

How many people on their wait list?

“We had a total of 6,000 people — so a lot of interest!”

Hear the full “Dîner En Blanc” interview (runs 9:08)…

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Meanwhile, Iron Hill Brewery has opened its tenth location, in Voorhees, NJ.

“It’s a ten-barrel system, so we produce about 300 gallons of beer at a time,” says brewmaster Kevin Walter (below).  “It’s a long process — about three months go into setting it all up.  A lot of people put a lot of time into it, but ultimately it’s all for the guest experience.”

(Kevin Walter, brewmaster at Iron Hill Brewery, in Voorhees, NJ.  Photo provided)

(Kevin Walter, brewmaster at Iron Hill Brewery, in Voorhees, NJ. Photo provided)

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Hear the full “Iron Hill Brewery” interview (runs 8:14)…

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And Talula’s Daily is now open on Washington Square West, the third “Talula” restaurant for owner Aimee Olexy (below).  She says this week they began serving so-called “secret” dinners.

“It’s just one menu,” she explains.  “You’re in here, kind of inside this little market, doing your own thing, and you don’t have to worry about ordering.  You’re ordering wines and beers from our little wine list, and it feels like you’re tucked away in a little kitchen.”

(Aimee Olexy at Talula's Daily, 208 Washington Square West.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

(Aimee Olexy at Talula’s Daily, 208 Washington Square West. Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

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Hear the full “Talula’s Daily” interview (runs 7:33)…

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And for this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”

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