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PHOTO GALLERY: Tourism NOTL’s picnic dinner paints Peller Estates white
Selma Pacheco (right) and her table brought out a fully homemade spread of food for the White Effect Dinner, including charcuterie, bruschetta, fruits, salads and more. Julia Sacco
Tabatha Crawford came down from Grimsby to set up an elegant table for the White Effect Dinner. Julia Sacco
Kevin Moore, Marion McLean, Arlene Nugent and Kelli Rattray came out in their best Western wear for their Yellowstone themed table at The White Effect Dinner. Julia Sacco
Jessica Taylor, manager of events for the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce & Tourism NOTL spoke about how beautiful the crowd of white looks when juxtaposed against the grape fields. Julia Sacco
During the White Effect Dinner some chose to order out while other brought homemade goodies to snack on. Julia Sacco
Attendees had a great time at the white effect dinner. (Rene Bertschi) Julia Sacco
Cheryl Francis helped decorate her table with balloons and string lights before sitting down to enjoy a picnic meal. Julia Sacco
Cheryl Francis helped decorate her table with balloons and string lights before sitting down to enjoy a picnic meal. Julia Sacco
Photographer Rene Bertschi got this aerial shot of the white effect dinner. Julia Sacco
Audrey Pellett and Penny Mulligan dance the night away at the White Effect Dinner. Julia Sacco
Audrey Pellett and Penny Mulligan dance the night away at the White Effect Dinner. Julia Sacco
Photographer Rene Bertschi got this aerial shot of the white effect dinner. Julia Sacco
Attendees had a great time at the white effect dinner. (Rene Bertschi) Julia Sacco

It was a Friday night to remember for many at Peller Estates Winery.

Niagara-on-the-Lake hosted its White Effect Dinner on June 9, an annual all-white party that, for Jessica Taylor, Tourism NOTL’s manager of events, marks the start of summer for NOTL.

“It represents the art of wine country,” she told The Lake Report.

The soiree had a strict dress code of nothing but white clothes, inspired by the practice believed to have begun in the late 1980s in France.

“We took the elegance and the social aspect to create something special for NOTL,” Taylor said.

The White Effect Dinner involved more than just a dress code, though.

Attendees reserved a table for eight and were tasked with planning a picnic dinner and table decor fitting into the all-white theme.

In total, 144 tables were created, each decorated with unique table settings and decor.

At the table where NOTL residents Marion McLean and Kevin Moore sat, they went above and beyond with head-to-toe white Western wear.

“Our table theme is Yellowstone — without the blood,” joked Moore.

Arlene Nugent said that her cowboy boots were sourced from her mother-in-law and heavily inspired by her daughter Kasey, a country singer.

“This is such an incredible event and we’re still amateurs, we didn’t even know you needed balloons,” Nugent said.

McLean and the gang said they will be back for next year’s festivities, even more ready.

Aside from outfits, immense planning goes into table settings and food.

Some guests opted to get catering from Peller, including flatbreads and pizzas, while others went for more elaborate picnic set-ups with spreads including charcuterie boards, dips and more. 

Selma Pacheco and her table had quite the elaborate homemade spread, sourcing everything but the wine themselves. 

“We wanted to do apps, keep it simple,” she said.

The table had bruschetta, charcuterie and desserts plated on glassware brought from home. Even the lettuce used in the salad was grown in her backyard.

“The flowers are my anniversary flowers from Sunday, to be economical,” she said.

As they dined and socialized, guests enjoyed the musical stylings of George St. Kitts Band all throughout the evening. 

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