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Dîner en Noir (#DEN) events are member-only, fully curated, 3-part, black attire fine dining experiences held in secret locations in cities across the globe.  #DEN's mission is to combat the structural & financial inequities in arts programming, small business development, and health and wellness education in the vulnerable & under-served communities of our Host Cities.

We accomplish our mission by

  • highlighting/promoting the talents of local artists

  • utilizing the services/products of local minority-owned small businesses and offering vendor & business partnership opportunities at #DEN Events

  • bringing awareness to health and wellness issues & disparities directly affecting our communities

  • financially supporting front-line arts programming, small business development, and health awareness/delivery non-profit organizations/programs in our Host Cities with our #DEN Community Awards

Part fully immersive dining event, part art & business networking opportunity, part health information resource, and part community fundraiser, #DEN Events are a chic and memorable way to support the local community.

Dîner en Noir Worldwide is the first Black-owned international fine-dining & events production organization.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Dîner en Noir Worldwide corporate office is responsible for developing the overall mission, directing the global events program, and licensing approval of all local member-only, full-curated, three-part, black attire community fundraising #DEN Events. While each event is headed by a passionate team of local Host City Planning Committees that bring a local flair to each event, these teams respect and operate in line with the core values & founding concept set forth by the corporate executive team.

While Dîner en Noir Worldwide receive Host-Organizer requests from cities all over the world, we have chosen to focus on building our brand in the U.S. & Europe before expanding further.  We have set up an exclusive turnkey service that supports Host-Organizers in the creation and management of their own event and look forward to working with local organizers to ensure a successful Dîner en Noir event.  CLICK HERE if interested in organizing an event in your city.



Imagine this, the afternoon of the Dîner en Noir event, registered members and their guests who were patiently waiting to learn where the elegant black-attire event is to take place, will receive a text and/or email with the secret location. Our attendees, dressed in sophisticated black attire, and conducting themselves with the utmost decorum, of which Dîner en Noir events are known for, will make their way across the Host City to arrive at the appropriate time and rendezvous location for a fully immersive, three-part dining experience where guests have prepared in the unexpected.

Dîner en Noir's members & guests consisting of small business owners & local entrepreneurs, artists & art lovers, city/community leaders/advocates/stakeholders, and social/media/cultural Influencers come together to experience a night of elegance, great food, arts, music, dancing, and epic celebration of community support at some of our Host City’s most unique hosting venues.

Beyond the elegance of the three-part (Aperitif Cocktail Hour, Seated Dinner & Digestif “Après le Dîner” [After-Dinner] Party) event itself, all attendees arrive at our events with the expectation of expanding their professional network while making intentional, meaningful, financially-beneficial business connections, both LOCALLY & GLOBALLY!  Dîner en Noir encourages our guests to engage & network with one another, knowing that they were brought together in a supportive environment conducive to community-building.

Founded on a concept of addressing the structural & financial inequities of arts programming, small business development, and health and wellness education in vulnerable & under-served communities, Dîner en Noir invites local businesses to come together and promote the local unique artistic talents ,while focusing on the wellness of our communities. Dîner en Noir has become both an artistic & business networking opportunity & health & wellness resource for its guests garnering the name THE Chicest Networking Event of the Season™.


DINING EXPERIENCE - Guests need to bring a square table (27" x 27" x 27") folding-table, two black chairs (or with black chair covers); a black picnic basket, a 3-course gourmet meal for two, a black tablecloth and cloth-napkins, cutlery, dishware, glassware, black transport cart that will fit under your table and a black garbage bag to take your trash. Bottles of wine and champagne can be purchased from the #DENStore.

PLATED EXPERIENCE - Guests simply need to bring themselves. Guest will enjoy and a full serviced 3-course dining experience complete with wait service. Note: wine/champagne not included. Bottles of wine and champagne can be purchased from the #DENStore.

FULL EXPERIENCE - Guests simply need to bring themselves. Guests will enjoy a full serviced 3-course dining experience and a complimentary pairing complete with wait service during the seated dinner. Guests will also enjoy access to the Founder's Lounge, which is the most exclusive experience of the Dîner en Noir event.  Founder's Lounge guests enjoy complimentary drinks & heavy passed hors d'oeuvres during the Aperitif Cocktail Hour & Digestif “Après le Dîner” (After-Dinner) Party, a discounted invitation to our international Dîner en Noir event, perks from our Partnering Sponsors and much more! Additional bottles of wine and champagne can be purchased from the #DENStore.

Please Note: Not all registration options may be available in your city.

Registration Options

No stranger to producing high-end/high profile events as the Managing Director of the strategic communications firm, The HNC Agency, Howard has been producing & hosting small to large-scale fundraising, charity, sports, dining, elevated nightlife, unique experiential events & galas for organizations including Autism Society of America, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Gucci, Bulgari, America’s Polo Cup, John Hopkins' Kimmel Cancer Research Center, Bravo’s Real Housewives, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Iconic Rock Band Journey, American Cancer Society & many more.

Also, no stranger to the fine dining industry, Howard opened and ran a successful Washington, DC super club, completed an intensive Starr Restaurant Group management training, managed the famed French restaurant, Le Diplomate, in Washington, DC.  He also studied under Wolfgang Puck Catering Management Program and have managed & produced events at The Newseum, The Smithsonian Museums to include American Art, Air & Space, and American Indian. Through his work with The HNC Agency, he has also represented/worked with restaurant like Fig & Olive, Ritz Carlton's West End, Hard Rock Cafe, & more.

Howard brings his attention to detail, a flair for the dramatic, love of "people-connecting", arts, entrepreneurship/small business development, and the entrepreneurial spirit to inspire and motivate the Dîner en Noir Worldwide team, local Host-Organizers, and guests at each Dîner en Noir event.  His aim is to ensure that each Dîner en Noir event exemplifies the mission of the organization.

Howard is a serial entrepreneur and the President & CEO of HNC Enterprises, Inc., a group of entertainment, media and hospitality companies with assest through the U.S. & Europe.  When not traveling for Dîner en Noir events, he resides between Washington, DC and Paris, France. He is a staunch advocate, patron, and lover of the arts, and small business/entrepreneurship. 

Howard Nelson Cromwell

PLEASE NOTE: Dîner en Noir (#DEN) is in NO WAY associated with Dîner en Blanc Paris, Dîner en Blanc International or any local Dîner en Blanc affiliates and while there may be similarities, #DEN is a community-based benefit event that aims is to promote & support the local arts & business community.  The Le Dîner en Noir/Dîner en Noir name, logos, & trademarks are all intellectual properties owned by Dîner en Noir Corporate, a subsidiary of HNC Enterprises, Incorporated, under the United States Patent & Trademark Office Registration Number 5793822. All Rights Reserved

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