High Desert Dîner en Blanc 

Get ready to experience a night like no other as the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy proudly presents High Desert Dîner en Blanc. Wear white and bring your appetite!

Promotional poster image of cactus under the moon for High Desert Diner en Blanc.
Art by Noel Waggener

Supporting Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy
Saturday, NOVEMBER 4TH

The High Desert theme of our first annual Dinner in White is in celebration of the grand unveiling of the Zilker Botanical Garden Succulent Collection. The collection was gifted to the Conservancy by the late Bob Barth and accompanied by a generous donation to hire a curator to care for the collection through 2025. The High Desert Dîner en Blanc will be the first time the collection is viewed by the public.  

Le Dîner en Blanc originated in Paris as a celebration of good food and good friends in an outdoor space. It’s an elevated picnic that encourages self-expression, playfulness, and community.  Guests are invited to wear all white and enjoy an evening celebrating community.

On November 4th, 2023, the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy brings Dîner en Blanc to the Zilker Botanical Garden in support of our mission to cultivate community and foster life-long learning that inspires an appreciation of the botanical world. 

event schedule




The Menu

Bar Offerings:

  • The Desert Rose by High Desert Vodka 
  • Desert Paloma by Desert Door Sotol 
  • Lalo Ranch Water by Lalo Tequila 
  • Austin Beerworks Assorted Variety 
  • Frio Canyon Vineyard Wines 
  • Rambler Sparkling Water Assorted Variety 
  • Desert Door Sotol Tasting

Play the High Desert Loteria

Play the larger-than-life High Desert Loteria to win prizes like a stay at the Commodore Perry Estate, ACL passes, plants, and more! Donations directly support the Conservancy’s mission.


$175 per adult | $250 per couple*

Tickets to High Desert Dîner en Blanc include a beautifully crafted outdoor dinner, open bar, games, and tours of the brand-new succulent collection. This fundraiser directly supports the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy. 

What to wear: All-white dinner party attire that is comfortable for an evening outdoors. Kindly leave the heels at home to prevent damage to the Garden. 

This event is for ages 21 and up only

*Early bird pricing ended October 13

We are officially SOLD OUT! Thank you all for your generous support, we are so excited to see you on November 4th! 


Due to limited parking availability, only paid valet parking will be available for High Desert Dîner en Blanc. Valet is $20 per car. There will be no free parking available onsite.

We want every guest to enjoy themselves so rideshare is encouraged!

If you intend to drive to this event, kindly note that it is necessary for the owner of each vehicle to register online in advance for valet parking.

Become a Sponsor

During the past year, Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy has raised over $300,000 in support of preserving the Butler Window, securing a rare and robust succulent collection, and creating educational and engaging programming for the Austin community. Become a sponsor of our First Annual Dinner in White and support our garden as we grow alongside our beautiful city. Thank you for considering supporting High Desert Dîner en Blanc. Sponsorships are available from $1,000 – $20,000.

Please contact Executive Director, Holly Hawk, at director@zbgconservancy.org with inquiries.


If you missed out on High Desert Dîner en Blanc tickets, you can still experience the event as a volunteer! We’re in need of volunteers for set up, check-in, and even nighttime photography! Sign up on GivePulse today!

High Desert Dîner en Blanc Committee

Chair Leah Romero
Co-Chair Holly Hawk
Rachel Raise

Kate Tolliver
Cassie Gowan
Monica Sivilli

Thank you to our sponsors!

Stephanie Hunter & Michael Breen

Crowell Builders

Austin City Dental


Wilda Campbell

Brightview Landscape Development

High Desert Vodka

Autumn Keiser

Word + Carr Design Group