The Dinner En Blanc is a prestigious event that happens in select locations around the world.
To this day, the concept is the same all over the world. The purpose of the evening is to allow participants to reclaim an iconic public space in their city for one evening and enjoy it in an elegant, convivial, and spontaneous yet controlled manner. Thousands of friends and newly made acquaintances meet in their most elegant whites, on mass for a glamorous picnic in an outdoor public space. The location remains a secret to the guests until the day of the event. Guests must bring their own tables, chairs, crockery, glassware, silver, white napery and a white garbage bag to take away their own refuse. All are encouraged to bring a delicious epicurean meal and food hampers are also available to purchase online before the event. Diner en Blanc is a wine only licensed event, no beer or spirits are allowed. The site must be left immaculate, as if this giant flash feast never took place.Launched with just a handful of friends by François Pasquier over 25 years ago, Paris’ Dîner en Blanc now assembles nearly 15,000 people each year. The French capital’s most prestigious sites have played host to it: the Pont des Arts, the Eiffel Tower site, Place Vendôme, the Château de Versailles, the Esplanade de Notre-Dame, the Esplanade des Invalides, the periphery of the Place de l’Étoile, the Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde and this year: Le Louvre Pyramid and the Trocadéro Esplanade at the ame time! The Paris police tend to tolerate this ‘wild’ gathering, if not perhaps even wishing they could join in!
Dinner En Blanc today…
Originally, the Le Dîner en Blanc was strictly a word of mouth event and has now grown to rely on the Internet and social media to communicate with its privileged attendees and those curious about the event. Though the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this fantastic event have not; diners continue to gather at a secret location with the sole purpose of sharing a high-quality meal with good friends at the heart of one of the city’s most beautiful locations. What are the key rules of the event? Le Dîner en Blanc® is quite different from other special events. The evening takes place in a public place which was not designed for such a purpose and is often crowded. It must necessarily be very controlled in order for future editions to be held.
- Seats are allotted on-site in a very specific manner.
- In order to participate, one must be invited by a participant from the previous year or get on the official website’s waiting list.
- Once confirmed, the presence of each guest thus becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions, as the event is held regardless of weather conditions.
- Colour of attire and table setting: white only.
- Table seating is symmetrical with men seated on one side and women on the other.
- Participants arrive and depart at the same time by chartered bus or organized public transportation.
- Depart with one’s belongings, leftovers and trash, leaving the place as clean as it was upon arrival.
What must guests bring?
- A table, two (white) chairs.
- A picnic basket comprised of quality menu items and a china dinner service including proper stemware and flatware.
- Wine or Champagne, if allowed. Beer and hard alcohol is prohibited.
- Participants must wear white and be dressed elegantly.
- Originality is encouraged as long as it stays stylish and denotes taste.
A recent Dinner En Blanc was held in Sydney at McKay Field, Centennial Park at which over 3000 people attended. Brisbane also hosted an event in October 2014, at Roma Street Parklands with 2000 people in attendance.
How do you get invited to DeB?
1) If you were a member of DeB last year, you will automatically be invited to the next event
2) If you know a member that can sponsor you.
3) If you have registered on the website’s waiting list, you will receive an email notifying you of the general public ticketing opening dates (invitations in phase 3). You will then have the opportunity to register your membership on a first in first served basis.
I don’t know about you….but this is going on my bucket list!