If you haven’t heard, there’s a secret picnic taking the world by storm. ‘Diner en Blanc‘ is a fancy foodie extravaganza that is similar to a flash mob –minus the synchronized dancing and theatrical singing. The concept was established in Paris more than 25 years ago and the epicurean event has grown to become a fabulous affair.
Here’s how it works:
You must register to get on the waiting list, if you’re not already a member. At the last-minute, the location is given to thousands of friends and acquaintances who have been patiently waiting to learn the “Dîner en Blanc’s” secret place. Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space.
Over the course of an evening, the diners enhance the function and value of their city’s public space by participating in the unexpected.
It’s like an all-white living art installation, and I want everything to do with it! The event is members only, has a strict dress code and is a B.Y.O Everything affair. Literally, you must bring your own table, chairs, table-cloth, utensils, plates, decor and food, which must be formal picnic fare. Oh, and don’t even think about plastic cutlery…it’s forbidden, as is ivory, off-white, beige, tan and ecru. The theme is WHITE and if you don’t conform you will be off the list…forever.
I am happy to report that I have made the list, have paid my membership dues, and I am ready to take part in this historic event. Well, maybe not historic, but definitely an experience. I can’t wait! I will report back soon.