Dîner en Blanc

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Dîner en Blanc
Founded 1988
Founder François Pasquier
Headquarters Paris, France
Number of locations
70+ Cities
Website www.dinerenblanc.info

Dîner en Blanc is a worldwide event, spanning six continents, in which people gather in a public space and set up a temporary, chic dining area.[1] Guests come dressed in white to enjoy quality food and wine.[2] Diners are required to provide their own food, tables, chairs and tablecloths.[3] Only a select number of participants who have previously signed up are made privy to the location the day of the dinner, and generally converge in an iconic city location.

History[edit]

The Dîner en Blanc concept began in Paris in 1988 when Frenchman François Pasquier invited a group of friends to an elegant outdoor dinner at Bois de Boulogne, asking them to dress in white so they could find each other.[4] The event's presence has grown to over 70 cities, with almost 15,000 gathering for the 25th-anniversary event in Paris.

Pasquier's son, Aymeric, introduced the concept to Montreal, Canada in 2009.[5] The event made its New York debut in 2011.[6]

In 2012, Singapore was the first Asian city to host a Dîner en Blanc,[7] and Brisbane the first Australian city.[8][9][10] Canberra held Dîners en Blanc in 2013 and 2014,[11][12] Melbourne debuted the phenomenon in 2015,.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diner en Blanc - International - About". Diner en Blanc. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Diner en Blanc comes to Melbourne". Broadsheet. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Sidman, Jessica (June 29, 2017). "Dîner en Blanc is Coming Back—With 500 More Seats". Washingtonian. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  4. ^ Schillinger, Leisl (5 July 2011). "How 10,000 People Keep a Secret". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Watkins, Amy (4 June 2013). "Dîner en Blanc in B.C." BC Business. Archived from the original on June 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ Pawle, Fred (29 October 2014). "Diner en Blanc trips the white fantastic". The Australian. News Corp. 
  7. ^ Ang, Daniel (21 August 2012), Dîner en Blanc is Coming to Singapore! What To Expect & What White Food To Bring 
  8. ^ Blatchford, Emily (30 September 2015). "Secret Pop Up Picnic Returns To Australia -- First Stop, Brisbane". The Huffington Post Australia. Archived from the original on October 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ Zekants, Resa (3 September 2015). "Le Diner en Blanc to enchant Brisbane". Bmag. 
  10. ^ Martyn, Nathan (3 September 2013), Dîner en Blanc Attracts A Sea Of White 
  11. ^ Belot, Henry (12 February 2015). "Diner en Blanc unlikely to return to Canberra as government withdraws support". The Canberra Times. Fairfax media. Archived from the original on October 20, 2015. 
  12. ^ "In the white mood for festival fun". City News. 3 March 2013. Archived from the original on May 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ Wright, Jessica (10 March 2015). "Melbourne's first Diner en Blanc: all white on the night". Archived from the original on August 4, 2015.