Get the bleach out and be ready to don your best white attire because the third annual Dîner en Blanc is returning to San Diego! Registration opens to the general public on Monday, August 25, but hurry soon, because time to register ends on September 11. True to its global success, Dîner en Blanc is returning to San Diego for its third edition on Friday, September 19. The annual secret affair, promising an unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic, will take over an undisclosed public space whose location will be revealed upon arrival and expect more than 1,800 San Diegans for a memorable soirée.
True to tradition, bystanders will witness groups of 100 to 300 people gather at specific rallying points across the city. These groups will then converge on one of the most beautiful settings in a public space, either on foot or by other organized means of transportation. Guests are asked to dress elegantly in white, from head to toe, bring their own epicurean feasts, tables, chairs, fine china, silverware and white tablecloth. Over the course of the evening, the diners eat and celebrate amid live music, dancing, complete with festive white balloons.
“We are so excited to have the pleasure of organizing the third annual Dîner en Blanc San Diego. This event gives people with similar interests an opportunity to gather in a memorable and unique experience. The excitement that has been building since the first Dîner En Blanc in 2012 has been overwhelming and we can only imagine that this year’s event will be full of even more fabulous white outfits, over-the-top designed tables and delicious picnic dinners,’’ says Meredith Bell, Co-Organizer of Dîner en Blanc San Diego and Special Projects Consultant for Hospitality Events, Inc.
“San Diegans know true fashion, great food and elegance,” says Sandy Safi, Director of Partnership, and Aymeric Pasquier, Executive Director, Dîner en Blanc International. “Not only have they welcomed us with open arms from the very beginning, but they truly express the joie de vivre that is symbolic of Dîner en Blanc.”
Dîner en Blanc website by September 11, as space is limited. The cost to register is $28 per person plus a $5 membership fee.
The worldwide phenomenon known as Dîner en Blanc will celebrate its 26th anniversary this year! Launched by François Pasquier and a handful of friends in 1988, the Paris Dîner en Blanc now attracts more than 10,000 people each year. What began as a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international epicurean phenomenon on five continents. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fueling this fantastic event have not: diners continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a high-quality meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful locations. Dîner en Blanc International, based in Montreal, is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over 50 cities by the end of 2014. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair.
Key rules of the event
Dîner en Blanc is unique due to its requirements. The seating layout on the public site is very specific and the site chosen is typically in one of the most beautiful parts of the city, where diners can “see and be seen.”
To participate, guests must be invited by a member from the previous year or get on the official website’s waiting list.
Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions, as the event goes ahead rain or shine.
Colour of attire and table setting: white only.
Participants arrive and depart by chartered bus or organized public transit.
Guests leave with their belongings, leftovers and litter, leaving the place as clean as it was when they arrived.
Guests must bring:
- A table, two (white) chairs.
- A picnic basket comprising quality menu items and a china dinner service including proper stemware and flatware.
- Wine or champagne. Beer and hard liquor are prohibited.
- Participants must wear white and be dressed elegantly.
- Originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful.