Dîner en Blanc Returns To San Diego For 4th Year On Thursday, October 15 With More Than 2,000 Guests Expected

September 23, 2015

Get the bleach out and be ready to don your best white attire because for the fourth year, the global dining phenomenon Dîner en Blanc is returning to San Diego! On Thursday, October 15, the annual secret affair will bring together diners dressed in white for an unforgettable evening of elegance and beauty, as it takes over an undisclosed public space whose location is only revealed minutes prior to the commencement of the event. Over 2,000 foodies, fashion and cultural enthusiasts have attended the event in the past and even more are expected this year.

The worldwide phenomenon known as Dîner en Blanc was launched by François Pasquier and a handful of friends in 1988, and the original 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 fuelling 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.

“In its fourth year in San Diego, this event has really drawn a community of guests that look forward to the surprise of what each year’s event will hold - the location, friends they’ll make, unexpected event elements,” says Meredith Bell, Host of Dîner en Blanc San Diego. “This is a worldwide tradition that inspires camaraderie and revelry in a magical setting.”

True to tradition, bystanders will witness groups of guests all dressed in white gathering at specific rallying points all across the city. Guided by Dîner en Blanc volunteers, these groups will then converge on one of the city’s most beautiful setting, traveling by foot, bus or public transportation. Each guest brings his or her own gourmet feast, table, chairs and table setting. Over the course of the evening, guests will eat and celebrate amid music, entertainment and dancing. Last year, the event was held at Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego.

The evening will be filled with visually breathtaking moments including the waving of a cloth napkin to mark the beginning of the dinner and the lighting of sparklers to let guests know they are now free to mingle and dance. When at the end of the evening the trumpet sounds, guests pack up their all their belongings and head back into the night, leaving behind no sign of their elegant revelry.

To maintain the uniqueness of Le Dîner en Blanc, as well as staying true to tradition, guests must observe certain requirements and follow a few key rules.

Registration to participate happens in three stages - Phase 1 is for members who have attended the previous years; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase 1 attendees; and Phase 3 is for those who have signed up on the waiting list via the official website - sandiego.dinerenblanc.info/register - by September 28th.

Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions, as Dîner en Blanc is a rain or shine event. The strict dress code for the evening is elegant and all white attire only. Originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful. Table settings also must be all white.

To ensure that the secret location is kept undisclosed until last minute, guests meet at an assigned departure location and are escorted by Le Dîner en Blanc volunteers. In order to leave the event location as clean as when they arrived, guests are required to leave with all their belongings, leftovers and litter. Guests must bring a table, 2 white chairs and a white tablecloth, as well as a picnic basket comprised of fine food, proper stemware and white dinnerware.

A catered picnic basket option, which can be picked up on site, will be available for those who do not wish to pack their own. Guests wishing to do so must reserve online through the Diner en Blanc website during the initial ticket registration. Guests may bring champagne and/or wine, but beer and hard liquor are prohibited. 

For full details on the event’s rules and regulations, visit the official website at sandiego.dinerenblanc.info.