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Le Diner en Blanc pops up in Paris

 

One of the hottest events on a foodie’s calendar… the Paris Diner en Blanc occurred last Thursday evening (13th June 2013)

 

Temporary restaurants and picnic events seem to be part of the phenomenon of pop ups – think of the World’s Longest Lunches held around Victoria in March, the unusual experiences of eating a meal in extraordinary locations – or joining say 15,000 of your closest friends for a White Dinner in Paris….

Le Diner en Blanc started in 1988 when a French gent returned to Paris after some time away… and decided to host a dinner party. The guest list grew to such an extent that the venue had to move outdoors… to Bois de Boulogne… and the host (François Pasquier) requested that his dinner friends dress in white so they could find each other ! 25 years later Le Diner has become a global event – now held in more than 35 cities across 20 countries.

The rules are pretty much the same everywhere… guests are required to dress entirely in white, the location is a tightly held secret – the venue is only announced at a meeting point and so they arrive at the final destination by bus or “organised public transit”…bringing their own picnic basket, dinner ware, table cloth, table and foldable chairs (all in white, bien sûr).

In Paris the guest list is strictly by invitation and very-much anticipated. Recent locations have included Place de la Madeleine, Place de Vosges and Parvis de Notre Dame – the 2013 event was held (again) in the forecourt of Le Louvre (Pei’s pyramid) – and the Trocadéro gardens under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower…

 

Watch : Diner en Blanc Paris 2012 on You Tube

 

 

Has anyone been to a Diner en Blanc ? And when is it coming to Melbourne ? (please add me to the guest list !)

 

images :  Diner en Blanc Paris 2012, 2013

 

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