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The pop-dining phenomenon heading to Auckland

Posted by Fiona Ralph on March 29, 2014 | 0 comment

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Parisian tradition turned global pop-dining phenomenon, Le Diner en Blanc is heading to Auckland in March, writes Fiona Ralph.   Imagine you're dressed in your finest white threads, gourmet picnic basket in hand, champagne flutes, chair and table too - all white of course. You don't know yet where you're headed, but there's a frisson of excitement in the air, as you spot numerous similarly-clad picnic-goers converging en masse a...

It's a white out

Posted by Grant Allen on March 29, 2014 | 0 comment

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Take some time out with this posh picnic, writes Grant Allen. More than 25 years ago, Francois Pasquier set up the first Le Diner en Blanc in Paris. Reminiscent of the glamour of court society, he encouraged a collection of friends to dress in elegant white. They packed refined picnics with proper glassware, silverware and china and gathered at a surpise location. Guests had to bring their own white tables and chairs and, of course, white linen. ...

Le Dîner en Blanc celebrates its 25th anniversary!

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Posted by Sandy Safi on May 21, 2013 | 1 comment

Le Diner en Blanc, the worldwide epicurean phenomenon, is now celebrating its 25t...

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How can I bring wine to the event?

While the spirit of Diner en Blanc is for everything to be BYO, given the venue is a public space, we have to work within the guidelines of Auckland Council. For that reason they have made it mandatory that all wine is sold through the e-store, allowing us to monitor how much alcohol is brought on site. This is the same format followed by many other cities. We have worked with a wine supplier to ensure the pricing on the fantastic range of wines we are offering is not prohibitive and in-line with BYO pricing.

Is it an illegal activity?

Le Dîner en Blanc - Paris is held on the most prestigious sites of the city, without authorization. The first editions were not easy to put in place. Today, the French authorities know the organization and know that it’s always well controlled. Moreover, the event’s photogenic quality adds to the city’s image of a modern and stylish city, open to the world. To ensure the safety of our International DEB guests, we require that the local hosts have the proper authorization, permits and insurances before proceeding with their event.

How many Dîner en Blanc events are there in the world?

There are close to 40 events scheduled, or in the process of being approved for 2014! Most take place in North America and Europe with a total of one hundred thousand members participating each year. The largest and most internationally recognized Dîner en Blanc, is the original event in Paris. Instigated over 25 years ago by François Pasquier and his close friends, it attracts today almost 15,000 people yearly. The second largest event is based in Montreal, Canada with 5,200 guests.

I have seen that many of your events worldwide are associated with certain brands, is there a possibility for sponsorship opportunities?

Dîner en Blanc International prides itself on being associated with some of the most exciting and elegant brands worldwide, however this event is first and foremost a dinner amongst friends and is not intended to be an event overly saturated with brand and marketing opportunities.

What must guests bring?

A square table (approx 75 - 85cm square), two (white) chairs, a picnic basket comprised of quality menu items and china dinner service. They must wear white and be dressed elegantly. Originality is encouraged as long as it stays stylish and denotes taste.

What are the costs of attending Diner en Blanc?

Le Dîner en Blanc is first and foremost a gathering of friends. It is a non-commercial, organisation. There is a fee required of guests which goes to cover the costs inherent to the organisation, e.g., bus rental, electricity, sound system, lighting, security, photographic and video services, and other small surprises peculiar to each event… These are $43.70 per person, including GST. There is also a membership fee which is paid to Diner en Blanc international of $5 USD per couple and an administration fee which is paid to Diner en Blanc international of $5 USD per couple. The costs of sourcing tables, chairs, food and purchasing wine are covered by guests.

What are the key rules of the event?

Le Dîner en Blanc is quite different from other evenings. Seats are allotted on site in a very specific manner. - Once confirmed, the presence of each guest thus becomes essential and mandatory, whatever happens and regardless of weather conditions; - Colour: white only; - Bring a picnic basket, white table cloth, table (between 28”x28” and 32”x32”) and foldable chairs (white); - Arrive and depart by bus or organised public transit; - Bring one’s refuse when departing and leave the place as clean as it was upon arrival.

How can we participate?

One must know a member of the organisation to receive an invitation. In other words, it’s a friendly co-optation system.
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