From global phenomenon to highly sought-after “secret”, Le Dîner en Blanc will take over one of West Palm Beach’s public spaces on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 for the first ever refine pop-up epicurean event hosted by Haitian-Americans Nora David, Jimmy Moise, Corhinn Brunot and sponsored by Apothic Apothic Wine, Celebrity Cruises and the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Over 100,000 foodies and cultural enthusiasts around the world have already embraced this unique event. As stated very eloquently by the New York Times: “There are picnics and there are Picnics”. This très chic picnic is equal parts mystery tour, pop-up feast and je ne sais quoi!
What is Diner en Blanc?
Launched in Paris more than 25 years ago by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Dîner en Blanc Paris now attracts nearly 15,000 people each year. What began as a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international epicurean sensation in over 60 cities in more than 25 countries. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this fantastic event have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful locations.
“We felt West Palm Beach was primed for such a dazzling event as an increase of interest in fine living has been noted over the years,” says Nora David, co-host of the West Palm Beach Dîner en Blanc, who has been working in the Fashion and Event Industry for over 10 years. “We hope to make this very first edition a success that will pave the way towards establishing a long-standing tradition.”
In essence, Le Dîner en Blanc promotes friendship, elegance and gallantry. Over the course of the evening, the guests enhance the function and value of one of their city’s signature public spaces by participating in the unexpected. To maintain its uniqueness as well as staying true to tradition of Le Dîner en Blanc, guests must observe certain requirements and follow a few key rules:
Participation in Diner en Blanc.
To participate in this first edition: guests must be invited via the hosts’ network or participating partners or get on the waiting list via the official website by October 15th 2015.
Once confirmed, guest participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions. This is a rain or shine event.
Guests can only consume wine and/or champagne that have been purchased on the e-store prior to the night of the event. Due to city regulations, guests are not allowed to bring their own wine and/or champagne. Beer and hard liquor are prohibited.
Dress code: elegant and white only. Originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful.
Table setting: all white!
To ensure that the location secret is kept secret until last-minute, guests meet at assigned departure location and are escorted by 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, two (white) chairs, white tablecloth.
A picnic basket comprising fine food and proper stemware and white dinnerware.
An option to pre-order food, which can be picked up at the site, will be available for those who do not wish to pack their own picnic baskets. Guests wishing to do so must reserve online through Le Dîner en Blanc website during the initial ticket registration.
For full details on the rules and regulations click here.
Sponsors for the 2015 Diner en Blanc series include, Apothic Wine, Celebrity Cruises and the Palm Beach County Convention Center as the official local sponsor of the 2015 Dîner en Blanc.
See Pictures of Previous Diner En Blanc’s posted on this site here.