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It's a white out

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

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. They spontaneously set up their tables on arrival, flourished their napkins to signal the beginning of this posh picnic and were seated, men on one side and women on the other. Since then, many of Paris' beautiful public spaces have bee...

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Le Dîner en Blanc celebrates its 25th anniversary!

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

Le Diner en Blanc, the worldwide epicurean phenomenon, is now celebrating its 25th anniversary! Launched by François Pasquier and his close friends 25 years ago, Paris’ Dîner en Blanc now brings together over 10,000 people each year in some of the most prestigious locations throughout the French capital.   In the summer of 1988, Pasquier had just returned to Paris after a few years abroad and held a dinner party to reconnect with friends. So many wished to attend that he asked them to convene at Bois de Boulogne dressed in white, so as to be recognizable to one another. Each attendee was also asked to bring a friend. The evening was such a hit that guests wanted ...

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