White hot date: Diner en Blanc is back

Posted by Amy Ashton on January 21, 2015 | 0 comment

Featured in Viva by Fiona Ralph Wednesday Jan 21, 2015   Mark your diaries, hunt down your hampers and get set to don your finest whites. Diner en Blanc is back and set to be even bigger and brighter. The international al fresco dining phenomenon, which first hit Auckland last year, began in Paris in 1988, and has popped up in more than 40 cities. The elegant event sees thousands of strangers convening on a surprise location, only revealed on the night, and setting up their own tables and dinnerware (all white of course, and as fabulous as possible in order to win the coveted best-dressed table prize) before unpacking their feasts for the world's largest, most ...

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The pop-dining phenomenon heading to Auckland

Posted by Vinny Sherry on March 29, 2014 | 0 comment

Featured in Viva by Fiona Ralph. Parisian tradition turned global pop-dining phenomenon, Le Diner en Blanc is heading to Auckland in March.   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 at a beautiful, public location - it could be Paris's Champs-Elysees, the sands of Bondi Beach, or Central Park in New York. Lining your table and chairs up in perfect order, you unpack your picnic basket, pop your wine cork,...

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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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