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Diner en Blanc New Orleans set for May 9, 2015

Posted by Ronald Evangelista on April 01, 2015 | 3 comments

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Mark your calendars! Diner en Blanc New Orleans has announced that this year's event will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015. As always, the location of the event will remain a secret to guests until they arrive at the event location. This is third year that this international phenomenon will take place in the Big Easy. For the inaugural year, over 800 guests took over the Port of New Orleans plaza. In 2014, the event hosted over 1,600 guests. ...

Dîner en Blanc New Orleans Returns for a Third Year in a Row

Posted by Michelle Rosamond on February 13, 2015 | 2 comments

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Dîner en Blanc is returning to New Orleans for the third year in a row! This year’s event is expected to attract around 1800 people. Of course, the location of Dîner en Blanc is kept a heavily guarded secret until the night of the event, where guests will be amazed and delighted while enjoying an elegant picnic with friends. A city as culturally vibrant as New Orleans provides an even more special atmosphere for Dîner en Bla...

Dîner en Blanc New Orleans set for Saturday, May 10th

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Posted by Ronald Evangelista on April 01, 2014 | 3 comments

Dîner en Blanc New Orleans is returning to The Big Easy on Saturday, May 10...

Le Dîner en Blanc celebrates its 25th anniversary!

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Posted by Sandy Safi on May 19, 2013 | 0 comment

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

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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.

Is the Dîner en Blanc really free?

Le Dîner en Blanc is first and foremost a gathering of friends. It is a non-commercial, organisation. The fee required of guests 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…

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.

Why are the tables and chairs not being rented this year?

It’s almost impossible to find 1500 identical tables and it can be very difficult having to deal with several suppliers. In Paris, guests have always brought their own table and chairs and it’s much simpler that way. They thus play a bigger role and, in a way, they too become organisers of the festivity. As well, we would like to keep the same friends over several years and their table will in this way become cost-effective.

What must guests bring?

A table, 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.

There are lots of rules and many of the guests may find these restrictive. Isn’t there a risk that this will inhibit the spontaneity and festivity which are at the origin of the concept?

All these rules may in effect seem restrictive, and can be seen as over-controlling. One must keep in mind that the Dîner en Blanc is not an ordinary event. The evening takes place in a public place which was not designed for such a purpose and is often very busy. It must necessarily be very controlled in order for future editions to be held. Such measures never taint the festive and friendly spirit which prevails each year.
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