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Diner en Blanc, the invitation-only fancy picnic, returns to Sacramento

Posted by Christine Ault on June 05, 2018 | 0 comment

Le Diner en Blanc, an invitation-only event that draws guests to a secret location, will return to Sacramento this fall for the third year in a row.

Organizers of the event, which began in Paris in 1988 and has been held in 80 cities in 30 countries, announced Tuesday that the secret event will take place in an iconic Sacramento location Oct. 6. Last year, more than 1,600 people gathered at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, and in 2016, guests dined at the Golden 1 Center.

In a press release, organizers said attendees from last year will be the first to receive invitations. People who are interested in attending this year can register to join the wait list.

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Third annual Le Dîner en Blanc to paint Sacramento white this October

Posted by Christine Ault on June 05, 2018 | 0 comment

At Le Dîner en Blanc, no one will judge you for wearing white after Labor Day.

On Oct. 6, the Parisian-style, community pop-up dinner, during which all attendees are required to don white from head to toe, will return to the capital city for the third consecutive year.

This year, almost 2,000 guests will be invited to the once-a-year party— a phenomenon that began in Paris in 1988 and has since spread to over 70 cities worldwide, with Sacramento being the only Northern California host city.

“The whole point behind [Le Dîner en Blanc] is to create a celebration of the people of the community who could just come together in an experience where they can dine together, get to know each other and celebrate and be proud of the community space,” says Christine Ault, one of the five coordinators of the soirée, along with Maritza Davis of Unseen Heroes, restaurateur Bobbin Mulvaney, event consultant Libby Siino and Kaiser Permanente public affairs director Michelle Odell.

In keeping with Le Dîner en Blanc tradition, the venue of this year's event will be kept secret until the day of, when guests will gather at a few departure sites where they'll be escorted by a volunteer to the dining locale.

Past Sacramento dinners have been held at downtown landmarks like Downtown Commons in front of Golden 1 Center in 2016 and Memorial Auditorium in 2017.

Guests can bring their own food or pre-order a gourmet picnic basket from one of the few partner restaurants and businesses. (Photo courtesy of Le Dîner en Blanc Sacramento)
Guests can bring their own food or pre-order a gourmet picnic basket from one of the few partner restaurants and businesses. (Photo courtesy of Le Dîner en Blanc Sacramento)

Diners will be selected by the hosting team in three phases: First, those who dined last year will be invited back; second, each will get to sponsor a friend and his/her guest (so, if you don't have an invite, be really nice to someone who does); and finally, the waiting list will be sorted through to fill the remaining space. (Click here to register for the waiting list)

Lucky invitees will pay $40 per seat in advance to attend and must bring their own white table, chairs, tablecloths, plates, glasses and cutlery.

They can also bring their own food, or pre-order and pick up a gourmet picnic basket before the event from a few local restaurants and businesses. Guests cannot bring alcohol, but champagne and wine are available for pre-purchase on Le Dîner en Blanc’s website.

Ault says she's excited to see plenty of creative attires and costumes, as well as table décor as some of previous participants have already been planning for this October’s party since last year. “[There was] a Tower Bridge table setting all in white and they had dessert in the center of it and it probably was one of the most beautiful table settings [I saw],” says Ault. “I’m just blown away with how much time and attention people are taking for what they wear and how they set their table.”

For more information or to join the waiting list, visit sacramento.dinerenblanc.com

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Special Invitation for the 30th Anniversary of Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris: June 3, 2018

Posted by Chantal Blanchard on February 05, 2018 | 0 comment

Chers amis, On Sunday, June 3, 2018, in one of Paris’ most prestigious locations, an immense Le Dîner en Blanc will bring together some 20,000 people, half of whom are from other countries, to dine at the same table. We extend this invitation to thousands of people who, on all continents...

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​​​​​​​Thank you Sacramento for your warm embrace of Le Dîner en Blanc!

Posted by Christine Ault on October 31, 2017 | 0 comment

Almost 1,700 revelers gathered at the iconic Sacramento Memorial Auditorium for the 2nd edition of Le Dîner en Blanc Sacramento on October 7th. Once again, Sacramentans had a chance to enjoy one of our city’s special public spaces, exhibi...

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Our rich and diverse creative community makes Sacramento special

Posted by Christine Ault on October 31, 2017 | 0 comment

The second edition of Sacramento’s Dîner en Blanc was a truly magical evening and we extend a huge thank to the performers, artists, musicians and dancers for once again making the evening one of the most unforgettable nights Sacramento h...

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

Founded in 2012, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in close to 80 cities in 30 countries around the world with close 120,000 participants. The largest and most internationally recognized Le Dîner en Blanc remains the original Paris event. Launched in 1988 by François Pasquier and his close friends, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris attracts nearly 10,000 people annually.

What are the membership and transaction fees for?

Membership and transaction fees are used to cover the inherent costs of training, support and technological services to all the organizers around the world, to enable them to organize their own event, as offered by Dîner en Blanc International. These services allow us to preserve and convey the concept’s values, to sustain our corporate standards by regrouping them within a single network and, to develop technical tools. The membership offers members a number of online services that will grow in the coming years. Dîner en Blanc International is working on updating its platforms so that all participants of a Dîner en Blanc event become members. In addition, this annual fee will allow members to register for as many Dîner en Blanc events in the world as they wish.

Is Dîner en Blanc an illegal activity?

For almost 30 years, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris has been taking place without authorization, in some of the city’s most prestigious sites. The first editions were not easy to pull off. Today, French authorities know that the event is always well organized and that guests are always respectful of public property. Moreover, the event’s photogenic quality helps promote the city’s image as a stylish Metropolis. On the other hand, all events produced according to Le Dîner en Blanc International guidelines require local hosts to acquire the proper authorization, permits, and insurances before proceeding with their event.

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

Since the founding of Dîner en Blanc International in 2012, the event has quickly spread to over 70 cities around the world, with close to 120,000 guests participating each year. The largest and most internationally recognized Dîner en Blanc remains the original Paris event. Launched nearly 30 years ago by François Pasquier and his close friends, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris now attracts almost 10,000 people annually, with 15,000 guests attending the 25th anniversary edition in 2013.

Is it possible to organize a Dîner en Blanc in my city?

Dîner en Blanc International has established an exclusive service to facilitate the organization and management of Dîner en Blanc events around the world. This turnkey service enables interested local teams to produce Dîner en Blanc in their own city, while connecting to the international network. For more information, write to info@dinerenblanc.info.

How can I participate?

You can register for Le Dîner en Blanc by one of the following three methods: by being part of the Hosts or Leaders’ personal network and getting invited by them (Phase 1); by knowing someone who registers during Phase 1 and asking them to sponsor you for Phase 2; or, by signing up to the waiting list and registering during Phase 3.

What are the key rules of the event?

Le Dîner en Blanc is an evening like no other. Once registration is confirmed, each guests’ participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions. Participants arrive at a designated departure point with their table, chairs, and picnic materials, and then make their way to the secret location with their Table Leader by chartered bus or organized public transportation. They take all of their belongings with them at the end of the night, including leftovers and trash, and they leave the site as clean as it was upon arrival.

What must guests wear?

All guests must dress elegantly in head-to-toe white. This means no ivory, no off-white, and no beige… Originality is always encouraged, as long as it stays stylish and tasteful.
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