All-White Dinner Party A Fun And Classy Event
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Nightlife Blogger
The party is on again for 2019!
Diner en Blanc returns to Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 12 and I could not be more thrilled about it. Note: it was held at the Santa Monica Pier. Wow!
This classy-but-not-snotty dinner party is a nightlife experience unlike any other (well, other than the hundreds of other Diner en Blanc events at cities around the globe), something that is – in a word – an experience.
First, of all, the don’t even tell you the location until a couple of hours before it. All you know is that it’s somewhere outdoors in a public area. Last year’s was in the Rose Garden next to the LA Coliseum and before that it was at the gorgeous Pasadena City Hall.
Secondly, you have to bring all your own table setting, including our own table.
Third, everyone is dressed in all-white attire.
I have been to three and have walked away each time shaking my head (as well as high-fiving the organizers). You walk into an elegant setting with classical music – such as the “Tenor of the Americas,” Maximo Marcuso – and by the time you leave you’re dancing with strangers to a DJ as if you’ve just crashed the most fun wedding party in the world.
In between is a festival of fun, going around to the tables admiring and commenting on people’s elegant decorations, having the traditional white-napkin wave, a dinner on tables with strangers place together picnic-style and topped with lit sparklers held high in the night sky.
But you just can’t show up for it. You have to sign up for it and it’s a process, which is explained below:
• Phase 1 is for members who attended the previous year
• Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase 1 attendees
• Phase 3 is for people who have signed up on the waiting list
There is a registration fee. Here is the registration link: losangeles.dinerenblanc.com/register
This is a highly-anticipated, highly sought-after affair. And for good reason: it’s awesome.
Le Diner en Blanc is a unique event started in Paris as a giant dinner party in a public space. It has spread to other major cities, some attracting as many as 20,0000 people. The one in Los Angeles will have approximately 2,000.
The rules are simple and the execution is up to the individual or the groups that go to it.
You can purchase food baskets in advance and wine and champagne from the event sponsors.
For full details on the event’s rules and regulations, go to: losangeles.dinerenblanc.com.