Dining: Diner en Blanc

If you come across thousands of people dressed head to toe in white Saturday evening, don’t be alarmed — it’s just Dîner en Blanc. François Pasquier founded the “dinner in white” pi

click to enlarge Bill and Kate Baumann
Bill and Kate Baumann

If you come across thousands of people dressed head to toe in white Saturday evening, don’t be alarmed — it’s just Dîner en Blanc. 

François Pasquier founded the “dinner in white” picnic party in Paris 25 years ago as a means for him to reconnect with his friends. He made sure his picnicking guests wore white so they’d be able to spot each other. Since then, the recherché dinner party has grown to include more than 40 cities worldwide, with thousands of guests donning their white sartorial best and lugging white chairs, a small, white table and a picnic basket filled with epicurean wine, champagne and food to a furtive location. 

Dîner en Blanc arrived in Cincinnati last September because local couple Kate and Bill Baumann had read a 2011 New York Times article on how NYC was going to be the first U.S. location to host the event and would use the Paris Dîner as their template. 

Dîner en Blanc is sold-out but you can find info for next year’s event at cincinnati.dinerenblanc.info.

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