From global phenomenon to highly sought-after “secret”, Le Dîner en Blanc took over Jacksonville public space behind Baptist Hospital on the St. Johns River on November 9th, for a refined pop-up epicurean event. For Jacksonville’s first official Le Dîner en Blanc, more than 400 guests all in white attire awaited the affair. What makes the Parisian conceived event unique is the location of the event is kept secret until the very last-minute. The location is disclosed one hour prior to the event.
To participate, guests must be invited via the hosts’ network or participating partners or is on the waiting list via the official website. Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions for this exclusive rain or shine event. To ensure that the location secret is kept undisclosed until last minute, guests meet at assigned departure location and are escorted by Dîner en Blanc volunteers. Originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful. Guest must bring a table, two (white) chairs and white tablecloth with a picnic basket comprising of fine food and proper stemware and white dinnerware.
In June 2018, Le Diner en Blanc de Paris marked its 30th anniversary. A record 17,000 guests from Paris and around the world gathered to celebrate this historic moment. Launched in Paris in 1988, Le Dîner en Blanc promotes friendship, elegance and a sense of community. Now held in over 80 cities in 30 countries around the world, Le Dîner en Blanc delivers an unforgettable evening under the stars. Stay tuned for details of next years’s event! Shown is table leader Frank Town and guest setting up their table.