Registration for Diner en Blanc Opens in July

Thousands Don White to Dine Together at Secret Location

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The waving of the napkins traditionally signifies the beginning of the dinner. Image courtesy Bulldog/Davis

On Saturday, August 24 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Washington, D.C. will host its sixth annual Le Dîner en Blanc. The yearly extravaganza, where guests dine in white takes place in a secret public location revealed only minutes prior to the commence of the event. Last year, Le Dîner en Blanc Washington sold out in minutes to 5,000 guests.

Guests must become members of Diner en Blanc to join the waiting list, and be eligible to register in July for the dinner, so that they will be on the list to learn the secret location.

Over the course of the evening, 5,000 guests will once again dine and celebrate the sixth anniversary of Le Dîner en Blanc – Washington amid live music, entertainment and dancing. Each year, guests bring their all-white tables, chairs and table settings, and the truly ambitious create their own French picnics with extravagant, inventive tablescapes.  For those looking for a more convenient option, attendees can rent a table and chairs from Rentals to Remember.

The evening is marked with Le Dîner en Blanc traditions, including the waving of the napkin to signify the beginning of dinner and the lighting of sparklers to conclude the meal and ignite the dance floor. At the end of the evening, guests pack up all of their belongings, pick up all their litter, and head into the night, leaving behind no sign of their elegant revelry.

Guests express individuality even as they dine wearing a single color. Image: Bulldog/Davis

Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. What was a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on six continents. While the event may have changed over the years, the principles have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of the city’s most beautiful public spaces.

This secret posh picnic is an international event takes place in over 80 cities in 30 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair. The dinner om Washington, D.C. is produced by The Davis Group, LLC, a full-service event design and production company based in the Washington, DC area. Linda Davis, along with daughters Bryer and Kaitlin have brought together nearly 15,000 people to celebrate Dîner en Blanc in Washington.

“We are thrilled and incredibly proud to bring Le Dîner en Blanc back to Washington for its sixth year,” says Linda Davis, Dîner en Blanc co-host and principal of The Davis Group. “Every year we have one common goal – to bring people together at a secret location to share a gourmet meal.”

Registration for the unique experience happens in three stages beginning later next month: Phase 1 is for members who attended the previous year; Phase 2 is for new members who have been sponsored by Phase 1 attendees; and Phase 3 is for guests who signed up on the waiting list. Those interested can sign up at washington.dinerenblanc.com/register.

Sparklers are traditionally lit to signify the move from dinner to the dance floor, which last year was the field at National’s Park. Image; Bullfrog Media/Davis

For the past five years, our city has hosted the white-linen affair at several landmark locations including Yards Park, Carnegie Library, Henry Bacon Park, Pennsylvania Avenue, and Nationals Park.

The Davis Group plans to improve the 2019 guest experience by limiting the restrictions and security of last year’s event.

“At last year’s Dîner en Blanc at Nationals Park, we did not anticipate the strict security check-ins, in-field capacity restrictions and long periods of detainment our guests experienced while entering the stadium,” says Davis.  “We apologize and want our guests to know that last year’s event did not reflect the many months of planning. We are dedicated to ensure that our guests’ experience is always at the forefront of our vision and that DC continues to celebrate one of the most unique dinner parties the world has ever seen.”

Le Dîner en Blanc – Washington DC gratefully acknowledges as Chateau Ste. Michelle, Citi Bank and Sofitel as an official national partner of the 2019 US series of Le Dîner en Blanc.

sign up at washington.dinerenblanc.com/register. Follow #dinerenblanc #debdc2019 #dinerenblancdc on social media.

For info, photos and videos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world, visit dinerenblanc.com.