Last night Boca magazine sent our roving women of style, Lisa Mulhall and Cindy Krebsbach, to West Palm to get briefed on the upcoming inaugural Diner en Blanc everyone’s buzzing about. Here’s what they had to report:
“There are picnics and there are Picnics,” reported The New York Times. If that is true, on November 10, 2015, West Palm Beach welcomes the grandest picnic ever, Diner en Blanc, a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event that is an international epicurean sensation in more than 60 cites throughout 25 plus countries. On this one night, 1200 enthusiasts will join together right here in South Florida for the first ever, refined, pop-up epicurean event.
Handbag designer Nora David, event production company officer Jimmy Moise and local Internet radio personality Corhinn Brunot are the passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving the rendezvous a local flair.
In essence, Le Diner en Blanc promotes friendship, elegance and gallantry. Over the course of the evening, the guests enhance the function and value of one of their city’s public spaces by participating in the unexpected.
But there are rules. Guests of guests cannot invite guests. Guest must attend—no cancellations even for weather or personal calamity. Guests must only dress in elegant white—originality is encouraged. Table settings are also white, very formal, graced with crystal stemware and set the stage for the evening. Guests may bring their own fine picnic food or purchase it from the venue in advance.
No one knows where to find the event—the location is kept a secret until the last minute. Guests meet at assigned departure locations and are escorted by Diner en Blanc volunteers to the final location. Once on location, the event is an elegant dinner graced by music, fine food and great fellowship in the outdoor splendor of south Florida.
Invitations are issued in three tiers–first to the close friends of the organizers, then to guests of the friends, and finally to the general public. Seats are limited and are quickly reserved by aficionados of the event. Registration may be completed via the official website: westpalmbeach.dinerenblanc.info/register