A leading summer event in Paris for nearly 30 years, this elegant and secret affair is now well on its way to becoming THE foodie summer tradition! On September 14, 2017, Le Dîner en Blanc – San Diego will take place at a secret location.
Participation in this unique event happens in three stages: Phase 1 is for members who attended the previous year; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase 1 attendees; and Phase 3 is for those who signed up on the waiting list. Interested guests can sign-up for the wait list at sandiego.dinerenblanc.com/register.
Every year in cities around the world, thousands of people dressed entirely in white descend on a landmark public space with everything they need for an elegant soirée in tow, including folding table and chairs, gourmet picnic food, fine china, silverware, and tablecloth. Over the course of the evening, the guests eat and celebrate amid live music and dancing. Many spend weeks in advance planning their menus and the white ensemble. The event offers the perfect occasion to express their unique fashion and design style; the often elaborate and creative outfits, fantastical hats, and decorative table settings are always a fabulous spectacle.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting the sixth year of Le Dîner en Blanc – San Diego. Since its commencement in America’s Finest City, the event has more than doubled and has also showcased some of the city’s most picturesque locations. From Harbor Island to Waterfront Park, Le Dîner en Blanc – San Diego has garnered a vast following and we look forward to showing past attendees and new guests what we have in store for this year’s event,” said Amy Ulketekin, executive director of Ulketekin Event Group, and co-host of Le Dîner en Blanc – San Diego.
Attendees and volunteers from past Le Dîner en Blanc – San Diego are also gearing up for the sixth celebration in San Diego. “It’s become our thing,” San Diego resident Joe Park said. “We always look forward to an evening under the stars with friends and enjoy seeing the creativity that everyone puts into the event from their attire to cuisine and décor.”
To maintain the uniqueness of Le Dîner en Blanc as well as stay true to tradition, guests must observe certain requirements and follow a few key rules:
- Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions. This is a rain or shine event.
- Dress code: elegant and white only. Originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful.
- Table setting: all white!
- To ensure that the location secret is kept undisclosed until last minute, guests meet at assigned departure location and are escorted by a Dîner en Blanc volunteer.
- In order to leave the event location as clean as when they arrived, guests are required to leave with all their belongings, leftovers and litter.
Guests must bring
- A table, two white chairs, white tablecloth.
- A picnic basket comprising fine food and proper stemware and white dinnerware.
- A catered picnic basket option, which can be picked up on site, will be available for those who do not wish to pack their own. Guests wishing to do so must reserve online throughDîner en Blanc website during the initial ticket registration.
- Champagne and/or wine. Beer and hard liquor are prohibited.
For full details on the event’s rules and regulations, please visit sandiego.dinerenblanc.com.
Le Dîner en Blanc – San Diego gratefully acknowledges Rombauer Vineyards as an official local partner of the 2017 edition of Le Dîner en Blanc in San Diego as well as Evian Badoit as National Partners.
About Le Dîner en Blanc
Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Le Dîner en Blanc – Paris now attracts over 10,000 people each year. What was a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on six continents. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this fantastic event 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 their city’s most beautiful public spaces. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over 70 cities in more than 25 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. For more info and photos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world, visit dinerenblanc.com.
About Le Dîner en Blanc – San Diego Hosts
Le Dîner en Blanc – San Diego is hosted by Amy Ulkutekin, Nena Villavicencio and Lindsay Preston, three event managers and friends who also plan luxury weddings and several festivals in San Diego. Combining their love and passion for elegant events and spending quality time with good friends, the three are thrilled to be hosting this year’s Dîner en Blanc.