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Le Dîner en Blanc – A Global Phenomenon Celebrating Elegance

Le Dîner en Blanc – A Global Phenomenon Celebrating Elegance

Dinner parties are my favorite kind of parties, so I jumped at the opportunity to attend Fort Lauderdale’s Inaugural Dîner en Blanc on February 16, 2019! This unique dining event wishes to promote friendship and elegance, while setting a new standard for chic outdoor events. Built by friends and for friends, Le Dîner en Blanc is a very special event, and it is certainly different from any dinner party I’ve ever attended before.

Creator François Pasquier launched the first Dîner en Blanc de Paris 30 years ago, and he continues to bring more than 10,000 people together each year in some of the French capital’s most prestigious sites. Over the years, the event has certainly grown in both attendance and recognition. Past locations in Paris have included Pont de Arts, the Champs-Élysée, and the garden of the Palais Royal. Just last year, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris celebrated its 30th anniversary by gathering over 15,000 guests at Place des Invalides, in front of the Eiffel Tower!

Dîner en Blanc 2019 Fort Lauderdale - Frederic Reyes- Enterrupt Studios
Dîner en Blanc 2019 Fort Lauderdale – Frederic Reyes- Enterrupt Studios

What exactly happens at Le Dîner en Blanc? After registering for the event a couple weeks in advance, I was told via email that the location of the event would be revealed to me just a few hours before which was quite exciting! As a media guest, I drove myself there, however, many guests can board buses to transport them to the secret location on the day of. We are given strict instructions to keep the location a secret until the start of the event at 4 pm. I really enjoyed the mystique, and so did the other 800 guests.

Dîner en Blanc 2019 Fort Lauderdale – Frederic Reyes- Enterrupt Studios
Dîner en Blanc 2019 Fort Lauderdale – Frederic Reyes- Enterrupt Studios

One of the main rules is to dress in all white (from head to toe) which is strictly enforced, and this really helps to create a beautiful atmosphere of togetherness and elegance. During the first hour, you find your assigned place and start setting up tables, chairs, food, and drinks. After all, this is a picnic so people bring their own supplies. Dîner en Blanc wants guests to experience the beauty and value of their city’s public spaces, and we absolutely did just that. Our location was revealed to be Esplanade Park which provided a lovely waterfront setting for this fun event along Fort Lauderdale’s scenic Riverwalk Park. They have a capacity for up to 2,000 guests, therefore, everyone had plenty of room.

Over the course of the evening, friends, family, and strangers all enjoyed participating in the unexpected, while appreciating the elegance of the dinner itself. I really loved how so many guests were brought together from diverse backgrounds by a love of good taste, beauty, and fun. It really is no surprise that the popularity of Le Dîner en Blanc has spread to more than 80 cities around the world, including New York, Sydney, Shanghai, London, Johannesburg, Singapore, Toronto, now Fort Lauderdale, and many more. I am very much looking forward to the next one in Florida, and hope to attend internationally one day!

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

14 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, what an amazing culinary experience! This is the first I’ve heard of this. Thank you so much for sharing info and photos of this spectacular event!

    • Carmen Edelson

      It was such a fun experience, happy to share!

  2. Stephanie
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    I’ve always wanted to go to one of these. They’ve had them in DC before which isn’t far from me – but also isn’t quite close enough for the amount of spontaneity these encourage!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Hopefully there will be one closer to you in the future!

  3. Wow, this event looks beautiful! I’ve never heard or seen anything like it before. I’m not sure I’d enjoy eating outside, but it does look like a gorgeous setting!
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    • Carmen Edelson

      If it’s a beautiful day, then it’s a lot of fun!

  4. This looks amazing! I have never heard of these before! Love that everyone is in white and you are sitting at long tables. Such a great way to connect and meet new people over great food.
    Lauren – https://thelittlelakecottage.com

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, it was such a great way to connect!

  5. I have heard of this many times and find it so interesting. I would love to go to this event and share in the fellowship! Also, I always think it looks like such a beautiful and peaceful event.

    • Carmen Edelson

      It’s very peaceful indeed, I highly recommend it 🙂

  6. That’s a really interesting dining experience to share with family and friends. The all white is very classy!

    • Carmen Edelson

      So much class and elegance for sure 🙂

  7. Cristina
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    I love this type of events!
    I was thinking of something similar for my birthday this year.

    • Carmen Edelson

      That would be so much fun!

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