Diner en Blanc Comes to Philadelphia


The Parisian import, Diner en Blanc, is coming to Philadelphia on August 23rd. Diner en Blanc is an event that began in Paris with just a few friends who had the idea to plan a little flash mob (not a Philly-style flash mob, but Everywhere-Else Style) by having a fancy, surprise picnic in a public space. Soon, the event grew and over the last 25 or so years it has gained in attendance–now drawing nearly 15,000 diners in cities across Europe.

Since then, the idea has evolved again. These days it takes the form of thousands of people trying to get on a waiting list in hopes of snagging one of the coveted spots, preparing your own fine dinner, and being led (while wearing all white) by organizers to a secret spot in a public space (like the Eiffel Tower or the Champs-Elysses) on the day of the event.

The goal of Diner en Blanc is to bring together people from all over the city for a night of cultural enjoyment and to enhance the use of some ordinary public space (like the Eiffel Tower or the Champs-Elysses) just for one night, leaving no trace behind. Though a 1000+ guests are expected to attend, the registration for Diner en Blanc is limited.

The waiting list for Philly’s turn at this pop-up mystery dinner is already open. And in a few weeks, registration will begin and those who have signed up in time will receive notification to register themselves and a guest, as well as to pick a meeting spot from which they will be led to the secret venue. If registrants can’t (or won’t) bring their own picnic they can pre-order one from the official caterer, Garces Catering.

For more information visit Philadelphia Diner en Blanc.

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  • Exciting

    Can’t wait for this. It’s so good to see something like this come to Philadelphia. We’ll show ’em how it’s done. 😉

  • diParma

    wasn’t this thing a complete failure in NYC? PASS.

  • barryg

    Philly used to be an unpretentious, trend avoiding respite for food lovers… now we wait in lines around the block to eat at hamburgers chains and pay to go to asinine, faux-exclusive events where you bring your own food… $180 cooking demos… RIP the good old days of Philly.

  • Daytime Drinker.

    @Barryg nobody is forcing you to do anything.
    Always so goddamn negative.
    Sure Shake Shack is a chain but why are you complaining about going there if it is so terrible. The annoying thing about people who use the word “pretentious” is they are the most pretentious self entitled people. Social experiences were not designed just for YOUR sensibilities. If Philly bothers you move to Wilmington and stop bitching.

  • http://Foobooz Vinnie PPABootsquad

    I LOVE the FooBooz website, it really lets me know What’s Happening Now, as compared to ‘back in the day’ when you had to be pals with Holly Moore or Larry Fields or Elaine Tait.

    When new stuff comes out Now, most of us proud Philadelphian open-minded folk will say ‘Let’s Give It A Go And See what Happens.’

    Of course there’s always the ‘few’ folks with agendas, serial bitchers, chain haters, and negative nabobs who won’t be satisfied with Anything. That’s when the FooBoozers start eating their own. Good Grief, Barry-Bob Dylan ‘sold out’ and played the electric guitar. Get Over It, NOBODY Cares.

  • barryg

    I wasn’t criticizing foobooz for covering the event. The event itself is the epitome and perhaps the definition of pretentiousness. Shake Shack–well we used to laugh at New Yorkers waiting in lines to buy cupcakes and now we wait hours to buy a fast food-style hamburger (and live blog it). Maybe that was just me but I don’t think so. Again not criticizing the live bloggers but the fact that there is a market for that.

  • Cheltenham Charlie

    Let me get this straight. You pay $50, bring your own food, your own tables and chairs, and dress in white. And the money goes where? Pass.

  • Janey

    @Charlie – The $50 covers overhead costs for the event such as rental of the space, permits, electricity, sound system, the band, the DJ, lighting, security, bathrooms, trash, etc.


    @Janey – $50 per person to rent public space? Trash? I thought diners were “leaving no trace behind.” Does a sound system and DJ cost $50,000?

  • http://speedlighter.blogspot.com michael anthony murphy

    i think it is a brilliant idea! $50 per couple is actually less than i imagined it to be. If I had known about this event before, I’d definitely would’t have tried to reserve a seat.
    Side note, I’m a photographer, dying to get some photographs of the event tonight. If anyone would like to share some info of the location, feel free to shoot me an email at michaelamurphy007@gmail.com