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July 14, 2012

Pop Up - White - French - Dinner - Oui
What's French, white & pops up where you least expect it - anywhere in the world?
It's "Diner en Blanc" of course. A "chic picnic". To be held on 1st September 2012 at a secret location.

At Brisbane’s Diner en Blanc you will be able to bring your own food, or choose from 3 catered options! The orangisers will announce the top Brisbane restaurant and caterer. 
At the last minute, the location is given to thousands of friends and acquaintances who have been patiently waiting to learn the “Dîner en Blanc's” secret place. Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space.
Over the course of an evening, the diners enhance the function and value of their city's public space by participating in the unexpected.
Beyond the spectacle and refined elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by a love of beauty and good taste.
Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamour of court society, and diners engage one another knowing they are taking part in a truly magical event.
There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no pedestrian traffic, except for the occasional amazed and astonished looks from passersby at the scene unfolding before them.

Born 24 years ago in Paris... Launched with just a handful of friends by François Pasquier over 20 years ago, Paris' Dîner en Blanc now assembles nearly 15,000 people each year. The French capital's most prestigious sites have played host to it: the Pont des Arts, the Eiffel Tower site, the Louvre Pyramid, the Trocadéro Esplanade, Place Vendôme, the Château de Versailles, the Esplanade de Notre-Dame, the Esplanade des Invalides, the periphery of the Place de l'Étoile, the Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde and last year: The Carousel du Louvre. The Paris police tend to tolerate this ‘wild' gathering, if not perhaps even wishing they could join in!
More than 15 cities worldwide on 5 continents  have added their name to the Dîner en Blanc® network! The confirmed cities for 2012 are: Canada: Montreal, Quebec, Toronto et Vancouver.
United States: New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Singapore; Mexico City; Sydney and Brisbane (Australia); Barcelona (Spain); Kigali (Rwanda).

How does it work?
You arrive with your friends by organised transport (eg: bus) to the secret location. A leader will assign your precise seating arrangements in rows. Without wasting any time, you set up your table & chairs. Guests wait for the entire row to be set up before taking their seat.
Diner En Blanc Brisbane
Dress in white, behave, byo: table, chairs, picnic basket of gourmet food, wine & champagne (no beer).
Not too hard really!

If you want to  be a part of this mystery French picnic you will need to register here. Make sure you read all the rules before you register.

Information for this blog gathered from  http://brisbane.dinerenblanc.info/index.php (and brought to our attention by our mate Jerome Dalton @DaltonHospitality www.Daltonhospitality.com.au - good luck Jerome!)

Article by Chris G.  Remember to join us on Facebook and Twitter for regular industry updates.
Diner En Blanc Brisbane

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