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Seeking a New Team of hosts in Halifax

Posted by Karim Talaat on November 18, 2015 | 0 comment

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Dîner en Blanc International is currently looking for a group of 3 organizers to take on the Dîner en Blanc – Halifax to produce the 2016 edition and onwards. Over a 1000 friends of friends gathered at the last event held at the Citadel Hill.  In recent years, le Dîner en Blanc - this elegant picnic has been promoting values such as friendship, heritage, respect and secrecy - has truly...

Food Baskets prepared by Bistro Le Coq

Posted by Stacy O'Rourke on August 11, 2015 | 0 comment

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If you are unsure of what to eat at this year's Diner en Blanc, consider purchasing one of the amazing baskets prepared by our food partner, Bistro Le Coq. These incredible pre-prepared menus are for two people and available for purchase through the Diner en Blanc Halifax on-line store only until 4 pm on August 15th, 2015. Baskets will be able for pick up on the day of the event, August 22, 2015, between 10 am an...

Art of Table Contest

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Posted by Stacy O'Rourke on August 11, 2015 | 1 comment

Understated, elegant or over the top? We expect to see some fantastic table d&eac...

Wine Purchase for Diner en Blanc 2015

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Posted by Stacy O'Rourke on August 10, 2015 | 0 comment

If you would like to enjoy some of the lovely wines that our sponsor Bishop's...

The 2015 edition of Diner en Blanc - Halifax takes place August 22nd!

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Posted by Chantal Blanchard on June 16, 2015 | 0 comment

Once again this year, the elegant white wave of dinner guests will take over one ...

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Most viewed questions

What are the membership and transaction fee for?

Membership and transaction fees are used to cover the inherent costs of training, support and technological services to all the organizers from around the world, to enable them to organize their own event, graciously offered by Diner en Blanc International. These services allow us to preserve the values conveyed by the concept, to sustain the corporate standards by regrouping them within a single network and, to develop these technical tools. The membership offers members a number of online services that will be multiplied in the coming years. Diner en Blanc International is working in updating its platforms - release planned for 2016 - in order for all participants of a Dîner en Blanc event to become members. In addition, this annual fee will allow members to register for as many Dîner en Blanc events in the world as they wish.

Is it an illegal activity?

Le Dîner en Blanc - Paris is held on the most prestigious sites of the city, without authorization. The first editions were not easy to put in place. Today, the French authorities know the organization and know that it’s always well controlled. Moreover, the event’s photogenic quality adds to the city’s image of a modern and stylish city, open to the world. To ensure the safety of our International DEB guests, we require that the local hosts have the proper authorization, permits and insurances before proceeding with their event.

How many Dîner en Blanc events are there in the world?

There are close to 60 events scheduled, or in the process of being approved for 2015! Most take place in North America and Europe with a total of one hundred thousand members participating each year. The largest and most internationally recognized Dîner en Blanc, is the original event in Paris. Instigated over 27 years ago by François Pasquier and his close friends, it attracts today almost 15,000 people yearly. The second largest event is based in Montreal, Canada with 5,500 guests.

I have seen that many of your events worldwide are associated with certain brands, is there a possibility for sponsorship opportunities?

Dîner en Blanc International prides itself on being associated with some of the most exciting and elegant brands worldwide, however this event is first and foremost a dinner amongst friends and is not intended to be an event overly saturated with brand and marketing opportunities.

Is the Dîner en Blanc really free?

Le Dîner en Blanc is first and foremost a gathering of friends. It is a non-commercial, organisation. The fee required of guests goes to cover the costs inherent to the organisation, e.g., bus rental, electricity, sound system, lighting, security, photographic and video services, and other small surprises peculiar to each event…

What must guests bring?

Two (white) chairs, a picnic basket comprised of quality menu items and china dinner service. They must wear white and be dressed elegantly. Originality is encouraged as long as it stays stylish and denotes taste.

What are the key rules of the event?

Le Dîner en Blanc is quite different from other evenings. Seats are allotted on site in a very specific manner. - Once confirmed, the presence of each guest thus becomes essential and mandatory, whatever happens and regardless of weather conditions; - Colour: white only; - Bring a picnic basket and foldable chairs (white); - Arrive and depart by bus or organised public transit; - Bring one’s refuse when departing and leave the place as clean as it was upon arrival.

Why are men generally seated on one side and women on the other?

Le Dîner en Blanc is a highly photogenic event. Colour, style, but also the symmetry of men and women are important components of this aesthetics. This has also always been the tradition of Diner en Blanc Paris. Moreover, regardless of the site, there is always a guest perspective which is more pleasing to the eye than the other. This first perspective is always given to women. Same sex couples are not requested to follow this guideline.
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