Based in Montreal, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over 70 cities worldwide. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and who wanted to bring it to their city, adding their local flair, yet respecting the event's core values.
With requests coming from cities all over the world, Dîner en Blanc International set up an exclusive turnkey service that supports organizers in the creation and management of their own event.
Launched nearly 30 years ago with a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris now assembles over 10,000 guest every year, with a record 15,000 people attending the 25th anniversary in 2013. With over 100,000 members worldwide, a new social network continues to flourish. By the end of 2016, Dîner en Blanc members will be able to register for their city's event as well as events in other cities around the world!
François Pasquier - Founder of Le Dîner en Blanc
In 1988, after spending a few years abroad, François Pasquier wanted to organize a picnic to reconnect with old friends. The concept was simple: "Bring a meal, and bring a new friend." Seeing as his garden was too small to receive all the guests, he told them to convene at the Bois de Boulogne and to dress in white, so they could find each other. This friendly gathering became so popular that it grew over time. It now bringing together over 10,000 friends of friends every year in Paris. Nearly 30 years later, François Pasquier still organizes the Parisian Dîner en Blanc with those same friends.
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Le Dîner en Blanc ® caries a unique history and a philosophy we are proud of. Our family is growing, and many cities have joined the Dîner en Blanc family worldwide who wish to participate in this concept and respect its philosophy. We are welcoming these new cities by creating a network which interconnects and allows members to participate in any Dîner en Blanc events worldwide! If you wish to organize your DEB in your own city, please contact us by sending us a new request.
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