Mystery Meal, Secret Location

OK, here’s the deal. You’re invited to a huge dinner. You have to dress in white and bring your own table and chairs, and we can’t tell you where exactly it will be. Yet. Diner en Blanc has become an international dining experience — from its modest beginnings as a gathering of a group of friends in Paris, it has spread around the world, taking place in 45 cities across five continents. The Paris Dîner en Blanc attracts more than 12,000 people each year. This is the 25th anniversary of the event, and 16 U.S. cities are celebrating. New York’s event is next week, September 18. Check the official website for your city. There are some rules. You must bring: ? A table, two (white) chairs. ? A picnic basket comprising quality menu items and a china dinner service including proper stemware and flatware. ? Wine or champagne. Beer and hard liquor are prohibited. (Note: varies by city, as some cities require diners to purchase wine and champagne on site) Diners must wear white and be dressed elegantly, and “originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful.” You also have to be invited by someone who took part the previous year, or join the event’s official waiting list. Curious? Check out the official Diner en Blanc website for more info.

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