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First Edition of the Most Sought-after Secret Event Coming This August!

First Edition of the Most Sought-after Secret Event Coming This August!

Le Dîner en Blanc – Charlotte hosts a flash-mob style dining experience.

CHARLOTTE, NC: From a global phenomenon to the most highly sought-after “secret” dining experience, Le Dîner en Blanc will take over one of Charlotte’s public spaces on Saturday, August 11 for the first-ever refine pop-up epicurean event.

“As we look at ways to bring events to unify Charlotte, what better way to do it than over a meal,” says Tara Robertson, co-host of Le Dîner en Blanc – Charlotte. “For years, I’ve witnessed many of my friends enjoy the elegance of this event in other major cities. I’m excited to be apart of bringing this event, fit for the Queen City.”

On June 3rd of this year, Le Diner en Blanc de Paris marked its 30th anniversary! A record 17,000 guests from Paris and around the world gathered at the Esplanade des Invalides to celebrate this historic moment. Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris attracts over 10,000 people each year. What began as a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation in 80 cities in 30 countries. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this fantastic event have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful locations.

In essence, Le Dîner en Blanc promotes friendship, elegance, and gallantry. Over the course of the evening, guests experience the beauty of Charlotte by participating in the unexpected.

To maintain its uniqueness as well as staying true to the tradition of Le Dîner en Blanc, guests must observe certain requirements and follow a few key rules:

  • To participate in this first edition: guests must be invited via the hosts’ network, participating partners, or get on a waiting list. Sign up now at charlotte.dinerenblanc.com/register.
  • Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions. This is a rain or shine event.
  • Dress code:  elegant and white only.  Originality and creativity are encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful.
  • Table setting:  all white!
  • Champagne and/or wine. Beer and hard liquor are prohibited.
    • As per North Carolina alcohol laws, guests cannot bring their alcohol. Guests wishing to enjoy some wine or Champagne must reserve online through the Dîner en Blanc’s e-store. We are proud to feature wines from North Carolina’s own, The Biltmore Winery. Guests are welcome to bring their non-alcoholic beverages.  
  • To ensure that the location secret is kept secret until last minute, guests meet at assigned departure locations and are escorted by Dîner en Blanc volunteers.
  • In order to leave the event location as clean as when they arrived, guests are required to leave with all their belongings, leftovers and litter.

Guests must bring:

  • A table, two (white) chairs, white tablecloth.
  • A picnic basket comprising fine food and proper stemware and white dinnerware.
    • An option to pre-order food, from Loft and Cellar’s Restaurant, can be picked up at the site, will be available for those who do not wish to pack their food. Guests wishing to do so must reserve online through Le Dîner en Blanc website during the initial ticket registration.

For full details on the rules and regulations, please visit charlotte.dinerenblanc.com.

Le Dîner en Blanc – Charlotte gratefully acknowledges The 704 Shop, The Biltmore Estate Wines, and Loft & Cellar as local partners, and ONEHOPE as the 2018 Le Dîner en Blanc national partner.

About the Hosts of Le Dîner en Blanc – Charlotte

The hosts of Dîner en Blanc – Charlotte are Leo Bennett, Tara Robertson, and Erin Russell. The team has a combined 50 years of experience hosting and promoting special events in the southeast, to include Charlotte.

About Dîner en Blanc International

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in 80 cities in 30 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair. For more info, photos y videos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world, visit dinerenblanc.com.

About ONEHOPE

Located in the heart of Napa Valley, ONEHOPE’s mission is to bring people together to celebrate and serve the world. Each of ONEHOPE’s thoughtfully-crafted products supports a charitable cause, empowering people to do more good through everyday actions. Primarily produced in collaboration with Rob Mondavi Jr., ONEHOPE provides award-winning wine with a measurable social impact. Since its launch, more than $3 million in donations have been made to help feed the hungry, provide clinical trials for cancer patients, find forever homes for shelter animals, and much more. For more information on ONEHOPE, visit ONEHOPEwine.com.

To keep up to date on event announcements:

DinerEnBlanc.Charlotte   dinerenblanc_charlotte

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