Has anyone ever seen that episode of Gilmore Girls in which Rory, while attending Yale, accidentally discovers a secret society and then journeys deep into the Connecticut woods with them to attend a dreamlike soiree full of fancy food and costume? If not, kindly see below. There’s candlelight, pitched white tents, floor length gowns, and even some sort of athletic sport that involves women being carried in carriages by men.
The enigma of this sort of event—the hefty sense of escapism and mystery and the romantic notion of make believe—is what attracts people to Le Diner en Blanc, a flash food feast coming to Boston on August 16.
Though the event has only recently started popping up across major cities in the U.S., it has looped around Europe a number of times, most notably in Paris where a man named Francois Pasquier once planned a dinner party with some close friends in a public space, asking them all to wear white so that they could easily find each other.
Twenty-five years later, Le Diner en Blanc (which translates to Dinner in White) has hosted thousands upon thousands of guests every year. Never heard of the event? Precisely! The locations of these pop-up picnics are kept secret, maintaining a spirit of spontaneity and an air of mystery for its participants, even on the day of. Participants who purchase tickets on the Diner en Blanc website (they range from $25 to $35) will be assembled at various meeting points across the city and then taken to the location by a trip leader.
Rules, however, are part of the game. Participants bring their own food, tables, chairs, and utensils, and must wear white from head to toe. They must also leave the public space exactly as they found it, as if the dinner had never occurred. There are no rain dates for Le Diner. You’ll discuss, dine, and dance with friends and strangers even if (and when) the rain pours.
Though Boston is no stranger to flash mobs, the city has undoubtedly never seen an event like this unfold on its streets. Imagine accidentally stumbling upon a dining crowd of hundreds (maybe even thousands) dressed all in white in Copley Square, across the Esplanade, or on the waterfront at the Boston Harbor, just as the sun is making it’s way behind a hazy pair of purple clouds. It’d be a sight to see.
Intrigued? As you should be. Click here to sign up, and make sure to clear your calendars on the night of August 16th.
PS. RORY AND LOGAN FOREVER!