Miami Soul: Ultra chic pop-up dining, Diner en Blanc, makes Miami debut

It’s exclusive, invite-only, and ultra chic, and in Miami that’s the perfect ingredient for a great party. Add to that an all-white affair, a Parisian-themed epicurean dinner, and the pop-up trend, and that’s a formula for Miami magic.

On Tuesday, December 9, Miami finally gets to experience the wildly popular Diner en Blanc that made its U.S. debut in New York City in 2011 and have since been held in other U.S. cities, including Albuquerque, Chicago, Cincinnati, and most recently Washington, DC and Atlanta before making its way to Miami. There’s pop-up dining, which has become a recent trend, and then there’s Diner en Blanc described as the pinnacle of pop-up dining experience where thousands show up to a secret location dressed in all white and with their own food baskets and white tableware. Simple in theme, but it’s truly a concept that you have to experience in order to fully understand. And because Moet & Chandon is present, it’s almost guaranteed that this will be nothing short of a fabulous event.

What started in Paris 26 years ago as a simple concept of an organized picnic with friends bringing a meal and wearing all white so that they could easily find each other when they convened for their picnic at a public location has become a culinary phenomena bringing together more than 15,000 friends each year in Paris. The secret dinner made its North American debut in Montreal, Canada in 2009, and from there, it spread to New York City where more than 30,000 people registered for the waiting list to attend the inaugural U.S. Diner en Blanc. Other host cities have also included Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, Rwanda, South Africa, Ivory Coast, and even Haiti.


Key Rules to the Event

The inaugural Miami event already has 3,800 people on the waiting list with more seats expected to be added to accommodate the large waiting list. The location is held in a shroud of secrecy until the very last minute when guests meet at designated spots for a shuttle to the pop-up location for an evening of dining and drinking under the stars at a picturesque location. Guests are asked to dress elegantly in white from head to toe, bring their own picnics, tables, chairs, fine china, silverware, and white tablecloth. Through the course of the evening, the diners eat and celebrate amid live music, dancing, complete with festive white balloons. The waving of a sea of cloth napkins marks the beginning of the dinner as well as the lighting of sparklers to let participants know they are now free to circulate, mingle and dance. When the trumpet call sounds the end of the evening, guests pack up their crystal, dinnerware and tables, pick up all their litter and head into the night, leaving behind no sign of their elegant revelry.

Hugh’s Culinary will be providing a food basket for those wishing to order. These are paired with Apothic Wines and other varietals.


Guests Are Asked to 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.
  • Participants must wear white and be dressed elegantly.
  • Originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful.

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