Its origins are Parisian (the name means “dinner in white”), but this flash-mob, pop-up dinner party for thousands is becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Just this August, 1,000 individuals were lucky to attend the Dîner en Blanc event in Chicago and 1,150 had tickets for the event in New York (though an additional 1,800 were charged for 200 open spots).
Dressed all in white, guests toted their own tables and chairs (of a specified dimension), glassware, silverware, and white table linens via public transportation to the site. Wine was to be ordered in advance, but guests were free to bring their own picnic, if they wished. The revelry lasted until late in the evening; mere hours later, the area at Broadway and Dey appeared as if nothing had ever taken place.