The Waiting List for the international sensation is now open!
Le Dîner en Blanc, the popular Parisian-inspired pop-up picnic characterized by its famous all-white dress code will take place in Tampa Bay for the first time ever. The exact date will be announced later on.
Le Dîner en Blanc began in Paris in 1988 when François Pasquier, returning from a long stay abroad, had the idea to gather friends for a picnic. As the number of guests grew, he decided to hold the dinner in a public space and ask everyone to dress in all white to easily recognize one another. The event was such a success that they all agreed to repeat the experience the following year. Each year, the evening gathered more and more friends. Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris reached a record high attendance in 2018 for its 30th anniversary when 17,000 guests from Paris and around the world celebrated at the Esplanade des Invalides. Over the years, Le Dîner en Blanc has become one of the most sought-after culinary events around the world! What was a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on six continents.
Now for the first time ever, Tampa Bay will welcome its very own Le Dîner en Blanc. Each city is led by a team of local hosts from diverse professional backgrounds. The Le Dîner en Blanc – Tampa Bay team is made up of Juawana Colbert, Cherry Gooding, Rene “Rudy” Preux and Markesha Fuller. “We look forward to creating an evening of elegance that will be memorable for Tampa Bay.”
“Le Dîner en Blanc captures the spirit of friendship, glamour, and European elegance,” states Juawana. “We love the history and anticipation of the Dîner en Blanc events around the world. We’re excited to bring a little piece of Europe to Tampa Bay and to add some USA flair to Le Dîner en Blanc.”
The concept of Le Dîner En Blanc spans over 30 years. Guests arrive to a secret location to dine in a public place dressed in all white attire. Guests will enjoy a localized experience but take part in Dîner En Blanc traditions that include the napkin wave, champagne toast and lighting up the night sky with the sparklers.
To participate in this first edition: guests must be invited via the hosts’ network or participating partners or get on waiting list via the official website. To be part of this inaugural event people can sign up by visiting the official website at tampabay.dinerenblanc.com and clicking on the Register tab.
Staying true to the tradition of Le Dîner en Blanc, guests must observe certain requirements and follow a few key rules:
● Dress code for the event is elegant and must be in white attire only. Originality and creativity are encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful.
● Table settings including linen, floral arrangements must be in all white.
● Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions. This is a rain or shine event.
● To ensure that the location is kept secret until the last minute, guests meet at the assigned departure location and are escorted by Le 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.
Event preparations for 2021 have begun. The Le Dîner en Blanc – Tampa Bay team is welcoming applications to volunteer and be a part of the event. Volunteer opportunities include table leaders, group leaders and more. To be part of our volunteer team, sign-up to the waiting list via the official website visittampabay.dinerenblanc.com, click on the Register tab. When validating the email address a box appears simply click ‘I would be interested to become a Volunteer Leader’.
About the Hosts of Le Dîner en Blanc – Tampa Bay
Le Dîner en Blanc – Tampa Bay host team is composed of Juawana Colbert, Cherry Gooding, Rene “Rudy” Preux and Markesha Fuller. Rene Preux brings a wealth of experience in organizational & hospitality skills within event management to help execute an amazing event. Markesha Fuller, also a part of the Le Dîner ne Blanc – Jacksonville host team, has over 20 years of experience in corporate administration and event planning. Juawana Colbert has over 15 years’ experience in Marketing and Economic Development where she has served in Executive level roles. Cherry Gooding is an Expert in Logistical Planning and Operations and has worked in the Event Management space for over ten years.