Le Diner en Blanc, the invitation-only event that requires guests to wear all white and schlep their own meals, drinks, tables, chairs, linens and dishware to a secret location, will return this fall, in all its labor intensity, for a second go-round in Sacramento.
Diner en Blanc organizers announced Thursday that the event, which started in Paris in 1988 and has been held in 70 cities in 25 countries, will make its second appearance in Sacramento on Oct. 7.
Last year’s high-end picnic happened at Downtown Commons days after Golden 1 Center opened. Organizers waited until just before the event to disclose its location to invitees. The same rules apply to this year’s site (*cough* the rail yards *cough*).
Kidding! We do not know the location. And we will have to wait until late summer, when invitations are issued, to see if we made the list. (Last year’s invitation clearly got lost in the mail).
Organizers said in a press release Thursday that the 1,000 participants from last year will be re-invited, but that this year’s event will accommodate up to 1,500 people. Hopefuls can sign up for a waiting list at https://sacramento.dinerenblanc.com/register.
The announcement of the first local Le Diner en Blanc prompted cries of elitism in some social-media circles. But I say, more power to anyone willing to do all that work to have a picnic. My objections lie entirely with all of them wearing white after Labor Day.