Food

The Last Chance to Register for DC’s Dîner en Blanc Starts Thursday

Only a few hundred slots left for the all-white party of thousands.
The first Dîner en Blanc in DC drew thousands of white-clad guests to Yards Park. Photograph by Carol Ross-Joynt.

Dîner en Blanc, a.k.a. the Guilty Remnant of dinner pop-ups, returns to Washington on August 29th. Apparently droves of people are eager to dress in all white and bring their own food/tables/chairs to a secret location, as the organizers have added a thousand spaces since last year’s inaugural dîner at Yards Park. The last chance to register begins Thursday, August 6 at 10.

Before you start picking out a picnic basket, know that registration doesn’t guarantee a spot—the current wait list holds 13,000 “hopefuls” for the BYO-supper club, capped at 2,500 guests. The remaining seats will open up to everyone on the list, and there’re only “hundreds” of slots left, according to a spokesperson. Guests who attended the previous year are automatically invited.

A few things to remember should you attempt to snag a space: the organizers provide an “iconic location” and few frills like white balloons and sparklers, but everything else is up to you—chairs, tables, white table settings, “proper stemware,” food, and wine or Champagne (no beer, please). The event is rain or shine—no one’s refunding that $45 registration fee—and the location is kept secret until the last minute.

Sound fun? Register here.

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.