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Seattle to Host Its First Ever Dîner en Blanc Summer 2017

Seattle – Thursday, April 6, 2017 – Le Dîner en Blanc, the popular Parisian-style pop-up picnic characterized by its famous all-white dress code will take place in Seattle for the first time ever Summer 2017. The exact date will be announced later on. If you want to be part of this inaugural event, register now on the waiting list at seattle.dinerenblanc.com/register.

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. Nearly thirty years later, over 10,000 Parisians participate each year. In 2009, the first ever export of Le Dîner en Blanc took place in Montreal, Canada, followed by a first American edition in 2011 in New York City. After its successful New York debut, Dîner en Blanc International was created to bring the Parisian secret to more cities around the world. Le Dîner en Blanc is now held in over 70 cities all over the world including London, Sydney, Tokyo, Mexico City, Toronto and Los Angeles, with over 100,000 annual guests.

Now for the first time ever, Seattle will host its own Dîner en Blanc, thanks to local hosts Lars Johnson, Erica Snow and Kelly Soligon. “Le Dîner en Blanc captures the spirit of friendship, glamour, and European elegance,” states Lars Johnson. “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 Seattle and to add some Pacific Northwest flair to Dîner en Blanc.”

To uphold Le Dîner en Blanc’s tradition, guests of around the world must dress head-to-toe in white and are requested to bring their own portable tables, white chairs, white table linens, tableware, and a gourmet meal.

A large part of the excitement surrounding Le Dîner en Blanc is the secrecy surrounding the event location which is kept secret until the very last moment. Guests are given rendezvous to a departure point when they purchase their tickets.

For full details on the rules and regulations, please visit seattle.dinerenblanc.com/about.

About Dîner en Blanc International

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over 70 cities in more than 25 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair. For more info and photos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world, visit dinerenblanc.com.

About Le Dîner en Blanc – Seattle Hosts

Le Dîner en Blanc – Seattle is hosted by Lars Johnson, Erica Snow and Kelly Soligon. All natives of the Seattle area, your hosts are excited to bring the joie de vivre of Le Dîner en Blanc to the Pacific Northwest. Lars Johnson will be serving as the guest and volunteer lead, including event registration. He spent 3 years living in Paris, where he learned to love French culture, food, wine, and cultural traditions. Erica Snow has over 17 years of event planning experience and will lead the charge of all things related to event production. Erica is passionate around her love for the Pacific Northwest. She knows you can’t beat anywhere else on a Seattle summer day so is thrilled to be bringing Dîner en Blanc to Seattle this summer. Kelly Soligon is leading Public and Media Relations, Social Media, and Sponsorships. Kelly brings over 20 years of professional experience in marketing, public relations, advertising, and event management to her role as co-host. Seattle’s Le Dîner en Blanc hosts are hoping to create a lasting tradition and celebration for the city of Seattle.

To keep up to date on event announcements:

DinerEnBlanc.Seattle dinerenblancseattle

Hashtags: #dinerenblanc #DEBseattle

For all official videos of Dîner en Blanc around the world, visit YouTube Le Dîner en Blanc

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For media requests, interviews or high resolution images, contact: Kelly Soligon; media@seattle.dinerenblanc.com

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