Dîner en Blanc Headed to Miami, Waitlist Opens Today

On December 9, rain or shine, Miami will become the 14th American city to host a Dîner en Blanc. Picture this: A thousand people dressed in head-to-toe white will be transported to an unknown landmark location where they will dine and drink to live music. Afterward, they'll dance and socialize till the trumpet call indicates the end of the night, when they'll clean up, pack up, and head out.

To attend the popular event, they'll have to pay $35 and bring their own gourmet food; white tables, chairs, and tablecloths; as well as china and silverware (paper plates and plastic utensils are a no-no).

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The inaugural Dîner en Blanc took place in Paris in 1988 but didn't come to the U.S. until 2011, when one was organized in New York City. Now the picnic is held in 50 cities across the globe with insanely long waitlists, including more than 30,000 people in New York.

The Miami soiree will be cohosted by Donae Burston and Sandy Safi, along with a local host committee that includes a who's who of influencers in the art, publishing, and music spheres. There will also be a slew of volunteers.

Hosts and volunteers can invite their friends and family to the picnic, and any space that's left goes to those on the waiting list. Miami's waitlist opens today at

Organizers and volunteers will be informed of the location only hours prior to the dinner, but other attendees won't know until they arrive via transportation provided by Dîner en Blanc. However, the hosts promise the evening will take place in an amazing space. Past picnics have occurred outside the Eiffel Tower and Lincoln Center.

"The event has no limitations in terms of culture or age," Safi explains. "People really invest themselves into this, and it's easy to share with people and to enjoy, and that has no boundaries."

Burston says people fly in from all over the world for these picnics. For an extra $5, you can become a Dîner on Blanc member and have priority access to attend other national and international events.

"Nothing has ever taken place like this in Miami," Burston says. "Miami tends to be segregated, and this will bring different sections of the city together."

It's no mistake the timing of Miami's first Dîner en Blanc coincides with the end of Art Basel and peak tourist season. Let's hope the event is a success and returns next year.

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Valeria Nekhim was born in the Ukraine and raised in Montreal. She has lived in Manhattan and Miami. Her favorite part of food writing is learning the stories of chefs and restaurateurs.