09/27/13 1:00pm

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After this years’ breathtaking dinner in Paris with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop and New York City’s answer at Bryant Park, we wondered if we’d seen the best of the secret pop-up dinner that originated in Paris. Amsterdam and the organizers of the Netherlands event answered that with a resounding, “Niet” by putting on a spectacular evening, festive in food, while celebrating history and the city’s close ties to its waterways.

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09/26/13 2:00pm

the-art-of-style-by-kit-mills-diner-en-blanc-untapped-citiesAre you sure this is actually New York?

Last Wednesday almost 4,000 people dressed in their finest white clothes gathered in Columbus Circle, hopped on the subway, and flooded from Times Square to eventually pool in Bryant Park for the 2013 NYC Dîner en Blanc. This was my first year participating, and it did not disappoint in the least. My personal style philosophy these days can best be described as “funereal,” so while I’m no stranger to dressing in monochrome my all-white dinner party ensemble felt a lot like looking at myself in negative.

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09/19/13 10:00am

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Every year at the Dîner en Blanc, there’s a magical moment. At Bryant Park this year, it was mid-dinner when the back facade of the New York Public Library became packed with guests dancing and drinking wine (in public, *gasp!*). Last year at Lincoln Center it was when the 3,000 guests flooded the geometric plaza, which we captured in a time lapse video.

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09/16/13 2:00pm


NYC  Dîner en Blanc – Lincoln Center Timelapse Video on YouTube

Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young is one of the co-head leaders of 2013 New York City Dîner en Blanc, a pop-up flash mob dinner in white, which returns this Wednesday to a fabulous still undisclosed public place. While we can’t unveil any details yet (as secrecy is the key to the 25 year-old event from Paris), we’d like to re-share the timelapse video we made of the event last year at Lincoln Center. The entrance to the location is always carefully coordinated, and this video shows exactly that. Stay tuned and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to keep tabs on the dinner as it unfolds!

For those new to the game: This year 4,000 people will suddenly descend onto a public place with their chairs, tables, food, and friends, all dressed in white. Due to New York City alcohol rules, wine is purchased online beforehand and picked up at the event, but the party will go strong from 6pm to 10pm. Then at 10pm, as magically as it started, everyone will empty the place, leaving it as they found it.

See more photos from the 2012 NYC Dîner en Blanc and the 2013 Paris Dîner en Blanc at Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower.

08/23/13 2:00pm

If you’ve been following Untapped Cities for a while, you probably know that we love the Dîner en Blanc, ever since we started attending the invite-only one in Paris in 2010. But with our belief that great experiences should be shared–like what we do here at Untapped Cities with our articles–we were very excited to see the ”democratization” of the Dîner en Blanc in other cities, which you could sign up via the organization’s website. This year’s event will take place on September 18th.

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07/26/13 4:00pm


We previously reported on a documentary about the Dîner en Blanc, the world’s largest pop-up dinner, that began in Paris has spread to 18 cities around the world. Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young was featured in the documentary as the filmmakers traced her preparations for the 2012 Paris Dîner en Blanc at both Notre Dame cathedral and Versailles. Following preview screenings at Maysles Cinema, La Pagode in Paris, and The Palm Beach Film Festival, the documentary is now available online at Chill.com.

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