2012 Paris Dîner en Blanc in the Cour Carrée du Louvre[Update: Photographs from the 2012 Dîner en Blanc at Notre Dame and at Versailles] Readers of Untapped Cities have come to know us by our annual coverage of the always fabulous and ever exclusive flash mob Dîner en Blanc (White Dinner) in Paris. In 2010, we descended onto the Louvre museum stretching from the I.M. Pei Pyramid to the Tuileries gardens. Last year, we filled the Cour Carrée du Louvre with 8,000 attendees in white, while a second official flash dinner took place at Notre Dame cathedral. Although I cannot divulge any specific information about the 2012 Paris Dîner en Blanc, I can safely tell you you that it will be the grandest yet. With prior locations at the Invalides, Arc de Triomphe, Pantheon, Eiffel Tower and Madeleine (here’s a look back), it’s hard to imagine that the dinner could outdo itself–but that’s my prediction. Untapped will be covering the Paris dinner again this year. In 1988, the first official Dîner en Blanc took place in the Parc de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne upon Francois Pasquier’s return to Paris after some years abroad. He planned a dinner party to reconnect with friends but so many wanted to come that he asked them to convene at the Bois de Boulogne and to dress in white so they could find each other. Not surprisingly, it became a yearly affair. Until 1991, the venue remained the same but the numbers quickly escalated from 200 initially to 400, to 800 in 1990 and 1,200 in 1991. By 1992, it was necessary to conceal the location of the dinner and the current method of using point-people to coordinate batches of tables and provide transportation to the event began.