Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Diner en Blanc Toronto

Toronto hosted its FIRST Diner en Blanc last night on the cobblestone courtyard of The Distillery District. Confused passersby watched as a mob of hungry diners in white made their way to the east side of Toronto. The location was held secret until the final moments of the event, with guests being instructed by text message to meet at a parking lot near Parliament and Mill St.

Once we all arrived, a gorgeous outdoor dining room of all things white with a live band and DJ were awaiting us.

Our crew waiting in the parking lot for instructions (above). Close to 400 people participated in Toronto's first Diner en Blanc - a dining flash mob, with everyone wearing white and packing a family-style potluck picnic for an al fresco dinner under the stars. Similar events have been held outside of Toronto in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Paris, Chicago and New York. Organizers promise that next year will be even bigger and better with Toronto's Diner en Blanc joining the official society that hosts the event around the world.
What we arrived to...
The start of the dinner with everyone waving their napkins. More photos after the jump...

Half the battle was buying a white outfit after Labour Day and organizing who was bringing what in our group of 10. Many trips were made to Value Village where hip + urban husband bought a pair of size 40 pants (he's a 32) and proceeded to go safety pin crazy. Everyone in attendance looked elegant and incredible. We spotted top hats, fascinators and even a wedding dress!
My attempt at a charcuterie platter (left). I tried to keep with the picnic theme, with nothing that had to stay hot and I didn't have time to cook. I bought a bunch of different breads from Whole Foods and headed to St. Lawrence Market for the salami, prosciutto, garlic & chive Havarti, brie, peppercorn pate, olives, sausage, grapes and peaches. Turned out pretty well! I definitely recommend it next time you're having a party. If you can arrange meat/cheese - you can make this. Cava restaurant (right) was also on hand with a fluffy pate mousse on crostini. 
The Lifford Wine Agency sold bottles of wine and champagne ($30), Encore Catering helped out with the tables and chairs and treated everyone to cake pops and biscotti. 
We lit our sparklers at the end of the night and then it turned into an outdoor dance party. The forecast was calling for rain, but we really lucked out with a warm night under the stars.
At the end of the night, we hauled everything back to the parking lot and took one more shot of a memorable night of food + friends.


  1. Terrific reporting on a unique event. The red cobblestone courtyard in the Distillery District has never looked so ... white in September before!

  2. I wish I was able to participate! However, I had put away my white summer clothes about two weeks ago. Nevertheless, great photos that capture the spirit of the event.

  3. Just wanted to drop a message on your blog post! I loved it! It was a pleasure to meet with you all, I really enjoyed talking to the bunch of you at Dîner en Blanc. I was very pleased with the efforts that everybody made with their food, outfits and dancing at the end of the night. I was also very happy about all the support from my crew, The Grindhouse, Cava, Lifford and especially Encore Catering! Truly an outstanding evening! Commend you for a great post! An easy read and most importantly you captured the adventure of the event perfectly! Keep your eyes and ears open for news about Dîner en Blanc Toronto in 2012.

    Thanks so much for coming and having a great time!

    Nicholas, Organizer Dîner en Blanc Toronto

  4. looked Amazing, I always luv all white event. too bad I missed it. I am looking forward next year, now I have to think a way to convince my husband wear all white.