Imagine a late night summers’ dream! … in a parking lot.

24 Sep

Diner en Blanc promises to be an uber exclusive spectacular pop up foodie event. It originated in Paris, and the French do spectacular and exclusive like no one else.

Alice and I have wanted to go to the Toronto edition since we heard about it over a year ago… Sometimes we would wonder how we could possibly get invited (turns out writing a food blog is a great calling card!), or where it could possibly be… It was one of our favourite foodie games: imagine what it would be like if Alice and Cherry get to go to the magical Diner en Blanc?

Well. None of our dreams included a parking lot. So that was initially a total downer. And yet, none of our dreams included an aerial silks performance by the most fit pregnant woman ever. Or dancing at 11pm on a Thursday outside on Queen East. Perhaps we lacked imagination?

We were surprised by the number of people that we knew there – how did DeB become the Fight Club of the TO Food scene?! No one seems to speak of it unless you for sure they have been…

Re-branding space: making a parking lot into a comfortable and classy space

Re-branding space: making a parking lot into a comfortable and classy space – quite a feat!

Alice came up with the only possibly reason for having DeB in a parking lot in somewhat economically disadvantaged area: it was across from the caterer, George.

Alice's body (covered in her grade 8 grad dress) and our food from George: serviceable but far from special.

Alice’s torso (covered in her grade 8 grad dress) and our food from George: serviceable but far from special. The food, not the dress.

No matter if it was in a parking lot, the event remained remarkably French in spirit: overly complicated and expensive. To go to DeB you not only need to be “sponsored” or directly invited and dress completely in white, but you also need to procure white folding chairs, a white table and utensils and cutlery. And carry it all with you to the venue. When Alice and I asked the organizer the reason for them not providing a go-between with the chairs and tables provider (who is based in the depths of Scarborough), the answer was extremely unsatisfactory. You don’t throw an event like DeB without providing your participants the means to access the necessary rentals instead of telling them they should just buy them for the yearly event.

The cost of the ticket represented less than a third of the total cost of the event. In total, it cost us almost 100 each to attend DeB. No wine included. But sparklers were!

And lighting things on fire makes everyone happy, right?!

And lighting things on fire makes everyone happy, right?!

Would I go again? Mais oui! As a member, you must… and I am certain that after le cri de coeur of despair from the participants about the setting that we will not be disappointed next year!

And I really do need another reason to wear those white H&M shoes I managed to snag, from the children’s section.

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