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Le Diner en Blanc comes to Hawaii

June 26th, 2014

Foodies started receiving a message by email yesterday, reading:

"Congratulations! If you received this email, it's because you have been sponsored … to join Le Dîner en Blanc - Honolulu taking place on July 19, 2014.

Your registration phase will begin on: June 23rd at 9:00 a.m."




For some, the words were a complete mystery. Others were excited that Honolulu will now become part of the global phenomenon that started in Paris in 1988 as a simple reunion of 100 friends. Hawaii's inaugural Dîner en Blanc will take at a secret public space, sure to become one of the largest pop-up feasts in town.

Local hosts Maleko McDonnell, Aubrey Akana and Malie Moran teamed up with Dîner en Blanc International, Inc., to bring this viral culinary event to Honolulu. More than 600 foodies dressed in white will descend upon a secret location that will only be revealed at the very last minute, taking the impromptu picnic concept to a refined level. It promises to be a visual, as well as culinary spectacle.

Word of this outdoor epicurean feast will circulate primarily through word-of-mouth and social media.

Participants are being asked to dress elegantly in white from head to toe, bring their own wine, champagne, glasses, tables, chairs, fine china, silverware and tablecloths.

A limited number of tables, chairs and linens can be rented for a nominal fee for guests to pick up prior to the event.

Attendees will be able to purchase gourmet picnic baskets in different price ranges, created by chef Kanani Lincoln of Hale ‘Āina Caterers.

There is already a wait list. Interested parties should like the Dîner en Blanc Honolulu Facebook page. You can also follow them on Twitter.

Register at honolulu.Dînerenblanc.info to receive updates about the event. The cost is $35, which covers transportation to and from the secret location, and $5 for Dînner en Blanc membership.


Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instragram and Rebel Mouse.

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