Pop-up dinners are gathering global steam, having seen success in Paris, Berlin and several US cities. Two event organisers, French group Dîner en Blanc and US-based Hand Made Events, are at the forefront of these elevated foodie flashmob gatherings.
Participants either register to be alerted to a dinner in their city, or buy tickets in advance for a ‘pop-up’ picnic dinner on a specific date in their area. In both instances, the location is revealed to attendees just hours before the event. Both companies have hosted several of these large-scale ‘dinner parties’ in which hundreds to thousands of diners arrive with their own food, wine and table settings. Requirements for all events include a meticulous post-dinner clean-up, a good attitude, and all-white décor and dress.
Dîner en Blanc has confirmed numerous events worldwide for 2012, including Mexico City, Barcelona, Sydney, Quebec and Las Vegas. Hand Made Events has dined in San Diego and San Francisco, and is planning its Los Angeles event for later this summer.
The strong worldwide following behind these pop-up dinners may signify a larger public interest in tempered, upscale, spontaneous events that maintain a communal energy and a flashmob-style atmosphere.