Diner En Blanc is Still….Stupid

I wrote this piece on the Diner En Blanc last year and was cracking myself up re-reading it.

I'm having so much fun!

I’m having so much fun!

Tomorrow I’m hoping will be a special guest blog entry from Jeff recapping his epic night of hauling tables and chairs across Philadelphia for the “secret” meeting place where the well to do can eat their own prepared food. Remember, you PAY for the privilege to dine on your own meal.

4,500 people attend this event and my feeling is that they say that the people who mock it are just “jealous”. As someone who has never attended I’m not judging as much as adding up the pieces to where no fun seems to be had. Here are the top Reddit comments regarding the event:

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    Not the Navy Yard

    i cant wait to see what part of the city is rendered entirely inoperable so a bunch of shit pigs in white h&m clothes can drink box wine on a folding chair in the middle of the street

  • I’m not sure white people should wear all white and gather in secret.
  • I find this event more embarrassing than when we booed Santa.

Someone compared it to the Broad St Run:

  • foo_dinerenblanc_2483The Broad Street run, if I’m not mistaken, benefits charity. Pretty sure Diner En Blanc is an entirely for profit event.  Also, I realize Broad Street is on a much larger scale, but shutting down Broad on a Sunday morning for a non profit run that promotes health and benefits charity is a completely different animal than a for profit, mostly pointless gathering of privileged yahoos that jacks shit up at some location in the city on a weeknight around rush hour that is kept a secret until the day of so no one has the opportunity to plan around it.
  • If you don’t like it, don’t go. If you think it’s a waste of money, don’t go. I’ve never understood why there is such backlash towards this. I fully understand people who were mad about blocking Broad Street- I don’t agree with the decision to go there. But every other event has not impacted the city in any negative way. I would much rather be called elitist than judgmental.
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Diner En Blanc is….. Stupid

As a blogger, it’s important to take opinionated stances on events you know nothing about.

What it looks like in Paris.

What it looks like in Paris.

“I suppose if you’re into being pretentious and want to be seen with other posers, then you’ll want to sign up for this”


What is Diner En Blanc?

Jeff participated in the Diner En Blanc last year, and went again this year, so I have the inside scoop on what transpires during the dumbest idea that people create as cool.  Essentially, you dress up in all white and carry a table and chairs to a location where you are then shuttled to another location where you set up your table and dine on your own food.  This event costs $40 dollars for the privilege to dine with other people who want to pay $40 dollars to inconvenience themselves.  You can pay more for their food or so I’m told.

Every part of this “Diner” is a hassle.  First you have to go out and buy all white clothes.  It’s frowned upon by the leaders if you disobey this instruction.

This actually looks pretty cool in Sydney.

This actually looks pretty cool in Sydney.

Next you need to carry a table and chairs to a part of the city where a shuttle will pick you up and take you to a secret location.  Oh let me call a taxi and sit with a table crammed against my head only to get to a place where I then have to get into a shuttle with dozens more people carrying tables and chairs.

Now I’m at the location and I get to set up my table and chairs.  What’s happening now?  OH IT’S RAINING!!!!  THIS IS SO FRESH AND EDGY!  WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!!!!!!  Now I’m done eating the food I brought and I have to lug all of it back to the shuttle.  What an amazing evening!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m being a complete negative Nancy on this but this feels to me like an event people do because they “have to do it”.  You aren’t in the “in” crowd if you don’t.  Hoity toity people get off on doing completely ridiculous events just because.  It’s probably a lot of fun and a great experience but seems pretty stupid.  An opinion from someone who went:


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