White Out: Boston’s First Flash Mob Feast

Last night, in head-to-toe white, 700 Bostonians gathered at the city’s Harborpark for one of Boston’s best-kept secrets – a pop-up white picnic. The culinary event, called Dîner en Blanc, is an annual tradition that began in Paris more than 20 years ago – and last night was the Bay State’s first go at the très chic party – as well as mine.

Dressed in all white (okay, and a few cream accents), I met up with several other partygoers, picnic basket, table, and chairs in hand, waiting to find out the location of the Brigadoon-esque event. Soon enough, my group and I were led to the waterfront, where we were met by a sea of white. From the tables to the cutlery, we were under strict instructions: not a pop of color was to be seen. Attire ranged from crisp shifts to wedding dresses while tablescapes were made up with candles and handmade floral arrangements (some more impressive than others – and let’s just say, next year, I need to step up my game).

The start of the epicurean feast was marked with the waving of our napkins and the end, a dance party. Equal parts mysterious and whimsical, this flash feast guaranteed one thing – it’ll be a long time before I consider a checkered blanket and plastic utensils an adequate picnic.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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