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Le Diner en Blanc finally comes to Nairobi

By HILARY KIMUYU November 29th, 2015 2 min read

If you are a foodie and you like adventure the Nairobi edition of Dîner en Blanc (DEB) that will be held on December 5 could just be the place for you.

The team behind this classy, one-night-a-year, invite-only dinner that takes places in 80 cities in over 25 countries – including Paris, New York, Abidjan and Cape Town – was unveiled during the launch of the event last month at Apollo Centre in Westlands.

The all-white colours that will be the theme of the main dinner means Dinner in White. The reason for wearing white attire during the gathering was for every person in attendance to be easily identified in a public crowd.

Since its launch in Paris more than 25 years ago by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, over 100,000 foodies and cultural enthusiasts around the world have embraced this unique event.

“We felt that Nairobi was primed for such a dazzling event as the city always prides itself in enjoying fine living,” says LeAnne Peris, co-host of the Dîner en Blanc–Nairobi.


“We hope to make this very first edition a success that will pave the way towards establishing a long-standing tradition.”

One peculiarity of the event is that the guests will not know the venue of the dinner before hand. The reason for keeping the venue a secret until the last minute is because the first official DEB was held at Pont des Arts, in 1991, knowing fully well the officials would never allow for such an event to take place.

Attendees will have to pick out their outfits, choose their menu, choose the table ware (accepted colours being white, gold and silver) and décor for their own tables. The most elegantly set table’s occupants will take home a Sh 25,000 bottle of champagne.

The Le Dîner en Blanc hosts are targeting the creative, fashionable, hip and food loving individuals in the city, who are able to invest the time and energy required to attend the event.

This being the first Nairobi edition of the event, organizers have said registration will not be as restrictive as in other established Le Dîner en Blanc cities. However, the guests will be expected to behave in a certain acceptable manner in order to retain their membership.

The organisers, who go by the title “host”, are three young professionals who put their individual strengths together for what they hope will be a “hip, sexy, and classy” occasion.