An experience is what you make of it. Being a part of Toronto’s 3rd edition of Dîner en Blanc last night confirmed that sentiment. A secret location hosting thousands of revellers dressed in head to toe all white finery and feasting on elegantly prepared picnic sounds like a formula for logistical nightmare or merrymaking. It all depends on your attitude. Weeks of anticipation and promises of an exclusive elegant affair were accompanied by strict rules in pompous air. I chose to enjoy the special evening to its fullest as did my three dining companions.
The exclusivity part was no joke. Invitations were sent out in three phases with priorities given to past participants. Luckily, JC (of foodpr0n) attended last year and she graciously added my name to the referral list so our group of four was confirmed early on. I began to plan in earnest and even created a Pinterest board for two potential menus, outfits, and other miscellaneous items to pack for the picnic. I shopped for light portable table and chairs. And even laid out my outfit and the table setting to make sure everything looked great.
I don’t mean to brag but picnic and dining al fresco in unusual locations are my forte. The meal has to taste phenomenal, that’s a given. But more importantly, I give a lot of thoughts into mobility and efficiency. Duplicate effort? Pffft! Working with three other companions we were able to streamline the process. Divide and conquer was our key to a stress-free experience. Let’s take a look at our menu for four: