The 2014 waitlist for Dîner en Blanc invitations is more than 30,000 names long. That means there’s a whole lot of people in Vancouver who are more than a little disappointed they’re missing out on Thursday night’s picnic at a still super-secret location.
And if your Facebook news feed looks anything like mine, you are hearing about it. Loudly.
Since arriving in Vancouver three years ago and exploding in popularity faster than craft beer, Dîner has become the must-hate event of the summer.
But the thing is, a bunch of good-looking people meeting up for a meal is probably hurting you less than all those cheapskates dumping perfectly good buckets of ice water over their heads.
Let the people in white have their fun. Here’s five reasons not to hate on Dîner en Blanc.
1) It’s not a cash grab
At $35 bucks a head, a night out with the Dîner crowd is less than a couple of those fruity cocktails that I always see Mike Usinger sipping on. Considering this ticket comes with a view, you can’t really call $35 a gouge.
2) It is exclusive, but not by design
Yes, it's tough to get on the list for Dîner. And yes, it can seem a bit unfair when it feels like everybody you know going seems to know someone who knows someone in the know. But Dîner being a tough ticket to get your hands on is pretty much a straightforward case of supply and demand. Since it first arrived in Vancouver in 2012, the event has expanded from roughly 2,000 seats to 3,200 this year, and organizers say the event will continue to grow, slowly. That’s progress, but people are always going to be left out of this one. There aren’t a whole lot of locations in Vancouver where you can find a table for 30,000.
3) Brilliant photographs are a sure thing
For one night, you can safely surf Facebook and Instagram without tormenting yourself with your best friend’s baby pictures and questions of what you’re doing with your unused ovaries after 30. Enjoy social media again. A big chunk of the Dîner crowd does a pretty terrific job dressing up for the evening. And with water in every direction and the mountains behind us, Vancouver isn’t so bad-looking either. If you can’t go, you can still enjoy the view through your iPhone.
4) You don’t have to stay home
There’s no shortage of things to do in Vancouver on a warm August night. A soulful indie-duet from North Carolina called the Rosebuds is playing the Media Club Thursday (August 21), and the fabulous Adore Delano is appearing at Fortune Sound Club. OneLove Festival is using art to destigmatize mental health at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. And Lululemon athletica is hosting a free yoga block party on Robson Street. Get off the couch.
5) There is nothing proprietary about Dîner besides the name
If you want to have a picnic somewhere, go find a park. Vancouver’s got plenty of them. And if you want to wear white while you’re sipping vino out of a red cup, nobody is going to stop you. Call it Dîner en Whatever the Hell Colour You Want, and bon appétit.