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The World’s Most Popular Pop-Up Dinner Welcomes a Host of Sponsors



The World’s Most Popular Pop-Up Dinner Welcomes a Host of Sponsors

The countdown to the world’s favourite pop-up dinner and the signature event of Spring has begun in earnest. The 29th of September has been announced for the inaugural Diner En Blanc, Johannesburg where guests will descend on a secret location for a night of making memories accompanied by an exceptional dining experience.

The Le Diner En Blanc team have the privilege of welcoming a bouquet of enthusiastic lifestyle and dining partners. Headlining the gastronomic event in Johannesburg is Michelin-trained Chef Wandile Mabaso who has been chosen as the culinary experience provider for the evening. Mabaso has been highly regarded as one of the most innovative chefs in South Africa after having spent time under the tutorage of Michelin Chef, Alain Ducasse, in the Le Meurice in Paris.

The wine partner for the white celebration is award-winning Stellenbosch producer, The Idiom Collection. Their iconic Idiom Cape Blend has three times been awarded Top 5 Cape Blend in the country and the Idiom SMV has been selected in both 2017 and 2018 to be in the coveted Sommeliers Selection by South Africa’s leading sommeliers.

Established as preferred culinary accompaniments by Chefs around the world, S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna have also come on board to create the perfect pairing for an evening of socialising over dinner. The Diner En Blanc team have the privilege of welcoming a bouquet of enthusiastic lifestyle and dining partners starting with Michelin-trained Chef Wandile Mabaso as the culinary experience provider for the evening alongside Idiom wines. and Then to create the perfect pairing for an evening of dining, S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna will be enjoyed by all guests. to make the perfect pairing for the night.
“With a long tradition as one of the world’s most appreciated sparkling mineral waters, S.Pellegrino along with Acqua Panna, have become an essential part of the global fine dining scene,” comments marketing manager Vanessa Nel, “we are pleased to partner with South Africa’s 5th edition of Le Diner en Blanc Johannesburg.

The evening is supported by the Gautrain, who will provide the transportation from 4 stations being Midrand, Sandton, Rosebank and Park Station and supply the last leg to the secret venue by bus.

To top off the list, Kaya Fm have joined the party as the official media sponsor of the event and will be broadcasting live from the launch event on the 31st of August at the SA Culinary Club where guests from media and by invitation of the partners will experience a sneak preview of what the evening has in store.
“Chef Wandile Mabaso represents a generation of innovators poised to change not only the culinary space but the mindset of Africans in general. His involvement in this event is testament to this. Kaya Fm has previously supported talents that have inspired winds of change and Chef Wandile Mabaso represents the epitome of this generation,” Greg Maloka, Managing Director, Kaya Fm.

About Dîner en Blanc

On June 3rd, Le Diner en Blanc de Paris marked its 30th anniversary! A record 17,000 guests from Paris and around the world gathered at the Esplanade des Invalides to celebrate this historic moment. Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris now attracts over 10,000 people each year. What was a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on six continents. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this fantastic event have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful public spaces. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in close to 80 cities in 30 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair. For more info, photos and videos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world, visit
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