Dressed In White, Guests Break Bread After Location Revealed Via E-mail

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Guess who came to dinner?

The answer is 3,000 people — all dressed in white.

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The flash mob descended on the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on Monday night in Manhattan. It was all part of the second annual Diner en Blanc in New York City.

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The venue was a surprise until just before the flash-mob feast started at 7 p.m. Registered guests got emails telling them where to go.

Sandy Safi, the co-founder of the group, said a lot of people wanted to be there.

1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reports

“Thirty thousand people on the waiting list last year. We added another 7,000 I think this year,” she told 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten.

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(credit: Alex Silverman, WCBS 880)

Those attending the viral meetup had to wear white, bring white folding tables and chairs along with white tablecloths. A live performance of jazz standards and other classics played throughout dinner as guests sipped on wine and champagne.

Once dinner was over, a DJ began to spin meat-packing favorites as the diners began to waive their napkins through the air and danced on tables, CBS New York’s Scott Birnbaum reported.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reports

Pop-up picnics will also be staged in Philadelphia on Thursday, Chicago on Friday and next week in Vancouver, Singapore and Brisbane, Australia.

Diner en Blanc, French for dinner in white, started in Paris in 1988 by a group of friends. The free-of-charge event grew by word of mouth and social media to dozens of cities worldwide.

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