- Invite everyone you know to a bring-your-own-dinner dinner party. Ask them to invite their friends along.
- The location is secret; revealed only a few hours before the event.
- Institute a dress code: wear shorts and tees, or wear linen suits and ball gowns, but whatever you wear, your ensemble should be all white. (And your tablecloth/picnic blanket should be white, too, to complete the elegant tableau.)
That, in a nutshell, is Flashdine, Des Moines’ own version of Diner en Blanc (dinner in white), an elegant dining-meets flash mob event started in Paris twenty-five years ago.
The Des Moines edition of the “meticulously planned yet still spontaneous” dinner is relatively young — local farmer Larry Cleverley kicked off the tradition only a few years ago — but it’s already a favorite late-summer tradition for many Central Iowa foodies. More