Dining in the dark

An experiential dinner event

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Dining in the Dark is an experiential dinner that challenges attendees to rethink the importance of vision in the food experience.

The Council partners with several restaurants throughout the state to provide Dining in the Dark fundraisers. Since the first Dining in the Dark event in Spring 2013, the Council has raised a total of $14,000. Dinners usually consist of four or five courses, with wine pairings and dessert. Guests are blindfolded during the majority of the meal. Diners do not know the menu ahead of time, and courses are described only after the first few bites (don’t worry – allergy information is taken into account ahead of time). Each course incorporates a variety of scents and textures to provide a full sensory experience.

After dinner, Council staff lead discussions about enjoying food without using the sense of sight. Council staff also answer questions about cooking and eating with a visual impairment.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 24 (Sold Out)
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Touchdown Tavern - 125 E. Main Street, Reedsburg, WI

Guests wear blindfolds while enjoying fresh, delicious food. Discussions follow the meal about the role of senses other than sight in the dining experience. The cost is $40 per person for the Touchdown Tavern event. Cash bar available. All proceeds are donated to the Council. Make a reservation using the form below or contact Lori at (608) 237-8114 by phone or email her at LWerbeckes@WCBlind.org.

Tickets for September 24 are already sold out. Please contact us to join the waiting list.

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Wednesday, October 23 (sold out)
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Vignette Dining Club - Fitchburg, WI

Vignette Dining Club offers a delicious multi-course meal that challenges participants to rethink the importance of vision in the food experience. Guests wear blindfolds while dining. The cost is $50 per person for the Vignette Dining Club with proceeds donated to the Council. Make a reservation using the form below or contact Lori at (608) 237-8114 or LWerbeckes@WCBlind.org.

Tickets for Dining in the Dark on October 23 are already sold out. Please contact us to join the waiting list or for information on other dates.

Register to Attend a Dining in the Dark

Use #DiningintheDark to tag your favorite photos when you attend

“I loved the sharing of ideas, experiences and perspectives during the discussion. It was really enlightening to realize how much I depend on my sense of sight and how much more I noticed and enjoyed while using taste, smell and touch. I’m eager to experience Dining in the Dark again.”

Patricia Headland,
a Dining in the Dark participant

Interested in hosting Dining in the Dark?

A Dining in the Dark event is a great way to give back to the Council while offering a unique experience for regular and new customers.

Photos from past Dining in the Dark Events