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.

Thursday, September 12
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 23
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Vignette Dining Club - Fitchburg

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 with proceeds donated to the Council. Click the “Get Tickets” button below or call (608) 237-8114 for reservations.

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“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