A unique blindfolded dining concept that started in Switzerland over two decades ago is coming to Vancouver as a discovery experience next week.
The Dining in the Dark event, which will be hosted by Fable Diner & Bar (755 Richards Street) for three nights, promises to “take your dining to a whole new level,” according to the Fable website.
The event is hosted by Fever, which describes itself as “the leading global live entertainment discovery platform”. The company produces ticketed events in dozens of cities internationally.
The experience – in which diners are ushered into a dark room lit only by candles, then blindfolded and served a three-course meal – should allow diners’ senses of taste and smell to take over after their sight is removed and intensify dinner. experience.
This increase/compensation of meaning, according to Fever, should benefit the 80% of people who “eat with their eyes”.
Perhaps ironically, the entire “dark dining” movement began as an experiment to give sighted people a glimpse into everyday realities for the blind and visually impaired.
A blind Swiss pastor, the Reverend Jorge Spielmann, opened a dark restaurant, The Blind Cow, in Zurich in 1999 after hosting similar dinners for friends at his home. Although the restaurant, in an unused church, was initially designed as a facility for blind people and employed nearly all blind staff, it became popular with sighted people because of the learning experience.
Spielmann encouraged this aspect of his venture, and the restaurant’s subsequent popularity sparked similar projects around the world. Berlin, New York, San Francisco and many other cities soon had dark dining facilities. In Canada, restaurants like O.Noir and Dark Table have opened in several cities (there’s a Dark Table in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighborhood at 2611 West 4th Avenue).
The dining concept is most praised now for its sensory appeal in terms of savoring flavor components and realizing the role the eyes play in terms of how food is experienced.
At Fable Diner & Bar, the three nights of Dinner in the Dark take place only on Wednesday nights, on June 29th, July 6th and July 27th. Tickets are $80; go here to reserve a spot.
Customers will choose one of three menus (although the actual dishes and ingredients are kept secret): Verde (vegan), Azul (seafood) and Red (meat). All have starters, mains and desserts, and feature descriptors such as “it will take you by surprise”, “flavors you know and love presented in surprising textures” and “a sweet and savory combination that will make your mind spin.”