Blind dining is already a hit in London, Paris, New York, L.A. and Montreal. Thanks to our member Patricia for pointing out the opening of Dark Table in Vancouver and now we're going! Without the sense of sight, the senses of touch, taste, hearing and smell are intensified, allowing a new perception of reality.
How it works ?
You’ll be led to your table in the dark dining room by a blind, or visually impaired server who has been trained to ensure your comfort at all times. No light producing technologies are allowed in the dining room, including flashlights, cellphones, or luminous watches.
The blind dining concept originated in Switzerland in the home of a blind man—Jorge Spielmann—who blindfolded his guests in an attempt to show them what eating is like for a blind person.
Spielmann’s guests enjoyed the experience immensely, and claimed that when their sense of sight was removed, taste, smell, hearing and touch were amplified to the extent that the social act of eating took on a whole new meaning. These initial dinners evolved into a restaurant concept.
With an unemployment rate of 70%, the blind face obvious challenges in a society that is preoccupied with visual communication, but in a dark dining environment, the tables are turned—the non-sighted servers guide the sighted.
The vegan menu will be as follows:
Part of the experience is to not know what some of the meal will be and to experience it without sight. Dark Table will not reveal the appetizer and dessert portion of the meal to us.
~Main course of: Cabbage rolls stuffed with couscous, fennel, squash, and spices with orange gastrique
Cost is $47/ diner, which includes tax and tip.