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Re: [vegan-440] Unique music and vegan dinner - Blind Cafe

From: Lorraine M.
Sent on: Monday, November 14, 2011 8:53 AM
I'm curious if these dogs are saved from shelters or if they are bred. Also what happens to dogs that don't fully graduate? I couldn't find the answers on their website.
Local group Freedom Service Dogs chooses from the many wonderful dogs at shelters and saves their lives. If they don't fully graduate, they are placed as 'very trained helpers' or pets.

On Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 9:01 PM, tara dubarr <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi everyone.
 I learned about this event from a friend and it sounds like an amazing and unique experience. 
An experiential evening of live music , Vegan gluten free food by Boulder ¹s own
Chef Marcus McCauley and an exploration of spatial awareness and darkness with guest
speaker Gerry Leary. The entire event is in the pitch dark!  A percentage of the proceeds from this event will be
donated to support a local organization, the Boulder Guide Dog Puppy
Raisers. Please read the description below.
 Hope to (Not) see some of you there!

The Blind Cafe is a once-in-a-lifetime, enlightening event:

If you haven't been there, no words can give it justice. I've been with
famous gurus and, having lived at Esalen in Big Sur, people like Joseph
Campbell, Gregory Bateson, Ram Dass, and movie stars; but nothing beats The
Blind Cafe. See details below.
Charles Horowitz, Ph.D


Enjoy a meal, listen to music, meet people and visit with puppies from the
Boulder Guide Dog Puppy Raisers too!

Boulder , CO ­ The return of The Blind Café in November will give more
people in Boulder a chance to share this unique experience:  a meal, benefit
and concert in complete darkness. The program¹s founder Brian ORosh¹
Rocheleau had this to say, ³ Boulder ¹s been such a supportive base to
launch this concept and it¹s been a big part of the evolution of The Blind
Café into an experience that is powerful, unique and fun! Besides, who can
say no to puppies or dark chocolate? Not me!²

The last year and a half has been an eventful time for The Blind Cafe. It¹s
toured to Austin , Portland and Cincinnati with rave reviews, caught the
attention of the ³City's Inclusiveness and Diversity Team² in Boulder (This
City of Boulder organization wanted to be sure the event would return to
Boulder ) and received the Boulder County Arts Alliance¹s Addison Mini-Grant
Award.  Now, the Blind Café is ready to return to its roots in Boulder with
a program that is sure to captivate. The Boulder Blind Café will take place
on November 10th and 11th (6:45 pm check-in / 7:00 pm seating) at The First
Baptist Church of Boulder ( 1237 Pine Street ).

The Boulder Blind Café is a community awareness event, as well as a dinner
and concert in the dark. All the waiters will be blind and guests will have
the chance to participate in a Q & A with their blind waiters about issues
related to visual impairment. There will be heartfelt and moving poetry by
Rick Hammond, an exploration of spatial awareness and darkness with guest
speaker Gerry Leary, and a concert to indulge in unencumbered music
listening. The meal will be a family-style, sumptuous, gluten-free
vegetarian/vegan dinner prepared to delight the senses by Boulder ¹s own
Chef Marcus McCauley. Guests explore their awareness, free of visual

It¹s a night no one forgetsS or SEES!

Visitors to The Blind Café have a completely unique evening (in a fun and
safe environment) and also advocate for a better life for the blind and
visually impaired (a percentage of the proceeds from this event will be
donated to support a local organization, the Boulder Guide Dog Puppy
Raisers). To date The Blind Café has donated over $8,000 to nonprofits that
cater to the needs of the blind and visually impaired.

Even better, the blind community benefits from the awareness that is
fostered by The Blind Café. That experience, the unique and fluid
integration of sensory experience with community awareness is a powerful one
for many who participate.

Nancy Thompson had this to say about her experience in Portland , "I was one
of the very lucky and grateful guests who shared the amazing experience of
The Blind Cafe on Saturday night. What a truly informative and inspiring
evening. [It] helped us push our boundaries just a little bit further, the
food was delicious, a great mixture of people - all ages and interests, and
the speakers and the music were spot-on."


Marco Lam took his wife to an earlier Boulder Blind Café for their date
night and had this to say, ³The feeling of being in the pitch dark and
listening to beautiful music had an ethereal quality that was transcendent.
The experience of eating food without any visual cues heightened the sensory
appeal of a well cooked meal.  I found the blind waiters' quality of service
excellent and the experience gave me insight into the challenges and
strengths of their unique community.  It was easily one of the best dates I
have taken my wife on all year..."

For more information about this event, Rosh and 'One Eye Glass Broken'
please visit:

Event Details: The Boulder Blind Café
Where: The First Baptist Church of Boulder  1237 Pine Street, Boulder , CO
When: November 10th and 11th  -- Check-in @ 6:45pm / Seating @ 7pm
Tickets: $45 general admission, $35 students/seniors, and sliding scale fee
-Group rates available for parties of 8+ (call [masked] for rates)
-Call [masked] or visit
To Volunteer: please call [masked]

The Blind Café History
Brian Rocheleau, a musician that goes by the name of Rosh, was inspired to
set up a blind café after wandering into one in Reykjavik , Iceland .
Explained Rosh, "I was on a house concert tour, traveling from home to home
performing my original songs in people¹s living rooms as a sort of cultural
exchange. While I was walking down the street in Reykjavik , I wandered into
a blind café. There was a woman at the entrance with laminated cards that
had Icelandic words printed in braille on them.  I asked her what the event
was about and she told me it was a blind café."

The woman went on to tell Rosh that all the waiters where blind and that the
concert was in the pitch dark, meaning he would not be able to see inside.
She then told him that he would need to use a laminated card to order his
coffee by giving it to the waiter.  Rosh was intrigued to say the least. So
he purchased a card that had the word OKaffi¹, coffee in Icelandic on it and
she gave Rosh a walking stick sent him into the dark.

Rosh stumbled around a bit and found a table. He asked, ³Are there any extra
seats?² The other guests at the table replied, ³We don¹t know!² and they all
laughed. He eventually found his seat and enjoyed some conversation in the
dark with people he couldn¹t see.  This experience had Rosh thinking about
one of the main purposes of music, ³Much like food, music is a glue that
brings people together to relate," said Rosh.  Over the years, Rosh has
thought about this experience and wondered if he could give this gift to
American cities. After careful consideration and a lot of faith, he created
a socially conscious blind café that toursS and the response has been

About Rosh and 'One Eye Glass Broken'
Rosh, has performed both solo and with his band OOne Eye Glass Broken' in
the USA and around the world in such places as Iceland, Norway, Belgium,
Holland & Ireland. He has done this by offering communities the opportunity
to host private house concert performances in their homes.  House concerts
are a wonderful grassroots phenomenon where world class musicians and
developing local talent alike perform in the comfortable intimacy of private
homes and similar non-traditional spaces.

As a community leader, Rosh with his band OOne Eye Glass Broken¹ have been
performing Benefit Concerts for local organizations such as There With Care
(An outstanding organization that support families with children experiences
critical and terminal illnesses and Food Not Bombs
(An organization that collects otherwise thrown away food and feed the
homeless/hungry community).

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