The Blind Cafe - Boulder

The Integral Center (Balsam & Broadway)

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In a Nutshell

The pitch black dining area heightens the flavor of the pop-up cafe’s vegetarian meal, served with wine and a dark chocolate dessert

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires May 18, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. GA ticket holders must arrive at 7PM Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Two Options

  • $74 for a Dining in the Dark Boulder experience for one ($125 value)
  • $146 for a Dining in the Dark Boulder experience for two ($250 value)

For each option, diners can choose from three dates:

  • Friday, May 15
  • Saturday, May 16
  • Sunday, May 17

The two-hour Dining in the Dark Boulder experience starts at 7 p.m. on all three nights at The Integral Center. Guests eat a vegetarian meal and sip a glass of wine in complete darkness, while listening to music by Rosh & The Blind Cafe Orchestra. Visitors must check their cellphones at the door, so as to maintain the pitch darkness.

The Blind Cafe

Before the dinner begins, each diner moves their drink to their left hand and lines up, placing their free hand on the shoulder of the person in front of them. That person could be a loved one or a stranger, but very shortly, trusting them will become important. A host walks the line to make sure everyone is ready, then pulls aside a heavy, canvas curtain flap, revealing a room of pitch darkness. The group of people file in, led by the waitstaff—blind people lending others their expertise at moving sightlessly—who help the group to their tables.

In the absence of sight, other senses take over at the meal; diners focus on the aroma and flavor of the plates of food that come before them. Local chefs craft purely vegetarian meals, forgoing elements of presentation to instead create interesting textures and tastes. As the evening commences, the meal pairs with an original soundtrack composed expressly for the event before turning into a Q&A with the blind waitstaff. The event doesn't just excite senses, but aims to educate visitors about life as a blind person. Yet for all the good it does, the event doesn't stick around forever: as a pop-up based in San Francisco, the organizers bring this experience to cities around the country for special temporary engagements.

Customer Reviews

An amazing and totally unique experience that will surpass all expectations
Curt H. · May 17, 2015
Was a very chill experience. The people that put it on are just some amazing individuals. Truly unforgettable.
Samantha J. · October 11, 2016
The entire staff was so friendly. The entire experience fostered a very open and accepting environment.
Jordan C. · October 10, 2016

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