The Blind Cafe

Nalanda

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In a Nutshell

This special traveling pop-up event produces a several-course vegetarian meal served in the dark as an experiment in positive social change

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Promotional value expires Feb 14, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Online reservation required. Must follow voucher instructions to redeem online. Must provide 21+ ID to consume alcohol. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $79 for a Dining in the Dark Seattle experience for one ($125 value)
  • $155 for a Dining in the Dark Seattle experience for two ($250 value)

Seatings are available February 11–13, at 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. The two-hour Dining in the Dark Seattle experience takes place at Nalanda West, where guests eat a meal in complete darkness while listening to music by Rosh & The Blind Cafe Orchestra. The meal includes a vegetarian dinner with a glass of wine or other beverage. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will benefit a local blindness organization.

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

Great experience. Heart and mind opening!
Marci · February 23, 2016
Hi it was a very worth while adventure We learned some things that a blind person deals with us sighted and how we need to be more sensitive and respect them as any other human being....there was 4 in our group and we plan to do this again and bring more of our family....
Vicki L. · February 16, 2016

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