Dining in the Dark

The first Dining in the Dark experience took place in Paris (who here is surprised?). The event was put on by a man, Michael Reilhac, in 1997. After this, some other Frenchmen got the idea of opening up actual restaurants in the dark. In 1999, the first permanent restaurant was called Blindekuh, which means Blind Man's Buff in German, located in Zurich, Switzerland. Opened by blind clergyman, Jorge Spielmann, who wanted sighted customers to have the experience of blindness. The idea came to Spielmann when he had had friends dine blindfolded at his own home and they expressed greater enjoyment eating their meal through the senses of taste and smell. 

Events like this are often done two different ways, the restaurant is kept in complete darkness. Meaning no lamps, flashlights, camera phones, or glow sticks. The other, that customers are blindfolded instead. 

Before entering, customers choose their meal, selecting options more generic, like chicken , or fish. Some people might see eating in the dark as an unsettling experience, but the meals are usually orchestrated with the idea in mind that the customer has limited ability to aim their knife and fork. 

A fun fact you might not know, is that many dark restaurants employ blind or visually impaired waiters and guides, so they can work in darkened surroundings with little difficulty. 

Dark dining can also be a staged event, or events may operate at a pop-up location. Many events offer live music or storytelling to accompany the meal. 

Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision is excited to announce the second annual Dining in The Dark. This exceptional event gives guests an intimate understanding of vision loss. Embassy Suites will again host this unique gala dinner designed to raise awareness about vision loss. 

Experience a sumptuous three-course meal served in complete darkness with the help of Savannah Metro's SWAT Team using their night-vision equipment. 


For more information and to be a highly visible sponsor of this event, please visit the website or contact Leslie Eatherly: leatherly@savannahcblv.org