Dining in the dark — something different to do for Valentine’s Day


If you go

What: Dark Dining to benefit Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

When: Friday and Saturday night from 6 to midnight.

Where: City Hall the Restaurant, 2004 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Cost: $75 per person includes four-course dinner with wine pairings, tax, and gratuity.

To make reservations: Call 305-764-3130.

If love is blind, then why not spend Valentine’s Day in the dark?

Well at least part of it — as you sample … well that’s part of the mystery.

As a fundraiser for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, City Hall the Restaurant will hand out blindfolds instead of menus as guests who have reservations arrive Friday night.

“It’s really a way to experience food in a whole new way,” said restaurant owner Steven Haas, who added that guests will be treated to a four-course meal with wine pairings.

While Dark Dining is not a new concept, Haas said tying it to the day of love is the perfect marriage.

“It’s something different for a couple to experience together,” he said. “Without sight you talk more and really taste the food. It can be quite erotic.”

The concept caught on quickly. With only a few spots left on Friday night, Haas decided to offer Dining in the Dark on Saturday night as well.

“I think people like the idea of trying something new, while helping others,” he said.

Before guests are ushered to their tables, they will be asked to put on the blindfolds so they don’t even know where they are sitting.

The waiters and waitresses help the diners by telling them where they are placing the food, drinks, and utensils. For example, a waiter may say your water is at 10 o’clock.

Haas said in his previous experience — the restaurant held an event in October — people are extra careful when they can not see and there have been no broken glasses or dishes.

Cameron Sisser, the spokesman for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, said it’s a great way for people to understand what it is like to eat without sight.

“It is about awareness,” he said.

Haas said while it can be hard not to be tempted to take off the blindfold he tries to remind people that there are some people who don’t have that choice.

“We eat with our eyes,” he said. “This a completely different experience.”

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