Dining in the Dark For a Good Cause

Dining in the Dark For a Good Cause

Food & Drink

Dining in the Dark For a Good Cause


By Cari Martens

Here’s another cool example of the Giving Back trend—sometimes referred to as Food Philanthropy when it’s practiced in the food business: a Dining in the Dark event held recently in Milwaukee to raise funds for a local Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired Children.

The Milwaukee event was not only for a good cause, it also gave diners a taste of what it’s like to be blind. Those gathered for the $250-a-head dinner had to wear blindfolds throughout the four-course meal.

Dining in the Dark is a concept that originated a decade ago in Switzerland, and the scene at Bacchus restaurant was quite a…sight. James Beard Award-winning chef, Adam Siegel, created a menu that included foods with a variety of textures, he said, and something ‘a bit challenging to eat for someone with a blindfold,’ he told reporters Jan Uebelherr and Kathy Flanigan of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Photo: Ernie Mastroianni

On the menu were sea scallops with butternut squash flan, roasted beet salad with Camembert cheese and lemon-honey vinaigrette, and beef short ribs in wine sauce, among other delicacies.

It all sounds tasty but messy, when one must eat it blind. But everyone seemed to have a good time, from all reports, and a great deal of money was raised—a real win-win, as they say.

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