Next Wednesday, November 8, House of Plates in Castlebar will challenge local customers to Dine in the Dark as part of Ireland’s first national Dine in the Dark Week.
On the back of an innovative partnership between the Restaurants Association of Ireland and the National Council for the Blind, 200 restaurants across Ireland will hold their own Dine in the Dark session from November 6 to 13.
Dine in the Dark is a week-long culinary celebration that will see 200 restaurants and 8,000 people go dark for sight loss in November.
Dine in the Dark is an exciting dining event, where guests are blindfolded throughout the full dining experience.
Without their sight to guide them, guests experience complex tastes, flavours, and textures in a completely new way. Senses are heightened, altering taste, touch, smell, and communication during the meal. A total of €5 from every meal will be donated to NCBI.
Barry Ralph from House of Plates said: “This is our second year working with the NCBI charity and we really enjoyed last year, we love pushing boundaries in dining experiences and this is the perfect opportunity for people to get involved in something a little different, of course for a great cause.”
NCBI CEO, Chris White, said: “We are thrilled that House Of Plates has registered to Dine in the Dark. Sight loss affects one in six people in Ireland, with House of Plates' support we are bringing people together to raise awareness, vital funds, and of course to have fun.”
NCBI is the national sight loss agency. NCBI’s services include emotional support and counselling, low vision solutions like magnifiers, assistive technology advice and training, rehabilitation training (including independent living skills and using a long cane ), and a large print, audio, and Braille library. The organisation also has an online shop with lots of practical solutions.