The dining in the dark experience is coming to Vancouver. The restaurant will be called Dark Table and is brought to you by Moe Alameddine, the same man behind O.Noir restaurants in Toronto and Montreal. It will be going in at the old Q4 restaurant space at 2611 on West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano.
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept here is an excerpt from O.Noir website explaining the experience:
After an hour or two in complete darkness (that’s right, no flashlights, matches, cell phones, cigarette lighters or luminous watches), customers gain a better understanding of what it’s like to be blind – just like the restaurant’s entire wait staff.
This socially conscious concept sprang from Jorge Spielmann, a blind pastor in Zurich who used to blindfold his dinner guests at his home so they could share his eating experience. In 1999, Spielmann opened Blindekuh (German for Blind Cow), a project aimed at teaching the sighted about the sightless world and providing jobs for blind people. “How lucky am I.” Moe proudly states. “I get to do something I love and make a difference”.
“It’s a sensual dining experience like no other!” says O.NOIR founder Moe Alameddine… “When you eat food in the dark, your remaining senses are heightened to savour the smell and taste of food. Even simple, everyday dishes like potatoes and yogurt take on a culinary flare.”
We’ll have more on this as it develops.
Buzztip: Hollywood North at SSP.com for the tip off.