Monday, September 22, 2014

Pitch Black Dining

     I have always been fascinated with the concept of pitch black dining. This is when people go to a restaurant where all the lights are turned off and your sense of sight and vision has been diminished. As a result, all your other senses are awoken and affects how you now taste your food. Chefs all over are not impressed with this concept of pitch black dining because the sense of seeing the creation on your plate takes away from the overall dining experience.                                            
     Dans le Noir, a pitch black restaurant located in Paris, is a fine example of this way of dining. People would pick what they wanted to eat from the menu before they entered the restaurant, then they would all enter in a single filed line with their hands placed on the shoulders of the person in front of them. The people who have experienced this way of eating, said that their taste buds were aroused, yet very confused. In the end, after the  people who have eaten at Dans le Noir were finished with their meals, they could not wait to get outside again where they are able to see. I think the biggest part of your experience at a restaurant like this one, is the relationship between the waiters and customers. The waiters at this particular restaurant were indeed blind, and as a result, were able to give their customers an insight on how it feels to live in their world for a while.  

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