on December 8, 2010 by

Portland Blind Cafe – An Eye Opening Experience

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the Blind Café in Portland, which is a dining experience in the dark, to bring awareness to the blind community.  I first heard about it at work since Bob’s Red Mill is a sponsor of this fantastic event. This was the most amazing dining experience I have ever had and I can’t wait for the next one!  I would recommend this to everyone.

It was great to have the opportunity to spend an evening in complete darkness learning to eat, listen and live without the use of sight.  Food had more flavor, music came alive and there was no worry about people staring at you when you drop food in your lap (like I did) since no one witnessed it.  Others in my party have called it spiritual, encouraged others to learn about it and can’t stop talking about it.  There is something special about rediscovering your senses while eating absolutely delicious food, focusing on compelling poetry and feeling truly beautiful music. 

Blind Café in Portland was started by Rosh who came up with the idea after experiencing a blind café while visiting Iceland.  He brought the experience to Boulder, CO and then to Portland.  Gerry Leary, owner of the Unseen Bean coffee roasting, has been blind from birth and came together with Rosh to organize this event.  Gerry also escorted my group to our table and was super friendly and funny.  He even took Q & A from the audience about being blind.  Chef Ivy Entrekin created food with unique and appealing flavors using wholesome ingredients which left you utterly content.

The goal of The Blind Café is to be a community event and bring people closer together while raising awareness.  This was accomplished with dining and entertainment and I got to leave happy and mindful, so I would call this a remarkable success!


Francesca says:

I particularly liked being able to ask questions about being blind somewhat anonymously in the dark.

There’s certainly less fear of looking foolish if no one can see you.

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