Test Your Senses by Dining in the Dark

The Rhode Island Historical Society is hosting a Dining in the Dark experience.

Dining in the dark with the Rhode Island Historical Society. Photo by Thinkstock.

Close your eyes and dine in the dark. Your senses might surprise you. The Rhode Island Historical Society is hosting a Dining in the Dark experience on Friday, September 21 at Savini’s Pomodoro Restaurant at 476 Rathbun St., Woonsocket, starting with a 6 p.m. cocktail hour, followed by a three-course dinner at 7 p.m.

The concept of dining in the dark began in Paris, with chefs and guests looking for a way to heighten senses through food. After sitting down to dinner, guests will wear blindfolds as each course is served.

Chef Luis Alicea will serve a menu that will focus on flavor, texture and aroma for guests to guess what they are tasting through sound, touch, taste and scent. The evening will also include a silent auction and music.

“Breaking out of one’s comfort zone is not only what keeps a chef passionate about their craft, but also keeps diners returning to their establishment,” Alicea says. “For this event, we will be sourcing local seasonal ingredients, which in turn heighten the aromatic ambiance as well as using an array of textures to elevate this dining adventure in a way most people have never experienced.”

Dining in the Dark is also a fundraiser for the Museum of Work and Culture and John Brown House Museum to help make exhibits accessible for those who are blind and visually impaired and deaf and hard of hearing. The Ocean State Charities Trust will also provide funding for the inclusive exhibits.

Dietary restrictions will be accommodated upon request. Notice of these restrictions must be given at time of ticket purchase. Tickets are $60 and are available now at shop-rihs.com.



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