Dine in the Dark to Fight Blindness or Just For Fun


The Third Annual Dining in the Dark Gala, which goes down tomorrow evening, aims to raise awareness for degenerative eye diseases by serving guests top-notch culinary fare  in complete darkness. The event, which benefits the Foundation Fighting Blindness, hopes to give guests insight into what it's like to be affected by blindness. Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, who has suffered from retinitis pigmentosa since his early political career, will MC the gala. Beginning at 6 p.m. there will be a cocktail reception followed by dinner in the dark. The dinner's annual Visionary Awards will also be presented to individuals who have dedicated their careers to finding cures for vision loss. Get tickets on the Foundation Fighting Blindness's website.

For those who can't afford the $500 ticket price, there are a few other places where you can dark dine in San Francisco. Wander over to Opaque in the Western Addition to abandon sight for a night over a scrumptious dinner, heightening your senses of taste, touch, sound and smell. Claiming to cater to a "deeper consciousness", you get to pick from Opaque's menu before being guided into the darkened dining room for a flossy meal you'd be hard-pressed to match at a restaurant with an actual electrical bill. Other opportunities to face your fear of the dark is the periodical Dark Dining Dinner Party, which occurs every 4 months at different restaurants around the city. Started by Andre Crump in 2007, guests slip on blindfolds before their first chew, while waiters equipped with military-grade nightvision goggles flit around the darkened room serving gourmet dishes. If you're a San Francisco foodie who thinks they've tried it all, go dark dining. You'll probably never taste food the same way again.

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