As we indulge in a delicious meal, it’s said that our eyes are the first to feast. So, what happens when we can’t see a thing? Well, that’s where Dining in the Dark comes in. This totally unique culinary experience seeks to elevate the standard dinner date by taking away one of your senses to help strengthen the others. The theory is that, as the eyes are blindfolded, flavors taste more intense, scents smell more powerful and ears pick up on even the faintest of sounds.
The Hippodrome Theater will be welcoming Richmond’s fearless foodies through their doors for this gastronomical adventure. A surprise three-course meal packed with seafood, meat and vegan options will keep diners guessing as they try their best to distinguish between the tantalizing flavors they can taste. As your ears focus in on the sweet sounds of bubbly beverages being poured and the faint giggles from neighboring tables, you’ll delight in these sensorial surprises while immersed in complete darkness.
What to expect at Dining in the Dark
Amplifying the food on your plate is Dining in the Dark’s top priority, which is why taking away the sense of sight is so essential. Sure, trying to direct your food into your mouth while blindfolded is all part of the fun, but Dining in the Dark’s main mission is to intensify the food’s luscious flavors and delightful scents by encouraging diners to focus on their taste buds and sense of smell rather than their eyes.
Over the course of 90 minutes, intrepid diners will embark on a gastronomical journey filled with mouthwatering flavors, tempting textures and delicious scents that would make any belly rumble. Super tasty meat, seafood and vegan options are all available on the impressive three-course menu, but each dish is a complete surprise, which only adds to the mystery and excitement of it all.
As each guest is blindfolded, it helps diners focus on what really matters about the dining experience – the delectable food, impeccable service and the unbeatable company of your foodie in crime. No distractions, just good vibes and even better food.
Where is Dining in the Dark?
Dining in the Dark takes place at The Hippodrome Theater – a historic venue located in the “Harlem of the South”. This place brims with history, having hosted the likes of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington back in the day. Today, its Speakeasy Grill has it all when it comes to providing an outstanding dining experience. Expert chefs whip up spectacular dishes full of flavor, with standouts including brunch classics with a twist and refreshing moonshine cocktails.
The experience was fantastic! Can’t wait to do it again
I would highly recommend attending a Dinner in the Dark experience. It is great for friends or even on a date. Worth it a million times over.
Being blindfolded was such a fun experience! Would definitely recommend!
Have confidence in your taste buds, put all your faith in your sense of smell and trust your gut at this unbeatable Dining in the Dark experience. You can choose between 6:30pm and 8pm and tickets cost $80 per person.
Please note: some allergies can be accommodated for and should be noted using the form in your confirmation email that you will receive on purchasing your tickets.