The last time I was in England I heard about a restaurant called Dans le Noir in a London neighborhood called Clerkenwell where everyone eats and drinks in complete darkness. The idea behind the concept is that it allows diners to re-evaluate the notion of taste; without sight, other senses kick in to offer a new sensation and emotions. As intriguing as it sounded, we didn’t have a chance to get there during our visit.
Unbeknownst to me, Brian Rocheleau, a musician who goes by the name of Rosh, was inspired to set up Blind Cafés in the United States after visiting one in Reykjavik, Iceland while he was on tour. The Boulder, Austin and Portland Blind Cafés were such a success that Rosh had decided to take the concept around the country, and the next one will be here in Cincinnati! Hey, who says Cincinnati isn’t cool?
The Blind Café will take place Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at the North Presbyterian Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave., Northside, giving diners a chance to share in the unique experience of having a three-course, completely vegan, gluten-free meal served by blind wait staff, as well as a music concert by Rosh & One Eye Glass Broken, all in pitch darkness.
The event costs $50 per person and begins at 5:45 p.m. each night. For more information or to register for this distinctive event, call 1-800-838-3006 or visit