Dining in the dark will of­fer food for thought Charity for vis­ually im­paired to host a culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence with a dif­fer­ence

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Mike Lock­ley Staff Re­porter

LIGHT lunches will def­i­nitely be off the menu at a dining ex­pe­ri­ence with a dif­fer­ence. That’s be­cause cus­tomers will be well and truly in the dark.

The dress code has to in­clude... a blind­fold.

The blind buf­fet chal­lenge takes place at Birm­ing­ham’s Zen Metro, in Corn­wall Street, this sum­mer, with money raised go­ing to vis­ually im­paired charity Fo­cus.

The event, on July 19, prom­ises to make eat­ing with chop­sticks a piece of cake.

It prom­ises to be fun, but there’s a se­ri­ous message be­hind the ‘Din­ner In The Dark’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

It aims to show­case the dif­fi­cul­ties fac­ing peo­ple with sight loss.

Su­san Hoath, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Fo­cus Birm­ing­ham, says: “This is a unique sen­sory event in Birm­ing­ham in terms of a dining ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We hope as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble will sign up to have a go at eat­ing a meal while wear­ing a blind­fold.

“It prom­ises to be a re­ally fun event but, of course, it also car­ries a very se­ri­ous underlying message of how thou­sands of peo­ple in the Birm­ing­ham area cope on a daily ba­sis with visual im­pair­ment.

“We hope to raise aware­ness for those peo­ple liv­ing with sight loss in Birm­ing­ham as well as much­needed funds to con­tinue providing our vi­tal ser­vices.”

Jai­mon Ge­orge, di­rec­tor of Thai eatery Zen Metro, says: “We are de­lighted to be sup­port­ing Fo­cus Birm­ing­ham by host­ing this bril­liant event.

“It is cer­tainly dif­fer­ent and will hope­fully en­tice peo­ple to come along and sup­port it.

“We haven’t done any­thing like this be­fore so it will be very in­ter­est­ing for the team. It’s go­ing to be a bit of a laugh and a learn­ing curve, but there’s also the very se­ri­ous message of high­light­ing the chal­lenges that blind or par­tially sighted peo­ple face ev­ery day.”

Those tak­ing part will be blind­folded be­fore hav­ing their meals served. Din­ers will then at­tempt to eat and drink their meal with­out be­ing able to see, al­though sighted guides will be on hand to as­sist.

There are only two strict rules. Light of any kind is for­bid­den, and din­ers are not al­lowed to get up and move around the restau­rant by them­selves.

The event, which costs £30 for a three-course meal and com­pli­men­tary drink, starts at 7pm with a talk from Fo­cus about the charity,

Go to Fo­cus Birm­ing­ham web­site www.fo­cus­birm­ing­ham.org.uk for tick­ets

> Char­ity Fo­cus hopes the ‘Din­ner In The Dark’ event at Zen Metro will give din­ers plenty to chew over

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