LOOK: This charity dinner has guests eating blindfolded

Jenica Chuahiock, Metro Magazine

Posted at Aug 08 2017 12:33 PM | Updated as of Aug 08 2017 12:34 PM

'Dinner in the dark' fights blindness with good food and company.

Blindfolded guests are guided through their meal by darkness experts. Photo by Eye Society Inc.

MANILA -- To commemorate the Sight Saving Month, the Eye Society kicked off the month by renewing its sensational dining event, Dinner in the Dark, an educational yet fun-filled feast where guests are blindfolded as they eat through a gourmet menu.

Blindfolds for every guest. Photo by Eye Society Inc.

Guided only by darkness experts, guests rely on their other senses (and good company) to savor the meal. Only after the dinner are the guests shown images of every dish they have consumed, playing on the power of sight to change, or amplify the experience.
Now on its second year, this quirky gastronomical experience isn’t just for the taste buds; it’s also a call for awareness, and a campaign effort to promote eye health in an increasingly screen-dependent lifestyle. 

Black interiors and table set-ups amplify the darkness. Photo by Eye Society Inc.

“Today, we are confronted with numerous technological advancements that damage our eyesight such as continued use of iPhone, laptop, and LED lights,” said Mikko Araneta, brand manager of Eye Society Inc., emphasizing this year’s efforts for fighting blindness.

“With an average consumption of 10 hours per day, our eyes are exposed to its harmful effects. Thus, Eye Society invites everyone to prioritize their eye health and become aware of various solutions to help prevent vision impairment.”

This year’s delectable menu is prepared by 2016 Asia’s Best Female Chef, Margarita Forés, who, in an emotional speech, related how her father, Dr. Raul Forés, was the first donor for the Eye Bank Foundation, the chosen beneficiary of Eye Society. 

But more than a meal event, Dinner in the Dark serves as a platform for blindness, it’s preventative measures, and the amazing support that medicine and community can offer. 

2016 Asia’s Best Female Chef, Margarita Forés, gives her speech. Photo by Eye Society Inc.

Araneta noted: “Moving forward, as we continue Dinner in the Dark in the years to come, we hope to be challenged in designing creative ways to get the message across, [that] will allow people to value their eyesight, which is usually taken for granted.”

Dinner In The Dark is an invite-only event, running from August 1 to September 30, 2017. Interested attendants can acquire two tickets by purchasing a minimum of P10,000 in a single receipt at any Eye Society boutique nationwide.