Dining in the Dark

Ash and Kimi Matar with Bruce and Judith Liebert

In an era of information overload, visual stimulation has reached an all time pinnacle, but imagine just for an hour or two you couldn’t see and abandoning vision brought about a new, more stimulating dining experience. This is Dining in the Dark. Owner of Laughing Gravy restaurants Wes Zane says, “It’s a sensory feast served to blindfolded guests because it awakens the senses and presents new pleasures.”

Every first Monday starting at 7 p.m. in the Gallery at Formaggio Grill, guests arrive to a few words of orientation, followed by the donning of a featherweight blindfold and are immersed in velvety darkness. After being gently guided to their seats, patrons are served a five-course meal paired with five sommelier-selected wines. The menu changes every month.

The Monday, Aug. 2, “Dining in the Dark” began with an amuse bouche of chocolate truffle stuffed with pop rocks and paired with Abazzia Prosecco. The first course unveiled proscuitto wrapped tuna with Evening Land Pinot Noir followed by a foie gras French toast and a ’97 Huet Vouvray. Next, blindfolded guests enjoyed braised boneless short ribs washed down with Solanes Priorat. The dim lit dinner was capped off with pistachio crème brulee and Luccio Moscato.

Patrick Okubu, Advanced Sommelier at Formaggio Grill

The concept of dining a la dark allows alternative senses to take over while playfully challenging the palate. You’ll discover expanded awareness and surprising competence. The environment is an absolute treat for any foodie or wine lover. Not to worry about special ingredient requests as if you’re a vegetarian, have an allergy or any other dietary restriction, Formaggio Grill happily accommodates. Dining in the Dark is the ultimate for the adventurous diner, wine enthusiast, or anyone looking for a truly new and unique experience.

Formaggio Grill is located at 305 Hahani St., Kailua, Hawaii. For reservations call 263.2633 or visit www.formaggio808.com. Cost is $75 per person.