Eating can get exciting when you don’t know what to expect.

Photo by Andrea Marie Tan
Photo by Andrea Marie Tan

Rezlead held a great final event this year, “dining in the dark,” a dinner where all attendees wore blindfolds in a darkened room. The meal offered the opportunity for people to focus on their other senses for the duration of the two hours the event was held for, and thus offered a fascinating new way of enjoying food.

The dining hall was dimly lit, and they used beautiful glow in the dark lamps to designate tables. The room was filled with ASMR sounds put on by the night’s entertainers.

Zouheir Sidani, one of the amazing and well-dressed servers for the event said, “the people I served looked like they were having fun. It was funny watching them trying to eat. I helped some people with their food by either giving them instructions on where the last piece was, or by feeding them myself like parents with babies. I think it was an interesting experience for everyone.”

People had a lot more trouble eating than expected, but the attendees agreed that that was part of the fun. The term “don’t play with your food” definitely didn’t apply for Dining in the Dark.

Dinee Kiyan Rogers described the experience as “strange, yet thrilling,” because of the beautiful sounds mixed with the strange intimacy of eating and socializing with people you can’t see.

Photo by Andrea Marie Tan
Photo by Andrea Marie Tan

None of this would have been possible without the extensive leadership and ambition of the superb Miguel Capela, who was in charge of the event. Admittedly, hosting something like this event did stir doubts. Capela said, “Leading up to the event I felt particularly nervous about the amount of people who would actually participate; it was one thing for a person to express interest and another for them to buy a ticket and be willing to try something new.”

In the end, Capela’s worries were washed away. It seems the oddities, and the fact that people were pushed out of their comfort zones, really added to the experience.

Capela added, “people were going in with one belief of how dining without sight would feel and then left with another more positive and comfortable one. The end result was a satisfactory one and I hope that Dining in the Dark has the opportunity to continue, develop and grow in the following years.”

Here’s to hoping UBCO continues to host more events that push people to grow, offer unique experiences, and inspire creative risk-taking for those running them and those attending.